Fall Back to Good Health

Sunlight in the Fall

The days are shorter. The leaves have changed and you’re forced to wear more clothes. Thankfully, we’re still averaging the high 60s here in the South, but cooler weather and darker days have finally set in across the country. This change can throw a wrench into your healthy eating and workout regimen and negatively impact
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Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

Childs Play Sign

This post originally appeared at Huffington Post, October 12, 2011. Nearly 1 in 3 American children is either overweight or obese. At the current rate, experts predict that without intervention this generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. It is a serious situation. In the short term, overweight children are more at risk for
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Flavors of Fall

Pecan and Pumpkin Pies

Ahh, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, warm maple syrup… who doesn’t love the warm aromas of fall?  I sure do.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It means perfect Georgia weather for outdoor fun, beautiful colors and yes my favorite fall flavors.  I remember picking sweet potatoes fresh from the field as a child in the south
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Avoid These Summer Diet Pitfalls


While it’s primetime to escape day to day stress, the summer is no time to take a break from maintaining a healthy weight.  In fact, it’s a great time to focus on weight loss. The warmer weather and extended daylight hours naturally boost the desire to get out and do stuff.  But beware, there are diet derailers lurking in the park, at
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Summer in Southern Scandinavia

Beautiful salad of avocado, shrimp and vibrant greens

I recently traveled to Malmo, Sweden by way of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was my first time in Scandinavia and I already look forward to going back. I arrived at the hotel around 10A and after a well-deserved nap, I took a walk down the street.  I saw a couple outside with two beautiful salads and instantly my lunch
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Morsels of the Week

It’s been a pretty busy week.  Lots of new studies, reports and tidbits on food, nutrition and health. Here are a few that stand out. The Obama Administration revealed the first ever National Prevention Strategy.  Why should you care?  It represents a shift in the way the country views healthcare, going from a focus on
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Goodbye, Food Guide Pyramid

When I officially began studying food and nutrition science at Georgia State University, one of my first classes covered the basics via the Food Guide Pyramid.  It was criticized for being carb heavy and labeling all fats as “bad.” In 2005, the Food Guide Pyramid underwent a radical change.  The dated pictures of foods were
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Sip Slim this Summer

  Summer has unofficially arrived and so has the heat here in Atlanta.  With that comes the urge to splurge on cool summer treats, often in the form of frosty drinks.   You don’t have to let summer drinks keep you from achieving your weight loss goals.  Here are a few of the most common liquid
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Beware the Beige Plate

March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is Eat Right with Color.  Beige is not the new black, it’s boring when it comes to food.  One way to add color to your plate easily is with lots of fruits and veggies.  And while you’ve heard   “eat your veggies!” more times than you care
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