Women discouraged by a report that said they needed at least an hour of exercise daily to prevent weight gain need to consider that the "usual" diets of the women may have contained far more calories than are needed to maintain weight, registered dietitian Marianne Carter says. Weight maintenance involves both the calories coming in from food and the calories going out that your body uses, she says.
The International Dairy Foods Association is supporting legislation that would require low- and nonfat milk to be served with school lunches, establish a pilot program to encourage schools to use low-fat cheeses and allow more schools to qualify for the Department of Agriculture's milk reimbursement program. "Expanding the milk reimbursement program will allow more schools to provide nutrient-rich beverages in place of lower-cost, but nutrient-void alternatives," an IDFA official said.
Don't be so quick to pack away the beans along with the winter coats and heavy sweaters, says food writer Jennifer Graue. The same legumes that went into hearty stews can also be the perfect addition to salads and other warm weather dishes.
Women who walk two or more hours per week have a 30% reduced risk of any type of stroke compared with women who don't walk, and a brisk pace was tied to even higher risk reductions, a follow-up analysis from the Women's Health Study found.
A Harvard study found that drinking 30 grams of alcohol daily reduced the chance of heart disease by 42% for women around age 54, and 31% for men around age 50. However, researchers said the risk of heart disease in younger adults is so low that the benefits may not outweigh potential risks, such as an increased risk of cancer or car accidents.