It has been reported that the average American with a normal body mass index (BMI) gains 1-2 pounds during the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, whereas overweight or obese individuals can gain 5 pounds or more. When mass quantities of festive foods and delectable desserts nearly mask tabletops completely, it can be overwhelming. You’re not alone in feeling like you want to indulge – and actually doing it.
Research continues to show how important our food is for the maintenance of our health and for disease prevention. Evidence exists showing that most of the common diseases we face such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and obesity are directly linked to dietary factors. Perhaps even more importantly, life expectancy overall is greater in those who have healthy diets.
The pumpkin we know and love may be used as a decoration this Halloween, but we cannot forget the great source of nutrition it can be. During the fall and winter months pumpkin can be purchased local and fresh. When produce is purchased in-season it means it has reached optimal nutritional quality before it was picked.
This harvest salad with pumpkin, feta and pumpkin seeds is a perfect, healthy fall meal provided by Morrison Healthcare in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health's Reshape Your Health program.
You can get the most from fall produce by filling your canvas tote with a rainbow of foods. “Different-colored fruits and vegetables contain different types of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and vitamins A, C and E,” explains Lisa DeSantis, a registered dietitian at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
The summer heat can be dangerous especially if you’re outside or don’t have air conditioning. One simple thing everyone can do to stay safe is stay hydrated.
Summer in New Jersey means taking in some sun, walking the boards and digging into your favorite foods. It’s no secret that those delicious boardwalk treats are loaded with calories and sugar, but the amount of calories hiding in those summer snacks may be surprising.
Angela Jones, M.D. shares insights on a topic of concern that she addresses quite often with her patients: the health and safety of exercising during pregnancy. Despite some arguments and myths against the lifestyle, Dr. Jones believes that physical activity is not only safe, but it is bursting with benefits.