Survey: Diners – Especially Women – Using Posted Menu Calories

If you spot calorie information on your restaurant menu, does it help you decide what to order?http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-woman-ordering-food-image21147851

For about six of every ten adults living in select states, that calorie information does help them decide what to order. At least sometimes, that is, with about one of every ten diners using that nutrition information for every purchase, according to a new government survey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study comes from residents of 17 states that have menu labeling and completed a 2012 phone survey about it. In 2010, a federal law required chain restaurants to display the calories of their menu items, and some states started those requirements quickly.  Given that some studies show Americans eat up to a quarter of our calories at restaurants, using calorie information may help restaurant-goers make healthier choices. That, in turn, can reduce cancer risk.

Respondents were only counted if they visited fast food or chain restaurants and noticed the menu labeling. Among the findings: Continue reading


Breakfast for Dinner, Here to Save the Day

A novel idea to some and outlandish to others, breakfast for dinner for me, is a match made in heaven. Who hasn’t had a slice of pizza for breakfast before? So why should it be so different to have breakfast foods for dinner? Breakfast at dinner is also a great way to pack in cancer-protective fruits and vegetables, and offers a variety of vegetarian options.Omelet With Vegetables And Cheese. Frittata

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. And breakfast for dinner has been a part of my routine since I was a child.

All the wonderful options to choose from and endless possibilities abound. Seriously, I think there are probably a million variations of pancakes alone. I have always found that most of the common breakfast items (eggs, pancakes, fruits) are easy to prepare and don’t put up a lot of fuss.

Think about it, with most breakfast items you don’t have to worry about forgetting to take anything out of the freezer before you rush off to work. The good thing about breakfast is that most people have ingredients like eggs, milk, flour, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, and they all reside in the refrigerator or pantry! Breakfast food my friends, is here to save the day.

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Health Connections: A Broader View of Wellness

What do sports, heart health, cancer prevention, eating disorders and wellness have to do with each other?

I just returned from the 30th Annual Symposium of SCAN Vitruvian Man– the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group – a specialty group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the professional home of registered dietitians. SCAN has been on the cutting edge of nutrition since its inception, seeing the interconnections of these areas.

At this year’s SCAN Symposium, I was delighted to speak to a packed room about the connection of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  The three top diseases share numerous risk factors. And as research is increasingly showing, following recommendations that prevent cancer also reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

During SCAN’s 30 years, the need to keep the big picture in mind has become even clearer among a variety of topics.

•    At one time, “wellness programs” focused primarily on heart health. Today, research identifies a broader vision of wellness, including how we can substantially reduce risk of cancer through eating and activity choices and a healthy weight. Wellness now refers to reducing people’s risk of disease and promoting their ability to live with vitality. Continue reading