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coke-machines200Americans consume too much sugar, and it’s killing us! A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that more than 70 percent of U.S. adults get more than the recommended amount of their daily calories from added sugars. Even more shocking is the direct link to higher levels of sugar consumption and higher incidents of death due to cardiovascular disease! Added sugar in our diet is literally killing us!

We are not talking about sugars that naturally occur in foods, like the sugar in fruit. The study looks specifically at those sugars added to … Read the rest

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childhoodobesity200Parents may be in denial when it comes to their kids’ weight.

About half of parents with overweight or obese children don’t think their kids are too heavy, a new study shows. This is true in the USA and around the world, the researchers found.

“Parents who underestimate their kids’ weight may not take action to encourage healthy behaviors that would improve their child’s weight and reduce their risk of future health conditions,” says lead author Alyssa Lundahl, a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

These findings come after a study released last week … Read the rest

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I graduated from high school in the 1970s – I know, that was a long time ago! Anyway, I was looking through my high school annual the other day and was surprised at what I found (on many levels, actually). This is not something I do very often. In fact, I probably haven’t looked at that book for more than 5 years.

I was struck by the group photos in the book. There were almost no overweight people in the photos! How could that be? What has changed in recent years? Studies tell us that in 2012 about 1/3 of … Read the rest

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Do you have picky eaters in your family?

Are you tired of cooking something different for each person at dinnertime?

Fixing a meal that satisfies everyone in the family can be a challenge. This is especially true when you have one or more picky eaters in the house. But, it can be done. You can spend less time in the kitchen and still prepare a meal that everyone will like. Each of the meal ideas below has one thing in common – it presents a selection of ingredients and then let’s each person choose the ones they want. Each one … Read the rest

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I just read the wonderful story of Doug Werner and his 9 year old daughter, Abbie. She had flunked her school fitness test and she was initially depressed. Abbie knew she had to do something. She was a bit overweight and didn’t want to suffer with obesity issues as the years went by. But, both Doug and his daughter saw an opportunity – one that went beyond exercise.

Doug worked in the fitness industry and he ran marathons before being injured. Both father and daughter were out of shape, and they decided to do something about it. And, what they … Read the rest

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