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Carbonated beverage intake has increased significantly among America’s youth over a 20-year period. One soft drink a day has been linked to 60 percent increase in the development of obesity over time, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
This video explains how to make Favorite Bean Soup, using dried beans that are economical, healthy and delicious.. Come on, let's build a healthy meal together!
The Dairy Alliance has offered a challenge: Raise Your Mitt and Commit to eating at least 1 meals to together each day with your family.
There are so many different ways of working exercise into your daily routine. Just 30 minutes a day could increase your quality of life.
Get your exercise by walking and enjoy the outdoors. Just a few minutes a day can make you feel better, lose weight and a healthier person all around.
Learn to make Salmon Patties with 6 ingredients. This recipe features a low fat protein with 110 Calories & 12 grams of protein per serving.
This article describes the 5 groups from the MY PLATE: Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Grains & Dairy/Calcium rich foods. A recipe for the MY PLATE WRAP is given.
During pregnancy, your immune system is altered, which makes it harder for your body to fight off certain harmful foodborne pathogens.
Serving a Vegetable Platter that looks like a turkey is a delicious, nutritious way to incorporate more vegetables into your Thanksgiving feast.
Announcement for August beekeeping meeting
(Distributed 06/01/01) Health is more than just the absence of illness, according to an LSU AgCenter family development authority. Mental and spiritual health account for much of our quality of life, says family development expert Raye Neely.
Learn the signs of diabetes -- type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. (PDF Format Only)
Directory of Louisiana Farmers Markets and reasons why you should shop there.
The First Aid Farm Quest CD is a multimedia, interactive educational program used by schools and libraries that teaches fifth-grade through high school first aid and injury prevention skills. Games and activities are developmentally appropriate and reinforced through interactive navigation within modules.
Researchers say black men and women have double whites’ risk of dying of coronary heart disease. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Monika Safford studied about 24,000 people nationwide who were followed for about four years.
Tips to manage your diabetes through lifestyle. The different types of diabetes are also explained.
The mission of the Louisiana Food Access Summit is to stimulate engagement of farmers, community members, organizations and policy makers by resetting the table to combat hunger and strengthen Louisiana’s regional and local food systems.
Exercising for 30 minutes a day can increase the quality of life, strengthen the heart and lungs, keep you from getting tired, control blood pressure, improve memory and influence so many other health factors.
Access to fresh, locally grown foods, for starters. That may be one of the best reasons, but there are many more.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources that support regional food production. markets, meat processing facilities and more, as well as data on USDA-supported projects in all 50 states.
The nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
FRAC leads efforts to broaden low-income children’s access to healthy school lunch and breakfast, summer and afterschool meals and child care food in the child nutrition reauthorization process.
The mission of the Louisiana Food Bank Association is to provide a unified voice for Louisiana's hungry with short-term response seeking long-term solutions through advocacy, education and leadership.
Most children can put into perspective tragic or sad events that don't impact them personally. However, some children may be at risk of more extreme reactions because of personal circumstances. Adults should contact a professional if children exhibit the following over an extended period of time.
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank exists to service short-term, unmet food needs of individuals in the greater Baton Rouge area through existing or social service providers, churches/synagogues and other organizations.
If food has thawed in your refrigerator or freezer, you are probably facing an odor problem that hangs on even after the spoiled food is gone. Getting rid of this odor is likely to take time, patience and a combination of techniques. You can find out more here.
If food has thawed in your refirgerator or freezer, you are probably facing an odor problem.
February is reserved as American Heart Month in order to raise awareness about the prevention and management of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women and accounts for almost 700,000 deaths each year or 29% of all U.S. deaths.
After any disaster, children are most afraid that the event will recur, that they or someone they love will be hurt or killed, that they may be separated from those they love and be left alone. Here are strategies to help caregivers help affected children.
Hurricanes have brought crisis into the living rooms of all Americans. Once again, the trauma of such events has struck at the heart of America. Dealing with natural disasters is difficult enough for all to comprehend. The lives of all will be changed forever. It is incredibly more difficult when young people and children are involved and are the victims.
(Distributed 01/31/08) February is American Heart Month. Women will again “Go Red for Women” by wearing something red or a special pin to raise awareness of heart disease, women’s no. 1 killer.
Nutrition researchers in the LSU AgCenter believe a form of starch may have a greater effect on metabolism and fat deposition than other types of dietary fiber. The LSU AgCenter research team has shown that fermentation of natural resistant starch in the large intestine is an important and previously underestimated mechanism in weight management.
How do you get head lice? How do you know if you have a head lice problem? How do you eliminate a head lice problem? Find these answers and more. (PDF Format Only)
Drinking enough fluids is important during our hot summer weather – especially for senior citizens, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
In the past, cardiovascular disease was thought to be caused by diet alone, but today health experts are beginning to realize that it is in part due to inflammation of blood vessel walls. A large study was done in England showed that foods rich in vitamin C can lower levels of inflammatory markers in their blood stream.
In societies that consume soy products, the populations have a lower incidence of osteoporosis. The soy components thought to be responsible for this are the isoflavones genistein and daidzein.
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, to help educate people about the importance of preventing and treating high blood pressure.
Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy says declining levels of physical activity may help explain why childhood metabolic diseases are becoming more common.
Recent clinical trials and ongoing studies have emphasized the importance of physical activity or combined physical activity and improved diet in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Do you smoke around your young children? Does your child’s child-care provider smoke in the child-care environment? If your answer to either of those questions is "yes," LSU AgCenter experts caution there are multiple concerns about children and their exposure to secondhand smoke.
A new study shows that Americans consumed more calories over the past 30 years. This points to the increase in overweight and obesity in the United States.
Being overweight is a fast-growing health issue affecting children and adolescents. Many causes contribute to the problem, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
"Try to add more fresh fruit, juice and a variety of vegetables in your diet to improve your health and reduce heart disease risks," urges LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy. The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends 2-3 servings of fruits and 3-4 servings of vegetables daily.
A new eating plan can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by lowering blood pressure. DASH - Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension - is rich in low-fat dairy foods, fruits and vegetables.
Dietary fat is important in determining cardiovascular health and risk of heart disease development. Some fats actually help protect against heart disease.
It has been thought for some time that diet is related to strokes.There’s now evidence that fruits and vegetables help protect against stroke.
The problem of weight gain is increasing in the United States, with more than 60 percent of population now overweight and more than 30 percent obese. Among African-Americans, obesity rates are even higher.
One quarter of all U.S. children ages 2 to 17 are obese, according to the Center on an Aging Society. Several more million children are at risk. Obese children are more likely to remain obese in adulthood, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
Active children are more likely to become active adults. As many children grow into adolescence, however, their physical activity levels decline, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Scientists are learning about the role of genetic and non-genetic factors in cardiovascular, metabolic and hormonal responses to aerobic exercise through a three-part investigation begun 12 years ago, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
Both obesity and being overweight have increased significantly in recent years, with nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults being one or the other. Whether this weight gain has resulted more from an increasing sedentary lifestyle or from less exercise is under debate, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
When you're under stress, one of your best defenses is good health. To keep your body healthy, use these recomendations for a well-balanced diet and a regular program of exercise.
(Distributed August 2004) Although studies like the National Nutrition and Health Examination Survey and the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) collect data on the general U.S. population, few surveys investigate dietary intake at regional, state or in rural areas, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
Father’s Day is a good time to focus on men’s health. Although many people think of osteoporosis as a woman’s disease, it is also a serious health problem for men, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is often called the silent killer, because it may cause no symptoms. High blood pressure makes your heart work harder than it should to pump blood. Includes warning signs.
May is designated each year as a time to help educate people about the importance of preventing and treating high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and the chief risk factor for stroke and heart failure. It also can lead to kidney damage, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
White adolescents are more occupied with thinness than black adolescents. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy examines this phenomenon found in a Pennington Biomedical Research Center study.
Obesity has increased tremendously in the last few years in both children and adults. The surge has raised the incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.
Every year some 500 Americans die suddenly in their homes from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. A little knowledge about the gas and taking some simple precautions can help reduce the chances of a dangerous situation happening in your home, says LSU AgCenter housing professor Dr. Claudette Reichel.
May generally brings higher temperatures, more mosquitoes and more chances to contract West Nile virus. The disease is carried by birds and transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. So far this year, more dead birds that were confirmed to have carried West Nile virus have been turned in to state health department offices than at the same time last year.
Recruiting volunteers for clinical trials is an on-going challenge. Chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity affect blacks disproportionately. Black participation could identify effective prevention and treatment strategies for minority groups.
"Eating healthfully is one of the most important things women can do to achieve and maintain good health," says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. "Each day brings the opportunity to eat more healthfully. Even if you’ve not eaten nutritiously in the past, you can make changes in your diet that will help you have more energy and lower your risk of disease."
"Every 20 seconds, osteoporosis causes a fracture," warns an LSU AgCenter nutrition education expert. Specialist Donna Montgomery says osteoporosis is a painful, disfiguring disease that strikes one in every two women and one in every eight men above age 50.
(Distributed 06/01/01) Hot weather can lead to loss of body water loss, dehydration, heat stroke and even death. Senior citizens especially need to be careful, warns an LSU AgCenter nutritionist.