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Nutrition Bites: Tips on how to eat healthier and save time

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Published: February 16, 2017

In a perfect world, all your responsibilities – personal and professional – can be completed with time to spare. In reality, responsibilities need to be prioritized, and what often falls by the wayside is personal health. While there may be nothing wrong with eating the occasional junk food to indulge a sweet tooth, this indulgence can often begin a junk food cycle, in which any individual with a busy schedule can become a victim. So…

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Nutrition Bites: Rethinking Holiday Meals

Food Environment Research

Published: December 15, 2016

Holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means one last time to indulge before the New Year begins. However, that doesn't mean you have to derail the progress you have made this year. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into holiday fun. One great way to make your holiday dinner a little healthier this year is to leave out the meat. With so many other decadent holiday…

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Nutrition Bites: Eat Healthy and Save Money

Food Environment Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Eating healthy can have many different definitions, but often times what comes to mind when trying to eat healthy is the word “expensive.” Not buying wisely can result in overspending. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Shop in season By shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season you are able to get the most bang for your buck. In the months of September and October, apples,…

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Nutrition Bites: Summertime Hydration

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Published: June 28, 2016

Hydration is a key component in our health that is often overlooked. Now that we are in the heat of summer, with exceptionally high temperatures, hydration is crucial to a safe and happy summer. The human body is made up of about 60% water. Water is imperative for good health and plays many important roles in the body, such as, aiding in flushing out waste products, regulating body temperature, preventing constipation and much more. The…

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Nutrition Bites: Hype Over Hypertension

Food Environment Research

Published: April 28, 2016

About 70 million Americans have it, and in 2013, it was the primary or contributing cause of death for 360,000 Americans. The "it" is hypertension also known as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps. When the pressure is consistently too high it is called "hypertension" or high blood pressure which creates an environment where the heart is working extra hard.…

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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention

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Published: February 29, 2016

With one-third of all cancer deaths related to poor diet and physical activity, it's no surprise that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to cancer prevention. In fact, when asked the number one way to prevent cancer, Laura Kerns, a Registered Dietitian at University Medical Center and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, keeps it simple, "Eat your fruits and vegetables! Research shows that consuming a plant-based diet with healthy fats, similar to the Mediterranean…

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Nutrition Bites: Hot Topic - Probiotics

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Published: December 21, 2015

Gut health is getting more attention as research reveals the benefits of a balanced microbiota, or the microbe population in the intestine. Prebiotics are also gaining popularity due to their direct impact on gut microbiota, but what do we really know about probiotics? What are probiotics? The Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Health Organization define probiotics as “Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” More…

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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 28, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn't have to be more expensive, and the Eat Dat! Cookbook by the Tulane Prevention Research Center is here to tell you how to have a balanced diet and a balanced checkbook. Eat Dat! Cookbook features healthy and delicious recipes, the cost of each ingredient and serving, and the nutrition information for every dish. Get a jump-start on saving money and eating healthy by following these four tips. Plan…

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Nutrition Bites: Back to School Basics

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: August 24, 2015

In August, Kids Eat Right Month highlighted some great ideas to support nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for students headed back to school. Here are a few ideas to get students eating healthy this school year. Breakfast can be a hard thing to fit into a busy morning; however, kids who eat breakfast are more likely to concentrate better, retain more information, and excel to higher levels in both reading and math! The night before,…

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Nutrition Bites: Smart Summer Snacking

Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 29, 2015

Schools out for summer! That means busy schedules for parents, summer activities for children, and waking up every morning to the sweltering New Orleans heat. While its tempting to cool down with a snowball or popsicle, snacks like these can have up to 7 grams of sugar and offer little nutritional benefits. Instead, try these healthy, budget-conscious, and kid-friendly twists on favorite summer snacks! (Note: The recipes below contain mostly natural sugar from fruit, not…

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Nutrition Bites: Basics of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE)

Published: April 19, 2015

Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services teams up with the United States Department of Agriculture to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Currently, this process is coming to a close and a final report is to be published by the end of 2015. Here are the basics so far: What is The Dietary Guidelines for Americans? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is a set of guidelines to promote a…

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Nutrition Bites: Tricking Fat Tuesday

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Published: February 10, 2015

As a newcomer to New Orleans, I'm eagerly awaiting my first Mardi Gras. I anticipate elaborate floats, lots of great music, and a citywide party that only New Orleans could pull off. After doing a little research and talking to locals, I learned what Mardi Gras is all about – indulging and having fun. As a dietitian, I'm always looking for ways to enjoy life and be healthy, and this Mardi Gras, I'm going to…

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Nutrition Bites: Small changes count, too

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Published: December 12, 2014

New Years Resolutions – the notorious promise for self-improvement that gets broken in a week. Most resolutions are lofty goals that require a quick overhaul of everyday life. Here's the good news: Making a few small, manageable changes can make a difference in your health and make your resolution count. See if one of these resolutions works for you: 1. Make one change each month Small changes add up to make a big difference. Changing…

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Most children get food and beverage marketing at school, study says

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Published: January 13, 2014

Most students are exposed in school to efforts by food and beverage companies to sell food or gain brand loyalty, despite a decline in some kinds of commercial enterprises, including in soda machine contracts, researchers reported Monday. High school students get the most exposure, and for almost 64% of elementary school students, the most common type of commercialism is food coupons distributed as incentives, the researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.…

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Video satire skewers Coke's polar bears - USAToday

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Published: October 10, 2012

This is the video that Coca-Cola doesn’t want you to see. Its famous Polar Bears are skewered – as is the whole soft-drink industry – in an anti-sugary-drink video to be released Wednesday. Behind it: Alex Bogusky, the culturally influential ad legend whose former agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, has created ads for such hot-button clients as Burger King, Domino’s and, yes, Coca-Cola. Bogusky left the agency world in disgust two years ago. Now, he’s…

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New Orleans' Ralph Brennan challenges his restaurants' staff to slim down

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Published: September 05, 2012

Watching your calories while working in a restaurant is about like walking uphill in a rainstorm. You can just expect to slip up from time to time. Ralph Brennan knows all about that. His weaknesses: wine and desserts. And he works with sommeliers and pastry chefs. Today, Brennan launched a 90-day fitness and weight-loss competition for the employees of his restaurants: Ralph's on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Cafe b, Cafe NOMA and Heritage Grill.…

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Kale for Everyone!

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Published: February 07, 2012

In this week's Recipes for Health, Martha Rose Shulman found inspiration at the farmers' market. On a recent Thursday at my neighborhood farmers' market, one farmer had three different varieties of kale on offer black kale (also known as cavolo nero, dinosaur kale, dragon tongue, lacinato or Tuscan kale), curly gray-green kale and red Russian kale, another ruffled variety that has red veins and a purplish color. I bought all three and had a…

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Calories count, but source doesn't matter: study

Food Environment Research

Published: January 30, 2012

People trying to lose weight may swear by specific diet plans calling for strict proportions of fat, carbs and protein, but where the calories come from may not matter as much as simply cutting back on them, according to a study. Researchers whose results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found there were no differences in weight loss or the reduction of fat between four diets with different proportions of fat, carbohydrates…

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Published: January 13, 2012

from MSN.com You probably wouldn't serve your child a Twinkie for breakfast before he or she heads off to school. But some kids' cereals pack the same sugary punch, according to a new study from the Environmental Working Group. (How much sugar should kids eat?) The study investigated 84 popular children's cereal brands and found that three-fourths of them failed to meet the federal government's proposed guidelines on what makes food nutritious enough to be…

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Does your body fight to stay fat? Maybe, research suggests

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Published: January 05, 2012

By Linda Carroll, TODAY Health It's the first week of January and many of us are gearing up to start our home versions of "The Biggest Loser." We've got it all planned out: the low calorie meals, the hours pounding the treadmill. … But even if we succeed in slimming down to the size of our dreams, we most likely won't stay that way. Most people don't, research has shown. The reason for all that…

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