Data on 99 overweight adults showed those who replaced some sugar in their diets with protein supplements attained a five-point reduction in systolic blood pressure levels compared with those who took maltodextrin, a type of sweet carbohydrate. The researchers said it was unclear whether the protein or the reduction in carbs was responsible for the difference. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The Sky Zone trampoline park in Fishers, Ind., has a section for adults who use them for high-calorie-burning workouts. Experts say the classes can be a lot of fun, but there is an injury risk with trampolines if people exercise too hard or are not trained on how to land properly.
Howard Brosius operates an after-school program in Germantown, Pa., in an effort to teach children about healthy eating, vegetable growing and gardening. He has constructed heated cedar boxes designed to allow vegetables to be grown outside in all temperatures. "He's teaching kids that french fries come from potatoes that actually grow in the ground, and they're having the thrill of pulling root vegetables out of the soil," said Susan Hansen, executive director of Green Tree Community Health Foundation.
Parents of children who are picky eaters should look at nutrition by the week, rather than a meal or a day, because children are not consistent in their eating, says dietitian Arinn Makovsky of Children's Hospital Colorado. She recommends limiting fat, calories and processed sugar while offering a preferred food at each meal to ensure that children eat something, as well as nonprocessed foods to teach them to try to accept a variety of items.
Clients who seek help but will not change their dietary habits to improve their health can be frustrating, but they offer an opportunity for dietitians to re-examine their approach, experts say. Listening to clients and learning where they are in the stages of change are important steps, and RD Ann Constance says using the WHAT System can help people set goals and put dietary advice into practice.