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Secret Smoothie Recipe & Good News Health Headlines
To celebrate the opening of a new SPY exhibit here at Pacific Science Center, Wellbody Blog brings you a mystery smoothie recipe! The secret ingedient is...
...VEGETABLES! That's right, add a handful of veggies (try frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, spinach or kale) for a bolus of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins with minimal impact on taste and texture.
And speaking of fruits and veggies, here are good news headlines on the health front:
- Kids are eating more fruits and vegetables, thanks to 2012 federal standards that require schools to offer healthier meals. In a fascinating Harvard School of Public Health study, researchers collected and analyzed the food leftover on the plates of more than 1,000 students in four urban, low-income school districts before and after the change in federal standards. Vegetable consumption increased by 16.2 percent; fruit selection increased by 23 percent.
- Steep decline in obesity among young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why? Researchers attribute the progress to Americans consuming fewer sugary drinks and more women breastfeeding their babies. First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign has also put nutrition and exercise front and center for the preschool set with healthy behaviors modeled by Elmo and Big Bird on Sesame Street, for example. Unfortunately, older children haven't made progress and older adults are getting fatter.
- 50 years after the Surgeon General warned about the dangers of smoking, 8 million fewer smoking deaths, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer than 20 percent of Americans now smoke compared with 42% in 1964. Here's a terrific story on National Public Radio about how public health workers confronted big tobacco.
And now for the recipe:
Wellbody Academy's Secret Smoothie