Posts in Diet and Nutrition
Childhood Obesity Awareness

About 1 in 6 (17%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.

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6 Reasons You're Always Tired (and What to Do About It)

In a go-go-go world, it's easy to attribute being tired to the hustle and bustle of daily life. But there might actually be underlying reasons. Before you reach for another cup of coffee, reevaluate your habits. Whether it's getting up and moving, taking a quick snooze or packing in the protein, check out natural remedies that could put more pep in your step.

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6 Ways Parents Can Help Young Children Avoid Body Image Problems

“I’m so fat.” “I’m ugly.” Words like these may be upsetting to hear when they come from a 10-year-old or a teenager, but it can be really disturbing when they’re spoken by kids as young as preschool or kindergarten age. Various research has shown that kids may begin to worry about body weight and physical appearance as early as age 3 to 5 and that many young children express unhappiness about their bodies.

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Metabolism Boosting Diet Tips

Metabolism is the chemical process by which our bodies extract energy by food. In a large amount of people, metabolism is slower than usual can be due to a number of factors including lack of activity, sleep, poor diet, aging and stress. While we can't avoid aging, we can control the rest. Tips on metabolism-boost foods:

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Overweight Kids Don’t Have to Be Overweight Adults

Overweight children often become obese adults, with attendant problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

But a new study suggests there are "critical windows" where that path to weight gain can be changed.

The study, involving more than 2,700 Finnish adults, found what many studies have shown before: Childhood body mass index, or BMI, is a good predictor of adulthood obesity.

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Keeping Weight Off: 3 Steps to Success

Weight loss and weight management are drilled into the lives of people with type 2 diabetes and those at high risk for developing the disease. If losing weight was easy, we wouldn’t have a nationwide obesity problem.

Dr. Deneen Vojta, chief clinical officer of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance at United Health Group, says many people who have experienced long-term success at keeping weight off for five years or more in the National Weight Control Registry do three things.

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Curb Food Cravings

Make the most of each mouthful by keeping these five tips in mind.

Listen to your body and respond appropriately to hunger pangs by waiting a bit before you eat, according to Harvard T.H. School of Public Health. The “pause” button provides you one way to outsmart your cravings, as do these suggestions:

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Summertime Crockpot Cooking - Smart and Healthy

Don't tuck your trusty crockpot away in a bottom cabinet or the pantry just because the weather is getting warmer. It's a practical and healthy cooking alternative for summertime, too.

  • No one likes to cook over a hot stove in the summer, but many people prefer a warm meal for dinner. The crockpot solves the overheated kitchen problem, as there's no need to turn on heat-generating oven or burners. All cooking heat is isolated to one small appliance on your kitchen countertop.
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