Non-perishable protein, such as a snack-sized bag of nuts, is great for holiday travel survival kits, said registered dietitian nutritionist Leslie Bonci. Add in freeze-dried fruit or vegetable chips, some healthy or gluten-free carbohydrates and easy-to-make individual cups of noodles with vegetables.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank partners with Chicago-area organizations in offering the 10-week Whole Body Approach to Disease Prevention Program, which teaches people who come in for food about preventing chronic diseases. "It's a nontraditional approach toward healthy eating and we are really teaching our participants how to have a healthy relationship with both food and physical activity," said registered dietitian Mary Carol MacDonald of Presence St. Joseph Hospital.
Children who had regular family meals when they were 6 years old were more physically fit, consumed fewer soft drinks and had more social skills when they were 10, compared with children who did not have regular family meals, according to a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Having regular family meals also was associated with a lower likelihood of behavior problems in children.
Researchers linked every 10 mg per deciliter increase in maternal blood glucose levels during pregnancy to an 8% higher likelihood of having infants with cardiac malformations, even after adjusting for maternal age, pre-existing maternal diabetes and prepregnancy body mass index. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics were based on data involving 19,107 mother-child pairs.
Adults who were vitamin D insufficient or deficient had a higher risk of heart failure, compared with those who had normal levels, researchers reported in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. People with vitamin D deficiency also had a higher risk of hospitalization.
A study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology associated the consumption of hot tea at least six times per week with a 74% lower risk of glaucoma, compared with not drinking hot tea. Researchers noted, however, that other lifestyle behaviors could factor into the risk.
Vigorous exercise for five or more days per week increased the risk of age-related macular degeneration by 54% for men but not for women, an observational study in JAMA Ophthalmology found. Researchers suggested that high levels of exercise may affect the eye's choroid, a vascular membrane around the retina.
School breakfast program participation in New Jersey decreased by 2% this year, and Cecilia Zalkind of Advocates for Children of New Jersey said some schools are backing away from breakfast in the classroom programs because they believe they are too difficult to provide. Zalkind says food service directors in districts that have successful breakfast programs can share their experiences with directors in districts that are not offering breakfast and help solve problems.
Employers making Utah Business' "Best Companies to Work For" list offer comprehensive health care benefits along with a wide range of wellness-related perks, such as catered meals, break rooms and massage chairs. These companies also focus on strong leadership, creating a good corporate culture, and offering opportunities for employee growth.
A host of agencies administering most federal spending on youth still lack permanent directors -- some because President Donald Trump hasn't nominated anyone and others because Congress hasn't confirmed nominees. The vacancies include high-level spots at the Office of Justice Programs and the Administration for Children and Families.