With its "Ditch the Workout, Join the Party" slogan, Zumba classes can include hundreds of people eager to get in on the Latin-dance-based exercise craze. Instructors say classes are too big for regular health club studios, so they often have to find new venues, such as an indoor soccer arena or a skating rink.
Children who frequently received home-cooked fruits and vegetables at six months were more likely to consume more fruits and vegetables by age 7 compared with counterparts who received such meals less often, a study in the journal Public Health Nutrition found. Researchers did not find similar benefit in consumption of shop-bought fruits and vegetables. The results underscore the importance of giving fruits and vegetables in the early weaning period, they added.
An NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll of more than 3,000 U.S. adults showed that 58% said they would rather eat organic food. Among those who said they prefer nonorganic food, 54% said it was because of cost. The poll found that 36% said they favor organic food as a way to help local farmers, and 34% said it's because they are concerned about toxins in the regular food supply.
Adding krill-oil supplements to a high-fat diet for eight weeks reduced the levels of appetite-stimulating endocannabinoid compounds in mice, a study in Nutrition & Metabolism found. "Krill oil has a high potential to alleviate metabolic dysfunctions associated with obesity and other metabolic disorders," according to researchers at Norwegian fishing company Aker Biomarine.
People with impulsive or aggressive behaviors were likely to become overweight, while those who were highly neurotic and less conscientious may tend to experience weight fluctuations, a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found. Research showed that those who scored at the top 10% of impulsivity weighed 22 more pounds on average compared with those with lower scores.