Since we’re always reading up on what’s new in health and wellness, we figured we’d share some of what we find with our readers on a weekly basis. Enjoy!
Starbucks to post calorie counts in the U.S. ahead of regulations - The Globe and Mail
“…starting June 25, Starbucks Corp. says customers at its more than 11,000 U.S. locations will be able to see that there are 300 calories in a small caramel Frappuccino and 230 calories in a small Iced Caffe Mocha.” Super—now bring it to Canada!
AMA declares obesity a disease – Los Angeles Times
“The American Medical Assn. voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.”
“The WHO said that television was the main way that companies were reaching kids through advertising, and a lot of children watch TV more than two hours a day. Research has shown that children become obese by watching TV because they are not as active, but also because they are subjected to the advertising and marking of product high in fat, sugar and salt. Most of the ads are for soft drinks, sweetened breakfast cereals, biscuits, confectionery, snack foods, ready meals and fast-food outlets.”
Corporate wellness news
Webinar: 2013 wellness and benefits benchmarking study – Employee Benefits News
A first look at trends and best practices in wellness and benefits administration, including defined contribution.
Notable blog posts
Where do Americans get most of their calories? – Fooducate
Turns out, they’re not all from fast food. A new study found that: “Depending on age, supermarkets and convenience stores were the food purchase locations for between 63% and 70% of calories in the US diet.” Pizza alone, on the other hand, accounted for 2.2% of calories for children and 3.4% for adolescents.
Is Coca-Cola’s latest calorie dictionary ad purposely deceptive? – Weighty Matters
In true Yoni Freedhoff style, this post criticizes the soda giant’s newest attempt to make its product seem less harmful. “According to the commercial if you spend 50 minutes (divided into 5 minute blocks) hugging people, swinging a sledgehammer, climbing fences, falling off mechanical bulls, jumping out of trees, running, shouting, lifting young children onto your back, diving to the ground, and zipping up a dress then you too will burn the number of calories you’d find in a 13.5 oz bottle of Coca-Cola.”
Recipes from RDs
Blueberry and lime frozen yogurt - The Candid RD
Sweet potato brownies – The Lean Green Bean
Minty blood orange and watermelon salad – The Candid RD
Farm fresh eggs and mozzarella tart – A Weight Lifted