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Weight Loss: Overweight Kids Benefit from Healthy Lifestyle Change and Family Involvement

By Laura Brooks on 02/09/2009

It may seem obvious to you and me that overweight teens and children can benefit from healthy lifestyle change, but because there are a variety of treatments out there that focus on drug treatment for obesity, researchers wanted to study the specific benefits of behavioral change. A new review, published in the Cochrane Library, examined the various intervention strategies for […] Read more »

Weight Loss: Arginine Rich Foods May Help Fight Obesity

By Laura Brooks on 02/06/2009

A recent study the effect of arginine, an amino acid, on the reduction of fat in obese rats may hold some promise for helping people lose weight and fight obesity. "Given the current epidemic of obesity in the U.S. and worldwide, our finding is very important," said Dr. Guoyao Wu, an AgriLife Research animal nutritionist in College Station and Senior […] Read more »

Healthy Recipe: Asparagus and Roasted Pepper Salad with Toasted Pecans

By Laura Brooks on 02/05/2009

Pecans, the only native nut in the United States, can actually double the cholesterol-lowering effectiveness of a traditional heart-healthy diet, according to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition.  That makes two great reasons to enjoy today's healthy recipe from the CA Pecan Growers Association.  Enjoy this vegetable-rich salad with a sprinkle of pecans which as flair and a […] Read more »

Weighing In: Jessica Simpson’s Weight Shouldn’t Even Be a News Item

By Laura Brooks on 02/02/2009

Cynic that I am, I'm not surprised that Jessica Simpson's 'recent weight gain' made the following headline at Fox News: "Jessica Simpson Shocks Fans With Noticeably Fuller Figure." So-called 'news' reporters ran similar hit pieces in newspapers across the country, but they aren't the only culprits in what I call the 'weight-hate'  game.  Doing a search for "jessica simpson fat" […] Read more »

Healthy Recipe: Potato Crust Pizza

By Laura Brooks on 01/29/2009

Fans of pizza and potatoes unite!  This healthy recipe from Colorado Potatoes combines two favorite foods with simple ingredients and directions.  Wonderfully warm and filling on a winter's day, potatoes are a healthy eating food because they provide dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid (folate), beta-carotene, and iron.  A fun recipe to make with the whole family.  And […] Read more »

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