Hula-hoop enthusiasts across the U.S. are promoting the plastic rings as a fun, nostalgic way to exercise. Actress Marisa Tomei, a hooping enthusiast, filmed a hooping workout video set for release this spring.
Nutritionists say small steps and being consistent can go a long way for parents who are trying to help their children develop healthier food and exercise habits. Making the changes part of an entire family's routine and looking for ways to involve children in cooking can also help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
People in the U.S. spend $2.6 billion each year on nutritional supplements and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, and while research has shown numerous benefits, some experts say the benefits are modest and may be less helpful in healthy people.
A study of nearly 200 children found that providing treatment to pregnant women with mild gestational diabetes led to lower rates of macrosomia at birth, but had little effect on children's BMI by age 5.
A survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found 86% support government implementation of front-of-pack labeling of calories, nutrients and fiber and 74% support government-sponsored nutrition education programs to distinguish between "good" and "bad" foods. Almost 60% of respondents said they support a ban on advertising "unhealthy" foods to children and adolescents, the survey found.