Children who regularly skip breakfast are far more likely to have dental cavities, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Interestingly, the risk of cavities was just as great for affluent children as it was for kids who were poor and had little access to dental care. In fact, children from affluent families who skipped breakfast were almost three times more likely to get cavities as their well-to-do counterparts who did eat breakfast, the researchers found.
After 20 years of training for and competing in triathlons, I’ve grown accustomed to the reactions many people have when the subject comes up in
conversation. Common responses are “What are you, crazy?” and “No way could I do that!” or “How in the world can you find time?” What these people don’t know is that, unless you’re Ironman-bound, triathlons are not just for the superfit athlete, compulsive exerciser or wealthy retiree with too much time and too little to do.
According to a study in the December 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, children can reduce their body fat by 0.4% by simply adding one 8-ounce glass of skim milk or an 8-ounce serving of yogurt to their existing daily calcium intake. Doing so is also likely to decrease kids’ daily consumption of carbonated beverages. The researchers recommended that “attempts to increase dietary calcium focus on low-fat, calcium-rich foods.”a breakfast
a day keeps cavities away
When Michele Silence, MA, stands in front of her group fitness class, it isn’t unusual for her to pretend she’s a dinosaur. She’s not demonstrating a new dance move, but teaching kids ages 2–6 years old the benefits of exercise. Silence teaches a structured physical education curriculum called KID-FIT that is designed to educate children about healthy lifestyle habits.
According to “Boomer Coalition Reality Check: When Boomer Optimism Becomes Denial,” a new survey conducted by RoperASW on behalf of the Boomer Coalition and the American Heart Association, Baby Boomers in the United States are very aware of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately this knowledge is not spurring them to take action to combat the disease. For example:
Only 47% of survey respondents eat a
healthy diet each day.
Only 55% exercise more than three
times each week.
Tight chest muscles. Reduced flexibility in the torso. Strained shoulders and a sore back. Unfortunately, that’s the description of many amateur and weekend golfers. Golfers habitually bend and twist, bend and twist—all the while straining their backs and shoulders, forming muscle imbalances and inviting injury.
Previous research has found that people who have had heart failure can benefit from exercise in hospital-based programs on equipment such as bicycle ergometers. However, Teresita Corvera-Tindel, RN, PhD, and colleagues note that this equipment might not always be available to patients. To see how patients would benefit from home-based walking regimens, they studied the impact of a progressive 12-week program.