AS CHILDREN HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL, ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO FUEL KIDS RIGHT WITH A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Released: 12-Aug-2014
Source Newsroom: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Newswise — CHICAGO – The back-to-school movement is in full swing. As parents scour stores for the year’s school supplies, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages them to stock up on healthy breakfast foods, too. August is Kids Eat Right Month, the perfect time to emphasize how a healthy breakfast is crucial in providing children the nutrients and energy they need to succeed in school.
“Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomachaches in the morning, which means fewer trips to the school nurse,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson Toby Smithson.
“Their overall test scores are better, they concentrate better, solve problems more easily and have better muscle coordination. Children who eat breakfast are also less likely to be overweight and more likely to get enough calcium.”
But too often and for a variety of reasons, children do not eat this fundamental meal. The Academy’s Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Report revealed that breakfast is not eaten all of the time by 42 percent of white and Hispanic children and 59 percent of black children. Additionally, 12 percent of white, 18 percent of black and 12 percent of Hispanic children reported never or rarely having breakfast.
“For most people, time is the biggest obstacle to eating in the morning, but a healthy meal does not need to take a lot of time to prepare,” Smithson says. “Getting organized the night before, keeping meals simple and even taking breakfast to go are three easy steps parents can take to make sure breakfast is eaten every day.”
Smithson offers quick, easy and balanced breakfast ideas for children:
• Cheese slices served on whole-grain toast
• Iron-fortified, whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and banana slices
• Nut or sunflower butter spread on whole-grain toast or waffles or rolled inside a whole-wheat tortilla
• Fruit like peaches, strawberries or raisins in instant oatmeal made with low-fat milk
• Apple slices and low-fat yogurt topped with crumbled graham crackers
• Lean turkey on a toasted whole-wheat English muffin
“These options are all loaded with protein and carbohydrates, two important nutrients that help energize the body and keep stomachs full for longer,” Smithson says.
“While some prepackaged foods may seem convenient, parents should be cautious, as many contain excess sugar and fat. Donuts, toaster pastries, pork bacon or sausage sandwiches, chips, fruit drinks and some cereals can be laden with extra calories and have little nutritional value. Read the nutrition label to find lower-fat items and the ingredients label for products that do not list sugar as one of the first ingredients,” Smithson says.
“Most importantly, parents need to be positive role models: Eat breakfast yourselves,” Smithson says.
“If your children see you making excuses, they are likely to do the same. But if they see you making time to eat a healthy meal, they will follow your good example. Your whole family will be better off.”
Visit http://www.KidsEatRight.org for a library of healthy breakfast ideas and for more information about Kids Eat Right Month, including the Kids Eat Right Month press kit. For help developing a healthful eating plan that fits the needs and tastes of your family, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area.
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at http://www.eatright.org
TIPS FOR PACKING HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES FROM NUTRITION EXPERTS AT MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT OFFER
From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Released: 12-Aug-2014
Source Newsroom: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Newswise — Children are back in school making it a good time to start the school year off right with healthy eating habits. Nutrition experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are offering parents tips for packing healthy school lunches.
Today, in America, one in three children is considered overweight or obese. Obesity increases a child’s risk of developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure or cholesterol. Lunches should be well balanced, include a protein, and lean more heavily on grains, fruits and vegetables. Sweets and fats should be kept to a minimum.
“Healthier eating habits have well-documented health benefits such as helping to prevent obesity and other diseases, but healthier eating habits also help to fuel children’s brains for academics, their bodies for athletic performance, and also promote healthy skin and body weight,” said Children’s Hospital nutritionist Martha Upchurch.
“Teaching children healthy eating habits when they are young will help to set the stage for a healthy teenage and adult life,” added Upchurch. “Children discover they love certain healthy foods. When they realize this, they are more likely to make smart choices when a parent is not present.”
Healthy Lunch Tips
- A healthy lunch contains at least three food groups. Anything else is a bonus!
- Switch to whole grains. Whole gains compared to refined grains contain more nutrients.
- Sneak veggies into a sandwich by adding spinach, avocado or carrots.
- Liven it up with hummus, ranch, yogurt or peanut butter for dipping fruits and vegetables.
- Keep it fresh – fresh fruits and veggies are preferable to canned or jarred.
- Try to avoid sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and flavored milks.
- Make sweets a special treat, not an everyday indulgence.
- Be mindful of portion sizes.
COULD PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN BE AS EASY AS POPPING A PILL?
Dermatologist addresses sunscreen pills, drinkable sunscreen and UV monitoring bracelets
From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Released: 7-Aug-2014 Chicago
Source Newsroom: American Academy of Dermatology
Newswise — From lotions to sprays to sticks, consumers already have a myriad of options to choose from when selecting a sunscreen. Now, several additional sun protection tools have become available, including sunscreen pills, drinkable sunscreen, and ultraviolet (UV) monitoring bracelets.
To help consumers make smart decisions when protecting their skin from the sun, board-certified dermatologist Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, C.S. Livingood Chair and chairman of the department of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, answers questions about these emerging sun protection products.
Can sunscreen pills be used in place of topical sunscreens?
“One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime, and sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer,” said Dr. Lim.
“While taking a pill sounds like a more convenient way to protect the skin, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 are still the most reliable methods of sun protection.”
Of the ingredients found in sunscreen pills, Dr. Lim said the strongest research is linked to Polypodium leucotomos, an extract of a Central American fern plant. Studies have shown the fern extract increases the amount of time it takes for skin to burn when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light.
“We’re not completely sure how sunscreen pills work, but the main understanding is that Polypodium leucotomos acts as an antioxidant, so it protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by sun exposure,” said Dr. Lim.
In addition, Dr. Lim said European studies have shown Polypodium leucotomos can reduce sun sensitivity in people with polymorphous light eruption, a condition that causes an itchy rash when skin is exposed to the sun.
While pills with Polypodium leucotomos cannot be given a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating because the product is not applied to the skin, Dr. Lim said studies comparing the level of protection with that of a traditional sunscreen show the fern extract pill provides the equivalent to an SPF of 3 to 5. The level of protection is significantly less than the American Academy of Dermatology’s (Academy) recommendation to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Other antioxidants, such as green tea extracts and vitamins C and E, also have been shown to offer protective effect from sun damage. Studies have been done on green tea extracts applied to the skin, while vitamin C and E have been studied when taken orally.
Dr. Lim is cautious about a pill that combines multiple antioxidants. Dr. Lim noted that each individual extract may have data behind it, but as a pill, there is no research to support their effectiveness when combined. The amount of each extract would have to be at reduced levels in order to be ingested in combination, which would then make each of the ingredients less effective.
“If someone wants to take a sunscreen pill, they should continue protecting their skin by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying sunscreen,” said Dr. Lim.
“While there have been promising results, more research needs to be done to know the optimal way of using these pills and their long-term safety.”
Can drinkable sunscreen be used in place of topical sunscreens?
With regard to “drinkable” sunscreen – water that claims to be infused with electromagnetic waves as a way of protecting the skin – Dr. Lim is very skeptical.
“There is absolutely no scientific research published anywhere to support the use of drinkable sunscreen,” said Dr. Lim. “It just does not make any scientific sense.”
What role can a person’s diet have on their level of sun protection?
Dr. Lim said it is not known the effect a person’s diet has on their sun protection.
“While studies have looked at the sun protection effects of green tea extracts when applied to the skin, no study has been done to show whether there are any protective effects of drinking green tea,” said Dr. Lim.
“Green tea has a lot of good research behind it, but to translate it from theory into something that can be practiced is very difficult.”
While vitamins C and E have also shown an ability to protect the skin from sun damage, Dr. Lim does not recommend these supplements to his patients as a sun protection method.
“Only extremely high doses have been shown to provide some level of protection, but these doses are significantly higher than what is recommended in a vitamin supplement, and the safety of long term consumption of high doses of vitamin C and E is not known,” said Dr. Lim.
Are UV-monitoring bracelets and apps helpful sun protection tools?
New UV-monitoring bracelets have been developed to help people track their sun exposure and monitor the intensity of UV rays.
“Personal UV-monitoring is an interesting development. It could help increase awareness of the need for sun protection by the general public,” said Dr. Lim. However, Dr. Lim questions the reliability of the product.
“Are UV levels constantly measured? How reliable is it if a person is in an area without cellular or Internet access? Is the product ready for prime time? It is promising, but I am not sure we are at that stage yet.”
Dr. Lim said personal UV monitors may be a nice tool to remind people to reapply sunscreen or seek shade. Still, when people are in the sun he recommends reapplying sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
For additional ways to protect your skin from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer, visit the Academy’s SpotSkinCancer.org. Visitors can learn how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map for tracking changes in their skin, and find free SPOT meTM skin cancer screenings in their area. SPOT Skin Cancer™ is the Academy’s campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection, and care of skin cancer.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.
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