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Childhood nutrition and exercise key to healthy life

By: www.newarkadvocate.com Nutrition and exercise habits made during childhood can be vital for a person’s long-term health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that children now spend over 7.5 hours in front of a screen each day, showing the lack of youth exercise. The organization also reported the number of obese children has increased from 4 to 20 percent over the past 40 years, reflecting the lack of nutritional awareness among our youth. Developing a healthy lifestyle for a child through proper nutrition and exercise will create a healthier life for children and make a difference for children in future generations. A healthy eating plan can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, consume…

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Vitamin A helps maintain healthy teeth

By Madeleine Burry, www.prevention.com Ever wonder how you can make your way around your home in the middle of the night without crashing into a wall? Thank good ol’ vitamin A. The fat-soluble nutrient helps maintain night vision, among a trillion other things. “Vitamin A does a lot in the body,” says Lisa Samuels, RD, founder of The Happie House. It aids immune function and helps maintain healthy vision, teeth, bones, skin, and nails, Samuels says. Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the maintenance of various vital organs including the heart, lungs, and kidneys, according to the National Institutes of Health. Though vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States, ensuring you include…

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Five healthy food swaps

By: www.independent.ie Making simple swaps in the foods that we eat can make all the difference to our diet and motivation. When we see one easy change work, it can spark a chain reaction in our confidence and reap huge health benefits. The key to success, according to national dietetic advisor for the HSE Margaret O’Neill, is to tackle change in bite-size chunks. “Pick one change at a time,” she says. “Start with one thing and try to stick with it – we know that behaviours can take a while to change: it can take two to three weeks to bed in. “Some people will be able to cut down from five biscuits a day to one; for others, it’s…