Clarksville, TN – What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories?
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Tennessee Department of Health Shares Healthy Holiday Cooking, Eating Tips
Nashville, TN – If your Thanksgiving plans include lifting weights for 10 hours or going for a seven-hour run after dinner, enjoy your meal without worries. That’s how much activity it takes to burn the 4,000 calories many will consume as they work their way through turkey with all the trimmings.
But if you plan to linger around the table and take a nap or spend time on the sofa after eating, your future might hold glucose meters and insulin injections, both part of life for Tennessee’s growing number of individuals with diabetes. While blood sugar testing and shots may not seem too difficult to handle, blindness, kidney failure and loss of limbs are the serious consequences for some who develop diabetes. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Between the first and last days of a college freshman’s first year at school, something happens to many students’ waistlines. They get bigger. The phenomenon is commonly known as the “Freshman 15,” referring to pounds gained quickly by some young men and women.
While the oft-cited 15-pounds gain may be part legend and part fact, it’s true many students no longer fit into their skinny jeans at the start of their sophomore year. Natural growth is the culprit for some; poor diets and a lack of exercise are the causes for many others. «Read the rest of this article»
Seven easy fixes to help you eat better and achieve your nutrition goals
Yonkers, NY – Women find many excuses not to eat healthy and many feel bad about it, but according to a new national poll in the June 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, the cost of healthful foods is the top deterrent that keeps 57 percent of women from doing so.
The report also highlights common healthy-eating obstacles and ways to overcome them, and, outlines seven little tricks that can help you eat better. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association reports Overweight, Obese Adults use electronic device to stick to diet, exercise
Overweight and obese adults using an electronic device that provided daily messages did better at staying on diet and exercise programs.
San Diego, CA – Overweight and obese adults who used an electronic diary program on a personal digital assistant did better at staying on diet and physical activity programs, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.
People using the device, which provided tailored dietary and exercise feedback messages, were more successful in adhering to five treatment factors for weight loss. «Read the rest of this article»
Chronic lack of sleep may contribute to obesity.
San Diego, CA – If you don’t get enough sleep, you may also eat too much — and thus be more likely to become obese.
That is the findings of researchers who presented their study at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association reports Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased risk of Heart Disease in Men
Tennessee General Assembly considering 1 cent per ounce tax on on sugar-sweetened beverages supported by the Tennessee Obesity Task force
Dallas, TX – Men who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who didn’t drink any sugar-sweetened drinks, according to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Risk factors include obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, diabetes and poor diet. «Read the rest of this article»
March is National Nutrition Month®
Nashville, TN – We all know exercise is a great way to get our bodies in shape. But don’t forget about nutrition! The Department of Health urges Tennesseans to “Get Your Plate in Shape” starting this March during National Nutrition Month® by including healthy items from all food groups at each meal. «Read the rest of this article»
What is healthy weight loss?
Washington, D.C. – It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
To lose weight, you must use up more calories than you take in. Since one pound equals 3,500 calories, you need to reduce your caloric intake by 500—1000 calories per day to lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week.1 «Read the rest of this article»
First Lady, Agriculture Secretary Launch MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make Healthier Food Choices
Washington, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.
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