Eating out-of-home meals was tied to increased energy intake, especially among adolescents and young adults, higher fat content in diets and reduced consumption of micronutrients including vitamin C, calcium and iron, an analysis of 29 studies in Obesity Reviews showed.
Eating foods with monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olives, nuts, seeds and avocado, may help people with diabetes or prediabetes control blood sugar and fight belly fat. Certain oils, including canola, flaxseed, olive, peanut and sunflower, also are good sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, along with dark chocolate.
New high-tech bicycle gear such as the Shimano Ultegra Di2, which provides electric gear shifting, makes it easier than ever to hit the pavement for a brisk workout. Specialized Element WireTap cycling gloves allow riders to scroll through their smartphones while en route and the 4iiii Sportiiiis, a display system for sunglasses, shows heart rate and body performance data.
Public School 75 in New York City celebrated its focus on physical education by bringing in Japanese double dutch jump-rope teams to give students a preview of an upcoming competition. Phys ed teacher Lyn Belvedere says double dutch jump-roping is a great way to encourage urban children to exercise because it is low cost and can be done in a limited space.
Helping children eat healthy during the holidays may mean parents have to talk about moderation and even point out what foods they can have when faced with a buffet table of goodies, says registered dietitian Megan Porter of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel medical center in Portland, Ore. She says refocusing holiday activities away from food, having easy-to-fix healthy meals at home and downsizing treat portions also can help.