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New approach can help identify young children most at risk for obesity

Jan 11, 2022

Newly developed risk scores synthesize genetic information into an easy-to-interpret metric that could help clinicians identify young children most at risk of developing obesity. The study, led by researchers at Penn State, used novel statistical methods to establish scoring criteria using data…

Parenting intervention effective in preventing childhood obesity among siblings

Jan 7, 2022

While childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., a parenting intervention proven to help first-time parents prevent childhood obesity is helping second-born children as well, even without further training for the parents. The work was recently published in the journal, Obesity. According…

Filling half of kids' plates with fruits and veggies helps increase consumption

Oct 20, 2021

Filling half of a child’s plate with fruits and veggies isn’t just recommended by the United States Dietary Guidelines, it also helps increase the amount of produce that kids end up eating, according to Penn State research. In a controlled feeding study, the researchers tested two strategies for…

Hydration can impact pregnancy and birth outcomes

Jul 12, 2021

Water needs increase during pregnancy to support fetal development and maternal health, however little is known about the relationship between hydration status and outcomes on both mother and child. A Penn State study recently examined the hydration status of pregnant women, the impact of a…

Serving larger portions of veggies may increase young kids' veggie consumption

Jul 7, 2021

It can be difficult to get young kids to eat enough vegetables, but a new Penn State study found that simply adding more veggies to their plates resulted in children consuming more vegetables at the meal. The researchers found that when they doubled the amount of corn and broccoli served at a meal…
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Studying the effects of food ads on childhood obesity

May 23, 2021

Food advertisements targeting kids can encourage poor eating habits that contribute to obesity, however not all children are susceptible. Penn State researchers are exploring the factors that protect children from overeating in response to food ads in a $2.3 million NIH National Institute of…

Weight-loss plan developed at Penn State named one of the nation's best

Jan 5, 2021

Restaurant closures, supply chain disruptions, and employment changes have altered people’s eating habits to varying degrees this year. Research shows that people have had a hard time maintaining their weight. People who are looking to lose weight may want to consider Volumetrics, a diet developed…
News Topics: Nutrition

Penn State nutritionist shares tips for feeding kids while stuck at home

Apr 27, 2020

Balancing finicky kid appetites with proper nutrition can be a challenge in the best of times. But now, with the majority of schools and day cares closed across Pennsylvania, many parents working from home, and schedules thrown in disarray, it may seem downright impossible. Kathleen Keller,…
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Lower protein diet may lessen risk for cardiovascular disease

Feb 5, 2020

A plant-based diet may be key to lowering risk for heart disease. Penn State researchers determined that diets with reduced sulfur amino acids — which occur in protein-rich foods, such as meats, dairy, nuts and soy — were associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease. The team also…
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Weight-loss plan developed at Penn State ties for No. 2 ranking

Jan 2, 2020

If eating healthier is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you may need to look no further than Volumetrics, a diet developed by Penn State Professor of Nutrition Barbara Rolls that has tied for the No. 2 weight-loss plan in this year’s U.S. News & World Report's "Best Diets." The annual…
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Seven key health measures may help predict future risk of heart disease

Jun 3, 2019

Seven key measures of heart health may help predict future risk of cardiovascular disease, according to researchers. They added that improving these measures also may help decrease the risk of CVD in the future. The team of researchers, including three from Penn State, studied how seven key health…

Bigger portions lead to preschoolers eating more over time

Apr 16, 2019

Preschoolers may not be as good at resisting large portions of everyday foods as was previously thought, according to Penn State researchers. In a study, the researchers examined whether children between the ages of three and five were susceptible to the portion size effect — the tendency of people…

Participants sought for nutrition study on strawberries

Nov 13, 2018

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze dried strawberry powder on LDL cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 35 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 25-39kg/m2. Subjects must be healthy and not…

Eating iron-fortified grain improves students’ attention, memory

Jul 18, 2018

Adolescent students in a rural school in India who consumed an iron-biofortified version of the grain pearl millet exhibited improved attention and memory compared to those who consumed conventional pearl millet, according to Penn State researchers.  The results were published July 17 in the…

Nutritional sciences faculty member recognized for outstanding mentorship

Jun 12, 2018

Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State, is the recipient of the 2018 Dannon Institute Mentorship Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and its foundation. This award is given for outstanding mentorship in the development of successful nutritional…
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