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    Monthly Archives: November 2008

Have a Happy, Calorie-controlled Thanksgiving!
Written by November 26, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As mentioned in our previous blog this week, Thanksgiving doesn't have to be the start of a season of calorie imbalance. Instead, we encourage you to focus on family, friends, physical activity, and good food in moderation over the winter holidays. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it? Until you are faced with a table filled with tempting foods, that is! Here are some tips to help keep you on track: Drinks If you must have alcohol and/or sugary drinks, limit yourself to one. Egg nog with heavy cream, sugar, and rum can contain 300+ calories per cup! Choose water with lemon or diet drinks; this

Do the Turkey Trot
Written by November 24, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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It’s only three days away!  That day of extreme gluttony and couch cruising that kicks off a season of calorie imbalance.  Unfortunately, the resulting extra calories get stored as body fat and add to the extra pounds that catalyze many New Year’s resolutions.  But this year can be different – starting with today!! No, we are not going to be the food police and tell you to eat only salad and drink water on Thanksgiving.  Still, be mindful that a typical turkey dinner with all the trimmings can be than 3,000 or more.  Add to that the pre-meal snacks and

Our "all you can" culture
Written by November 20, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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What will it take for Americans to learn that more isn't always better? Whether it's more food for a set price or more money borrowed at a low rate, Americans have the hardest time seeing that what looks like a "good deal" in the short term, often leads to a bad situation in the long term. In a previous blog we admitted that the cost of low-calorie foods is increasing more than the cost of calorie-dense foods. And we'll also admit that all-you-can-eat buffets provide platefuls of food for one low price. But, will we suggest that during these hard

A Green Way to Better Weight
Written by November 17, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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A recent study has linked NDVI with childhood obesity.  What’s NDVI?  An exotic virus?  Perhaps a newly discovered DNA sequence? NDVI is an acronym for “normalized difference vegetation index. “ No, it doesn’t have anything to do with vegging out in front of the TV, though as we have discussed in an earlier blog,  television watching is associated with overweight and obesity.   Rather, it’s a very sophisticated way of estimating the amount of vegetation in an area using satellite images.  Researchers recently used NDVI to assess the “greenness” of the county that encompasses  Indianapolis, Indiana.1  They also collected body mass

Monkey See, Monkey Do
Written by November 13, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Want your kids/grandkids to go for the leafy greens and whole grains? Then show them by filling your grocery cart with these health foods! A new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine1 found that children as young as 2 years old form eating preferences based on their parents’ food choices. In the study, 120 children (ages 2 to 6) were asked to select foods from a miniature grocery store, which included a variety of foods and beverages classified as: least healthy, somewhat healthy, and mostly healthy. The study also asked the childrens’ parents about how often

Weighing In on Physical Activity
Written by November 10, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Physical activity is generally insufficient by itself to bring about clinically significant weight loss.  Huh? You lose weight when your body is in negative calorie balance meaning that you eat fewer calories than your body needs.  You can create a calorie deficit by: Decreasing the calories eaten only Increasing the calories you burn through exercise only Decreasing calories eaten AND increasing calories burned According to the Advisory Committee for the Physical Activity Guidelines 2008 report1, it is tough to lose weight only doing the second option.  That’s because it takes quite a bit of physical activity to create the large

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Written by November 3, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Where can you find all there is to know about the health impact of physical activity?  In the 683-page Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, 2008, a comprehensive compilation of the review of the current scientific literature in exercise and physical activity.  The document is the end product of a year’s work by a blue ribbon panel of scientists who combed through thousands of research articles to tease out the relation of physical activity to physical and mental health outcomes, to quantify just how much physical activity is needed to provide health benefits, and to identify areas in which

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