Want to know which foods are healthy? So does the FDA

Under current federal guidelines, avocados couldn’t be labeled as healthy because of their level of saturated fat. Now the Food and Drug Administration is looking at re-evaluating how the term “healthy” is used on food labels to keep up with new research around consumption of nutritious fats. | (Photo: Larry Olmsted, for USA TODAY)  …

Family fitness: Program helps families live healthy

iStock   A family that eats and exercises together is a family that’s more likely to be healthy together.   That premise is why Emily Spicer and John Crist help run the Healthy ‘N Fit Kids and Families program at Altru, which encourages parents and children to work together toward living healthy lifestyles.   Spicer…

Step into spring with a fresh and healthy Mediterranean diet

May is Mediterranean Diet Month.   The Mediterranean diet is characterized by fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dried beans, fresh seafood, herbs and spices, low-fat dairy products and heart-healthy fats such as olive and canola oil. Spring is a great time to focus on this fresh, tasty and healthy way to eat!   The…

Healthy midnight snack options for new mothers

Provided Photo   For a breastfeeding mom, it’s very normal to feel hungrier than usual because the body needs extra calories to produce milk. This urge to eat can occur at any time of the day. There are instances when those who didn’t have midnight cravings earlier now want to have a bite when they…

Minneapolis healthy food rules prompt Dollar Tree to drop food stamp benefits

David Joles, Star Tribune | Little India International Market in northeast Minneapolis is one of the stores participating in the city’s staple food ordinance. Here, a customer shopped Friday for tomatoes.   Minneapolis has begun enforcing tighter rules requiring corner shops and convenience stores to stock a variety of healthy foods – prompting one discount…

More marriages, fewer divorces for a healthy society

Provided Photo         With Jamaica’s family structure in trouble, there have been discussions far and wide about reviving community parenting and getting children involved in church from an early age, among other suggestions.   But for founder and chair of the National Association for the Family, Dr Michael Coombs, the solution lies…

It’s Never Too Late for Moms to Model Healthy Behavior

  Anyone who spends time with young people may eventually hear a far too familiar refrain – “I’m so fat!”       While as adults we may think it’s reasonable to complain about our own bodies’ bumps and lumps, when someone who may be half our own age complains, suddenly it seems clear to…

Non-communicable diseases a threat to healthy ageing in Kenya and across Africa

Provided Photo   The number of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya is increasing. Urbanisation, an ageing population, and the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles that include poor diets, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are leading to a growing prevalence of conditions including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.   Earlier this month, the…

Healthy Start program supports each family with a personal touch

Lake Fong/Post-Gazette | Healthy Start community health worker Tiffani Thompson, left, visits the home of a Healthy Start participant, Meghan Shutika and her one-year-old daughter Kamryn Roy, at their Oakdale home.   Meghan Shutika says she found being a mother was very different when her second child arrived just over a year ago, compared with…

Hundreds attend Healthy Kids Day at North Suburban YMCA

Right, Chloe Nyren, 4, of Northbrook has her face painted by volunteer Hannah Streeter of Northbrook during Healthy Kids Day on April 30 at the North Suburban YMCA. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)   Several hundred people attended the North Suburban YMCA Healthy Kids Day, which welcomed the community for a free afternoon of…

Vitamin D to the Rescue

http://launch.newsinc.com/?type=VideoPlayer/Single&widgetId=1&trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=lvrj&videoId=30655250     With all the good news coming out in recent years about vitamin D, you’d think that this essential nutrient does everything short of improve your golf game and give you minty fresh breath.   Arthritis, asthma, colon cancer, coronary artery disease, diabetes, depression, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, dementia, gum disease –…