Obesity has been classified as a National Epidemic by the US Surgeon General. According to the 2008 National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), 32.9% of Indiana children are overweight or obese as classified by BMI. Alarmingly, the probability of childhood obesity persisting into adulthood is high. Thinking our child may just ‘grow out of it’ is not likely. Not only do they have to deal with possible harassment from their peers, but being overweight is also associated with several health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, depression and dyslipidemia. These are no longer health problems exclusive to adulthood. As parents, a few easy steps such as these can make for a healthy, happy family!
Chef Jon Ashton came to Indianapolis during the Regional American Chef Federation (ACF) meeting in late March. The theme of the ACF was Taste Success, and the Indianapolis chefs showed not only their pride, but their Hoosier hospitality! Jon presented ACF on incorporating dairy into your diet in non-traditional ways during the ACF meeting. It is always wonderful when Jon comes to town, he is a great friend of the dairy industry, but more importantly, he is a grand ambassador of combating childhood obesity, promoting families eating together, and cooking good food simply and lusciously at home.
The Lemon Tart! Wow, what can I say, this is a great flavored tart with spunk! It is classic Barefoot Contessa, great flavor, intense color, and EASY. The approximate cost of this meal is $10/person and it will feed 6-8 people. So, I hope you have enjoyed my first holiday series along with the recipes, grocery list and approximate food cost. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and I will meet you back at the table very soon to help your family use dairy creatively and tastefully in new and delicious recipes.
Recovery begins with a Cardiac Rehabilitation program. February 14-20 is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This week helps to highlight the role of prevention and education in the treatment of heart disease. Cardiac Rehab is a medically supervised program designed to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical and mental performance. The goal is to reduce the risk of another cardiac episode or to keep an already present heart condition from getting worse.
The 17th annual Healthy Weight Week (1/17 – 1/23) is a time to celebrate healthy living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems, rather than intensifying them, as diets do.
Traditionally, many Americans begin a diet the first week in January and “blow” it the second week. Healthy Weight Week, the third week, is a time to stop dieting for good and help people normalize their lives. Healthy Weight Week promotes healthy non-diet lifestyles for children and adults of every size. It helps them move ahead to healthy habits they can live with long term – sound, reasonable habits that allow them to live well and get on with their lives.
Do you ever stop to think about where your food comes from? Sure, you make a trip to the grocery store to buy the products you want or need, but where does it really come from? Today’s farmers work hard to provide us with wholesome, nutrient-rich foods so that we don’t have to. So, during this season of Thanksgiving, let us remember to thank our farmers.
November is American Diabetes Month and more than 58 million Americans suffer from some type of diabetes or high blood sugar. As we continue to consume too much food and forego exercise for more sedentary activities, diabetes and other diseases affected by diet are sharply rising.
Movement is restricted by musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis, back pain, fracture, osteoporosis, or sports trauma in nearly one in two Americans as well as in many children. Therefore, the United States celebrates Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week.
National School Lunch Week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy as an opportunity to highlight the important, positive role of school lunch in our nation and President Obama has given his endorsement to this nutrition initiative, too. 95% of US schools participate in this program with 28 million school kids benefitting daily from this program.
DASH simply refers to an eating and lifestyle plan endorsed by leading health professionals along with the American Heart Association. Following a DASH-like diet has been found to help lower blood pressure as well as reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (which is just a fancy medical name for high blood pressure). So, DASHing can even help lower cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity, thus reducing the risk of diabetes as well as help with weight management and prevention of cancers.