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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

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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


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Facebook’s Newsfeed is Changing and Here’s What you Need to Know



Facebook is making more difficult for users to see content from pages they follow — here’s how to ensure you can still see posts from Robard in your newsfeed!

Facebook recently announced that not only will their newsfeed system be updated to mainly show posts from users’ friends and family, but they will also prioritize content from Facebook’s “trusted sources” when it comes to news and blog content. What this means for users is that they will see less content from pages that they follow — if at all. The company explained their reasoning for this in a recent blog post.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally addressed this in a post on his Facebook page on January 19, 2018, which can be found here. In his post, Zuckerberg claims that Facebook has already decided which publications count as “trustworthy” and are "informative."

Robard is already a popular weight management information destination on Facebook, so to make sure our readers have the best chance at seeing Robard’s news posts and blogs on their newsfeed, here is how you can update your Facebook settings to prioritize content from your favorite publishers, including Weight Loss Programs and Products by Robard:

1.) Click the drop-down arrow on the toolbar near the notification button at the top of the page and click on “News Feed Preferences.”





2.) This will display a preferences page; select “Prioritize who to see first.”



3.) Now, select “pages only” from the grey box in the top left and select your favorite pages:



The pages you select here will now show up first in your news feed. Facebook has already begun to roll out this new update, so users should update their settings as soon as possible to ensure they are still able to get the content they want to read on their news feed. In addition, Facebook also has step-by-step “Prioritize who to see first” instructions by clicking here.

We encourage all of our customers who remain active on Facebook to share this information with your followers! As always, thank you for following Weight Loss Programs and Products by Robard on Facebook!


Blog written by Robard's Mike Boyle and Kevin Boyce

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