HealthMatters

Supertracker

Looking for a little help in keeping that New Year’s resolution to become healthier? Try out this free tool. It’s called the Supertracker, www.supertracker.usda.gov, and it can help you choose nutritious food and get enough physical activity. It gives you a personal account to track what you eat and what you do. It also can help you learn skills that make healthy living easier, like controlling portions, managing and losing weight and making and keeping your healthy goals.

Expecting Success

Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Woman’s Hospital are seeking overweight and obese moms to participate in a weight management program designed to achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy. This study will monitor changes in body weight and health throughout pregnancy, and then the health of mom and baby for one year after birth. If you’re 18 to 40 years old, in your first trimester, nonsmoking, overweight or obese and planning to deliver at Woman’s, you may qualify. You must be able to read, speak and understand English and be living in the Baton Rouge area for the next two years. You can earn up to $550 for participating. If interested in the Expecting Success study, email moms@pbrc.edu or call (225) 215-7980.

First banana

What’s the top snack food in America? The NPD Group says it’s fresh fruit. And apples and bananas and their fruity brethren are gaining ground. The research firm’s “Snacking in America” report finds that growing concerns about health and eating right have contributed to the increasing popularity of fruit as a snack. Also, fruit is eaten throughout the day, so people eat more. Those 65 and older eat the most fruit, followed by youngsters under 12. Chocolate ranked as the No. 2 snack, followed by potato chips.

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