People with a higher BMI were less influenced by the timing of dinner when deciding how much to eat for lunch, researchers reported at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior's annual meeting. University of Bristol researcher Annie Zimmerman said the study may shed light on the association between being overweight and irregular meal timings.
US Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation that would support bringing nutrition coordinators into schools to help support wellness efforts and healthy eating for students. In this commentary, Ryan writes about the Nutrition Coordinators for Local Healthy Youth Act, as well as his support for installing salad bars in schools.
Registered dietitians say farmed and wild-caught salmon are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids that have been linked to brain and skin health and lower blood pressure and triglycerides. RD Molly Kimball says salmon is lower in mercury than other types of fish, and RD Esther Ellis says it's packed with protein and B vitamins to support a healthy metabolism and immune system.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Ellie Krieger says determining whether pork is a healthy lean meat depends on the cut, with pork loin a better option than bacon or sausage. Leaner cuts of pork have more concentrated nutrition benefits, but fattier portions are higher in fat, sodium and calories.
Canadian researchers found that healthy youths who took a 2,000 IU dose of vitamin D daily had similar overall incidence of wintertime viral upper respiratory infections as those who received standard doses of 400 IU daily. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association were based on data involving 703 Canadian children ages 1 to 5.
A weight gain of between 5.5 pounds and 22 pounds from early adulthood to age 55 increased the risk diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity-related cancers and death, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Those with moderate weight gain also were less likely to be free of chronic disease and cognitive and physical impairment as they aged.
A warm-up period before a workout is important, fitness experts say, and while it does not need to be long it should be exercise-specific. Physical therapist Megan Moran says preparation for a cardio workout includes increasing breathing and heart rate slowly to prevent early fatigue, while gearing up for weight-lifting is about practicing movements without weights to test joint response and range of motion.
Hospitals and clinics are opening food pharmacies to give low-income patients with chronic diseases access to fresh produce, whole grains, dairy and lean meat, and to teach them how to prepare it. Physicians give patients prescriptions to a food pharmacy in hopes that a healthier diet can reduce the need for medication and the risk of serious medical problems in the future.