nutrition

FDA’s New Food Label: Serving Up a Reality Check

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …

Are We Winning Key Public Health Battles?

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mile Stobbe, Medical Writer, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven “winnable battles” singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 percent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 percent. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Nuts for a Longer Life? Yes, but Which Ones Are Best?

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEating a handful of nuts a day may be all it takes to help ward off serious disease and prolong a healthy life, says a major new study. In the largest study to date to look at whether eating nuts can help you live longer, researchers who followed 76,464 women and 42,498 men for 30 years found that people who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer or any other cause, compared …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

Calories on Menus: Boomers, Women Are Paying Attention

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWho pays attention to calorie counts on menus? By next year, all large chain restaurants will be required to post those harsh numbers, so the Gallup research people decided to find out who really takes note of them. In a survey conducted last month of 2,027 American adults, they found that only 43 percent  pay “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of attention. In fact, more Americans — 68 percent — look at nutritional information on food packages than …