THE ATLANTIC: You might be surprised at who is more likely to take diet pills, 11/27/2014

November 27, 2014

You might be surprised at who is more likely to take diet pills

If you had to guess who is more likely to use a diet pill between Americans living in poverty or wealth, you would probably choose wealth because diet pills can be expensive. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that adults making between $20,000 and $75,000 were 50% more likely to use over-the-counter diet pills than adults making over $75,000. The study looked at incomes and health habits …

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YALE: Healthier versions of lunchables are outnumbered and out of reach, 11/24/2014

November 24, 2014

Healthier versions of lunchables are outnumbered and out of reach

Have you ever wondered just how healthy lunchables are? According to a recent report by the Rudd Center, only 5 out of 42 varieties meet nutrition standards for advertising to children. What’s even worse is that in supermarkets, less nutritious versions of lunchables outnumber the healthier ones 6 to 1 and are often stocked on the top shelf above eye level for both adults and children. Most of the 37 unhealthy varieties of lunchables contain cookies, …

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PHILLY.COM: Sports drinks for the non-sporty cause weight gain, 11/14/2014

November 14, 2014

Sports drinks for the non-sporty cause weight gain

Before you drink your next sports drink, consider drinking a glass of water instead. It could save you loads of unwanted calories and sugar. A recent study published in the journal Obesity suggests that young people who consume one or more sports drinks each day gained more weight over a three year period than classmates who chose other beverages. Sports drinks were developed for people engaging in at least 60 minutes of vigorous activity in the heat, so …

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YAHOO: What is Gluten, Anyway?, 11/10/2014

November 10, 2014

What is Gluten, Anyway?

We have all heard the term “gluten free” come up recently at restaurants or in the grocery store. The question is: what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat that gives many foods their structure. Gluten is found naturally in grain products such as cereal, bread, crackers, pasta, cookies, and even beer. There is also gluten in items you wouldn’t think of such as some salad dressings, soy products, soups, and creamy sauces. The reason items are labeled gluten free …

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US News: Top Food Lies at the Grocery Store, 11/7/2014

November 07, 2014

US News: Top Food Lies at the Grocery Store

Be Careful at the Grocery Store

Lately, food manufacturers have increased their marketing strategies by placing a seemingly healthy label on their products. Next time you go grocery shopping, be wary of these five phrases on the label:

Wheat bread

Wheat bread and white bread are both made from refined wheat flour, so when you are purchasing bread, look for “100 percent whole wheat” or “100 percent whole grain” on the front of the loaf. This ensures that the loaf …

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CNN HEALTH: ‘Gluten-Free’ Now Really Means Gluten-Free, 10/31/2014

October 31, 2014

CNN Health: ‘Gluten-Free’ Now Really Means Gluten-Free

In August of last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that food manufacturers had to make their gluten-free products meet FDA requirements in one year. Federal regulations stipulate that the “gluten-free” label means that the product contains fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten. This measure is the lowest amount scientists can consistently detect in a food.

A product labeled “gluten-free” also can’t contain any of the following:

• An ingredient that is any type of wheat, …

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TIME: How to Stop Teens from Drinking Soda, 10/23/2014

October 23, 2014

TIME: How to Stop Teens from Drinking Soda

A study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health displayed informing kids and teens about exactly what they would have to do to burn off the calories in a soda led to decreased sizes in purchasing, or a stop in the purchasing of these sugary beverages. In low-income Baltimore neighborhoods, beverage purchases by over 3,000 kids and teens between the ages of 7 and 18 years were analyzed. A shocking 98% of those purchases made by …

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AARP: Extreme Restaurant Meals, 10/17/2014

October 17, 2014

Extreme Restaurant Meals


As we know, fast food and even sit down restaurants are known for packing calories in most of their meals.  While restaurant chains are responding to people’s desire to eat healthier foods and are offering lower calorie choices, they are still offering increasingly higher calorie meal options than previous years.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has been “awarding” restaurants each year who offer the meal choices with the highest calories.  When CSPI began doing this in 2007, it was …

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RWJF: School Leaders Report Widespread Student Acceptance of Healthier Lunches, 9/16/2014

September 16, 2014

School Leaders Report Widespread Student Acceptance of Healthier Lunches

According to a recent study published online in Childhood Obesity, 70% of school leaders in elementary schools across the nation report their students are pleased with healthier lunches. An additional study is displaying that elementary students aren’t the only ones; about 70% and 63% of middle school and high school students, respectively, are pleased with the healthier meals. Nearly half of the principals and food service providers that responded to the survey for the study expressed that …

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MAYO CLINIC: What’s wrong with fast weight loss?, 9/15/2014

September 15, 2014

What’s wrong with fast weight loss?

Often times when people begin a diet, they expect to see results right away. The truth is, sustainable weight loss takes more time and is not a quick process. When trying to lose weight, it is recommended that you lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. This rate may seem slow, but it will help you maintain your weight loss in the long term. When you lose weight at the recommended rate, you will burn more fat, which is what …

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TIME: 6 Veggies You Only Think You Don’t Like, 09/06/2014

September 06, 2014

TIME: 6 Veggies You Only Think You Don’t Like

Many people whose parents forced them to eat vegetables they didn’t like still hold onto those dislikes as adults.  Boiled, soggy Brussels sprouts and beets and broccoli- Yuck!  But your taste buds change throughout your lifetime, and there are many more ways to cook these healthy veggies than just boiling or steaming them.  Try some of these ideas with your family, and see if they change your mind!

Brussels Sprouts

Why eat them?  These baby cabbages have just 38 …

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MAYO CLINIC: Farmers market: A healthy way to buy local, 9/5/2014

September 05, 2014

Farmers market: A healthy way to buy local

Rather than heading to the grocery store this summer, head to your local farmers market instead. According to a national survey of chefs, farmers markets are a major trend for 2014. Shopping at a farmers market has many benefits, including supporting the local economy, providing an opportunity to refresh your healthy eating habits, and offering a wide variety of healthy food to choose from. Fruits, vegetables, and most other products found at farmers markets are homegrown and free …

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Nutrition Train the Trainer Graduation!

August 28, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19th, we had our first Nutrition Train the Trainer graduation for Avondale and Choice Residents! We had nine total graduates, with seven Choice residents across six households.

During their seven weeks, a former Train the Trainer graduate taught residents everything from portion sizes and My Plate, to stretching the dollar and planning out meals. Through healthy cooking demonstrations, graduates were able to receive hands-on learning and apply their knowledge in the kitchen! Not only did they learn about better foods, but they tasted and prepared …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Snack Tips for Healthy Weight Management, 7/25/2014

July 25, 2014

Snack Tips for Healthy Weight Management

Snacking throughout the day has become common practice in America, and if done wisely, it can help prevent overeating at meal times by keeping you comfortably full throughout the day.

Avoiding high fat, high calorie snacks is essential—and there are ways to make your snacks even healthier. To begin, you should make sure your snacks contain protein because they are harder to digest than fats or carbohydrates; this means they can keep you fuller for longer!

Eating snacks in smaller bowls …

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HEALTHY RECIPE: Vegan Blueberry Banana Muffins, 7/23/2014

July 23, 2014

Vegan Blueberry Banana Muffins

The problem with muffins is that often times they are packed full of sugar and fat; Eating one for breakfast is just as bad as eating cake for breakfast. It doesn’t have to be so! These blueberry banana muffins are delicious, moist, sweet, AND healthy.

Some of the ingredients you will need include:

Whole wheat flour – If this is not a staple in your pantry, it should be! It can be used as a higher-fiber and vitamin-rich substitute for white flour in many …

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RWJF: Is Comfort Eating Actually Comforting?, 7/18/2014

July 18, 2014

Is Comfort Eating Actually Comforting?

Do you have a go-to comfort food? Everything from sweet to savory, many of our comfort foods are usually high-fat, calorie-filled treats. When we are filled with negative emotions, many of us calm down with a hand reaching towards one of our comfort foods. No wonder stress is such a blame for poor health!

Studies have shown that the consumption of our comfort foods in times of stress appears to shift our thinking away from what is causing that stress, whose effects …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: Delicious and Nutritious: Tips for a Healthier Summer, 7/9/2014

July 09, 2014

Delicious and Nutritious: Easy and Affordable Tips for a Healthier Summer

Did you know that children are more at risk of sudden weight gain during the summer than any other season?  That’s just one reason why it’s so important to keep your home junk food-free and full of healthy snacks and meal staples this summer.  You might ask, “But how can I make it through summer without enjoying my favorite treats?”  We know that ice cream runs, barbecues, vacations and the annoyance of trying …

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RWJF: Studying In-Store Marketing of Healthy Food, 7/7/2014

July 07, 2014

Studying In-Store Marketing of Healthy Food

For nearly two years, from November 2010 to October 2012, eight supermarkets in Philadelphia were involved in a marketing study targeted to increase the sales of healthy items. Two grocery store chains, in partnership with The Food Trust and the University of Pennsylvania, piloted multiple in-store marketing interventions to observe its effects on the sales of healthier products, particularly five categories: beverages in coolers, beverages in aisles, cereal, frozen meals, and milk. Key findings were published in the American Journal …

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HEALTH CANAL: Poor Nutrition Leads to Development of Chronic Diseases, 7/5/2014

July 05, 2014

Poor Nutrition Leads to Development of Chronic Diseases

An international research study published in the Clinical Nutrition journal has recently shown the first evidence of its kind. The study observed that a lack of adequate nutrition is associated with developing multiple chronic illnesses over time.  One thousand individuals over a five year period were observed and over that time, a proportionate increase in those with more than one chronic disease shot up from 14% to 34%.

Although other negative behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity certainly …

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HEALTHY RECIPE: Jamaican barbecued pork tenderloin, 6/24/2014

June 24, 2014

Jamaican barbecued pork tenderloin

If you can’t make it to the Caribbean this summer, bring the Caribbean to your family with this delicious Jamaican-style recipe for pork tenderloin. When you trim the excess fat, pork tenderloin is as lean as chicken breast. Add the right spices, a little honey, and a few other ingredients—then fire up the grill! Everyone will be begging for more of this tasty, healthy dish!

Click here for the full recipe.

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HEALTHY RECIPE: Egg and Cheese Bake, 6/21/2014

June 21, 2014

Egg and Cheese Bake

Did your mother or grandmother have one of these egg separators in her kitchen? If you don’t have one of your own, you should take a couple of dollars to the store and invest in one!

This egg and cheese bake is a healthy option if you have to feed a lot of mouths for breakfast—but it calls for a few egg whites in addition to whole eggs. You’ll also need some skim milk and reduced fat cheese. The rest is almost up …

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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Healthy Meals for Healthier Ohio Kids, 6/5/2014

June 05, 2014

Healthy Meals for Healthier Ohio Kids

  As many of us know, nutrition plays a large role in our overall health. For all ages, a healthy diet is one of the goals of a healthy lifestyle. However, as children develop and grow, nutritional needs are at their peak, especially since experts believe there is a link between nutrition and learning. The reputation of school meals in the past has not been one that necessarily comes to mind when thinking of the word ‘healthy.’ However, Cincinnati …

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