Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health

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October is Children’s Health Month, an observance created to bring national awareness to the health issues children face today. Unfortunately, too many U.S. children suffer from our national epidemics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease — problems that used to be very rare in children. Changes in society and poor health habits are increasing children’s risk of disease. Consider these statistics: Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health”

Breakfast for Weight Loss Champions

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What a great deal when you’re actually being encouraged to eat – breakfast that is! If you think skipping breakfast helps you shave calories from the day, think again.

Study after study shows breakfast eaters are leaner than breakfast skippers. And the National Weight Control Registry finds people who have lost at least 30 pounds tend to keep it off by eating breakfast. That’s because breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories over the course of the day and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers.

When you skip breakfast, your metabolism slows down and your blood sugar drops. That sets you up for a food grab later. The calories you save on the front end of the day will generally be compensated for at the back end — and your rear-end! By skipping breakfast, you’re likely to eat more at lunch and dinner and may feel justified in eating junk (high-calorie snacks) in between.

A Lifetime of Benefits

In addition, an American Heart Association study shows eating breakfast every day may reduce the risk for obesity and insulin resistance syndrome, an early sign of developing diabetes, by as much as 35-50 percent. People who eat a healthy breakfast also tend to have lower cholesterol.

If weight control and better general health aren’t reason enough to eat breakfast, this first meal also improves performance on the job or in the classroom with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and more strength and endurance.

What’s for Breakfast?

For a healthy breakfast, try to choose foods from at least two food groups. Sorry, donuts and coffee don’t qualify. But here are some quick ideas that do:

  • Go for protein. Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein that fills you up so you’re not hungry in an hour. Canadian bacon is another good source of lean protein. Try a slice of Canadian bacon, a slice of tomato and an egg on a whole-wheat English muffin for breakfast on the go.
  • Get your grains. Whole-grain cereal with skim milk is a great choice for a quick, easy breakfast that offers filling fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a calcium boost.
  • Fill up on fruit or veggies. Top whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and apple slices. Or whip together a veggie omelet, Reliv shake blended with yogurt and fruit, or grab a hardboiled egg and banana on the way out the door.
  • Core nutrition to go. With a Reliv shake, you can sneak in all your essential vitamins and minerals for the day with a scoop of Reliv Now® and be out the door in minutes!

Looking for a healthy Reliv shake recipe? Check out this list for some ideas!

What’s So Great About Losing Weight? (Besides Looking Better?)

If you ask your heart, or back, or joints, the most important reason to lose weight is for your health, not your looks. So consider looking better a major perk of weight loss — not to mention great motivation. Your clothes will fit better. Your self-confidence will soar. You may even dress better. But your whole body, from the inside out, will celebrate your weight loss!
Let’s look more closely at how weight affects your body. Continue reading “What’s So Great About Losing Weight? (Besides Looking Better?)”

Weight Loss is a Family Affair

If the weight gain trend continues, as it has the past 30 years, more than 86 percent of U.S. adults will be overweight or obese by 2030, according to researchers.
And the problem expands even to children. According to a new national poll, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern for kids in 2008, topping smoking and drug abuse. So what’s a family to do? Continue reading “Weight Loss is a Family Affair”

More Reasons Than Ever to Lose Weight

We’ve all heard how being overweight can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and joint problems. But did you know it can also lead to cancer?
Doctors have known for a while that there was a link between obesity and some cancers. Now researchers have specific numbers to match up with obesity-related cancers.
The report from the American Institute for Cancer Research says excess body fat causes: Continue reading “More Reasons Than Ever to Lose Weight”