12 "superfoods" You Should Be Eating. Want to Improve Your Health and Prevent Disease? Incorporate These Nutrition-Packed Foods Into Your Diet.

12 "superfoods" you should be eating. Want to improve your health and prevent disease? Incorporate these nutrition-packed foods into your diet.

Harv Womens Health Watch. 2013 Mar; 20(7): 1, 7

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Strategies to Optimize Participation in Diabetes Prevention Programs following Gestational Diabetes: A Focus Group Study.

PLoS One. 2013; 8(7): e67878
Dasgupta K, Da Costa D, Pillay S, De Civita M, Gougeon R, Leong A, Bacon S, Stotland S, Chetty VT, Garfield N, Majdan A, Meltzer S

We performed a qualitative study among women within 5 years of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) diagnosis. Our aim was to identify the key elements that would enhance participation in a type 2 diabetes (DM2) prevention program.Potential participants received up to three invitation letters from their GDM physician. Four focus groups were held. Discussants were invited to comment on potential facilitators/barriers to participation and were probed on attitudes towards meal replacement and Internet/social media tools. Recurring themes were identified through qualitative content analysis of discussion transcripts.Among the 1,201 contacted and 79 eligible/interested, 29 women attended a focus group discussion. More than half of discussants were overweight/obese, and less than half were physically active. For DM2 prevention, a strong need for social support to achieve changes in dietary and physical activity habits was expressed. In this regard, face-to-face interactions with peers and professionals were preferred, with adjunctive roles for Internet/social media. Further, direct participation of partners/spouses in a DM2 prevention program was viewed as important to enhance support for behavioural change at home. Discussants highlighted work and child-related responsibilities as potential barriers to participation, and emphasized the importance of childcare support to allow attendance. Meal replacements were viewed with little interest, with concerns that their use would provide a poor example of eating behaviour to children.Among women within 5 years of a GDM diagnosis who participated in a focus group discussion, participation in a DM2 prevention program would be enhanced by face-to-face interactions with professionals and peers, provision of childcare support, and inclusion of spouses/partners. HubMed – eating

Barriers and facilitators to the promotion of healthy eating lifestyles among adolescents at school: the views of school health coordinators.

Health Educ Res. 2013 Jul 16;
Melo H, de Moura AP, Aires LL, Cunha LM

This study evaluates the perceptions of teachers in charge of coordinating health education in schools: the School Health Coordinators (SHCs). It addresses the success and barriers of the development and implementation regarding the first year of healthy eating programmes in their schools. This research is based on 16 face-to-face semi-structured interviews with SHCs from Portuguese public schools offering from fifth to ninth grades. A thematic analysis was performed and themes were identified, taking into consideration similarities and differences among the participants’ opinions. The results showed that the schools in this study often involved a set of separate healthy diet promotion activities with a low level of joint effort from all members of the school. Nevertheless, in Portugal, health education is based on the broad concept that school health promotion is compulsory for all schools. Two main barriers were identified in order to explain this divergence: structural and political idiosyncrasies among schools and the food environment inside and outside the schools. The results are discussed considering the wide range of factors influencing young people’s eating behaviours and recommendations are made for the different agents interacting with them in order to promote appropriate eating habits. HubMed – eating

Gelatinous bone marrow transformation secondary to unusual eating habits and drastic weight loss.

BMJ Case Rep. 2013; 2013:
Rafiullah , Islam R, Mahmood R, Sitwala KV

Gelatinous bone marrow transformation (GMT), also known as starvation bone marrow, has been reported in a number of chronic illnesses, eating disorders (anorexia nervosa) and malignancies. We report the case of a 37-year-old man with a history of bipolar disorder and obesity (weighing >300 pounds) who presented due to recently developing a deep yellow colour to his skin. Over the past 2 years, through diet and exercise, he lost over 150 pounds. He reported running 6-8 miles per day and eating ‘lots of squash’. We made the diagnosis of starvation hepatitis and bone marrow degeneration, and referred the patient to a dietician and haematologist/oncologist, where improvements were observed at 4 weeks follow-up. HubMed – eating