Mindful eating is a challenging behavior to instill in adults, and trying to teach our children to slow down and eat with purpose is an even heftier challenge. Mealtime is often viewed as an obstacle between the kids and more playtime. However, establishing a consistent mealtime routine that focuses on a positive and leisurely eating experience is an important step to teach healthful and mindful eating habits and behavior. Read more about this topic including insight from COPE Program Manager Lisa Diewald, MS, RD, LDN.
Weight management is particularly challenging for some who struggle to keep weight off despite dramatically curtailing intake. This can be extremely discouraging to many suffering from weight problems. Is it possible to reset metabolism? Read more and gain insights from a variety of obesity researchers and health professionals, including COPE Program Director, Rebecca Shenkman MPH, RD, LDN and COPE Program Manager, Lisa Diewald MS, RD, LDN.
“Air-popped popcorn is a fiber-filled, whole grain snack with about 30 calories per cup. To satisfy a sweet craving, I'll add 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips or 1 teaspoon of melted butter with cinnamon. For a savory snack, I'll mix a pinch of rosemary with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle Parmesan cheese or garlic powder on top. If I keep my serving to 3 cups, either combo is still only 150 to 200 calories. Combined with a glass of water or seltzer, I feel perfectly full.”- Rebecca Shenkman, MPH, RDN, LDN, director of Villanova University College of Nursing's Center for Obesity Prevention and Education.
People who have more body fat -- regardless of their size - may have a higher risk of dying early than people whose bodies have less fat, new research suggests. … "I think these findings help clarify some of the confusion around the obesity paradox," said Rebecca Shenkman, director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, in Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Shenkman, MPH, RDN, LDN, director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University's Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, explains, adding in certain grains or seeds to a product may impact labeling as companies try to cash in on particular health buzzwords or ingredients—which in turn could draw in more customers who see "source of omega-3s" or other labels that weren't there before.
"One main benefit [for companies to incorporate] grains and seeds into products is the marketing claims companies can make due to the addition of a particular grain," Shenkman says. "For example, flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), lignans, fiber, and contains vitamin B6, folate, phosphorous, potassium, and manganese. When added to baked goods or a mix for yogurt, products with flaxseed can likely claim they're a good source of omega-3s and fiber, which could entice more individuals to try those products."
Here's the catch: "Someone who is obese or overweight is at a higher risk for developing something like heart disease or diabetes," explains Rebecca Shenkman, MPH, RDN, LDN, director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University. "However, once they have the disease, then being in an overweight category seems to offer some protective effect."