Should junk food marketing be forbidden in schools?

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Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies. Among other things, the proposed guidelines would ensure that unhealthy foods — such as chips, sodas and the like — aren’t marketed in schools. But what do you think? Take this poll and […] [Read More]
Can eating breakfast make you healthier? Swedish study says yes.

Swedish study says breakfast is good for you

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and now a new study out of Umea University in Sweden is showing that to be true. The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, showed that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with their […] [Read More]
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United Way awards $10,000 to Get Healthy CT

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The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has awarded $10,000 to Get Healthy CT (GetHealthyCT.org), a coalition whose mission is to eliminate obesity. Get Healthy CT works collaboratively with key stakeholders in the greater Bridgeport region to remove the barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. More than 100 large and small businesses and nonprofit […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport, obesity

Lose Weight, Gain Health with Griffin

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Boost your New Year’s resolution to lose weight at a free weight-loss talk on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Griffin Hospital in Derby. Eunice Lisk, MS, Griffin Hospital Exercise Physiologist, and Nutrition experts from Medi-Weightloss Clinics in Shelton will present “Lose Weight, Gain Health,” a discussion on the health implications of being overweight, […] [Read More]
Categories: Derby, health, obesity
Bridgeport Department of Health intern Jackie Johannes, of Southbury, plants peppers with six-year-old Kate Horton, of Bridgeport, in the new community garden at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center in Bridgeport  Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The center will host cooking classes in the new year as part of a region-wide effort to get people in better shape.

Make a pledge to get fit in 2014

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Get Healthy CT is encouraging the public to resolve to make 2014 the year of eating well and getting active. The coalition, whose mission is to reduce obesity in the greater Bridgeport and New Haven regions, is offering a Healthy Eating Pledge and a Physical Activity Pledge to help area residents get fit and stay […] [Read More]
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Avoid holiday food temptations with tips from Get Healthy CT

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Between tonight and tomorrow, you’ll likely be offered a variety of festive treats, from Christmas cookies, to rich holiday appetizers, sumptuous side dishes and luxurious non-cookie desserts. To help fight holiday temptation, but still have a good time, Get Healthy CT — an anti-obesity coalition serving greater Bridgeport — has a host of tips on […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, obesity

Connecticut seventh healthiest state in country

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Connecticut was named the seventh healthiest state in the country in the United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings, released Wednesday. The rankings measure the states — and the country as a whole — based on a variety of factors, including smoking rates, physical activity levels and obesity. Hawaii was named the healthiest state overall, […] [Read More]
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]