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Tips from the American Dietetic Association

Fitness for mind and body.

Much of the focus of the ADA has been on obesity and its epidemic proportions.

Eat Right ADA message

With the serious increase of obesity among kids, baby boomers could be the first generation to out-live their children!

Following are some tips from the ADA that will, hopefully, inspire you and your family toward a healthier lifestyle - or to complement your current attempts and achievements at living healthier.

  • Kids need to spend more time on the playground and less on PlayStation. Fifteen percent of our children and teenagers are overweight. The average American child spends more than four hours a day watching television, playing video games or surfing the Web. See also: Health Tips for Kids 9 to 15 Years Old.
  • Trans fats are far worse for your health than saturated fats. Both increase cholesterol, but unlike saturated fats, trans fats increase the small-density molecules that clump together to form arterial plaque.
  • Each year as many women die from complications of osteoporosis of the hip as from breast cancer. Men also need to be aware of the dangers of osteoporosis.
  • For heart health, focus on vegetable and olive oils, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish. Avoid trans fats, which are found in hydrogenated oils, processed foods, fried foods, most commercial baked goods and most margarines.
  • Get your calcium. Start with a glass or two of milk, some cheese or yogurt and if you are still coming up short, pop a Tums or two -- they are loaded with calcium. This will help keep osteoporosis at bay. Calcium also plays a role in metabolism and aids weight loss.
  • Exercise regularly, preferably with your kids. It's good for the body -- particularly for weight control and strong bones -- and relieves stress.
  • Do not be conned into buying super-sized foods. What you are really buying are cheap extra pounds. Buy what you can and should eat: Moderate servings.

No doubt, nutrition can be confusing. To get it straight -- and a personalized nutrition plan that fits your lifestyle -- see a registered dietiian. A consultation will cost less than a hair or nail appointment, and its effects can last a lifetime.

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