Sugar, Diabetes and Whack-a-mole
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Sugar, Diabetes and Whack-a-mole

Dr. Robert Lustig’s groundbreaking study linking sugar and diabetes should motivate all parents to up their game of junk food whack-a-mole. The researchers found that in countries where the incidence of diabetes went up, the availability of sugar had increased earlier and in roughly the same proportion. By establishing a dose-response relationship, the study allows researchers to infer that … Continue reading

Should KY Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Soda?
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Should KY Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Soda?

Here’s the story behind South Carolina’s food stamp soda ban proposal. The founder of Louie’s Kids has been fighting obesity “one child at a time” — as his group’s motto says — for 12 years through summer camp scholarships, health club memberships, exercise groups and more. When Yuhasz co-chaired December’s “Conquering Tri-County’s Obesity Epidemic” meeting, he … Continue reading

Cigarettes and Soda: Ruthless Bioweapons
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Cigarettes and Soda: Ruthless Bioweapons

For the third year in a row, I spent Valentine’s Day at the Kentucky State Capitol advocating for heart health.  This year I joined several hundred at a rally for the Smoke Free Kentucky bill which would make all workplaces and public buildings in Kentucky smoke-free.  I met with my representative and shared the story of my grandmother’s smoking.  When she was … Continue reading

Food as Reward, Love and Valentine’s Day
Food as Reward

Food as Reward, Love and Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and thoughts turn to love.  That love is often expressed as food and this Valentine’s Day consumers will spend $1.6 billion on sweets.   What’s not so sweet is the impact this has on a nation already struggling with so much diet-related disease.  How loving is it to continue expressing love with chocolate, cake and … Continue reading

Tobacco flashbacks: Coke and Pepsi Sponsor Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Tobacco flashbacks: Coke and Pepsi Sponsor Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In her latest report And Now a Word From Our Sponsors, public health attorney and author Michele Simon questions the impact of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)  being sponsored by companies like Coke and Pepsi.  AND (formerly the American Dietetic Association)  is to registered dieticians (RDs) what the American Medical Association (AMA) is to medical doctors (MDs).   … Continue reading

Water First Policy in Schools
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Water First Policy in Schools

This was originally published on the School Bites blog. It seems like a new study link­ing sugar sweet­ened bev­er­age con­sump­tion to poor health makes head­lines each week. Par­ents and teach­ers rec­og­nize that serv­ing water bet­ter sup­ports the nutri­tion edu­ca­tion chil­dren are taught in school. It also fits with the Par­ent Teacher Asso­ci­a­tions’ Healthy Lifestyles Ini­tia­tive … Continue reading