Eggs-plaining the Facts for National Egg Month!


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Eggs are sometimes called “nature’s miracle food.” The are found in nearly every culture’s diet around the world, and for good reason. Eggs are versatile to cook with. They are high in protein and nutrients, one of the few food sources of Vitamin D, and pretty tasty! Are Eggs Good for You? Over the years, debate has raged about the true health value of eggs, mainly due to being high in dietary cholesterol (which is found in the yolks). However, eggs are low in saturated fat, which is the bigger culprit when it comes to raising blood cholesterol levels. Because of these facts, eggs have been given the proverbial “thumbs up” from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. WebMd's Dr. Kathleen M. Zelman says ...

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Cooking for Health & To Be Cancer Free



Need healthy recipes that can help your health? Cook For Your Life started in 2007 by Ann Ogden, helps cancer patients and others looking for healthy recipes to find advice on how to make healthy recipes that are designed specifically for different stages of cancer treatment. After being in treatment for the second time for triple negative breast cancer, Ogden began to find that many of her fellow chemotherapy buddies knew little about healthy food, and with her background of a family of chefs, she began teaching tips and cooking advice for healthy hands-on cooking classes. This led to her Cook For Your Life hands-on cooking programs that have served over 7,000 patients in the New York City Area, and have long-term collaboration with researchers from Columbia University and ...

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Kids With Unhealthy Weight’s Brain Signals Respond Differently to Food



A new study could tell why kids who are unhealthy weights respond to food differently than kids who are healthy weights. According to a study published in the Endocrine Society, the brain signals of children who are considered "obese" or fall under the unhealthy weight zone respond differently to pictures of foods than brain signals of kids who are at healthy weights, or are considered "lean". Trying to understand why kids with unhealthy weights still fell hungry after eating a meal, researchers from the study worked with Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington and used BASIC fMRI technology to understand brain signals that cause overeating. The trail included 54 obese kids and 22 lean kids ages 9 to 11, with the proportion of boy and girls the ...

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New Study Shows How Removing Trans Fats Helped Lower Heart Disease



Although the recent menu labeling bill was pushed back for implementation until 2018 across restaurants, recent research reveals that removing and labeling unhealthy ingredients like trans fats can make a healthy difference for consumers. A study from JAMA Cardiology studied urban counties in New York State that restricted the use of trans fats in public eateries like restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, park concessions and senior meal programs. The study concluded, after three years that there were there fewer hospital admissions for cardiovascular events in counties with a ban on trans fats. Since July 2003, the FDA approved labeling trans fats for consumers awareness on the dangerous ingredient that is often found in fast foods, baked goods, chips and can lead to higher ...

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New Labels to Increase Healthy Food Consumption Are Being Tested in Houston



A labeling system, known as "Go, Slow, Whoa!" is being tested in Houston, Texas ( approx. 43.8% Latino) in 10 corner stores in low-income communities, to see how to promote healthier eating habits. The meaning behind the slogan "Go, Slow, Whoa!" is to encourage the healthiest items "Go" to be consumed the most often, "Slow" to be on food items that should be consumed in moderation and "Whoa" for packaged food items that should be avoided. The one-year project, being funding by the Texas Medical Foundation, is being researched in collaboration with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, the Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Children and Neighbors Defeat Obesity Houston (CAN DO Houston). The plan ...

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New White Paper on Health, Behavioral Design, and the Built Environment


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Food and physical activity are both continuous and cumulative habits. Small changes every day can drastically improve your health and quality of life. However, the built world, whether intentional or not, influences the human experience. Many people live and work in places that impede or reduce physical activity and sell or promote unhealthy food. The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity in America. Their new white paper builds on a series of behavioral ...

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Doctor Yum Makes Healthy Eating Easy For Families



Dr. Nimali Fernando, aka "Doctor Yum" is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, after seeing kids whose body mass index fell into higher percentiles, she realized many families needed nutrition education. Working with many families in her practice she found out kids eating practices within her practice were unhealthy and she began to see another connection between unhealthy diets and other symptoms in her patients. "So many problems like anxiety, constipation, bedwetting, attention issues, and abdominal pain may have direct connections to diet," Dr. Yum explained to Real Food for Kids. Dr. Yum started a parenting website to help parents find healthy recipes and wanted to educate the greater community, creating,  The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit ...

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Six Food Innovation Opportunities for Healthier Food Careers



Calling all students interested in food and agriculture! Food Tank is highlighting six unique opportunities for students to fund projects, receive professional training, and bolster their resumes on projects they may have already developed for a class, their thesis, or independent study. The six opportunities focused around food include: Norman Borlaug Award For Field Research and Application: US$10,000 The Norman Borlaug Award will recognize exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 years old who has fought to eliminate global hunger and poverty. Backed by the Rockefeller Foundation, candidates must be conducting field research or be working anywhere in the food system with farmers, animal herders, fishers or ...

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How a Unique Café is Using Food to Fight Cancer


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What you eat can affect your cancer risk. That's important for Latinos, for whom cancer is the No. 1 killer. Cervical, liver, and prostate cancer are some of the most common types that disproportionately affect Latinos. How can food help? Your diet can help combat cancer. This is not a new concept—the team behind SaludToday has even published a cancer-fighting cookbook along these lines. But one hospital is taking the idea to the next level. Food vs. Cancer At the Kettering Cancer Center, part of the Kettering Health Network, in Kettering, Ohio (1.9% Latino population), planners have created an on-site healthy food café with a menu full of antioxidant-rich, high-protein foods, food management reports. The menu is ideal for cancer patients. When planning the menu, ...

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Health Worker’s Bilingual Campaign Curbs Sugary Drinks in Minneapolis



Alma Galvez was sick of seeing a growing number of overweight Latino child patients at her clinic in Minneapolis, Minn. (10.5% Latino population). In her job as a community health worker for St. Mary’s Health Clinics in Minnesota, Galvez was able to pinpoint a big culprit—sugary drinks. Galvez and Shannon Gavin, the organization’s coordinator of family health programs, wanted to reduce sugary drink consumption among Latino child patient and families. So they jumped head-first at the chance to work with state health officials to create a bilingual, culturally relevant campaign to urge Latino families to rethink their drink. Sugar’s Stranglehold on Latino Health Galvez and Gavin are big players in how St Mary’s Health Clinics serves its large minority and low-income ...

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