Kids Heart Health

Over the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. Why is this cause for alarm? Obese youth are more likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and are more likely to be obese as adults, putting them at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such…

Realistic Solutions!

The often-quoted phrase “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” is a perfect frame of mind for New Year’s resolutions. It’s exciting to think of being at the end of a “thousand mile journey”—whether it’s to lose weight, quit smoking, increase exercise, etc.—but we often fail to outline the single steps…

Three Top 2016 Trends in Review

Each year we see a rise and fall of food trends that range from the new “it” foods and ingredients to social issues. So far in 2016 we’ve seen three top trends—functional foods, reducing food waste, and a rise of vegan foods— that helped to shape the retail landscape. Functional Foods According to Google’s annual Food Trends Report, functional…

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

With family gatherings, parties, and the rotating plate of cookies at work, it’s hard not to gain weight over the holidays. The truth is, most people do gain about 1-2 pounds by the end of the season. So what’s the big deal? Instead of returning to our pre-holiday weight, those couple of pounds tend to stick with us leading to…

Taking Lessons from the Blue Zones

You may have heard about Blue Zones® – several places or “zones” around the world where people are reported to live longer than anywhere else on earth as a result of following nine lifestyle traits. In 2004, New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner and National Geographic worked with longevity re- searchers to identify places…