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Wednesday
Jul222009

America's Growing Belt Size - Part 2: America's Youth

Part 1 of this two-part series of posts reviewed the latest statistics on adult overweight and obesity data. Today's post looks at an even more concerning issue - America's youth. Again, these statistics come from the recent report F as in Fat by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Sunday
Jul192009

The Power of Protein - Part 3: Amounts & Sources

In the first two parts of this series, we looked at health concerns related to protein intake, and what research says about protein intake and body composition. To wrap up the series, today we'll look at recommended intakes, and some general differences among protein sources.

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Wednesday
Jul152009

America's Growing Belt Size - Part 1: Adults

In a time when Americans are tightening their belts on spending, the belts around our waistlines continue to get bigger and bigger. The 2009 report F as in Fat was recently released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The results of this years report, unfortunately, are worse than last year's report. The report contains a lot of information, and is worth reading in its entirety. Today's post will discuss the results related to adults. An additional post will look at how the obesity epidemic is affecting America's youth.

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Sunday
Jul122009

The Power of Protein - Part 2: Protein & Body Composition

The first post in this series looked at some of the misconceptions related to protein intake and its impact on health. The key message was that as long as someone is generally healthy, consuming protein beyond the Recommended Daily Allowance has not been shown to be detrimental to health. In some cases, such as bone metabolism, studies show that extra protein can actually be beneficial. Of course, consuming too much protein can lead to an excess of calories, which can increase body fat levels.

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Wednesday
Jul082009

Smart Grocery Shopping

The average supermarket contains 45,000 different items. Forty-five thousand different items. With the conflicting nutrition information we see through various media, and the clever way products are packaged and labeled, a simple trip to the grocery store for foods that should provide us health and nourishment can be a very confusing, frustrating activity. If you are clear on what you need for optimal nutrition, and you keep from being misled by fancy packaging and misleading labels, you will save time and confusion. The following are some things to get you started as you make your way to the grocery store:

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Sunday
Jul052009

The Power of Protein - Part 1: Protein and Health Concerns

Improved recovery. Decreased body fat. Decreased cravings. Improved satiety. Increased bone density. Increased lean body mass. Enhanced immunity. Improved workout performance. More regular blood-sugar levels. Burn more calories. If the phrases above were written on the label of a nutritional supplement (and if it were true), that supplement would fly off the shelf. Fortunately, we can find something in our regular diet to provide these benefits

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Friday
Jul032009

The Buzz on Greek-Style Yogurt

Greek-style yogurt might be one of the products at the grocery store gaining popularity the fastest. While Greek-style yogurt is not new, it is becoming much more popular in the United States.

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