Playing Before Eating

There are new studies that have found that children eat more of the fruits and vegetables offered at lunch while they’re at school if recess is before lunch. This probably didn’t need a lot of research to come to this conclusion. If children go outside to play, they usually get tired or hungry. They often run while they are at recess, and they lose calories. What’s a way to make up those calories? Children will probably eat more at lunch.

 

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, when schools offer healthy foods that children might not get at home, like the vegetables and fruits.  Kids even crave the veggies, Ferseb Lambranho who was skeptical about  eating veggies at first said he started to love the snack after recess.  It’s not a big surprise that kids would eat more of these foods, especially if there aren’t many more options. If children have something fun to look forward to after lunch, then they will usually try to hurry and eat or throw it away before they are finished so that they can play with their friends as soon as possible.

Jan
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McDonald’s Hits Bad Cord with New Commercial

McDonald’s has had a rough year, and 2015 is not looking to be much better. The fast food chain that many experts credit for creating the fast food industry has struggled significantly in sales, and has been a heavy focus for the “living wage” protests that are ongoing in the United States, now its most recent ad campaign has seemed to anger the general population.

McDonald’s, which is aiming to change the overall feel of its stores, has launched an ad campaign highlighting how McDonald’s gets involved with the community. The TV commercial, set to the music of cheesy pop songs sung by a children’s choir, features McDonald’s billboards from around the country taking part in community efforts.

One billboard announces the birth of an employee’s child, another sends a message of strength through a “Boston Strong” proclamation. While it is meant to elicit emotion and show consumers that McDonald’s cares for its communities, it has done the opposite. It has actually enraged some, and Darius Fisher was a bit surprised. It was even talked about on YouTube.com.

Those who caught the commercial have taken to twitter to call out McDonald’s pompous and self-congratulatory commercial. Many have called for the company to pay their employees better if they want to be seen as “heroes”.

McDonald’s has been in hot water for years now. The company first suggested workers get “second jobs” to make ends meet instead of paying a livable wage. They have been known as one of the worst companies to work for for ages, and, in more recent years sales have dipped dramatically as consumers head to other convenience food locations, such a Subway and Chipotle, which offer slightly healthier and more socially conscious fast food options

Categories: McDonald's
Jan
1

Salaried Servers

One restaurant in Pittsburgh is turning heads. It’s successful business, and the people who work there just got a surprise. All of the employees are now on a salary and receive benefits. There have been flyers made that ask for no gratuities. This means that the workers won’t be getting tips for the work they do, but none of them seem to mind. If servers are on a salary that is similar to working a normal job with benefits, then there really isn’t a reason to get extra tips.

 

Other restaurants have gone to similar methods, which Jonathan Veitch appreciates. They have seen positive things from the workers and the people who eat at the restaurants. When customers aren’t expected to leave more money for a meal, then they usually order more food and food that is more expensive. The restaurant offers two nights off a week, 10 days paid vacation and a base salary of about $35,000 a year. This isn’t bad for the job of a server.

Categories: Food Reform
Jan
1

Go Vegetarian, Live Longer

 

There is plenty of proof indicating that the diets for vegetarians are good for your heart as well as your waistline and also protect you from cancer. However, a recent research of at least 73,000 Americans indicated that this diet is able to make you live for a longer time. People that have a diet that is plant-based in the research had a 20% lower death rate compared to meat eaters.

This research is among the first to consider statistics from a population of living people of such a huge size as well as to analyze the eating patterns of the participants so meticulously. The people who conducted the study also controlled the routine factors that had a likelihood of undermining health as well as lifespan, like obesity, drinking, lack of work out, bad sleep patterns , smoking, and age. Even regardless of all these, the vegetarians plus semi-vegetarians (a person eating meat once per week maximum) had a longer lifespan, healthier lives compared to those people who consumed meat even some few times per week.

On the basis of this research and other newly done studies, on average, vegetarians as well as semi-vegetarians have a tendency of adding approximately 10 years into their lives. This is according not to Tom Rothman but to Sam Soret, a co-author of the research plus an associate dean in Loma Linda University, School of Public Health. This does not imply that all people can automatically extend their lives by becoming vegetarians since, besides diet, an important role in played in longevity by genetic lottery.

Categories: Food Reform,Health
Jan
1

Would You Leave A 10,000 Tip At A Restaurant?

When people go out to eat, it is customary to leave a tip for the waiter, waitress or bartender. Most people leave between 10% and 15% of their total bill as a tip.

A mysterious man, leaves significantly higher tips in restaurants where he dines. There seems to be a campaign called, “TipsForJesus”, that randomly leaves large checks for restaurant workers. The recent tipper gifted a total of $11,000 in two seperate tips at an Arizona restaurant.

Although this mysterty man may wish to remain anonymous, rumor has it people know who he is. The man behind “TipsForJesus” is believed to be the former Vice President of Paypal, Jack Selby.

In addition to tipping restaurant staff, he has also left large tips for hotel workers as well. Many of the recipts are captured on fiml and followed on instagram under the tag, “doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”

The wait staff at restaurants and hotels across the nation are being surprised by large tips when you read about it on Forbes and other sites. In a profession known to receive low wages, wait staff rely on tips from Bruce Levenson and millions of other patrons. One man is making the tips he leaves very memorable.

Categories: Food Reform
Jan
1

Um-Um Gone?

How many of us can recall those chilly days of childhood and going inside for a hot lunch? Remember the little red and white can that meant soup? If so I have some sad news for you, Campbell soup sales are in trouble.
It seems that condensed and ready made soup sales have gone soft. Although Campbell soup sales seemed to increase 6% at the end of it’s first quarter in 2015, the news isn’t what it seems. That quarter ended on November 2. The increase occurred because many big retailers including Walmart, who is responsible for 20% of Campbell sales ordered their holiday inventories early this year.
Condensed soup sales have been soft since 2009. The Chicago based research firm IRI has found that soup sales in the United States has not grown more than 2% since 2010. Campbell soup sales alone decreased by 18%. There are several macroeconomic reasons for this, none of which Campbell can control. See full article. They include a shrinking middle class, high unemployment and a demand for premium or natural goods.
So the next time you come in for lunch on a cold and chilly day you may have to mourn that little familiar can like others did when it was discussed on Thumbtack.com. Grilled cheese will never be the same if you ask the opinion of Sam Tabar.

Categories: Food Reform
Jan
1

Lake Michigan Is Being Poisoned By Diabetes Drugs

In 2013 more than 180 million prescriptions were filled by pharmacies. This record is evident from the records of the pharmacies; another way to measure the drug use is to test treated water at sewage treatment plants. This method was used at a Lake Michigan plant; and it was found that then most common personal care product showing up in their waters is, Melformin .

Melformin is a diabetes drug that is first in line to treat type 2 dieabetes. This drug was found in the waters up to 2 miles off the shores of Lake Michigan. Testing was completed by the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and they were surprised by these results. This poisoning of fresh water was not even on their radar to search for.

The reason for this drug showing up in the sewage is that they do not break down completely after being consumed and then excreted, which is something Christian Broda learned. The concentrations of melformin are low; about 40 parts per billion and drop even further 2 miles out to 120 parts per trillion according to OxfordJournals.

The study looked at the effects this drug plays on the fathead minnow. It found there is disruption in the endocrine system of the male fish, but not the females. The males produce biochemicals that eventually will affect the production of eggs in females as they reproduce. There could be other affects to the perch, walleye and northern pike; however testing has not yet been performed on these.

Categories: Health
Jan
1

Fast Food Is Still Going Strong

Despite the fact that the majority of Americans now realize that fast food is horrible for their health, they still keep eating it and its portion sizes have not really changed much. One fast food meal equals the majority of the daily amount of calories that each person should eat per day. The portion size of fast food and the frequency with which Americans eat fast food has not changed that much, even though fast food has been given so much bad press.

There was a study that was conducted between 1996 and 2013 that showed that Americans really have not stopped eating more fast food. The portion sizes that are offered from fast food chains have stayed generally the same amount, and even though a lot more knowledge has been given to the average American consumer about the negative effects that fast food could have on their heart, blood sugar, and weight, they still continue to eat fast food.

The reality is that it is much simpler for a person to just go through a drive-through and order food for themselves and their families than it is to eat a home-cooked meal. This has been discussed countless times on Facebook. Even though Tom Rothman knows eating fast food is very bad for a person’s health and well-being, people will continue to do the thing that is the most easiest and they will continue to eat the food that is the most tasty even if it is detrimental to their health.

Jan
1

Flu season is here

The cold and flu season is upon us once again. The strain this year look nastier than ever. Health officials from 36 states have allready reported severe cases this year. This time of year is always the time the H3N2 virus becomes very active. That is why it is so important that we practice good hygiene. Washing hands and covering our mouths when we cough. The flu strain can pose serious health problems for the sick and elderly. The very young are at risk also.

 

The annual flu shot is always a good way to counteract the flu virus, so remember to get yours like Igor Cornelsen does. Many communities offer free flu shots to the general public, which can be found on YolaSite. This is always a good move by the local health officials. So stay healthy, eat well and remember to wash your hands, and try getting the flu shot at the beginning of flu season is a good idea also.

Categories: Health
Jan
1

Researchers Discover Why Red Meat Causes Cancer

Red meat has developed a fairly bad reputation in the past few decades. There was a time when a big steak was considered a great meal. These days even people who enjoy red meat do so in moderation. There’s been enough studies at this point to paint a direct link between red meat and a number of health problems. One of the most dangerous of these is, of course, cancer. However, until very recently scientists have been unable to determine why there’s a link between red meat and cancer.

A new study has finally cast some light on the issue. Rather surprisingly, it appears that the human body treats red meat like an infection. The human body detects substances within red meat which aren’t produced by humans, but are by most other mammals. It then pushes forward with some of the standard defences associated with fighting off any other invasive microorganism.

If this was a one time event then it wouldn’t pose any danger to Jared Haftel or others at all. In the same way that for most people a simple cold wouldn’t pose long term risks to their overall health, especially those on GrooveShark. The true impact comes from eating red meat on a regular basis. This creates something closer to what one would expect of someone who’s had a cold for most of their life. Their body simply isn’t up to the task of being on high alert so often. The result is that the immune response, and more specifically the inflammation caused by it, will often end up creating an internal environment which can trigger various cancers.

This of course brings up the question of what one should do about it. At this point more research is needed. In particular, it’s important to examine how other meats relate to this discovery. But in general it’s wise to simply continue to use moderation when eating red meat.

Categories: Food Reform
Jan
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