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When Water is Offered at Lunch, Kids Drop Weight -

Simple but effective intervention?

by Molly Walker, Contributing Writer

As appeared in MedPage Today

Installation of "water jets," or electrically cooled large water dispensers, in elementary and middle schools was linked to a small but statistically significant decline in mean body mass index among students, a large "quasi-experimental" study of New York City schools found.

Compared with a pre-installation baseline, mean BMI was lower by 0.025 points (95% CI -0.038 to -0.011) in boys and by 0.022 points in girls (95% CI -0.035 to -0.008) in schools that installed the water dispensers, after adjusting for changes seen in other schools that did not have the dispensers, reported Amy Ellen Sch…

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Placing Calories on Menus Leads 71 Percent to Order Lighter Food

Placing Calories on Menus Leads 71 Percent to Order Lighter Food

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

When the City of New York passed a law in 2008 requiring restaurants to include the number of calories in menu items right on the menu, 82 percent of those who visited the restaurant reported that having the additional information had an impact on their ordering. Of those who considered the nutritional information when they ordered, 71 percent ordered lower-calorie items, and 51 percent stopped ordering certain items.[1]

Many people do not know how many calories of food they are supposed to eat in a day, and how many calories are contained in the food they order in restaurants. For instance, a young woman's daily recommended calorie intake is aro…

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A Different Way to Count Calories

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

I thought I would spend a little time discussing how we can give a better tomorrow to each other by teaching a technique that makes it easier for folks to actually wrap their head around an underused idea. To illustrate this idea, let’s gather around the sweets table, and link that to the future health of our nation.

Since 1990, the United States has had a regulation requiring food producers to list ingredients of foods, along with the nutritional content, and calories. You know — it’s the little printed box on the back of the package that states serving size, ingredients and so forth.

Our society has seen a rapidly increasing number of our fellow citizens diagnosed with food a…

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School System Reduces Childhood Obesity!

Childhood obesity prevention in Massachusetts can serve as nationwide model

15% less weight gain among school kids

A program launched in Somerville, Mass., that aims to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles is being touted as a model for other cities and towns across the nation, USA Today reports. The Somerville initiative began in 2002 as part of efforts conducted by Tufts University researchers seeking to determine whether promoting exercise and healthy eating habits could reduce childhood obesity. Using funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several philanthropic groups, Somerville schools replaced unhealthy cafeteria items, such as french fr…

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