Cross-country skiing is a great aerobic winter workout because it increases endurance and uses muscles in the upper and lower body, says Jeremy Fransen, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Using snowshoes also is a good workout, and running can still be part of a winter routine as long as runners are dressed appropriately and pick safe venues.
Nutrition advice can seem contradictory, especially when study data disagree, but dietitian Jennifer Sygo writes that it is important to remember that science is evolving and it can be difficult to determine how a single nutrient affects health. She writes that data from one study is related only to that specific research and may not apply across populations.
Researchers say women who eat a half cup of rice a day, the U.S. average, are ingesting arsenic equivalent to drinking 4¼ cups of water daily with maximum allowable arsenic levels. The Environmental Protection Agency, which sets arsenic limits for water at 10 parts per billion, should consider arsenic regulations for rice, the researchers say.
Cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients has made a difference in what students at Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights, Wash., choose to eat for lunch. Brian Levy, director of the grant-supported program, says teaching children about food is important and that while students were "a little taken aback at first," they now are eating broccoli and cauliflower.