High-intensity interval training is the top fitness trend expected for 2014, according to an American College of Sports Medicine survey of more than 3,800 fitness professionals. Other expected trends on the list include body-weight training, strength training, exercise and weight loss, and personal training.
The Health Department in Marion County, Ore., has secured a three-year, $170,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to create a partnership with seven corner grocery stores that sit in areas designated as "food deserts." The program is designed to help the stores offer healthier offerings including fresh fruits and vegetables.
A study in Pediatrics suggests that pregnancy weight gain does not cause autism spectrum disorders but the two may share underlying processes, such as abnormal hormone levels or inflammation. University of Utah researchers found that pregnancy weight gain patterns were common factors among women who gave birth to children with autism. "We hypothesize that excess pregnancy weight gain serves as a marker of gestational phenomena leading to autism spectrum disorders rather than as a direct risk factor," the authors wrote.
Researchers from the Agriculture Department and North Carolina State University are studying 173 different tomato varieties, examining sugar ratios, organic acids and volatile compounds to try and figure out which qualities make for the tastiest fruit. "Commercial tomato varieties have a narrow genetic base. To find ways to improve their flavor, we need to broaden that base and begin looking among our entire stock of tomatoes for new sources of beneficial genes," said Agricultural Research Service Molecular Biologist Joanne Labate.
Foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antimicrobial compounds can be a secret weapon during flu season, writes dietitian and nutritionist Chandra Balusu. Blueberries, oranges and strawberries can reduce the intensity and length of sickness, while almonds and black-eyed peas can boost immunity.