Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help

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I’m so excited for the launch of our newly designed and updated New American Plate Challenge website! I love this program because it takes you on a journey of eating and physical activity changes, rather than a prescribed, one size fits all weight loss diet. Each week you’ll take on a new challenge for a healthier life – the goal is to find a way that works for you and practice it until eventually you make it a lifelong habit.

Making changes is hard, especially long held eating habits and trying to get more active, so we provide plenty of tips, recipes and support from the NAP Challenge dietitians and other participants to help you succeed. You may also decide to go at your own pace and just work on a few of the challenges and skip some as we go along. Read more… “Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help”

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    Teens Less Likely to Choose Sugary Drinks with Health Warning Label

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    Whether it’s soda or energy drinks, teenagers consume a lot of sugary beverages. Health warning labels on sugary beverages may help sway a few teens away from these drinks, at least hypothetically, finds a recent study.

    The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

    Helping teens drink fewer sugary beverages is important because too many can lead to weight gain – with teens taking in an estimated 280 calories a day from sugary drinks, according to one study. That weight gain can stick into adulthood. And too much body fat increases the risk of many common adult cancers, along with other chronic diseases. Read more… “Teens Less Likely to Choose Sugary Drinks with Health Warning Label”

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      Your One Must-Have Knife, Buying Tips

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      Getting crafty in the kitchen can sometimes feel like a daunting task. You may think a lot of gizmos and gadgets are necessary to make a good meal. Luckily, that isn’t true. Just ask any chef and they will tell you that a SHARP knife is the single most important tool for cooking.

      A sharp knife can make chopping everything – from onions to fresh herbs – easy and quick, with a little practice of course. And that can make it more enjoyable to cook your own meals and healthy cancer-protective recipes.

      Finding the right knife for you will take some playing around. There are many specialized knives, but I’m focusing on the must have chef’s knife. You can use this knife to cut any ingredient you need. Follow these tips to find the perfect chef’s knife for you: Read more… “Your One Must-Have Knife, Buying Tips”

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