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The Checkup: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Is that right? Food manufacturers to cut calories by 2015

Predictably, the announcement on Monday by a coalition of 16 food manufacturers that they would cut 1.5 trillion calories from their products by 2015 met with some cynicism from those who question the group's motives. Are they really interested in helping fight obesity, or are they just dodging government regulation?...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Health news nuggets: tainted lettuce, senior suicides and more

(Associated Press) Response to last Thursday's Health News Nuggets was such that I was encouraged to try the format again this week. Here are some of the week's top health stories: Romaine-related illnesses highlight packaged lettuce risks Packaged, pre-cut romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli and served in restaurants...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health News  
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Dads get postpartum depression too

We've all heard about new mothers experiencing postpartum depression after having a baby. But are new fathers prone to the blues too? The answer appears to be yes, according to a new study. James Paulson of the Eastern Virginia Medical School analyzed data collected on 28,004 men who participated in...

By Rob Stein  |  May 19, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mental Health , Motherhood  
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For healthful eating, do as I say, not as I do?

(Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) There sure are lots of prominent people pushing to get kids to eat more healthfully these days. Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray and, of course, First Lady Michelle Obama have recently mounted campaigns of various sizes to encourage young people to learn to make better food choices....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 18, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , School Nutrition , Teens , Vegetarianism  
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Bring back Home Ec!

Seth, played by Jonah Hill, flirts with Emma Stone's character Jules in home ec class in the 2007 film "Superbad." (Melissa Moseley) Here's a retro idea for combating obesity: Bring home economics back to our schools. In an editorial in the May 12 issue of the Journal of the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 17, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , School Nutrition  
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