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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Don’t Let Stress Control Your Eating Habits

It’s National Stress Awareness Day! And, in honor of this day, let’s review an earlier post that examines various stressors that may affect your eating habits. In the past week, have you eaten for reasons other than physical hunger? If you're like most people, you'd answer, "YES!". True physical hunger is defined as discomfort, pain, or weakness caused by your body's need to eat food for energy or fuel. On the other hand, psychological hunger is the desire to eat for nonphysical reasons and is often triggered by the environment around you (external triggers) or your moods and emotions (intern...

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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

Learn Your Best Behaviors

March is National Nutrition Month. This campaign raises awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits, which brings to mind an earlier post that encourages healthy behaviors. Year after year national guidelines urge Americans to do physical activity and eat a healthy plant-based diet. And year after year Americans become more sedentary and choose more highly-processed foods high in fat and calories. So what's the disconnect? Are our healthy messages too complex? Do Americans not see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle? Or,...

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Thursday, Dec 25, 2014

Balance Your Holiday Cheer

Happy holidays from The Cooper Institute! On this day when people are celebrating with family and friends, I have a vision of an earlier post that reminds us to balance our calories with physical activity. The holidays have descended upon you and you can’t pass on Uncle Bert’s special eggnog. Perhaps you have visions of Grandma’s sugar cookies dancing in your head (and on your tongue!). Maybe you also have not-so-nice visions of having to let your belt out a notch or two the first week of January. Fear not. You can have your holiday fruitcake and eat it, too. The antidote for all of these e...

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Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

Gobble, Gobble in Moderation

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Tis the season to give thanks for our many blessings. As I get ready for the fun, family-filled day ahead of me, I am thankful for a previous post that encourages a focus of family, friends, physical activity, and good food in moderation over the holidays. Seems like a simple plan, but wait until you are staring down the never-ending buffet of home-made temptations. Here are some tips to help keep you on track: Drinks If you consume alcohol and/or sugary drinks, limit yourself to one. Egg nog with heavy cream, sugar, and rum can contain 300+ calori...

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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Trick or Healthy Treat?

Halloween is upon us. Whether you’re walking door-to-door for neighborhood hospitality or doing the Transylvanian twist at a party this year, I am haunted by an earlier post that offers recommendations for healthier treats and reminds us to snack in moderation. With a little over a week until the trick-or-treaters show up at your door step, you’ve probably started to think about making the trip to the grocery store to buy bags of candy. Or, if you’re like me you’ll be making a second trip to the store because your family already ate the candy that you bought to hand out! While I’ve vowed to n...

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Thursday, Jul 03, 2014

Freedom in Food Selection

Happy Independence Day, America! Freedom, family, picnics, parades, barbecues, and fireworks pop into mind. And let’s not forget the over-indulgent hot dog eating contests! An earlier post pops to mind that encourages you to “think before you eat!” How frequently do you eat? Do you eat because you are physically hungry or do you eat as a result of other internal or external factors - like because you're bored or because you're at a party? Researchers from the University of North Carolina set out to answer these questions by analyzing data from several national surveys of food intake in the U...

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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Mexican Food Minus the Calories

Here in Dallas, we are looking forward to another beautiful weekend… Sounds like the perfect weekend for some Mexican cuisine and a lime beverage on-the-rocks while sitting outdoors watching the Dallas Stars and Mavericks play-off games. But let’s have a quick reality check before our trip to Margaritaville. This previous post I have in mind reveals the min, the max, and the Ay Dios Mio! (OMG!) of calories found in various Mexican foods and provides some calorie-cutting strategies to help make your patio days palatable. Lower Calorie Choices*: Chicken tortilla soup; 1 to 2 grilled chicken, be...

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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

The Sweet (and Sour) of Sugar

Pop Quiz: How many more pounds of sugar do Americans eat each year as compared to 1970? 5 pounds? Maybe 10?... Would you believe 15 more pounds? According to NPHW.org, the average American eats 15 more pounds of sugar each year than in 1970. This finding suggests that Americans, on average, need to scale way back on added sugars and sweeteners! Let’s reflect to an earlier post to remind us of the ever-present sugars surrounding us every day. What exactly are added sugars? Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation. They differ from...

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Thursday, Mar 06, 2014

Recipe Resources That Satisfy

You may have heard… March is National Nutrition Month®. As I strive to balance my family, career, errands, and everything else in between, I am reminiscent of an earlier post that can help us all address the age-old question that we encounter on a daily basis – “What’s for dinner?” Something simple. Something healthy. And something fast (but not fast food). Whether you have one mouth to feed or a whole family of mouths, the answer to this question doesn't have to be difficult to come up with. There are many (almost too many) places to look for simple, healthy, and fast recipes that can often ...

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Love, Chinese Style

Long-stemmed red roses, heart-shaped boxes filled with assorted chocolates, and romantic candle-light dinners – just a few ideas that come to mind for the upcoming Valentine's Day weekend. We are finally having a reprieve from the arctic blasts and I am ready for a night out on the town with my “true love”. I’m craving Chinese food (I hope he is, too!). Even though Chinese foods can be high in calories, I know of an earlier post that reveals healthy alternatives that will make your heart sing! We're revealing the highs, the lows, and the OMGs of calories found in various Chinese foods.  But b...

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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

Be Mindful This Super Bowl Sunday

I can’t wait for the Super Bowl this Sunday… Especially the commercials! Visions of ice-cold beer, cheesy tortilla chips, and sweet sodas dance through my head. Whoa, let’s hold the Clydesdale horses for a moment. I also have a vision of an earlier post that will come in handy this Sunday. It’s about mindful eating - eating when you're physically hungry and stopping when you're full - as opposed to eating for psychological reasons (e.g., stress, excitement, etc.) or outside triggers. A major trigger for eating when not truly hungry is smelling or seeing food. So how might you limit this trigge...

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Friday, Mar 02, 2012

Can you cook?

"Save America's cooking skills!" "Improving food literacy!" Everyone from nutritionists and obesity researchers to chefs are starting to shouting these slogans. Why? Because many Americans can't cook, resulting in a dinner choice of either eating out (often fast food) or packaged, convenience food (often high in fat, salt, and calories). Researchers in Australia (Queensland University of Technology) are leading a research project to study food literacy in young adults (16-26 years old) and how to improve them. Specifically, they're defining food literacy...

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