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Increased access to nature trails could decrease youth obesity rates, study finds

Increased access to nature trails could decrease youth obesity rates, study finds

As youth obesity levels in America remain at record high levels, health professionals and policymakers continue to search for solutions to this national health issue. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have found that local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation. Sonja Wilhelm Stanis, an associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, found that counties with more non-motorized nature trails and forest lands have higher levels of youth activity and lower youth obesity, while counties with more nature preserves have lower activity levels. Continue reading

Potassium-rich foods cut stroke, death risks among older women

Potassium-rich foods cut stroke, death risks among older women

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. “Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could prevent stroke or death wasn’t clear,” said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., study senior author and distinguished university professor emerita, department of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. Continue reading

Ebola ‘threatens’ W Africa harvests

Ebola ‘threatens’ W Africa harvests

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa “at serious risk”, warns the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Continue reading

Eradicating fatal sleeping sickness by killing off the tsetse fly

Eradicating fatal sleeping sickness by killing off the tsetse fly

A BYU ecologist is playing a role in the effort to curb a deadly disease affecting developing nations across equatorial Africa. Steven L Continue reading

Canola oil may be an oil of choice for people with type 2 diabetes

Canola oil may be an oil of choice for people with type 2 diabetes

Canola* is Canada’s oil and new research from St. Michael’s Hospital suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes. Continue reading

Fathers can lower their children’s risk of going hungry by staying involved

Fathers can lower their children’s risk of going hungry by staying involved

Fathers who don’t live with their children can actually lower their son’s or daughter’s risk of not having enough food by just maintaining involvement in the child’s life. And if the father provides support beyond money, such as gifts, groceries and other offerings, the child’s risk of food insecurity may be further reduced. Continue reading

‘Sticky’ stomach flu virus stands up to typical restaurant dishwashing measures

‘Sticky’ stomach flu virus stands up to typical restaurant dishwashing measures

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — Restaurant dishes and silverware may be an overlooked place where people can catch stomach viruses, according to a new study published December 6 on the PLoS ONE website. Continue reading

New research: Limiting carbs to dinner-time increases satiety, reduces risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

New research: Limiting carbs to dinner-time increases satiety, reduces risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

ScienceDaily (Nov. Continue reading