Recent study data suggest children eat healthier when parents prepare meals at home, but finding time to cook during a busy workweek can be challenging, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake. Parents can get help with easy-to-prepare recipes from the Million Hearts and Kids Eat Right initiatives and mobile applications, Blake says, or they can choose delivery services that bring chilled boxes of ingredients and recipes to their doorstep.
People eat nutritious and lower-calorie salads only about 36 times a year, a 20% decline from 15 years ago, registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky writes. Zeratsky argues that experimenting with different types of lettuce and adding colorful and healthy toppings, such as vegetables, fruits and nuts, can make salads more interesting and enticing.
Data on 6,224 obese participants found that those who were at stage 0 or 1 in the Edmonton Obesity Staging System were not at higher risk of weight-related mortality compared with their nonobese counterparts. However, those at stage 2 or 3 were at higher risk of obesity-related mortality than those in the normal-weight group. The findings in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism suggest that not all obese individuals need to lose weight, because health issues for some may be minimal, experts said.
Taiwanese researchers reported in The Lancet that people who engaged in 15 minutes of moderate physical activity every day lived three years longer than those who didn't exercise. Meanwhile, an Australian study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine linked each hour of watching television to a 22-minute reduction in life expectancy among people older than 25.
Caddo and Bossier parishes in Louisiana have launched a "Year of the Healthy Child" initiative with about 20 organizations supporting efforts such as exercise and nutrition programs to reduce childhood obesity. School officials in both parishes say the initiative builds on existing nutrition and wellness efforts by their districts.