TIP OF THE WEEK
Americans are more concerned than ever before about living a healthy lifestyle. However, implementing dietary changes and adopting an exercise routine can prove to be overwhelming. Try these quick and simple swaps, which can actually make a difference in realizing your goals:
• Online shopping vs. mall: Switch up the routine and head back to the store. While online shopping has made life more convenient, it has eliminated another opportunity to realize the health benefits of walking.
• Gym vs. five-minute routine: Eliminate the guilt of missing a day at the gym. Do jumping jacks or crunches during television commercials. This five-minute routine burns calories and keeps you from mindlessly munching in front of the TV.
• Salad dressing vs. rice vinegar: Replace heavy salad dressing with a light vinaigrette. Simply whisk together rice vinegar, garlic salt, mustard powder, sesame oil, sesame seeds and canola oil in a measuring cup.
• Butter and oil vs. avocado: Instead of making your favorite baked goods with oil or butter, use mashed avocado. The substitution of avocado in baked goods helps increase their nutritional value and serves as a great alternative to ingredients that are high in saturated fat.
• Mid-morning snack vs. almonds: Control hunger by eating a few almonds instead of the mid-morning pastry. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that almonds helped control appetite and resulted in reduced calorie intake by the study participants.
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CHILDREN’S HEALTH
Pizza problems: Researchers are now zeroing in on pizza as a key factor in rising obesity rates for children and teens. A new study published earlier this month in the journal Pediatrics said that pizza has become one of the most popular foods among children, and that 22 kids consume way more calories, salt and fat on days when they eat pizza. One of the biggest problems for children is the preponderance of kids eating pizza as a snack, the study found.
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SENIOR HEALTH
Chilly weather: Seniors are also more prone to hyperthermia than younger adults, so winter can be a dangerous time for those who live in colder climates. In order to avoid getting the chills, seniors are encouraged to keep their thermostats set to at least 65, make sure their homes are properly insulated and to dress in layers of loose-fitting clothing. Caretakers are encouraged to check for signs of hypothermia, which include shivering, memory loss and slurred speech.
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NEW RESEARCH
Perfect pairs: According to a new study of married English couples, people often take on the habits of their partners, and making a concerted effort to be healthier is often more effective when both partners commit than when one person tries to make changes on their own. Whether it’s quitting smoking, eating more healthily or trying to be more active, a large percent of participants were more likely to be successful when their partner joined in the effort, according to senior author Jane Wardle of University College London.
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BOOK PICK
‘It Was Me All Along: A Memoir’ by Andie Mitchell
All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her 20th birthday and it registered a 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world.
— Clarkson Potter