Celebrity chef and father Tyler Florence says children need to be exposed to the healthiest and tastiest foods from the start so they develop a taste for healthy eating. For older children, he advises parents to emphasize fruit by making it readily available at home. He adds that counting calories is not really needed unless a physician has made a child's weight an issue.
A survey for The Vitamin Shoppe found 60% of 1,000 American adults surveyed take a vitamin or nutritional supplement, with most users reporting such products make them feel more confident about their health. Multivitamins were the most popular supplement, followed by vitamins D and C and calcium, according to the survey.
Hawaii's State Department of Health has introduced a "Don't Drink Yourself Fat" campaign in an effort to address the state's rising obesity rate, which nearly doubled from 1995 to 2009. The campaign will emphasize the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened drinks and urge the public to refrain from consuming such beverages.
Ensure Muscle Health is touted as a supplement drink for middle-age and older adults who want to maintain their muscles as they age. Studies into the key ingredient, beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, have shown conflicting results on whether it works.
Seventy-one percent of inner-city children who attended an allergy clinic because of stubborn asthma or eczema were found to be "sensitized" to at least one food, and 28% had food allergy, research shows. The rates are higher than in the average population and indicate that doctors who treat such children "should have a high degree of suspicion for food allergy," said a study author.