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Cartoon Characters Coaxing Kids to Choose Chips and Candy?
Written by August 27, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Anyone who’s been to a grocery store with kids would say “Yes… duh”! So why did researchers at the renowned Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity conduct a study on the influence of licensed characters on children’s taste and snack preferences?1 To provide solid, documented evidence that licensed characters can influence children’s eating habits negatively. Based on their findings (described below) they suggest advocating the use of licensed characters for healthy foods and regulation of the use of this marketing approach for high-calorie, low-nutrient products. And not just foods targeted toward preschool-aged children. The four to six-year-olds in this study were

What's for Lunch?
Written by August 20, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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School has started (or will be soon) so it’s time to think about what your child will be eating during the day. Given that school-aged children spend at least 6 hours at school every school day and obtain up to 47% of their calories from meals and snacks consumed at school, parental involvement is important. So will it be school lunch or a sack lunch? Despite what you’ve heard in the media (e.g., Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution) public school meals provided by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can be very healthy – especially if your child’s school district is

Exercise for Weight Maintenance: How Long??
Written by August 16, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  What is the most important factor in weight maintenance? Level of physical activity, caloric intake, or other factors? About 80% of people who lose weight gain it back. How can we keep the weight off? An article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reviewed the research addressing the amount of exercise necessary to prevent weight gain2.  Low physical activity was found to account for about 77% of weight gain in one year. Exercise and physical activity play a primary role in weight maintenance. The other 23% may be affected by diet and metabolism. A study in International

Is Gulf Seafood Safe?
Written by August 13, 2010

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Dietary guidelines increasingly stress the importance of seafood in Americans' diets. The American Heart Association recommends that fish, especially oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, be consumed at least twice a week (2 servings, about 4 ounces each) to reduce death from coronary artery disease. Likewise the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 states that 250 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources (2 servings, about 4 ounces each) positively impacts health. But what about the safety of seafood? The biggest concern that has circulated has been around

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Written by August 9, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Toning shoes, wellness shoes, fitness shoes, rocker shoes—whatever you want to call them, their use, especially among women, is on the rise. As a matter of fact, some experts predict that this segment of the footwear industry will grow into a $1 billion market in the next few years1. And while they are all the rage now, toning shoes, as we will call them for the rest of this discussion, have been around for quite some time. Even podiatrists use this style of shoe to help treat a variety of problems. Toning shoes are characterized by a curved sole,

Look At the Label!
Written by August 6, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The latest stats say 62 percent of U.S. adults report using the Nutrition Facts panel of the food label at least sometimes when deciding to buy a food product. Fifty-two percent look at the list of ingredients; 47 percent look at serving size; and 44 percent review health claims.1 So 38 percent of people never look at the Nutrition Facts panel of the food label?!? So how do they know what they're eating?  The above data, published in August's Journal of the American Dietetic Association, was collected as part of the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Over

Weight Training In the Water?
Written by August 2, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Summer is upon us and everyone is looking for ways to stay cool. The pool is a haven for most during the summer months to stay cool. Water splashing here and there, but have you thought about using the water for a place to get a workout. Water resistance has long been used for rehabilitation, but what about using it for a regular resistance training workout. While I was in Korea recently, they had water resistance workout equipment as depicted in the picture above. Can a workout in the pool provide just as good of a workout as using resistance

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