Nutrition and Fitness Update – July 2, 2011

By Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi
Originally published at

To Curb Childhood Obesity, Experts Say Keep Baby Fat In CheckHere’s a round-up of the best news stories and blog posts that we came across this week on nutrition and fitness.

To Curb Childhood Obesity, Experts Say Keep Baby Fat In Check
Shots, the NPR health blog, reports that the Institute of Medicine recommends that physicians and caretakers pay more attention to weight among children aged 5 and under. Nearly 10 percent of babies and toddlers, and more than 20 percent of kids aged 2 through 5 are considered overweight, and this could have serious repercussions later in life.

The School Bully Is Sleepy
New York Times health blogger Tara Parker-Pope reports on a new study that suggests sleep problems may be at the heart of bullying and other aggressive behaviors. Researchers found that school bullies and kids who disrupt class are twice as likely to show signs of sleep problems compared to well-behaved kids.

Fish Oil and Depression: Beyond the Headlines
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish does not appear to reduce the risk for depression. But as nutritionist Monica Reinagel explains, the part that didn’t make the news is far more interesting than the headlines would suggest.

10 Simple Kitchen Tips You Wish Someone Told You Earlier
Cooking for yourself is a great way to control portion size and ingredients, but not everyone feels comfortable in the kitchen. Food blogger Darya Pino shares some simple tricks that make navigating the kitchen much easier.

6 Ways to Beat The Afternoon Slump (No sleeping at your desk!)
Many of us feel a drop in energy in the afternoon, and it can prevent us from getting work done. But there are solutions to the afternoon slump! From drinking green tea to exercising in the morning, Self magazine shows you different ways to stay alert through the whole day.

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