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Heart Group Advises Personalized Nutrition Counseling

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THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Health care providers need to consider people's ethnic, cultural and personal preferences when offering healthy eating advice, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. Health care providers also need to use easy-to-understand language and food examples. "It's one thing for professionals to summarize the data and develop guidelines. An entirely different strategy is required to translate those guidelines into daily behaviors embraced in real life, by real people," said Linda Van Horn, the statement writing group chair. She is a professor of preventive medicine (nutrition) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "To consumers, it's an apple, an orange, a pizza. It's not saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and potassium. That's nutrition jargon familiar among professionals, but not normal conversation for the average ... Read more

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Health Tip: Looking for a Sweet Snack?

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-- You don't have to indulge in an unhealthy snack to satisfy your craving for something sweet. Snack on one of these tempting treats, suggested by the American Heart Association: Canned fruit with no added sugar. A small serving of angel food cake, sliced thin. A baked apple. Fresh fruit. Naturally sweet raisins, or frozen grapes or bananas. Unsweetened low-fat fruit yogurt. Read more

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New Guidelines Urge Diabetics to Move More

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – People with diabetes need to move more often than previously advised, new guidelines say. To improve blood sugar management, people with diabetes should do three or more minutes of light activity every 30 minutes during prolonged periods of sitting, such as working on a computer or watching TV. This is especially true for those with type 2 diabetes, according to the latest recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). These light activities include: overhead arm stretches, walking in place, leg lifts or extensions, desk chair swivels, torso twists and side lunges. Previously, the association recommended light physical activity for every 90 minutes of prolonged inactivity. "These updated guidelines are intended to ensure everyone continues to physically move around throughout the day – at least every 30 minutes – to improve blood glucose ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Pays Off for Severely Obese Teens

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Weight-loss surgeries can help severely obese teens shed pounds. And now a study finds these procedures can also pay for themselves in health care savings over time. "Our analysis indicates that it can also be cost-effective when assessed over a relatively short time horizon," wrote a team led by Dr. Chin Hur of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. According to background information in the study, up to 6 percent of American youths are severely obese, and that rate is expected to rise. Lifestyle changes – diet and exercise – are the first-line treatment for these teens, but this approach rarely leads to significant lasting weight loss, the researchers said. So, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery is increasingly being viewed as an option for these teens. But the surgeries can be expensive, and there's little data on whether those expenses outpace cost ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy an Active Autumn

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-- Autumn is a great time of year to help your family eat and move well. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Go for a run or enjoy a nature hike. Start a family game of football. Eat a healthy meal about three hours before a workout, and have a healthy snack about an hour before. Choose meals balanced with protein and carbohydrates, such as cereal with milk. Snacks should be low in fat, such as yogurt or fruit. Drink extra water and eat a healthy snack after vigorous exercise. Read more

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Many Teens Light Up to Lose Weight, Study Suggests

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MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Many American teens may smoke to control or lose weight, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 10,500 youngsters between the ages of 11 and 15. Among frequent smokers, 46 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys said weight control was one of the reasons they smoked. The study also revealed that smoking to lose weight was much more common among teens who felt they needed to drop weight. Girls who believed they were "much too fat" were nearly 225 percent more likely to smoke to lose weight than girls who felt their weight was about right. Boys who thought they were "much too fat" were nearly 145 percent more likely to smoke for weight loss than boys who were happy with their weight, the study found. The researchers also found that white teens were more than twice as likely as black teens to smoke for weight loss. The findings help "us better ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kick Off Exercise With a Support System

Posted 8 days ago by

-- Ready to start exercising? Be sure to build a network of friends and loved ones to support you when the going gets tough. The American Council on Exercise advises: Talk to your partner, friends and family members and explain your commitment to better health. Ask for encouragement and support. Ask someone to be your accountability partner, to help you stay on track. The same person can be a workout buddy, too. Find someone from each area of your life (work, home, etc.) who can check in with you regularly and cheer you on. Look for a support group. Identify potential pitfalls, such as doughnuts at work or a smoking spouse. Decide how you will deal with these challenges. Read more

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Having Baby Too Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Infants born to mothers who've had weight-loss surgery have a higher risk for complications, and the risks are greatest for those born within two years of the surgery, a new study finds. "A recently postoperative mother with underlying nutritional, metabolic, and physiological changes is at an elevated risk for perinatal complications," concluded a team led by Dr. Brodie Parent, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. One obstetrician who reviewed the findings said the issue is arising more frequently as bariatric (weight-loss) surgeries surge in popularity. "I have been acutely aware of the recent increase in patients who have had bariatric procedures," said Dr. Brian McKennna, who directs gynecology at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. "Many of these patients have had serious nutritional deficits even before their ... Read more

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National School Lunch Program Serving Up Healthier Fare

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TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – U.S. school lunch guidelines introduced a few years ago are improving students' eating habits, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on the National School Lunch Program, which was enacted in 2012 to provide students with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk. The guidelines were also intended to reduce kids' consumption of salt and saturated fats. After the standards were implemented, there was a 4 percent decline in the total calories of students' lunch choices, and their calories from fat fell 18 percent while calories from salt decreased 8 percent, the researchers said. The researchers did find that students who received free and reduced-price lunches were more likely to choose entrees with higher levels of fat and less likely to select entrees with high salt levels. Students who paid full price for their lunches were ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choosing a Time to Work Out

Posted 10 days ago by

-- Trying to decide when to work out? The American Heart Association says the best time of day to exercise depends on: When and where it's most convenient, so you'll be more likely to exercise regularly. While it's great to exercise first thing in the morning to help boost metabolism for the rest of the day, early exercise may not work for you if you like to sleep as late as possible. When you can squeeze it in. You don't have to get your 30 minutes of recommended daily exercise all at once. Split it into three 10-minute workouts, if necessary. Read more

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Obesity More Common Among Teens With Autism: Study

Posted 11 days ago by

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Teens with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be more likely to be obese and stay obese throughout their teen years compared to other teenagers, a new study suggests. The researchers noted that childhood obesity could have long-term health consequences for those with ASDs. They said more study is needed to understand age-related changes that could help prevent and treat obesity among teens with the disorder. "Children with developmental disabilities face unique challenges and are not always served by health interventions aimed at those without disorders such as ASD," said study author Aviva Must. Must is chair of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. "The complexity of their medical needs is both why particular attention should be paid to their circumstances and why it is difficult to do so," Must said in a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kids Don't Need a Low-Fat Diet

Posted 11 days ago by

-- It's important for kids to eat well and to practice healthy habits, but a low-fat diet isn't necessary and may even be harmful, experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains: If dietary fats are replaced by added sugars in a child's diet, it may do more harm than good. Healthy fats are essential for brain growth and physical development. Healthy fats, such as those in wild-caught fish and whole milk, are heart healthy. But not all fats are healthy. Kids (and adults) should avoid trans fats, found in many fried or processed foods. Read more

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More Evidence Linking Obesity to Liver Cancer

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FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – Having a large waistline, a high body mass index (BMI) and type 2 diabetes, may raise your risk for liver cancer, a new study suggests. "We found that each of these three factors was associated, robustly, with liver cancer risk," said study co-author Peter Campbell. He's strategic director of digestive system cancer research at the American Cancer Society. Liver cancer rates have roughly tripled in the United States since the mid-1970s, "and the prognosis for patients diagnosed with this type of cancer is especially grim," Campbell said. He and his colleagues examined data on 1.57 million adults from 14 U.S. studies to look for an association between obesity and type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. None of the participants had cancer when the study began. Over time, 6.5 percent of the participants were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which is an obesity-related ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use a Workplace Gym

Posted 16 days ago by

-- If your workplace offers a gym, take advantage of this great way to get active. Here are suggestions from the American Council on Exercise: Schedule exercise on your daily calendar. Get to work early, if necessary. Pack daily workout clothes. Bring toiletries if the gym has showers. If not, baby wipes and deodorant can help you freshen up. For fun and support, ask a co-worker to exercise with you. Stash a clean shirt or fresh change of work clothes at your desk in case you need them. Read more

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Fitbit, Other Heart Rate Wristbands Often Inaccurate: Study

Posted 16 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Watch-like wristbands that monitor heart rate may not offer true readings during exercise, a small study finds. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic's Heart and Vascular Institute tested four different wrist-worn heart rate monitors. "All worked pretty well at rest," said Dr. Marc Gillinov, the Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon who led the experiment. "But as people exercised, the accuracy diminished." None of the four devices achieved the accuracy of a chest strap monitor. In treadmill tests, the Apple Watch and Mio Fuse were the most accurate. The other two devices fell short: Basis Peak, which is no longer being manufactured, overestimated heart rate during moderate exercise, and Fitbit Charge HR underestimated heart rate during more vigorous exercise, the study found. Intel Corp. issued a safety recall last summer due to incidents of the Basis Peak ... Read more

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