A study in BMC Medicine of 13,449 people with metabolic syndrome found high levels of physical activity helped reduce the risk of all-cause mortality, compared with those who reported no physical activity.
Children ages 11 to 16 who live in areas with well-connected streets and a high density of interactions tend to be less physically active than those who live in areas with modestly or poorly connected streets, according to a Canadian study. The results, which were based on the 2006 Canadian Health Behavior in School-aged Children Survey, appear in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Injury Prevention.
Sartell, Minn., students will get help sorting out nutritional values of foods in the a la carte lunch line and vending machines when the school district begins using NuVal scoring to rank items from 1 to 100. It is only the second school district in the country to adopt the NuVal system. Food-service director Brenda Braulick says the goal is to give students more information rather than telling them what to eat.
Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston's latest book, "The South Beach Wake-Up Call," adds prevention to his diet and exercise recommendations and warns adults ages 30 to 45 they should be "very worried" about being part of a fast-food, sedentary generation. His dietary plan remains the same, however, and tells people to eat like their hunter-gatherer ancestors by choosing low-fat protein, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and some whole grains.
As part of its Health Starts Here initiative, Whole Foods stores will open departments selling prepared food with nutritious sides dishes, salads and breads. Recipes and cooking tips will be available online, and in-store food advisers will share samples and give tours.