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February 17, 2016

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A new study is yet another piece of evidence that eggs are making a comeback.

For a long time, it was recommended to limit egg consumption, as yolks are high in dietary cholesterol, which was thought to be associated with heart health risks, as high levels of cholesterol in the blood is associated with coronary disease.

But in recent years, researchers have found that consuming moderate amounts of dietary cholesterol is not linked to a significant rise in blood cholesterol. In fact, yolks are rich in a variety of nutrients beneficial to overall health and may even be heart-protective.

The new study out of Finland supports that a relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol (the equivalent of one egg per day) is not associated with elevated heart health risks.

While adult men were the subject of this study, a 2013 study suggested that eating more eggs eating is not associated with higher blood cholesterol in adolescents, regardless of how much physical acti...

November 11, 2013

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The news hit last week that the FDA is targeting artificial trans fats in an effort to remove them from the food supply once and for all. Small amounts of trans fats exist naturally in some meal and milk products; but it is the artificial trans fats that result from food processing in the form of partially hydrogenated oils that pose the health risks, particularly related to heart health, that public health officials are seeking to avoid.  In fact, the CDC estimates that a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply could prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year.

This is significant. Already banned in some European countries, the FDA

February 7, 2013

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February is American Heart Health Month! As a society, we tend to think of heart health as more of an “adult” health issue, but the foundations for cardiovascular health are often set early in life, especially when it comes to eating and exercise behaviors.In the private school world, team sports are a big deal.  Teams are extremely competitive and have proud histories. Because of this, students not involved in team sports can become marginalized as far as encouragement of and engagement with exercise. This can be dangerous. 

The American Heart Association has the following perspective on this:

Team sports are a great way for kids to get their daily activity requirement, but competitive sports aren’t for everyone. Here are some ways to encourage a “non-athlete” to get up and get moving.

Don’t make exercise a punishment. Forcing children to go out and play may increase resentment and resistance. Try using physical activity to counter something a child...

April 2, 2012

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Researchers recently discovered that popcorn may be a new superfood.

According to findings reported by ScienceDaily, popcorn contains a large concentration of polyphenols—even more so than fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants are thought to reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease. The hulls of popcorn (the seed coverings that tend to get stuck in our teeth) have the highest concentration of these polyphenols, as well as high amounts of fiber. While popcorn could never replace fruits and vegetables, especially in regard to other important nutrients, this certainly supports promoting popcorn as a healthy snack.

At a National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Diego on March 25, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who led the research, stated,  “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cerea...

February 1, 2012

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According the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, including women.  More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.  To raise awareness of this women’s health issue, this Friday is National Wear Red Day.

Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease (CVD), is a term used to describe a number of problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis). As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.  Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat and heart valve problems.

For the first time, the American Heart Association has defined what it means to have ideal cardiovascular health by identifying seven key health and behavior factors.

“Life’s Simple 7” are:

1. don’t smoke
2. maintain a healthy weight
3. engage in regular physical activity

May 11, 2011

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We hear all the time that exercise is good for people of all ages.  But most kids exercise a lot without even thinking about it.  Just being active, like running around outside or playing a game at school is exercise.

These days, though, there are a lot of distractions from being active.  Whether it’s schoolwork, video games, or time spent on the computer or phone, we should remember that kids of all ages need some movement time!

Why is exercise so important? Exercise helps build a strong body that will be able to perform the way you want and need it to. 

4 Important Benefits of Exercise 

Heart Health:  The heart is a muscle that pumps blood to the rest of your body every day of your life. You can help this important muscle get stronger by doing the kinds of activities that get your heart pumping faster, make you breathe faster and make you sweat, such as swimming, basketball, soccer, ice or roller hockey, cross-country skiing, biking, s...

February 16, 2011

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Vitamin D is quite unique.  Both a vitamin we consume and a hormone we make, it is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin because the process of making it in our bodies is initiated by sunlight hitting our skin (and is ultimately synthesized in the kidneys).

We can also get vitamin D from food sources.  But the truth is, it’s actually pretty difficult to get adequate vitamin D from foods.  Few foods are actually good sources (fatty fish like tuna and salmon are!), and most of those sources are fortified (like dairy products and breakfast cereals).  Because of this, vitamin D has recently been the subject of much research and discussion.It is thought that 1 billion people worldwide have low blood levels of vitamin D.  This is especially problematic for those living in northern latitudes where the type of sunlight exposure necessary for adequate vitamin D synthesis isn’t up to par for the majority of the year.

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