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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    Flavor Up Your Family’s Snacks with Herbs and Spices

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    Getting your kids to eat fresh, whole foods could be as simple as getting a little creative in the kitchen! By using herbs and spices, you can alter the flavor profile of any food to satisfy the taste buds of the pickiest eater. Herbs add a burst of flavor and texture to any food, while spices can heat things up or simply add some complexity to a simple dish. The added benefit is that herbs and spices allow you to use less salt when cooking!

    kids activities blogThis is a huge perk for parents, because children 6 to 18 years old consume about 3,300 mg of salt per day, while the recommended amount is 2,300 mg or less. By preparing vegetable-based, savory s­nacks at home with herbs and spices, you’re helping to cut back on the amount of sodium they’re consuming from sweets and other processed choices. You’ll be doing yourself a favor, too, by cutting back on your own salt consumption. Plus herbs and spices are packed with phytochemicals that have health promoting properties!

    Here are some ideas to help incorporate these flavor purveyors into your home and kitchen. Get ready to spice up your menu this summer and cut back on sodium! Read more… “Flavor Up Your Family’s Snacks with Herbs and Spices”

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      4 of every 10 women in US, 17% of kids now obese – disturbing news for cancer prevention

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      Four of every ten women living in the US are now obese, a new high in the obesity epidemic, with rates continuing to be disturbingly high among children, finds two new studies published in JAMA.

      The findings by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control are significant for cancer risk and obesity prevention efforts.

      Aside from not smoking, obesity is the single largest lifestyle factor linked with increased cancer risk. Too much body fat now links to higher risk of 11 cancers, including post-menopausal breast, colorectal, and ovarian.

      Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 12.59.06 PMThe study that focused on adults found that in 2014, almost 38 percent of people living in the US were obese overall. That rate is slightly lower for men, with 35 percent obese, and higher for women, at 40.4 percent of women categorized as obese.

      Read more… “4 of every 10 women in US, 17% of kids now obese – disturbing news for cancer prevention”

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