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In this week’s nutrition news: Jamie Oliver's new TV show takes on fat America, stay fit by moving an hour a day and baby food is the latest snack trend.
Jamie Oliver revolutionized the school lunch system in England, and now he's brought his crusade to America in a new reality show. His first stop: Huntington, West Virginia, a city many have dubbed the nation's unhealthiest. If you caught the preview episode, you saw kids chowing down on high-fat processed foods at breakfast and lunch (one school had pizza for breakfast!). His mission is to introduce these people to more freshly cooked, nutritious meals, but will he succeed? I plan to catch the full premiere tonight at 8 p.m. EST.
A new study indicates that older women who aren't dieting need at least one hour of moderate physical activity every day to maintain their current weight. What's "moderate physical activity" exactly? Well, brisk walking, biking and golfing are options. If you can't make time for that hour a day, even 20 to 30 minutes of exercise is better than nothing.
If you need a portion-controlled snack, try baby food. At least that's what some folks who want more fruits and veggies are trying. Baby food fans, including the celebrity chef/model Sophie Dahl, say the fruit varieties are jam-like and addictive. Dahl even included a recipe for mashed bananas in her new cookbook. Most jarred baby foods range from 45 to 140 calories, which is appropriate for a snack. You can even find organic varieties with fewer chemicals and preservatives.