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Childhood Obesity Predictors May Not Be What You Think (Part 1)



Finding the motivation to pursue a healthy weight can be difficult sometimes. But a new study out of Stanford University may be able to add an increased sense of urgency and purpose, particularly for parents: Do it for the kids!

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. While many factors have contributed to this, including increased access to fast foods and higher birth weight, more evidence shows that the factor that puts children at greatest risk of being overweight is having obese parents.

“The findings of this study suggest that at-risk children may be identifiable in the first few years of life,” says W. Stewart Agras, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, whose team assessed both established and hypothesized risk factors in a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Agras says parental obesity represented the most potent risk factor, a finding that confirms previous observations, and the connection between overweight parents and overweight children is likely due to a combination of genetics and family environmental influences.

Childhood obesity can lead to many other health issues for children. According to the American Obesity Association, pediatricians are reporting more frequent cases of obesity-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes, asthma and hypertension — diseases that once were considered adult conditions.

It can be emotionally conflicting to think about the ways that one’s own health can negatively impact one’s children. But remember that the focus of this study and its findings is not about blame or shaming overweight parents, but rather about prevention. “It’s important to identify risk factors because they may provide a way to alter the child’s environment and reduce the chance of becoming overweight,” Agras says.

Remember: Good health is paramount for many reasons. The first reason is YOU. Obesity can prevent you from living a long, happy, and healthy life. The next reason is the people that you love. You play an integral role in building a healthy family. But while bad eating and exercise habits in children can be passed down from parents, the good news is that we have the power to change those unhealthy habits for ourselves, as well as for our children. Stay tuned for Part 2 for 5 tips for a healthier family….


Sources: American Heart Association, News Medical, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation




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Four Things to Keep in Mind When Making New Year’s Resolutions



If we were the gambling type, we’d put money down and predict that many of you are deliberating New Year’s resolutions at this very moment. As 2016 comes to a close, our sights are set on 2017 and the things we’re looking to accomplish in the New Year. Some write goals down on paper, others just set it in their minds; no matter how you do it, New Year’s resolutions are currently being crafted. For a sizable portion of us, our 2017 resolutions will consist of something involving our weight or a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s a better diet, losing a certain amount of weight, going to the gym or exercising more, the majority of us will be focused on better health in the New Year.

With that in mind, here are some realistic reminders to consider when you are thinking about what your resolution(s) should be:



Motivation: I understand that you are excited about the new goal that you just set, but will you be just as excited four months from now? How about six months? When you aren’t getting the results you hoped, how will you react? Remember this moment — when you made the declaration of what you want to do going forward — and have the same determination to see it through as you had when you originally made the commitment.

There will likely be Setbacks: Very few times does something go exactly as we planned. When times get tough and the road seems long, have the perseverance and motivation to push through and continue with your journey.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term: Knowing the difference will help you decide how you shape your resolution(s). If it is a short-term goal, the resolution would likely involve accomplishing what you’re setting out to do quickly. If it’s a long-term goal, the resolution should include taking smaller steps toward what you want to achieve.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Don’t think that you can’t accomplish something. This kind of thinking will throw up a seemingly insurmountable hurdle between you and your goal. In reality, we don’t know what we are capable of until we are put to the test and need to rise to the occasion. You got this!


Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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7 Great Ways to Use Greek Yogurt



Choose no fat (0%) Greek yogurt for a high protein, high calcium, and low fat punch! The high protein of Greek yogurt can help you feel fuller longer, which can help you to eat less and help with weight loss. Greek yogurt also contains calcium to promote bone health, and contains probiotics to help digestive health. Here are some great ways to add Greek yogurt to your diet:


1. Replace your flavored yogurt with 0% fat Greek yogurt and make a fun flavorful fruit parfait. Simply take a tall glass, and layer to create an elegant unique breakfast. This is great for the whole family, have the kids join in! Add a bottom layer of Greek yogurt and add mixed berries or fruit of choice on top. Repeat until the glass or container is full. For added crunch without the added carbohydrates, try chopped walnuts or almonds instead of granola.
2. Create sweet or savory dips. Replace full fat, high calorie sour cream with 0% fat Greek yogurt. For a great side item to your favorite raw vegetables, try taking a small container of 0% fat Greek yogurt and mixing it with a quarter of a seasoning pack or try shaking no sodium spices, such as Mrs. Dash™, into the yogurt, flavoring it to your liking. For a sweeter fruit dip, add a no calorie sweetener or agave and mix it in your Greek yogurt. Top with cinnamon for a sweet treat!
3. Replace high-fat, high-calorie mayonnaise with 0% fat Greek yogurt for all your favorite salads, like chicken salad, egg salad or tuna salad. If you do not want to cut out all the mayonnaise completely, simply reduce it and replace the rest with Greek yogurt. This will still save calories!
4. Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream on your baked potatoes, or top your quesadilla with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to decrease the saturated (bad) fat and add more calcium to your diet.
5. Make a delicious creamy soup without all the fat and calories from cream or half & half! For a soup that will be talked about for months, simply roast your choice of vegetables with olive oil and seasoning in oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Place in blender with chicken or vegetable broth and, instead of adding cream or cheese, use 0% fat Greek yogurt. Blend well, and that’s it! You can also do this without roasting the vegetables. Boil vegetables in pot with chicken or vegetable broth until soft, season to preference, and then place in blender with Greek yogurt and blend well!
6. When baking, instead of using one cup oil, replace with ¾ cup Greek yogurt. One cup of canola is roughly 1,920 calories, whereas ¾ cup fat free Greek yogurt is roughly 100 calories. That’s a 1,820 calorie reduction!  If you’re using butter, use one stick of butter and ¼ cup Greek yogurt instead of using two sticks of butter (1,600 calories). This will save you 764 calories!
7. The next time you make a smoothie, add Greek yogurt! This will increase the amount of protein and help you feel fuller!

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