Reading List: Mario Batali Embraces Meatless Mondays, American Cancer Society News and The Rockstar Nutritionist
In this week’s nutrition news: The American Cancer’s Society unveils its “Choose You” program for women, dance classes spice up your exercise routine and lack of sleep linked to childhood obesity.
A recent survey by the American Cancer Society found that most women don’t take care of themselves. Of 2,000 women surveyed 90 percent said they don’t really follow a healthy diet and 85 percent don’t exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. In response (and just in time for Mother’s Day), they’re launching a “Choose You” campaign. Women can log onto ChooseYou.com and pledge to commit to making healthy changes in five different categories to: eat right, get active, quit smoking, protect the skin or get a cancer screening. Studies have shown that making a commitment helps you stick to your goals. For more information on how to make a contract with yourself read this previous post.
A few weeks ago we told you about this chef’s efforts to green up his restaurants. But Mario Batali has gone even further and jumped on the Meatless Monday bandwagon joining celebrity supporters like Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Paul McCartney. Every Monday each of his 14 restaurants will offer up at least two vegetarian options such as pastas or pizzas. A “MM” logo will identify the Meatless Monday options on the menu.
We know that eating too many sugary and fatty foods along with not enough physical activity can lead to obesity—now you can add lack of sleep to the list. A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting concluded that not getting enough sleep is a risk factor for childhood obesity. Researchers collected information from over 700 youngsters about their sleep and eating habits. The data showed that kids who slept for a shorter period of time had a higher body mass index and percentage body fat. This goes to show you that it is very important to get a good nights rest.
Finding new and exciting ways to teach children about nutrition is always a challenge. Meet Jill Jayne (a.k.a. the Rockstar Nutritionist) who uses music and lots of audience participation to get her message across. She was recently a keynote speaker for the Illinois Action for Healthy Kids Conference where she explained some effective ways to educate kids—including repetition. Commercials repeat their message until it gets stuck in your head, so that’s what she does to get kids to remember nutrition. You can find out more about this Rockstar Nutritionist on her website.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »