Food News Today for Saturday October 11th, 2014

KIDS SHOULD STAND..NOT SIT!: New research suggests that putting standing desks in elementary school classrooms could be a way to help combat childhood obesity. REARRANGE YOUR KITCHEN & LOSE WEIGHT!: Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab share some tips on how to lose weight by rearranging the kitchen.

October 11, 2014

Here's an interesting idea to help combat childhood obesity. New research suggests putting standing desks in elementary school classrooms!

Using these stand-biased desks students can decide to go between sitting or standing class time and as such children have the opportunity to get more physical activity and burn more calories, as well as relieving stress on spinal structures that sometimes happen during long classes!.

Approximately 500 elementary students in the College Station Independent School District in Texas, participated in either control (seated) or stand-biased desk classrooms.

The researchers used devices called “Sensewear” to measure children’s step count and energy expenditure. Each participant was asked to wear the device for five consecutive school days, and each classroom was measured for one week in both the fall and spring semesters, the main goal being to measure whether standing made any difference

The results? The study showed that the standing desks had a statistically significant and positive impact on the amount of calories burned. According to Mark Benden, associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, “The students at stand-biased desks burned 15 percent more calories during the study period than students at traditional desks, and obese children at standing desks increased their calorie use by 25 percent,” says “Teachers also reported that students at stand-biased desks had an increased level of engagement during lecture time.”

Researchers are hopeful these desks may help to fight childhood obesity, as well as being relatively non-distracting to classroom time.



Can a kitchen makeover really help you lose weight?! If you ask Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab the answer is yes! He recently told USA Today, "It's easier to become slim by design than slim by willpower, We're all mindless eaters."  So, what should you do? When it comes to doing a kitchen makeover, he shared 9 tips with USA Today, here are some of our favorites:

• Move healthier foods to visible spots. Rearrange your cupboards, pantry and refrigerator so the first foods you see are the healthy ones. 

In one study, he and colleagues asked people to move their fruits and vegetables from the crisper bins to the top shelves of their refrigerators and move the less healthy foods to the crisper. After one week, people reported consuming nearly three times more fruits and vegetables as they did the week before. .

• Make your kitchen less friendly for lounging. The more you hang out in your kitchen, the more you'll eat, so don't have comfy chairs, TVs, computers or tablets in the kitchen.

• Serve food from the counter or the stove. In one study, they found that people ate 19% less food when they served their food from bowls on the counter or stove vs. bowls on the table. "People, especially guys, tend to serve themselves again and again when the food is right in front of them."

And finally, 

• Avoid doing other activities while eating. His research shows that the more people reported watching TV during dinnertime, the higher their body mass index (a number that takes into account height and weight) of both the parent and the child.

So, try a few and let us know if any of these kitchen tips work for you!

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