Norwood Hospital in Massachusetts and the Norwood Farmers Market are partners in a "chef's table" initiative that will feature healthy cooking demonstrations and free recipe cards. The cooking demonstrations will feature hospital dietitian Caitlin Melia, who will cook healthy recipes using locally grown produce.
AAFP delegates to the AMA House of Delegates 2013 annual meeting helped shape the group's policies on tobacco management and obesity. AAFP President Jeff Cain, M.D., lobbied against a plan to discourage use of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation, and AAFP resident delegate Michelle Cooke, M.D., said classifying obesity as a disease would allow physicians to "better focus treatment for our patients."
A study found that people who shop when they are hungry may buy more calories, so nutritionist Dr. Lisa Young recommends having a healthy snack before going to the store. Some quick options include an apple with peanut butter, fruit with yogurt or cottage cheese, a cup of mixed vegetables with hummus, a fruit smoothie or whole-grain crackers and reduced-fat cheese.
Research suggests alternative sweeteners in soda may be linked to weight gain, but registered dietitian Brittany Donlon says drinking an occasional diet beverage is OK. A bigger concern, Donlon says, is if people are choosing unhealthy drinks instead of healthier options, such as water.
Some studies link the food additive carrageenan to digestive diseases, inflammation and cancer, but the FDA is taking a cautious approach and has not banned the thickening agent because other research has shown it is not harmful. Registered dietitian Joy Dubost advises clients who are concerned about the additive to read food labels to find products that do not use it, but said she does not generally recommend avoiding it based on scientific evidence.