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New obesity weapon: kids teaching kids

When older kids teach younger children about nutrition and the benefits of exercise, the little ones seem to lose weight and gain knowledge about healthy living, Canadian researchers report. Such a program—called Healthy Buddies—was tested in Manitoba elementary schools. It helped heavy kids lose an average of half an inch off their waist and increased [...]

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Breaking through a weight-loss plateau

Weight-loss plateaus are a common problem for dieters. Breaking through the barrier may mean making some changes to your weight-loss plan, such as eating less or exercising more. Does this scenario sound familiar? You go on a weight-loss program, and the pounds start coming off. Then suddenly the scale seems stuck. You’re still counting calories [...]

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Fast-food Tip: Go for the Greens

original source: Mayo Clinic Can fast food be part of a healthy-eating plan? Sure, if you order wisely and choose fast food only occasionally. Choose an entree salad with grilled chicken, shrimp or garden vegetables. Opt for fat-free or low-fat dressing on the side, rather than regular salad dressing, which can have 100 to 200 [...]

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Get in the swim of things with water exercises for arthritis

If you have arthritis, water can be a great place to exercise. But, as with any type of exercise, it’s important to follow safety precautions and make sure you don’t overdo it. If you could invent the perfect exercise for arthritis, it might let you strengthen your muscles without lifting weights, improve your flexibility without [...]

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Food companies marketing to kids in most schools

Original Source: http://www.preventobesity.net/inside-track-jan-16-a There’s challenging news on the school food front. While the nutritional quality of the food served in schools is improving, food and beverage companies are still able to market unhealthy items such as fast food, soft drinks and candy in most schools, according to new research released Monday. In fact, food and beverage [...]

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Six reasons why we gain weight

Different factors may influence a person’s risk for gaining weight, but often it’s possible to change those factors. There’s a simple reason why people gain weight: They take in more calories than they use up. But the reasons a person’s calories get out of balance may be complex. Many factors can come into play. Understanding [...]

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Eat well during middle age, be well in 70s

Nov. 8, 2013—Women who eat a Mediterranean-style or similarly healthy diet during middle age are about 40 percent more likely to be alive—and in good mental and physical health—at age 70 and older than women whose diet is less nutritious, according to a study in theAnnals of Internal Medicine. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart [...]

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