Basis Science has unveiled the Basis Band fitness and health tracking device that comes with a free online health-behavior-change tool. The platform, which has sensors including a blood flow monitor, features 10 "habit cards" with small, achievable steps to aid wearers in developing good habits.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is among the more than 50 health groups that signed a letter asking Nickelodeon and its parent company, Viacom, not to air ads that promote unhealthy foods on children's programs. The letter referenced efforts by Walt Disney Co. to implement nutrition standards for food and beverage ads and called on Nickelodeon to do the same.
Milwaukee's Healthy Choices program works with 200 families to teach them about nutrition, exercise, cooking and food choices. Neighborhood stores have joined the effort by stocking more fruits and vegetables, and people who graduate from the program become leaders who help educate others.
Officials in a Kansas school district are considering whether they could reduce waste in school cafeterias by allowing students to take uneaten food home with them. The discussion stems from concern about the amount of food being thrown out in schools. While schools say they cannot reserve leftover food, some allow students to place their leftovers on a "share" table where their peers can select food they want to eat.
Children who were overweight or obese at age 10 were more likely to have higher mean heart rates and systolic blood pressure than normal-weight peers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers said that excess weight and obesity during childhood were also linked to wider brachial artery diameter, less arterial stiffness and greater endothelial function.