Rice-based dishes are nutritious, budget-friendly, versatile and easy to make for family meals, according to Hy-Vee dietitian Tracy Bjerke. September is National Rice Month and National Family Meals Month, marking it the perfect time to whip up dishes like teriyaki bowls, vegetarian salad bowls or apple walnut breakfast bowls, she writes.
Flaxseed has a relatively short shelf life and must be ground or chopped before eating to release its nutritional benefits, but the seed is high in fiber, protein and other nutrients. Whole flaxseeds, flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil should be refrigerated to prevent spoilage.
The U.S. ranked first in terms of obesity rates among the 33 richest countries in the world, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Unless industry, the public and the government work together to address the issue, three in four Americans will become overweight or obese by 2020, resulting in higher disease rates and health costs, the OECD said.
U.S. researchers found that obese people have higher real-life costs than their overweight counterparts because of factors such as medical expenses, lost productivity and more frequent sick leave. Every year, obese men and women each spend an extra $2,646 and $4,879, respectively, while people merely overweight spend $524 at most, according to the report.
Weight-loss classes held by Allegiance Prevention and Community Health give Michigan Automotive Compressor employees a new appreciation about how fruits and vegetables can help them lose weight and keep it off. Dietitian Mandy Cook tells people it takes time to change eating habits and emphasizes selecting vegetables and fruits by color to ensure a variety of nutrients.