March 10th, 2013 - Lacy
Two years after adopting a policy which required at least half of all snacks sold in vending machines at parks and recreation facilities be considered healthy, Seattle’s city council is extending the policy to all of the city’s properties.
Read More:Seattle City Vending Machines to Carry Healthy Snacks
September 17th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New research coming out of Cambridge University suggests cutting meat consumption in half would lead to significant health benefits including a reduction in the number of cases of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Read More:Cambridge Study Finds Major Health Benefits in Decreased Meat Consumption
June 1st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not been shy about his concern for the citizens of his city facing serious health risks due to obesity. The New York Times reported earlier this week that the mayor’s proposed soda ban would apply to large sodas, soft drinks and other sugary drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.
Read More:Hey New York, No Super Size for You! Bloomberg to Ban Large Soft Drinks
December 15th, 2011 - Erin Shaw
The British Journal of Cancer recently published a review that links cancer rates in the UK to various lifestyle and environmental factors including diet, exposure to hormones and radiation, and tobacco and alcohol use, among others. While the reviewing doctors emphasize that lifestyle choices aren’t the only determining factor in cancer risk, it’s hard to ignore the indications of personal choice. Lead author of the review, Prof. Max Parkin, points out that cancer is not strictly in the genes, and that “over 40% of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.”
Read More:40% of All Cancers Are Caused by Things We Have the Power to Change, New Study Finds
November 10th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Twenty-three products that contain cilantro—including Trader Joe’s salad dressings and California Pizza Kitchen packaged salads—have been recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
Food packager Orval Kent has taken action because the 43,814 pounds of cilantro it purchased from EpicVeg, Inc., may be tainted with the bacterium.
The affected products were distributed at retail stores nationwide. No illnesses have been reported to date.
If you have purchased any of the following items, do not consume them. Return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement.
Read More:23 Dressings, Salads, Salsas Recalled Over Tainted Cilantro Concerns
November 9th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Miss.-based producer and marketer of shell eggs, is recalling approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs purchased from Croton, OH-based Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC, because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently notified Cal-Maine that a routine sample taken at Ohio Fresh Eggs tested positive for the bacterium. The affected eggs were processed Oct. 9–12 and distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Read More:New Egg Recall Affects Consumers in 8 States
November 3rd, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of food stamps for soda purchases is still under U.S. Department of Agriculture review.
Some critics, however, believe regulations are no substitute for education.
“In search for yet another ‘quick fix’ to obesity, legislators and politicians nationwide have been trying to regulate what we eat and drink, and this latest proposal is no different,” says Pat Baird, author of The Pyramid Cookbook: Pleasures of the Food Guide Pyramid (right). “As a registered dietitian who advises clients on a daily basis, I know that telling people they can’t have something does not teach them how to make healthier choices. Education is key to cracking obesity. People need information to help them make healthy lifestyle changes.”
Read More:Can Regulations Help Fight Obesity?
November 1st, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
High-calorie beverages that have been disallowed by federal guidelines are still available in most U.S. elementary schools, according to a study that will appear in an upcoming issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a nationally representative survey to examine the availability of high-calorie and sugar-sweetened beverages for sale in elementary schools during lunchtime, in vending machines and snack bars, and in school stores. They also examined the types of milk available in school cafeterias: low-fat, whole-fat and flavored milks (right).
While 16.1% of students could purchase only those beverages recommended by Institute of Medicine guidelines during the 2008–2009 school year, 44.7% could purchase beverages that the guidelines frown upon. This pattern applied to both public and private school.
Read More:High-Calorie Beverages Still Widely Available in U.S. Elementary Schools
October 30th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
For a quick lunch, I’ll often combine a container of organic yogurt with a half-cup of cottage cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a healthy serving of fresh fruit. This dairylicious combo helps fulfill my daily calcium requirement.
You can also:
- Lighten baked goods by substituting cottage cheese for full-fat cream cheese.
Read More:Organic Cottage Cheese: An Underutilized Recipe Ingredient
October 27th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
One in 10 U.S. adults currently has diabetes. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years because:
- An aging population is more likely to develop the disease.
- Ethnic populations at high risk for type 2 diabetes are expected to grow.
- Better treatment allows diabetics to live longer.
Read More:U.S. Diabetes Cases Expected to Double or Triple by 2050