Losing weight and keeping it off is challenging under any circumstances, but combine that with a sedentary job, vending machine food, and office treats and weight loss can seem like an impossible task.
If workplaces could instead help people lose weight, businesses could save a lot of money – from less illness and lower healthcare costs. And if more Americans were at a healthy weight, as many as 116,000 cases of cancer could be prevented every year.
Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests how workplaces can help. This preliminary randomized control trial tested whether educating employees about healthy eating, combined with a supportive workplace environment, could help overweight and obese employees lose weight.
For the intervention group, 84 participants at two work sites completed a six month weight loss program and of those, 40 continued with six months more for maintenance. These employees lost on average, 17.5 pounds during the six-month intervention. During the following six-months, they kept the weight off. They also showed improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Continue reading
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) continue to make headlines: this week, a report that these drinks are associated with 180,000 deaths due to chronic diseases in adults worldwide every year.
AICR recommends avoiding sugary drinks because the AICR/WCRF expert report and its updates find strong evidence that sugary beverages cause weight gain, overweight and obesity.
According to the researchers, who presented their study at an American Heart Association Scientific Session, sugar-sweetened beverages contribute worldwide to 6,000 cancer deaths. They linked sugary drink consumption to 25,000 Americans’ deaths in 2010. This, as of now, is an unpublished study.
The researchers calculated the numbers of deaths related to SSB by looking at changes in SSB consumption in each country and it’s association with changes in body mass index Continue reading
If you crave chocolate on Valentine’s Day, try our Health-e-Recipe for Cherry Chocolate Bread Pudding. It’s a delectable way to add whole grains and Valentine-red cherries to your meal while savoring chocolate flavor.
For only 176 calories per serving, this bread pudding is substantial, thanks to the 3 grams of fiber from the whole-wheat bread and fruit. Just a little brown sugar sweetens the unsweetened coconut milk and cocoa powder. The cherries and dark chocolate chips top off this luscious dessert not only with taste, but also with phytochemicals that help to protect against cancer.
Cherries and dark chocolate contain flavonoids, a class of compounds that act as antioxidants that protect our cells. Since even dark chocolate contains a lot of calories and fat, this recipe is a great way to use just a little while still getting a lot of chocolate flavor.
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