Tag: Diet and exercise

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Trans fat doesn’t stir much ‘nanny state’ debate

This May 31, 2012 file photo shows a man leaveing a 7-Eleven store with a Double Gulp drink, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) by Connie CassAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — They are among our most personal daily decisions: what to eat or drink. Maybe what to inhale. Now that the government’s banning trans fat, does that mean it’s revving up to take away our choice to consume all sorts of other unhealthy stuff? What about salt? Soda? Cigarettes?

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Big Bird, Elmo to encourage kids to eat produce

First lady Michelle Obama, center, with PBS Sesame Street’s characters Elmo, left, and Rosita, right, as they help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids in an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Oct. 30, 2013. by Darlene Superville Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A trip down the grocery store produce aisle could soon feel like a stroll down “Sesame Street.” Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that the nonprofit organization behind the popular children’s educational TV program will let the produce industry use Elmo, Big Bird and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to market fruits and veggies to kids. The goal is to get children who often turn up their noses at the sight of produce to eat more of it. Under the arrangement, Sesame Workshop is waiving the licensing fee for its Muppet characters for two years.

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Christie’s surgery highlights weight-loss options

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file) by Lauran NeergaardWASHINGTON (AP) — Obesity causes or worsens myriad health problems, from diabetes to heart disease, severe sleep apnea to arthritic knees. Christie has revealed that after struggling with his weight for 20 years and the reality check of turning 50, the desire to be healthy for his four children motivated him to have an operation called stomach banding.