March is National Nutrition Month, and dietitians asked to debunk common nutrition myths said they include the idea that all fats are bad, gluten-free products are healthy and losing weight means never indulging in favorite foods. Health practitioner Elise Museles says foods can be simultaneously natural, nutritious and delicious if they're mixed and prepared properly.
Easy ways to burn off more calories during a workout include adding extra one-minute sets of push-ups or crunches or spending an extra five minutes on the elliptical or treadmill, writes Jenny Sugar of FitSugar.com. Switching from Pilates to yoga ramps up calorie burn, as does running at an incline.
A study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders revealed that a majority of women from two groups who had a history of bulimia attained their heaviest weight after developing the disorder and before remission. Researchers said weight suppression may be associated with weight gain in patients.
Professional chefs are working with school nutrition professionals in a Massachusetts district through the Chefs in Schools Initiative. The meals are nutritious, and typically include fresh produce and herbs. "Eating healthy is important at every level, especially in high school because their taste is already set," said Sarah Cluggish, Chefs in Schools program manager.
An exhibit on childhood obesity at Walt Disney World's Epcot center will be altered following complaints that it was insensitive to obese children and reinforced some stereotypes. The exhibit featured fitness superheroes and overweight villains who snack on junk food and watch television.