10 Things to Know About the New Calorie Counts in Restaurants

10 Things to Know About the New Calorie Counts in Restaurants

The wheels of public health policy turn ever so slowly, but if one is patient enough, change does come. Sometimes it’s even better than one had hoped for. Such is the case with menu labeling regulation, proposed back in 2011, … Continue reading

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How to Reduce 200 Calories from Your Daily Intake

How to Reduce 200 Calories from Your Daily Intake

Researchers reviewed consumer data for over 12,000 people from 2003-2010 and found that people who eat out consume on average 200 calories MORE than people who eat at home. When you consider the number of times people eat out, it’s … Continue reading

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What’s a Vegetable Garden Doing at a San Antonio Hospital?

What’s a Vegetable Garden Doing at a San Antonio Hospital?

In one of the biggest ironies of modern culture, many hospitals have onsite fast food establishments. There are several advantages to a McDonald’s and clones on premises. The food is available 24/7, it is served quickly, and it is cheap. … Continue reading

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Is This How Subway “Piles on the Veggies”??

Is This How Subway “Piles on the Veggies”??

Last month, with much fanfare in the nutrition community, Subway announced its “Pile on the Veggies” campaign in collaboration with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to end childhood obesity. What a great way to get kids to eat more healthful … Continue reading

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An Easy Change to Improve Your Health

An Easy Change to Improve Your Health

If you grew up in the seventies, going out to McDonald’s or IHOP was a once in a while treat reserved for a birthday, or little league championship win. But these days, children and adults are spending more time and … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas is for McDonald’s to Leave My Kids Alone!

All I Want for Christmas is for McDonald’s to Leave My Kids Alone!

Being a good parent is hard. Teaching your kids wrong from right, protecting them from harm, and encouraging their curiosity are all part of a mother’s and father’s daily routine. Creating healthy food habits is also a major component of … Continue reading

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Fast Food, On Average, Is NOT Getting Any Healthier

Fast Food, On Average, Is NOT Getting Any Healthier

So you thought the salads, the wraps, and reduced calorie fries are turning fast food joints into nutritious dining options? That is not the case, according to a recent report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: … Continue reading

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This is How Fast Food Commercials Lure Your Children

This is How Fast Food Commercials Lure Your Children

While adults are tempted by close up shots of a burger or salad, fast food companies use toys and movie tie-ins to reel in kids. This and other interesting findings are from a recent article published in PLos entitled How … Continue reading

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How Food Stylists Make Us Crave Junk Food

How Food Stylists Make Us Crave Junk Food

Admit it, some of those commercials for burgers, tacos, and whatnot at fast food chains make your mouth water. When you go McDonald’s or Taco Bell or Pizza Hut, the actual product you get looks much smaller, less vivid and … Continue reading

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Why We Commend Taco Bell Today. Seriously

Why We Commend Taco Bell Today. Seriously

Today, Taco Bell is announcing the discontinuation of their Kids Meals. Starting in 2014, the popular fast food chain will not offer bribes to kids in the form of toys and cartoon characters. No more cheap toys as a lure … Continue reading

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