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Forget the Ice Cream… Healthy Food Creates Happy Kids, says Study

In our culture, we often associate happy childhood experiences with unhealthy behaviors or foods. Who can forget summers filled with ice cream, lollipops secretly passed to you by grandparents, getting the first warm cookie out of the oven, or even licking the cake batter out of the bowl?

However, while junk food and soda companies use plenty of marketing spin to make us believe eating junk equates to happiness, a new study out of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has shown that healthy eating is strongly linked to children’s happiness.

Dr. Louise Arvidsson, the corresponding author, said, “We found that in young children aged two to nine years there is an association between adherence to healthy dietary guidelines and better psychological well-being, which includes fewer emotional problems, better relationships with other children and higher self-esteem, two years later. Our findings suggest that a healthy diet can improve well-being in children.”

The study was quite large, looking at 7,675 children, two to nine years of age, from eight European countries. It concluded that a healthy diet was associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems two years later. The healthy diet guidelines included limiting intake of refined sugars, reducing fat intake and eating fruit and vegetables.

While there is much more to be learned about the connection between healthy eating and overall well-being, this study points out the many interconnections between lifestyle, food habits, overweight, psychological wellness, and even peer interaction.

Plus, when it comes to children’s wellness, and particularly childhood obesity, plenty research has pointed out that family history plays a big role in how well children eat. In fact, parental obesity is the biggest risk factor for obesity in children.

Having such active lifestyles can be difficult to make it a priority to emphasize wellness for the whole family. However, there are many ways parents can begin to encourage healthier eating with their kids, which can positively impact the entire family. Perhaps this new knowledge that emphasizes the health of the family, and especially children, can serve as extra motivation for adults and parents to start losing the extra weight and adopting healthier behaviors.

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Source: ScienceDaily

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


A New Discovery Might Help Explain Winter Weight Gain

On February 2, 2018 — Groundhog Day — Pennsylvania's most famous woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil, made his annual prediction. Unfortunately, in his infinite wisdom, he announced six more weeks of winter. And that means six more weeks of potential winter weight gain!

In our blog article 3 Tips to Avoid Winter Weight Gain, we explained some of the reasons why weight gain in the winter months is so common. But a new study from the University of Alberta pinpointed another cause, and it is connected to how our fat cells respond to Vitamin D, which is found plentifully in sunlight.

“When the sun's blue light wavelengths — the light we can see with our eye — penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don't store as much fat,” said Peter Light, senior author of the study, who is a Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of UAlberta’s Alberta Diabetes Institute.

Conversely, during the winter months when the days are shorter and people spend less time outside, our exposure to the sun dwindles causing us to take in less vitamin D, which may promote fat storage and ultimately weight gain. This discovery opens up new avenues of future scientific exploration which could eventually lead to pharmacological or light-based treatments for obesity and other related health issues such as diabetes.

In the meantime, there are ways to combat winter weight gain — even with a few more weeks left of winter if good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil turns out to be right. Download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmation Cards for additional motivation to get through the final weeks of winter and stay on target with diets and exercise.

Plus, you can’t always rely on getting adequate vitamin D on sunlight alone, even during the summer. In many cases, food and supplements can support not only getting adequate nutrition, but with the right products and programs, can support healthy weight loss as well. Many of Robard’s scientifically-developed products are fortified with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D. Regulated by the FDA, manufactured with safety and quality certifications, and physician reviewed, our products have been known in the industry as the best in taste, nutrition, and effectiveness for more than 40 years. Learn more about our product offerings today!

We also provide really helpful health resources for physicians and patients. Want to learn more about Vitamins and Minerals? Download this free easy, but helpful fact sheet — just one of our many Patient Education Materials available for free to our customers.

Source: ScienceDaily

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


5 Tips to Keep Patients Motivated When They’re Not Losing Weight

Losing weight is easy — said no one ever! Patients sometimes approach weight loss with unrealistic expectations. Some think that if they just exercise and eat better, the weight will melt off and they’ll drop 20 pounds in a couple weeks. However, the reality is that people can work really hard, be super committed to their diet and exercise plan, and yet still not see the kind of progress they hope for as quickly as they want to see it. On top of the fact that in this time of the year, patients may also be dealing with winter weight gain that has thrown off their previous progress. So is it time to throw in the towel?

No way. Health care providers can play the role of reminding your patients that the journey of weight loss is a process, filled with ups and downs. A lot of factors may contribute to weight not coming off quickly; but providers and patients can work together to figure it out. In the meantime, it’s important to have some tools that you can provide patients to keep them in the game mentally so that they maintain the motivation to keep going, despite slow or even backwards progress.

Take a look at our slideshow of five tips (below) that will help dieters stay motivated to keep trying, even if they aren’t losing weight. If weight loss is not your specialty, take a look at our clinically designed Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), where dieters can lose 3-5 pounds a week on average. Our programs are easy to implement using your existing staff, and we provide all the training and support necessary to get you started. Contact us for more information here.

And for those already offering weight loss services at your practice, don’t forget that Robard has a wealth of resources to help keep your patients motivated. If you haven’t already, download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmations to Motivate and Retain Patients for free now!

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.