Scenes from the shrimp cocktail-eating competition in Indiana I attended last Saturday. That's competition winner Joey Chestnut in the center with the hand covered in cocktail sauce. Be grateful I don't know how to zoom.

Guys, competitive eating is nasty

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I’m someone who really loves to eat. Seriously — I would have been totally at home in one of those historical eras where people ate those giant turkey drumsticks on a regular basis. I can even be gluttonous at times. But I would never, ever, ever enter myself in a competitive eating competition. Honestly, even […] [Read More]

Connecticut nutrition group applauds FDA trans fat stance

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Last week, the Food and Drug Administration said it was considering labeling a popular trans fat as no longer “generally regarded as safe.” This week, Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — the leading advocate of the dietetic profession in Connecticut, and the source for food and nutrition expertise for the Connecticut consumers — put […] [Read More]

Yale: Families on food assistance buying fewer full-fat dairy products

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  Efforts to reduce consumption of saturated fat among women and young children receiving food assistance appear to be paying off, according to a study by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. In a news release put out this week, the center stated that purchases of whole milk and cheese have decreased […] [Read More]

Yale study — Fast food still targeting kids

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  In 2012 the fast food industry spent $4.6 billion to advertise mostly unhealthy products, and children and teens remained key audiences for that advertising, according to a new report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The report highlights a few positive developments, such as healthier sides and beverages in most […] [Read More]

Some sweet tips for a healthy Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner, some parents might fear that their children will over-indulge in the sugary sweets handed out at the holiday. Fear not. Thea Runyan, lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Calif., has some solutions. Here are a few of her healthy […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, obesity

Study: Athletes help sell junk food to kids

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Are professional athletes making your child unhealthy? Maybe, says a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale. According to the study — which appears in the November issue of Pediatrics — the majority of the food and beverage brands endorsed by professional athletes are for unhealthy products like sports […] [Read More]

Shocker! Study says vegetarians slimmer than meat eaters

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Here’s some stunning news, courtesy of a Loma Linda University study: Vegetarians are slimmer than those who eat meat! Yes, the study, which will be published in the December edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed that, despite similar caloric intake, vegetarians tend to have lower Body Mass Index (BMI) […] [Read More]

State gets $8 million to fight chronic disease

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The state will get almost $8 million in federal funding over the next five years to help prevent and control chronic disease in the state. The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced the funding on Tuesday. Working with the State Department of Education and other state agencies, DPH will use a grant awarded by the […] [Read More]

Connecticut 13th least obese state

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In the space of a year, Connecticut has gone from the seventh least obese state in the nation to the 13th, even though the state’s obesity rate only risen slightly. That’s according to the latest edition of  F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America‘s Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) […] [Read More]
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Health leaders to present solutions to wellness woes

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Community gardens, posting nutrition information at local restaurants and increasing health education and screenings throughout the region are just some of the solutions an area health coalition has posed for Greater Bridgeport’s biggest wellness woes. Tuesday night, members of the Primary Care Action Group  — a coalition of hospitals, local health departments, federally qualified health […] [Read More]