Detroit Medical Center has worked with vendors to give menus at its eight hospitals a healthy overhaul, along with lowering salad bar prices, selling fresh produce and stocking vending machines with low-sugar snacks. Dr. Joel Kahn, employee health and wellness director, said it is difficult for hospitals to serve as wellness examples when there is a "tension between providing food services, vending machines and the flow of cash."
Kraft has launched a television campaign for Wheat Thins starring characters from the animated Fox series "Family Guy" and carrying the theme "Do what you do." The first 30-second spot shows characters Stewie and Brian disagreeing about how to pronounce Wheat Thins, then refusing to let Stewie's father appear in the commercial.
A year-round exercise program is best for physical and psychological well-being, and people who take a break in the winter can see the effects of inactivity within days, fitness experts say. Exercise physiologist Delia Roberts says cold weather is not a problem if people carefully layer their clothing against the elements, because exercise, even purposeful walking, quickly warms the body.
Forget negative New Year's resolutions for weight loss and instead work toward positive but specific goals, such as getting some exercise three to five days a week, says registered dietitian Eve Kecskes, a founder of FitMomEase. Drinking a lot of water, eating produce at each meal and cooking at home three times a week are good ways to start, rather than making negative vows not to eat certain foods.