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  • Healthy Eating
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Fitness from the Inside Out
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • The Fit Family
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Healthy Alternatives
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

UPDATE: Sweetened Beverages: The Marketing of Sugar

With childhood obesity on the rise, ads for highly sweetened beverages are targeting youth in an increasingly aggressive manner, contributing to an already serious health issue.

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Adding Fish to Your Diet May Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Eating at least one serving per week of baked or broiled fish could improve memory function, increase brain volume, and stave off Alzheimer’s.

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Americans are Snacking Their “Weigh” to Obesity

Americans are Snacking Their “Weigh” to Obesity

It's the number of snacks and meals that people are eating—not simply portion size—that is serving to boost caloric intake among Americans.

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Diet Soda Linked to Expanding the Waistline Rather Than Trimming It

Diet Soda Linked to Expanding the Waistline Rather Than Trimming It

Drinking diet soda in an attempt to shed pounds may pack them on instead.

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Childhood Obesity Warrants Removal of Child to Foster Care

An Ohio mother has lost her 200-pound eight-year-old son to foster care, after failing to get his weight under control.  

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Friday 5: Top 5 Stories of the Week

This week’s top stories include new research on birth control pills reducing the risk ovarian cancer, a fix for America’s nutrition labels, and a good reason to get your child off the couch and outdoors—to improve their vision.

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Organic Foods: The Face Behind the Product

Do you k now who really makes that organic cereal you just bought? You might be surprised at the face behind the brand.

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Top 10 Kitchen Items for Healthier Eating

Top 10 Kitchen Items for Healthier Eating

Every grocery and department store has sections with healthy cooking ingredients and tools. The selection can be mind-boggling. Healthy Eating columnist Susan Brady shares her suggestions for must-haves.

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Optifast Diet

Optifast Diet

Optifast is a serious weight loss program for individuals who need to lose 50 pounds or more. It is a medically-based, liquid diet that has proven results, with over 80 clinical studies and 1+ million participants since its inception in 1974.

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Hormones Linked to Weight Gain After Dieting

Putting on pounds after significant weight loss is the bane of most dieters, but a hormone may be the culprit in slowing metabolism and weight gain, not lack of willpower.

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Chocolate Caramel Gluten-Free Pretzel Recipe [VIDEO]

Looking for something sweet, salty, tasty and gluten-free? Try this recipe for Chocolate Caramel Gluten-Free Pretzels from our friends at thinkThin and Lizanne Naturally.

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Rejected Weight-Loss Drug Contrave Breathes Life into Orexigen

Rejected Weight-Loss Drug Contrave Breathes Life into Orexigen

All is not lost in the battle to find an acceptable and safe weight-loss drug. Orexigen Therapeutics drug, Contrave, will head to a full-scale clinical trial to attain FDA approval.

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Mom, What’s for Dinner?

Mom, What’s for Dinner?

Struggling with what to make for dinner after a full day of parenting, working or even playing?  Peekaboomom.com blogger Lisa Farley provides some simple steps to simplify the process of mealtime.

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Hospital Formula Freebies Hamper Breastfeeding

Hospital Formula Freebies Hamper Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is considered to be the best start in every infant's life, but a common practice in American hospitals may be working to thwart efforts to provide babies with mother’s milk.

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Obesity in America Projected to Affect 164 Million by 2030

Obesity in America Projected to Affect 164 Million by 2030

If rates of obesity continue to follow the current trends, half of the United States population will suffer from obesity within the next two decades.

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