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Month: July 2018

Youth Nutrition Education Programs Making a Difference

Youth Nutrition Education Programs Making a Difference

Public Health & Policy
Getting kids to eat right and think about healthy foods are critical to improving quality of life and reducing risk of disease for future generations. Here are a few notable organizations focusing on children’s nutrition education. Edible Schoolyard NYC ( https://www.edibleschoolyardnyc.org) ·      What they do: Edible Schoolyard NYC teaches garden and kitchen classes to New York City public school students. Their vision is that all children will be educated and empowered to make healthy food choices for themselves, their communities, and their environment, actively achieving a just and sustainable food system for all. ·      Their mission: “Edible Schoolyard NYC partners with public schools to transform the hearts, minds, and eating
Texting Reminders to Eat Healthy

Texting Reminders to Eat Healthy

Health Tech
I think we all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and exercising more. The problem is that when we’re in that moment, trying to make the “right” decision, many of us drop the ball. But what if there were ways to have someone tap you on the shoulder or give you a quick glance or nudge to remind you to stay on course­almost as if your current self were telling your future self what to do in the moment. Impossible you say? I think we all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and exercising more. The problem is that when we’re in that moment, trying to make the “right” decision, many of us drop the ball. But what if there were ways to have someone tap you on the shoulder or give you a quick glan
Diet Detective's Strategies to Help You Spring Clean Your Life and Lose Weight

Diet Detective's Strategies to Help You Spring Clean Your Life and Lose Weight

Healthy Living
#Diet Detective’s Strategies to Help You Spring Clean Your Life and Lose #Weight While there haven’t been any studies I know of linking clutter to obesity, I do know that being disorganized doesn’t help. Think about the factors that facilitate weight loss: increased physical activity, eating healthier foods, good sleeping habits, and a balanced emotional life — all related to an organized, clutter-free life. And the fact is that most failed dieters complain that maintaining a diet is just too much work. The amount of information and control required can be extremely difficult for the average person to sustain. This becomes especially important when your control systems are weakened — like when you’re disorganized or s
Food-Tech Innovations, Websites & Apps

Food-Tech Innovations, Websites & Apps

Health Tech
There are some many great things occurring in #food-tech innovation – here are a few stand outs: Pepperplate (www.pepperplate.com) Overview: At first glance, I wasn’t too sure what Pepperplate does. As it turned out, Pepperplate.com is a meal-planning site that gives you great flexibility. Type in your own favorite recipe or the URL of one you find online, and Pepperplate puts it into a calendar for you. The thing that impressed me the most was the ability to import a recipe from another site simply by pasting in the URL. From Pepperplate: “Pepperplate is a seamless digital cooking platform, which now syncs across almost any type of computer, smartphone and tablet. … Manage your recipes, create menus, shop with ease and cook like
Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Health Tech
Moves (Phone App) Overview: Have you always wanted a Fitbit or some other wearable fitness device?  Well, the smartphone app Moves is fantastic, and it’s a free download. As long as you have your phone with you (which most people do these days), it will track all your walking and will convert it into steps, calories or miles. It will also track your cycling and other activities. The app also knows when you are walking, as opposed to cycling. Notes: What a wonderful design ­ SO simple to use! I’ve tested and tried many #apps over the years, and I love this one. It’s no wonder that it was just purchased by Facebook. I’m not sure how that affects the company or the app, but it seems to be working the same way it always did. Skip the other
Organizations Improving Access to Healthy, Fair, Affordable Food

Organizations Improving Access to Healthy, Fair, Affordable Food

Public Health & Policy
There are so many organizations working to help make a better, more interesting food system that, over the next few months I’m going to provide information about some of those organizations. The following are organizations that improve access to healthy, fair and affordable food. Ceres Community Project (ceresproject.org) What they do: The Ceres Community Project seeks to strengthen the community by sharing healthy, organic food. The project provides fresh, organic, home-delivered meals to low-income individuals who are too sick to shop and cook – all prepared by youth volunteers in a “soil to community” food system education program, nutrition classes, cookbook, catering services and a café with the aim of educating the public on eating right. Five thousand pounds of the
Get TV Out!

Get TV Out!

Health Tech
Get The #TV Out of Your Child’s Bedroom! It makes sense ­ having a TV in the bedroom leads to sedentary behavior, and, therefore, to weight gain. A recent study conducted by researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth “found that adolescents with a TV in their bedroom gained about 1 extra pound a year, compared to those without one, even after accounting for hours of TV watched each day and socioeconomic factors.” According to the researchers, about half of all adolescents have a television in their room.  “The research used data for 6,522 children and adolescents aged 10-14 years from all 50 states. The adolescents were recruited by telephone and asked about their TV habits, their height and weight, as well as other r
Diet Detective Interview with Educator and Healthy Food Innovator Stephen Ritz

Diet Detective Interview with Educator and Healthy Food Innovator Stephen Ritz

Food & Eating
If you haven’t had a chance to see Stephen Ritz on Ted.com you’re truly missing something special — he is a maverick educator, innovator, social entrepreneur, urban farmer and entertainer. Stephen is an incredible person, whose work has been lauded around the globe.   He started as an educator and transformed himself into a man on a mission to push healthy food in the South Bronx, New York City, the poorest Congressional District in the United States. He has been wildly successful and hit a nerve with his students, the school system, the community and throughout America.  His Ted Talk received more than 1 million views.   As a result, his tireless advocacy for healthy eating in schools and underserved communities has become legen
Interview with Dr. Marion Nestle, Food Policy Guru

Interview with Dr. Marion Nestle, Food Policy Guru

Public Health & Policy
To say that Marion Nestle is simply a professor at New York University would be a tremendous understatement When it comes to #food policy and public #health advocacy Dr. Nestle is a guru.  She fearlessly and relentlessly pushes food companies and policy makers to think and care about the consumer. She has moxy (just listen to any of her lectures or talks). I was fortunate enough to do an email #interview with her to discuss her thoughts about food and talk about the subject of her new book,  Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) ( Oxford University Press, 2015). Diet Detective: Dr. Nestle, thanks for the opportunity to interview you. My first question is about you.  What is your relationship to food and nutrition; what drove
Guide to Interesting Internet and E-mail Resources

Guide to Interesting Internet and E-mail Resources

Health Tech
#Diet Detective’s Guide to Interesting Internet and E-mail Resources SmartBrief for Nutritionists ( https://www.smartbrief.com/nutritionists/index.jsp) What a great resource – you get a daily e-mail that alerts you to the latest food trends, research, recipes and more. The editors don’t create the content. Instead they act as your personal assistant, handpicking useful dietary news and insights from thousands of sources. Farmers Market Search ( http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/) The USDA has a fantastic search engine with more than 4,000 farmers markets. The site allows you to search anywhere in the country to find the farmers markets in your area. It also lets you search by specifics, such as products (e.g.,...