Cooking is an essential part of life and has been for periods of human history. In fact, the “cooking hypothesis,” although controversial, is believed to explain why our ancestor, Homo erectus, emerged in our evolution with larger brains and smaller teeth than earlier species.1 Continue reading
As a dietitian working with K-12 independent schools, it is my passion to share the value of healthy eating with students and our school community partners. Unfortunately, we do see eating disorders, as well as disordered eating (a wide range of abnormal eating behaviors, many of which are shared with diagnosed eating disorders) across age and gender in our student populations.
We have also seen the rise of a relatively new condition — orthorexia nervosa. While currently not recognized as a clinical diagnosis, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa), many people struggle with the symptoms associated with this term, as coined by Dr. Steven Bratman in 1996. Continue reading
Caffeine is the most available and widely used psychoactive substance in the world and is the only drug legally accessible and socially acceptable for consumption by children and adolescents. Some studies have shown that adolescents are the fastest-growing population of caffeine users, with 83.2 percent consuming caffeinated beverages regularly and at least 96 percent consuming them occasionally. With this in mind, researchers developed a study to determine attitudes and beliefs as well as factors influencing caffeinated beverage consumption among adolescents.
Source: Increased education could help adolescents limit caffeine consumption: Negative outcomes of caffeine consumption could be curbed with more instruction, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
A new study is yet another piece of evidence that eggs are making a comeback. Continue reading
Think healthy this holiday season and make sure your family’s wellness is a priority. Talk with your children about the importance of eating healthy during the holidays. Getting them involved now will help them develop healthy habits for holidays to come.
Here are some healthy ways to ensure your family puts wellness first this holiday season:
- Serve well-balanced meals throughout the day to prevent overeating during the holiday dinner.
- Encourage your children to say, “No thank you,” when they are full.
- Drink milk or water and avoid juices and drinks that are high in sugar.
- Add fruits and vegetables to holiday recipes to increase the vitamins and minerals your family will be eating.
- Pick out a new red or green fruit and vegetable to try for this year’s holiday meal.
- Remind kids that a healthy holiday meal includes food from all the food groups.
- Go for a family walk together while food is baking or after the holiday meal.
Contributor: Chelsea Crabtree, MS, RD LD
As we think about the health of our children and what’s offered at school, it is interesting to reflect on how priorities have shifted in both the public and private sector over the last several years. Continue reading