January 12, 2015

Want Fries with That Dumburger?

1 Fast Food Linked to Poor Test Scores

Ohio State University researchers who analyzed the eating habits and academic records of 11,470 school children in the fifth through eight grades found that the more often a child eats fast food, the greater the likelihood that he or she will do poorly in school. Specifically, those who ate fast food from four to six times a week scored, on average, 20 percent lower on tests than those who reported eating no fast food at all. The study, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, acknowledged that no direct causal relationship could be imputed from the results, but noted that the linkage was consistent even when such factors as economic and social status, family background, and amount of daily exercise were controlled for.

More at Mnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Why Do Parents Choose Fast Food?

Tags: Fast Food and Children, Fast Food and Intelligence, Fast Food Problems, Drawbacks of Eating Fast Food

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US Eggs Safe from Change

2 UK Fans Upset over Cadbury Creme Egg Changes

Cadbury Creme Eggs are changing and fans are raging. The chocolate eggs filled with yellow and white fondant are only sold from January until Easter, but this year Cadbury Creme Egg fans in the UK got a nasty surprise. While the recipe change occurred in the UK, many across the pond can hear the screaming. Eggs sold in the UK are no longer made with Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate. Instead, they're made with a "standard, traditional Cadbury milk chocolate," reports CNN. Another change for the UK: Only five eggs in a pack instead of six! However, the egg packaging and recipe will remain the same for Cadbury Creme Eggs sold in the US. Apparently, US eggs, made by Hershey, were never created with that special Dairy Milk chocolate anyhow.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Safety Tips and Recipes for Leftover Easter Eggs

Tags: Cadbury Creme Egg Scandal, Cadbury Creme Egg Changes, Price Increase Cadbury Creme Egg, Recipe Change Cadbury Creme Egg

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Break Out the Medicine Balls

3 Playing Catch May Help Seniors Avoid Falls

Preventing falls can be fun for seniors! New research found that seniors who played catch with a weighted medicine ball experienced improved balance, which may help prevent falls. The University of Illinois at Chicago study was published in Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and in Experimental Brain Research. Researchers say that as we age, we can lose the ability to maintain balance, but training with a ball improves the body's ability to generate anticipatory postural adjustments for fall prevention. Researchers now plan to study the long-term effects of training with a ball, but they know that the research participants had fun. "It seems that most people have very positive memories associated with playing catch," says Alexander Aruin, professor of physical therapy at UIC.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Miracle Catch

Tags: Fall Prevention Efforts, Senior Fall Research, Health Benefits Playing Catch, Avoiding Falls, Electromyography and Kinesiology, Experimental Brain Research

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Obesity Prevention That Works

4 Head Start Program May Curb Childhood Obesity

Kids who began the Head Start program as overweight or obese achieved a more healthy weight by kindergarten than kids in the comparison group, find researchers. Published in Pediatrics, the study found that kids who entered Head Start at an unhealthy weight ended up with a significantly healthier body mass index (BMI) before kindergarten compared with kids who were seen for pediatric well-child checks. In addition, underweight children experienced an increase in weight gain. Lead author Julie Lumeng, M.D., of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital says that while Head Start is often at risk for cuts in funding, the program is "associated with robust, early and sustained beneficial changes in children's BMI."

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fast Food Linked to Poor Test Scores

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Childhood Obesity and Diet, Journal Pediatrics, Head Start

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