Cut the Sugar, Boost Your Beverage for Cancer Prevention

iced tea peaches dreamstime_xs_20982385_350I’ve been thinking about how sugary drinks affect Americans’ health lately.  Recent findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that sugar sweetened beverages promotes weight gain in children and adults. And I was preparing for an interview on foods I avoid/limit in my diet – like sugary drinks.

AICR’s expert report and updates also find that these drinks cause weight gain and obesity. And excess body fat is one of the causes of 7 different cancers, including post-menopausal breast and colorectal.

These drinks are everywhere and they’re inexpensive. It seems that America is hooked on liquid sugar and that’s one significant driving force in our obesity epidemic. Continue reading


Yummy or Yucky – A Variety of Vegetables Helps Kids Eat More

For that after-school snack, serving your child a platter filled with a variety of vegetables and/or fruit may help your young child eat more of these important foods than if you serve just one kind,http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-happy-boy-eating-salad-broccoli-inside-home-image30044420 suggests a new study.

The study was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Because most American children don’t meet the recommendations for vegetables and fruit according to national food consumption surveys, finding ways to up amounts is important for kids’ weight and health. Continue reading


Study: School Health Programs Get Kids Moving

As summer wanes and back-to-school season approaches, kids may be cringing at the thought of getting back to long stretches at a school desk.  But can the school environment actually help kids increase their activity level? A new study published in Preventive Medicine suggests it can.PE

The study on 1,100 elementary and middle school students measured the effectiveness of a government program called HEROES, which was developed to increase physical activity during the school day.

The schools restructured their physical activity classes to focus more on movement than sports to ramp up active participation. Some schools added ten-minute bursts of physical activity into regular classroom time. Nearly all participating schools started before-school or after-school walking programs, adding another 15-20 active minutes to the school day.

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