CC News Wrap: Food, Fitness, and Health
You may have missed the latest news in the world of healthy living, so Calorie Count put together a mishmash of the info you need to know or would just like to read while your local news station covers a dog rescue, road closures or this week's upcoming Oscar Awards.
Mars Kills the King Size Candy Bar
Mars, Inc. is officially cutting its portion size by limiting their regular size candy bars to 250-calorie servings starting in 2013. The King Size variety will be served in two to four smaller bars. Mars tells NPR the switch is meant to "enable sharing or saving a portion for later." If you're a chocoholic, check out Mars' Making Chocolate Better initiative for more about the company's attempt to put a limit on your chocolate cravings.
Michelle Obama Wins Push Up Challenge
Fresh off a ski trip to Colorado, First Lady Michelle Obama, 48, is still officially at the top of her fit game celebrating the second anniversary of the "Let's Move!" initiative. Not only did she beat talk show host Ellen in a pushup challenge, but she put Jimmy Fallon to shame in a nice throwback to PE class with tug o war, sack race, dodgeball and hula hoops. Whether President Obama will serve a second term remains up in the air, but I'm voting for Michelle Obama in the next WNBA draft.
Eating Dessert Better than Avoiding It
Because healthy eating habits involve a treat every now and then, it's no surprise that a recent study detailed in the journal Steroids, found that those who indulged in desserts for breakfast - cookies, cake, or chocolate - lost an average of 40 lbs. more than a group that avoided such foods. Learning to enjoy treats while keeping calorie counts in check can help you prepare for maintenance. The study found those who had dessert kept the pounds off longer. Lead author, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University, said "... if you eat what you like, you decrease cravings. The cake — a small piece — is important.”
1-Minute Intervals Good For Your Health
Most people have heard of the USDA's recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, but few have heard of the second option given, 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week. Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario found those who engaged in a modified high-intensity interval training program improved their cardiovascular performance despite the exercise falling well short of the usual 150 minute recommendation. Middle-aged volunteers engaged in 1-minute intervals of strenuous effort, marked by 90 percent of a person’s maximum heart rate, followed by one minute of easy recovery. The effort and recovery are repeated 10 times, for a total of 20 minutes.
Kids Eat More Veggies when Pictured
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found kids ate more vegetables from lunch trays with pictures of the foods on them. The study saw the number of students taking green beans and carrots more than double following the addition. The amount of vegetables eaten by students who took vegetables remained similar, but the additional exposure to so many more students shows promise for increasing vegetable intake in school lunches.
What health headlines caught your eye in the last couple months?
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.