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The American Heart Association’s New Recommendations on Added Sugar for Children

Last week the journal Circulation published the American Heart Association’s scientific statement “Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children”. They’ve taken a bold new position on sugar consumption: children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week. Bolder still, Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – Olympics 2016 Edition

Olympics are a carnival of junk food marketing, say campaigners Health advocates criticized Coca-Cola’s and McDonald’s sponsorships of the London Olympics four years ago, and the opportunity to create a positive health legacy from Rio 2016 has been squandered as well. Coordinators for the Children’s Food Campaign noted that again, this year’s Olympics have been Continue reading

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Updates to the Nutrition Facts Label

On May 20th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration finalized the new Nutrition Facts label, which will be required for use on most packaged foods by July 26th, 2018. Overall, public health and nutrition professionals are pleased with the updates as the new labels should make it easier for consumers to make healthy, informed decisions Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 3/9/16

Helping Latino Children Reach a Healthy Weight by Kindergarten Latino youths in the United States are more likely to be overweight or obese than their white peers. There are countless factors that may directly impact obesity rates or act as barriers or facilitators to healthy weight in this population, and this implies that the problem Continue reading