Registered dietitian Grace Derocha says parents should discuss the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle with children to prevent or address obesity concerns, but should avoid talking about weight and instead focus on behaviors and keep the conversation age-appropriate. Parents need to be role models for healthy behaviors and recognize a child's efforts to adopt a healthy lifestyle instead of focusing on results, Derocha says.
Notable categories in the sports nutrition and weight management industry Sports nutrition and weight management represent a $37.5 billion dollar behemoth and nearly 20 percent of the entire natural products industry. It grew at 7 percent in 2016, so we broke it down in an infographic.
People with diabetes who want a healthy but budget-friendly diet do not have to buy special diabetic-labeled foods, says registered dietitian nutritionist Mauricio Duran. Planning meals in advance with a focus on fresh, healthy foods, shopping grocery store sales and buying in bulk are good strategies, and Duran says apps, websites and blogs can provide guidance, cooking advice and recipes.
Cranberries come in different forms and are a good source of antioxidants from vitamin C and phytonutrients as well as manganese and fiber, said registered dietitian nutritionist Allison Wood. While cranberries are relatively low in calories, Wood said, some store brands of dried cranberries have added sugar and reduced levels of vitamin C.
New guidelines from the American Heart Association and 10 other medical groups reduce the hypertension threshold from 140 mm Hg systolic over 90 mm Hg to 130 over 80, meaning 46% of US adults would be diagnosed with high blood pressure. The guidelines, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and in Hypertension, call for patients already being treated for high blood pressure to work toward the lower goal and for adults to address early hypertension with lifestyle changes rather than medication.
Regular consumption of nuts reduced the risk of heart disease among adults, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Overall there was no association between nut consumption and stroke, but researchers said people who ate peanuts and walnuts specifically did have a lower stroke risk.
Underweight and overweight women are at a higher risk of severe illness or death during pregnancy, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A second study in JAMA Pediatrics found infants born to obese women were heavier than those born to women who weighed less.
A study of nearly 6,900 middle-age adults showed about 1 in 5 had a functional impairment before age 65, meaning they had trouble doing routine self-care or tasks, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study did not determine what caused the impairments, but 43% of those with one had arthritis, and a similar percentage was obese.
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People who regularly do exercises to stretch and strengthen the abdominal and lumbar muscles are about one-third less likely than their non-exercising peers to develop lower-back pain, and exercising also appears to reduce severity in those who do develop lower-back pain, according to a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The Redlands Unified School District in California has expanded its after-school meal program from elementary to middle schools, with plans to add high school students. Students get a snack to eat during after-school activities, and a recent offering included all five food groups plus milk.