A vegetarian or vegan diet can be healthy for people of all ages, including pregnant women, athletes and the elderly, and is good for the environment, according to a position statement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Registered dietitian nutritionist Vandana Sheth said these diets must be balanced and well planned to ensure they contain sufficient nutrients.
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There is no science behind the belief people gain from 5 to 12 pounds during the holiday season, but studies do show many add from 1 to 2 pounds from mid-November to mid-January, said registered dietitian Debra Barone Sheats. The key to avoiding weight gain is portion control, Sheats said, which is easier if people have a healthy snack before going to holiday events that serve food.
The Bi-State Development Research Institute is installing kiosks that sell healthy foods at two MetroLink stations in St. Louis. The goal is to increase availability of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods to commuters and area residents who may not have access to grocery stores or farmers markets.
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United Nations agencies and experts said on Thursday malnutrition may affect half the global population by 2035 unless governments act to reverse the trend. Experts wrote in the journal Nature that food policy should be based on healthy diets, not calories, as poor diets have a bigger negative effect on global health than sex, drugs, alcohol and tobacco combined.
Colorado, Rhode Island and Utah have the lowest incidence of diabetes in the US, with less than 8% of the population having the condition, while Alabama and West Virginia have the highest diabetes incidence, with more than 16% of the population having a diagnosis, according to a Gallup and Healthways report. Researchers said the obesity epidemic was one of the biggest reasons for the high diabetes rates.
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A small study in the journal Diabetologia showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who reduced their sitting time and increased their physical activity had significant improvements in their blood glucose control, with stronger improvements seen among those who sat less. Dutch researchers used a cohort of 19 adults with type 2 diabetes, mean age of 63, who were asked to break their sitting time by walking, standing or indoor cycling.
Reports show almost half of college students have food insecurity issues but the US government does not have a free and reduced-price meal program for higher education like it does for elementary and secondary schools. Some colleges have food pantries, but Sara Goldrick-Rab, who leads the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, wants lawmakers to consider ideas such as expanding the K-12 school lunch program to college students or changing food stamp eligibility.