April 11, 2012
6 weeks to a better body We are now six weeks (!) from the beginning of pool and beach season. But fret not. The plan below details how, by making small changes each week, you can have your body looking leaner and ready for outdoor summer festivities. View the photo gallery Each week, you will be given a new piece to the overall exercise and nutrition plan. As we add new pieces each following week, do these in addition the everything from the previous weeks.
April 11, 2012
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center will provide a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). This week, Debra Schulze, RD, LDN, weighs in on stroke prevention. A stroke, also called a "brain attack," can occur at any age. The good news is simple changes may significantly reduce your risk. Nutrition and exercise are two key modifiable behaviors. Go Mediterranean The Mediterranean Diet, rich in beneficial oils, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in cholesterol and animal fat, has been shown in studies to reduce risk of stroke and heart attack.
March 9, 2012
Sunday, March 11 Concert Voices 21 performs the music of Elizabethan-era composer Thomas Tomkins, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Information: 240-643-6563 or voicesxxI.org. 'The Merchant of Venice' Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the Bard's tragic comedy through March 24 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. Tickets are $36, $29 for seniors (older than 65)
February 12, 2012
The nation's food stamp program is an essential part of the American safety net. Why? Because people can't be productive - in school, at work or looking for work - if they are hungry and fearful about not having enough food to feed their families. The program serves 46 million people, almost as many people as Medicare. And that's despite the fact that more than one-third of those eligible for the benefit are not receiving it. If all those who qualified for food stamps enrolled in the program, it would include 20 percent to 25 percent of Americans.
November 7, 2011
In Natalie Webb's letter of Nov. 4 ("Don't ban soda, choose moderation"), she writes that, rather than telling kids not to drink sodas, "we need to help them understand how all foods and drinks can fit into a healthy eating plan. " The problem is, sodas are loaded with empty calories that are almost immediately stored in the body as fat, they have no nutritional value and thus have absolutely no place in a "healthy eating plan. " As a registered dietitian, she should know that consuming the 10 teaspoons of sugar (not to mention the caffeine)
October 9, 2011
Having just observed Yom Kippur, Zoey Solomon knew what it felt like to be hungry. But, as the 9-year-old walked through an exhibit Sunday depicting the lives of malnourished children from around the world, she still wrinkled her nose at a container of brown paste that smelled like peanut butter, as a doctor explained that children in other countries enjoy it and rely on it to keep them healthy. "We fasted to observe Yom Kippur yesterday, and she was so hungry by noon," said Lorna Solomon, who brought her daughter to the weekend exhibit in Patterson Park, put on by Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization that works in 65 poor and blighted developing countries.
September 30, 2011
Many cancer patients end treatment underweight. Post-treatment breast cancer patients, however, often end up overweight. This can sometimes be attributed to medications such as steroids or chemotherapy. Or the patient is overweight to begin with. Losing this weight is a worthy goal as overweight and obese patients have an increased risk for cancer recurrence, studies say, as well as chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Find your Body Mass Index, a measure of your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared.
August 23, 2011
When spuds were all greasers, they deserved to get kicked out of school. Deep-fat french fries and oily tater tots got the heave-ho from most cafeterias, as schools in Maryland and across the country tried to improve child nutrition. Potatoes that wanted to stay on the menu had to go to reform school, returning as low-fat, oven-baked "fries," baked potatoes or mashies made with skim milk. Now even those goody-two-shoes spuds face near-expulsion. Proposed federal nutritional requirements for the National School Lunch Program would allow school cafeterias to offer students no more than one cup of starchy vegetables per week.
July 27, 2011
First Nutrition recently opened two locations in Harford County, one in Bel Air Plaza and the other in Swan Creek, Havre de Grace. Karl and Sharon Graybeal are coaches at the Bel Air operation and Gary and Diane in Havre de Grace. The nutrition clubs are open for breakfast and lunch each day and close around 6 p.m. Both of locations are independent distributors of Herbalife Products, specializing in weight management programs. A new line of "24" brand athletic products is also now available at each site.