Eat Well Spotlight

New & Improved Nutrition Facts Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and beverages with a fresh design that will make it easier for you to make informed food choices that contribute to lifelong healthy eating habits. Explore it below!


McDonald's serves up fitness trackers in Happy Meals

In 2011, McDonald’s began offering the choice between fruit or Go-Gurt with Happy Meals to increase the availability of fruits and vegetable options on their menu.

At the same time, McDonald's cut the french fries portion size in their kids meal by more than half.

Now, instead of a plastic figurine, book or plush toy, McDonald's is giving away activity trackers with Happy Meals in the United States and Canada for a limited time as part of a promotional campaign aimed... [more]


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Sodium and the "Silent Killer"

A lot of people may be confused about sodium. It’s essential for life but too much can really harm our health.. so how much do we really need? How much is too much and what does it do to us? Here's an article from the American Heart Association that explains it all! 

It’s quite simple, extra sodium in your bloodstream pulls water into your blood vessels, increasing the total volume of blood inside your blood vessels.... [more]


Redefining Healthy: FDA to adjust their definition of "healthy"

Which is healthier: Pop-Tarts...

...or almonds?

Based on the definition of "healthy," the correct answer is pop-tarts!!!

The FDA is currently changing the modern definition of healthy. The first official definition was created over 22 years ago! In 1994, the definition of healthy highlighted low-fat foods. Under this definition, Kellogg’s low-fat Pop-Tarts could be considered “healthy!” They meet all five criteria of “healthy foods” created by the FDA: Fat,... [more]


Americans Urged to Limit Sugar

Concerned about the cholesterol and fat in your diet? That's so 2015.

If you want to stay on the cutting edge of nutrition advice, what you should really worry about are added sugars, according to a new report from the federal government that urges us to cut back – way back – on sugar.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting the amount of added sugars in our diet to no more than 10% of daily calories. That's about 12 teaspoons of sugar... [more]


Applebee's to Remove Soda from Kids' Menus

Applebee’s will become the first family-dining restaurant chain to remove soda from its children’s menus, joining fast-food chains McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Dairy Queen. 

“Soda and other sugar drinks promote diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and even heart disease, and a kids’ menu is no place for disease-promoting drinks,” said CSPI nutrition policy counsel Jessica Almy. “Kudos to Applebee’s for taking this important step to promote children’s health.

Subway, Chipotle, and Panera also exclude sugar drinks from kids’ menus, as does... [more]


Prelim Eval of Berkeley Soda Tax Shows It's Working As Intended

New from Public Health Institute: Interim results from the largest-to-date evaluation of Berkeley, California’s 2014 sugar sweetened beverage excise tax show that the one cent per ounce tax has been fully passed on to the retail pricing of sugar sweetened beverages in large and small chain supermarkets and chain gas stations, a prerequisite for taxes to reduce consumption. Read the preliminary findings.

Help spread the word with a tweet: Prelim Eval of Berkeley #SodaTax Shows... [more]


In Chicago, Former Park Houses Become Cooking Classrooms

How a weekly after-school class offered by the city’s Park District is bringing cooking and health education to under-served neighborhoods.

A weekly after-school class offered by the Chicago Park District (CPD), is bringing cooking and health education to under-served neighborhoods, and it’s helping the Park District find new uses for its hundreds of former field houses.

The program teaches the students to make dishes like Apple Nachos Supreme, a combination of apples, yogurt, raisins, honey, and pecans... [more]


Why we're applauding San Francisco for putting health first

San Francisco has the right idea. This week the San Fran Board of Supervisors decided UNANIMOUSLY to require warning labels on soda advertisements, ban soda ads on city property, and prohibit the city from spending any money on soda. We're LOVING it. The city has decided to make milk and water the 'default beverage option for kids' meals'. 

We applaud you San Francisco. This is such a wonderful step in the best direction for the health... [more]


Making sense of the science of sodium

Have you seen conflicting news headlines about salt and sodium? Some people say that we don’t really need to cut back on the salt we eat, while the American Heart Association and others say that we do. A commentary published online today in the journal Nutrition Today will help you make sense of the science of sodium.

A new article in in the journal Nutrition Today will help you make sense of the science of... [more]


Burger King drops soft drinks from kids' meals

Burger King has dropped fountain drinks from its kids' menu boards and they are no longer merchandised as part of Burger King Kids Meals.

Sugary soft drinks are a top source of calories in children's diets and can contribute to obesity, Wootan says. The percentage of children ages 6–11 years in the U.S. who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents ages 12–19 years who were... [more]


Peanuts Lovers Live Longer, Recent Study Shows

According to this recent study, individuals who eat peanuts every day may live longer over a five- or six-year period than those who go without. The results for the U.S.study group showed that people who consumed about 17-18 grams of peanuts per day (roughly 2/3 ounce) were 21 percent more likely to live longer.

Peanuts and tree nuts (pine nuts, pecans and walnuts) may help people live longer because they are rich... [more]


New dietary guidelines may downplay cholesterol risks

The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption. 

For decades, the government has warned against diets high in cholesterol. But now many nutritionists believe that cholesterol intake may not significantly impact cholesterol blood levels or increase the risk of heart disease in healthy adults, according to the Washington Post.

In the coming weeks, the committee... [more]


Wendy's Removes Soda from Kids' Meals

McDonald's agreed to remove soda from their happy meals in 2013 and Wendy's has responded by doing the same.

Check out the full article!

This Move Responds to Concern over Diabetes, Obesity, and Other Soda-Related Diseases


U.S. Food and Drug Administration New Menu Labeling Regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized new rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.

Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. Making calorie information available will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.

Read more here.


New Soda Tax on SSBs

Berkeley, California became the first jurisdiction in the nation to successfully enact a one cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks, called Measure D! Read more here...