Archive for July, 2011

 

Healthy Eating on the Go

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

As recently discussed, more kids are eating prepared and fast foods, which are not helping maintain a healthy weight.  Even though it is summertime, parents still find themselves ‘on the go’ with vacations, daily outings, kids’ activities, play dates, and fun in the sun.  Just because you are on the go doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy.  Here are some tips for healthy eating on the go: (more…)

Study Finds Children Eating More, and More Frequently Outside the Home

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

There has been an interesting incline in 2 trends: childhood obesity rates and the consumption of foods prepared and/or eaten outside the home.   Could there be a correlation? That’s exactly what a new study might help explain. (more…)

Policies that Promote Healthy Eating, Activity, and Sleep are needed to curb Obesity in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Mum Mum’s advocates the importance of instilling healthy eating habits in the first 3 years of life, which can lay the groundwork for future health.  This mantra is consistently being backed by new research over the past few years.  The studies are telling us that even expecting mums should be on a healthy diet to prevent future obesity, yet other sad statistics show that the message still isn’t getting out as childhood obesity rates continue to rise.   A recent report from the Institute of Medicine is now putting the responsibility on policy makers.   (more…)

Becoming Supplement Savvy

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

There has been more discussion of supplements than ever these days, but if you have ever taken a look at the supplement isle the options are endless and undoubtedly overwhelming.  Supplements should be taken just as the word itself suggests: as supplementary to a healthy, well balanced diet.  Yet if you are in need of a little boost by your healthcare providers recommendation, here are some tips for how to supplement savvy: (more…)

The Dish on Vitamin D Supplements

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Vitamin D’s claim to fame is building strong bones and teeth, but new evidence is finding that D plays many other critical roles in the body from immunity to diabetes. Expecting women need a little extra vitamin D to aid in protection from pregnancy complications and a new study found taking supplements to be safe for mums to be.  All the news may leave mums pondering, where do I get vitamin D from? Are supplements really necessary?  To help answer those burning questions, here is the dish on vitamin D. (more…)

Vitamin D Supplements found to be Safe for Pregnant Women

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Vitamin D Supplements found to be Safe for Pregnant Women

Vitamin D has come a long way, baby.  As we learn more about the wonders of vitamin D, the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) or minimum amount of vitamins and minerals we should consume daily, continues to increase.  In 2010, the DRI for vitamin D was increased from 400 IU (international units) to 600 IU daily. High levels of vitamin D were once thought to be toxic, but more and more research concludes ‘optimum’ levels far surpass even the current DRI.    It was also previously thought that expecting women should not take extra vitamin D but a recent study found that is yet another vitamin D misconception. (more…)

Community Seeks to Raise Awareness on Baby Health and Safety Issues

Friday, July 1st, 2011

This month we have been discussing baby safety, a topic with a different set of parameters during the summer.  New parents can be sure find plenty to worry about any time of the year and as mum’s always say you never stop worrying about your child.  A coalition of East Coast residents are launching a new initiative for 4 important baby health and safety issues hoping to spread the word even before baby is born. (more…)

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