Facts vs Myths – Why We Cling To Our Beliefs

A number of articles in the popular press (as well as academic journals) have reported consistently that vaccines do not cause autism. While this myth is one of the most common making the rounds currently, the fields of nutrition, fitness, and weight management are jam-packed full of myths that are debunked when scrutinized.

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Keep It Simple…But Not TOO Simple

The traditional approach in nutrition research and dietary counseling has been reductionist….vitamins, minerals, nutrients. However, it can be challenging to translate new knowledge generated from a reductionist paradigm in the real-world in which we eat snacks, meals….FOOD! This reality is demonstrated clearly in how, at different periods in time, dietary fat and sugar have been either heralded or demonized.

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Your Big Life

Whether our work focuses on helping children and families to manage excess weight or prevent unhealthy weight gain, at a basic level, we promote healthy nutrition and physical activity habits.

We know from a substantial body of evidence that eating healthfully and being physically active have health promoting effects; however, one of the challenges in preventing chronic diseases is that the payoff tends to come years or decades in the future. Who can wait that long?! Most of us want to know…now…that the lifestyle choices we make today make a difference over time. Well, now there’s an online tool to satisfy that need. Continue reading

I Need To Walk HOW MANY Miles To Burn Off A Cupcake!?!

A number of studies have examined how front-of-package (FOP) information and menu labeling can influence the purchasing decisions we make in different settings and circumstances (in a grocery store, at a restaurant, standing in front of a vending machine). The underlying assumption is that ‘knowledge is power’; people will make informed, rational decisions at the point-of-purchase and make healthy food choices. While this might work for some people, some of the time, in some settings, this only represents part of the story….not to mention that most people don’t make food purchasing and eating decisions in the absence of emotion.

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