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To Snack or Not to Snack?
Written by December 31, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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Have you ever wondered, “how often should I eat?” While some people say snacking throughout the day prevents overeating at mealtimes, others argue that grazing leads to constant thoughts about food and more total calories consumed. What do the researchers say? A recent symposium (conference) brought together experts to provide an overview of research on the potential role of eating patterns in the development of overweight and obesity. Evidence both for and against frequent eating and snacking were discussed, including studies in free-living adults and adults fed in a laboratory setting. While the consensus was that more carefully controlled, laboratory-based

Putting the New Year into Perspective: Got Time?
Written by December 27, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  You have survived the holidays and now are resolved to target those holiday pounds that seem to find you every year about this time. Maybe a new perspective on the use of “dietary rewards” will help launch your 2011 fat fighting mission. Have you ever innocently thought, “I earned that piece of chocolate cheesecake since I didn’t miss a workout this week.  I’ll just exercise a few more minutes and skip the latte.”  So we skip the math and indulge.  Before you grab the fork, you may want to ask, “got time?”     Sure it only takes a few minutes to

Christmas Carols Filled with Food!
Written by December 24, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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Sweet and savory foods are everywhere this time of year – your home, your workplace, friend/family gatherings, stores… After all, who doesn't associate the holidays with cookies, cakes, and candies? And even if you've decided not to indulge this year, you're probably singing about holiday foods! Instead of informing you of the excessive number of calories in holiday foods or how much physical activity it'd take to burn them off (like we did last year!) we've decided this year to have a little fun with holiday foods. All foods fit in moderation, right? Below, match the food phrase to the popular Christmas carol

Kids Will Eat Less Sugary Cereals - Give Them a Chance!
Written by December 17, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As a parent of an extremely picky eater, studies like this one recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics motivate me to try and try again. While healthy breakfast cereal is one thing my son will eat, many parents think that the only way they can get their kids to eat breakfast is to serve sugary cereals. Well, now there’s data that says otherwise. Researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University randomly assigned almost 100 children to receive a breakfast that included either the choice of 1 of 3 high-sugar cereals (Froot Loops,

The Best Exercise for Treatment of Diabetes
Written by December 13, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Diabetes is a disease where blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are higher than normal. This is due to a lack of insulin or an inability to use insulin effectively. Having high blood glucose levels over long periods of time can lead to very serious health problems. Problems include things such as heart attack, stroke, and blindness. Currently, it is estimated that 24 million Americans have diabetes as was discussed in our recent blog recognizing National Diabetes Month. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% of all cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes. The

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to Reduce Both Hunger & Obesity in Children
Written by December 10, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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A bill that reduces both childhood hunger and childhood obesity? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, both of these problems have gotten worse in recent years and the government is stepping in to help address both issues. Passed by the House of Representatives last week, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) will: Improve the nutrition quality of school meals by increasing federal reimbursement rates for school lunches by 6 cents per meal (doesn’t sound like much but this is the first reimbursement rate increase in more than 30 years!) Require the Agriculture Department to develop science-based nutrition standards

Keeping the Calorie Burn High!!
Written by December 6, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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After accomplishing big goals, or making progress towards them, it often seems it is harder to continue to get the same results. This always seems to trigger the saying we have all heard, but often forget: “If you always do the same thing, you will always get the same results.” – Or maybe you thought I was going to refer to Albert Einstein’s definition of “insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Yesterday many runners and walkers in Dallas finished the White Rock Marathon. This might have been the big goal. But what if

New Recs for Calcium and Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?
Written by December 3, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) develop and regularly update recommendations for specific nutrient intakes. Based upon available science, these dietary reference intakes (DRIs) include one or more of the following:  Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA): The average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of nearly all (97-98%) healthy individuals in an age and gender-specific group. Adequate Intake (AI): A recommended intake value based on observed or experimentally determined approximations or estimates of nutrient intake by a group of healthy people that are assumed to be adequate–used when an RDA

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