Eating a more plant-based diet and reducing sugar intake to control weight may help prevent cancer, said registered dietitian Carole Havrila. Think of creative ways to add fruits and vegetables to a daily diet, Havrila said, such as making caramels out of Medjool dates and macaroni and cheese using butternut squash.
A study in BMC Medicine of 13,449 people with metabolic syndrome found high levels of physical activity helped reduce the risk of all-cause mortality, compared with those who reported no physical activity.
Children ages 11 to 16 who live in areas with well-connected streets and a high density of interactions tend to be less physically active than those who live in areas with modestly or poorly connected streets, according to a Canadian study. The results, which were based on the 2006 Canadian Health Behavior in School-aged Children Survey, appear in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Injury Prevention.
Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston's latest book, "The South Beach Wake-Up Call," adds prevention to his diet and exercise recommendations and warns adults ages 30 to 45 they should be "very worried" about being part of a fast-food, sedentary generation. His dietary plan remains the same, however, and tells people to eat like their hunter-gatherer ancestors by choosing low-fat protein, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and some whole grains.
Ontario nutritionist Kathy Smart has celiac disease and a dairy allergy, which led her to write a cookbook called "Live the Smart Way" that will be turned into an eight-part TV series featuring easy recipes that are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and wheat or dairy-free. Smith says the TV show is not just about cooking, however, because she also plans to talk about staying healthy and good lifestyle habits.