Rachael Ray is working with Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to urge Congress to approve more funding for healthy school lunches as part of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. "How could you go to any state in the union and say you are not for an extra couple of cents to eradicate hunger, to make our kids healthier, stronger, better focused?" she said.
Scientists who reviewed 72 studies of food allergies found inconsistent information related to frequency, diagnosis and treatment. The authors say between 1% and 10% of the U.S. population suffers from food allergies, but they could not determine whether the prevalence is increasing.
Experts say, and research indicates, that staying physically active can help ward off chronic disease and improve overall health as people age. A group of men who stuck with a boot-camp style exercise program for 20 years or more now have lower bad cholesterol, higher good cholesterol and aerobic capacity, flexibility and strength levels that have not shown expected age-related declines.
The food pyramid is being reshaped for Asian, Latino and Mediterranean tastes to help people understand nutrition based on food from their home countries. The Oldways Preservation Trust pyramids focus on portion sizes and also point out culture-specific eating patterns that may not be healthy.
The White House's childhood obesity task force issued a report Tuesday calling on food marketers to institute wide-ranging changes to the way food is marketed to children, such as curbs on in-store marketing of certain products. The report also calls on restaurants to improve children's menus and reconsider portion sizes, and it says the FDA should work with retailers on a standard system of nutrition labeling for the front of food packages.