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Written by April 10, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Pop Quiz: How many more pounds of sugar do Americans eat each year as compared to 1970? 5 pounds? Maybe 10?… Would you believe 15 more pounds? According to NPHW.org, the average American eats 15 more pounds of sugar each year than in 1970. This finding suggests that Americans, on average, need to scale way back on added sugars and sweeteners! Let’s reflect to an earlier post to remind us of the ever-present sugars surrounding us every day. What exactly are added sugars? Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation. They differ

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Written by March 6, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

You may have heard… March is National Nutrition Month®. As I strive to balance my family, career, errands, and everything else in between, I am reminiscent of an earlier post that can help us all address the age-old question that we encounter on a daily basis – “What’s for dinner?” Something simple. Something healthy. And something fast (but not fast food). Whether you have one mouth to feed or a whole family of mouths, the answer to this question doesn’t have to be difficult to come up with. There are many (almost too many) places to look for simple, healthy,

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Written by February 13, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Long-stemmed red roses, heart-shaped boxes filled with assorted chocolates, and romantic candle-light dinners – just a few ideas that come to mind for the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend. We are finally having a reprieve from the arctic blasts and I am ready for a night out on the town with my “true love”. I’m craving Chinese food (I hope he is, too!). Even though Chinese foods can be high in calories, I know of an earlier post that reveals healthy alternatives that will make your heart sing! We’re revealing the highs, the lows, and the OMGs of calories found in

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Written by February 6, 2014

Lauren Spang, (B.S. Candidate)


While the title of this blog may make you think, “Oh this doesn’t apply to me,” the suggested strategies for healthy living while away at college are  really great ones to apply to any life situation! So please read on…. Going away to college is an exciting time of life for young adults; it’s generally the first time we get to experience independent living and all of the responsibilities and freedoms associated with it. A few of the biggest struggles, however, that many college students face are having the knowledge of how to eat well and finding the time to

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Written by January 30, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

I can’t wait for the Super Bowl this Sunday… Especially the commercials! Visions of ice-cold beer, cheesy tortilla chips, and sweet sodas dance through my head. Whoa, let’s hold the Clydesdale horses for a moment. I also have a vision of an earlier post that will come in handy this Sunday. It’s about mindful eating – eating when you’re physically hungry and stopping when you’re full – as opposed to eating for psychological reasons (e.g., stress, excitement, etc.) or outside triggers. A major trigger for eating when not truly hungry is smelling or seeing food. So how might you limit

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Written by January 23, 2014

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

How many health apps do you have? According to research2guidance© there are now close to 100,000 health apps, with the top 10 apps generating over 4 million free downloads every day.  But there is a new trend emerging—wearable technology. Wearable smart garments will be hitting the stores this year with a projected market of $2.03 billion in sales by 2018. OMsignal© has created the world’s first bio-sensing apparel by embedding sensors into the apparel that will monitor your heart rate, breathing, and activity while the OMsignal© app displays your data in real-time on your mobile phone.  Eventually the sensors will

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Written by January 1, 2014

Today I Will


‘Tis the season of resolutions a large many of which are to “get healthier” or to “lose weight.” And to achieve these, many may turn to their mobile device for assistance. Search for “weight loss apps” at the iTunes App Store and almost 2,000 apps are available. Many of the apps provide the opportunity for individuals to track activity, or food intake, as well as set goals. However, are these strategies effective at changing behavior traits for sustained weight loss? Behavioral weight loss strategies are reflected in evidence based lifestyle interventions. These types of strategies have been shown to be

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Written by November 21, 2013

Carey Shore, MSc


Are you stressed about over indulging this upcoming holiday season?  It comes as no surprise, that the average person will gain 4-6 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years, then spends the next several weeks trying to lose the extra weight.  We have talked about this before but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded since it is that time of year again so here are tips to help you avoid sabotaging your healthy habits this holiday season. Avoid Self-Defeating Goals: Vowing to avoid your favorite foods or promising to lose weight over this season is often counterproductive.  Instead, work on maintaining

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Written by November 7, 2013

Steve Farrell, PhD

Science Officer
The Cooper Institute

 Fish oils are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid found in moderate to high concentrations in certain fish, as well as other foods. Also known as omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils are classified as being essential; meaning that they must be consumed in the diet in order to survive. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are two of the omega-3 fatty acids that have received the most research attention to date. Most cold and deep water fatty fish contain significant amounts of DHA and EPA. Among them are anchovy, herring, salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, swordfish, white (albacore) tuna, and

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Written by August 22, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Can you believe it is that time of the year again? Summer flew by (at least for me it did) and now your kids have either started school or will be in the next couple of weeks. Are you in the camp of jumping for joy or dreading it? Well I am in the camp of parents who are sending their firstborn off to Kindergarten. I can’t believe my little man is really a little man! Watching him run into his new school with a backpack the size of him without looking back will forever be burned in my memory.

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