Quick Notes & Newsworthy Items

The posts in this category highlight content from around the web on cooking, food, nutrition, cookbooks, medical studies and more.... typically fairly short writeups why I think the information is noteworthy.

Watching TV: Even Worse for Kids Than You Think

It’s no secret that sedentary behavior contributes to obesity and chronically poor health. But not all sedentary behaviors are created equal, according to a new study that examines the link between blood pressure in children and their choice of inactive pastimes, including watching TV, using the computer and reading.

'Food Deserts' Can Shorten Life Expectancy

Living in a ‘food desert’ – such as a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side – can have a negative impact on one’s health, according to a 2006 study of five local areas with no full-service grocery stores. Watch the update courtesy of Chicago’s PBS…

Nearly 10% of Health Spending for Obesity

Obesity’s not just dangerous, it’s expensive. New research shows medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for an obese person than for someone who’s normal weight. Overall obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion, double what it was nearly a decade ago, says the study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs.

Skinny Chef on YumSugar.com

I am sure you’ve heard of Yum Sugar – their food editors round up the best food posts on the internet, and decided to feature my post on zesters. ‘The Skinny Chef plays zester tester – and explains when each type of zester works best.’

Learning to Tolerate Food Allergens?

Doctors have long used allergy shots to desensitize children and adults to environmental allergens such as bee stings, pollen, mold and dust mites. Now researchers are trying to apply that theory to food allergies, building up a child’s tolerance for a food that prompts an allergic reaction by exposing the child to tiny amounts of that food.

Annual Obesity Rankings

It’s time for the nation’s annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there’s little good news. In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese, says a new study from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Detox Yoga Twist Workshop for Summer

My friend Suzanne Ausnit, seasoned yoga teacher and friend, is teaching a detox yoga workshop June 7th. “Wring out stress, tension and lethargy with this vigorous twist workshop. Layer by layer, we’ll peel away the physical and mental restraints that limit our movement. We’ll free up the spine, ribcage and breath, leaving you rejuvenated and ready […]

Arrivederci Bello Fatso

I was really sad to hear the news that one of my favorite comedians Dom Deluise passed away yesterday. Not only was he a great, loveable actor- he was the star of one my favorite cult classics, Fatso: the tale of a person struggling between the two loves of his life, food and a lovely blond shop keeper.