Participants whose virtual workout partner was more skilled but provided minimal verbal encouragement spent more time exercising than did those whose partners were vocally motivating, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The results may be used in designing electronic and social media programs and games, a researcher said.
It is important to ensure a liquefied diet is nutritionally balanced, especially for patients with medical conditions that change their dietary needs, registered dietitian Jennifer Nelson writes. Juicing or blending food also raises safety concerns when using raw vegetables and fruits or meats, especially for people with medical conditions, and dietitians recommend blending or juicing only enough for one meal at a time, Nelson writes.
Meals at small independent restaurants contained 18% more calories than similar meals at large-chain restaurants, and about 8% of items from smaller establishments had more than 2,000 calories, a study found. A second study also revealed that individual meals at smaller restaurants had very high sodium and fat content, while a third study noted a small increase in sodium content in fast-food products. The findings appear in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Registered dietitian Cynthia Sass writes that people often make mistakes when experimenting with a gluten-free diet because they do not understand what gluten is or the products that contain the protein. She writes that some people equate gluten-free with weight loss and others focus on gluten-free junk food and ignore the rest of their dietary needs.
The University of Minnesota will lead a five-year study in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district aimed at researching ways nurses and community health advocates can help curb obesity. The study, to begin in 2014, will include about 200 student volunteers who either are obese or at risk of being obese. The students will participate in an after-school program with their families.