Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers employees healthy, frozen gourmet dinners they can buy and fix at home after work, helping them improve their nutrition and reduce stress. The insurer is among many employers offering incentives and trying out creative wellness programs in hopes of reducing health care costs, even though many find the results aren't always easy to measure.
New York-based Albany Molecular Research announced Tuesday that the firm's obesity compound ALB-127158(a) was safe and well tolerated among overweight participants in an early-stage trial. Experts noted reduced hunger, food cravings and meal consumptions in those who took the drug.
A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 40% -- or about 1.3 million -- California public-high-school students do not participate in physical education classes and that more than 80% of teens fell short in meeting the federal standard on physical activity. "With the obesity epidemic that's happening, we need to be sure that our kids have good health habits, and part of that is physical activity," pediatrician and Assemblyman Richard Pan said.
Students at Bunnell Elementary School in Daytona Beach, Fla., are celebrating a decade of growing gardens at the school, a project that began as six small raised beds. The gardens, which teach children about nutrition and change attitudes about vegetables, have expanded to two sites and 30 raised beds cared for by about 500 students daily.
The Food Pyramid is being replaced as the USDA's symbol of how much of each food group people should eat. Nutritionists say the pyramid design was confusing and experts hope the new design, to debut Thursday, will draw more attention to healthy eating and show people what their plate of food should look like in terms of portions.