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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Sweet deluge: Treats are OK in candy season if balanced with nutrition, dental care

Between trick-or-treat fun and candy canes, kids aren’t likely to resist sweets this time of year. But there are tips for parents to help with better choices. Experts note the …

New childhood obesity data shows progress, room for improvement in Spokane and nationwide

With recent national attention on childhood obesity rates, newly released data for Washington show that 7,100 youth ages 10-17 are obese. The state’s rate for this age group is 11%, …

WSU study links Spokane childhood obesity to parental fear in low-income neighborhoods with high crimes rates and busy streets

A major Washington State University study that linked childhood obesity in Spokane to factors beyond control of kids and their families found that fear, especially in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in …

Spokane Public Schools emphasizing nutrition, even in tough budget times

The district will continue its scratch-cooking program and will be offering smoothies to students at middle and high schools in the next school year. Though staff reductions hit lunchrooms hard, …

UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

U.S. preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

A new study says preschoolers on U.S. government food aid have grown a little less pudgy. The research published Tuesday offers fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates …

WSU researchers set sights on wheat variety to combat celiac disease

A genetically modified variety of wheat with built-in enzymes to break down gluten have been produced in laboratories. Now, the researchers are hoping to refine the idea in an effort …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food

A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.

A dietitian’s call for trick-or-treat season: Let them eat candy

Halloween should not be about replacing caramels with stickers. Instead, every day should be about parents acting as role models to teach children to develop a healthy relationship with food.

The new Weight Watchers is all about ‘wellness,’ but critics say it’s ‘diet culture’ in disguise

After more than a half-century, and countless, obsessive calculations on how many points you have to spend on your diet, Weight Watchers officially ceased to exist. On Monday, WW was …

An ‘inside’ look at food: Industrial-scale production in Washington’s prison system

Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see …

Ask Dr. Universe: What food is sweet and good to eat?

It’s also good to remember that it’s not just sweet foods that have sugars. They’re in a lot of the foods we eat, like sliced bread, salad dressing, and ketchup, …

With cravings, indulge instead in mindfulness

Two recent studies have tackled this question and highlighted promising, but different, strategies on cutting cravings.

Middle age aches could be osteoarthritis

The joint disease osteoarthritis is thought to be on the rise, partly because of active baby boomers and higher U.S. obesity rates. It occurs from the wearing down of protective …

Zorba Paster: Study links diet soda to stroke, dementia risk

Half of all Americans, however, drink soda on any given day – an average of two to three cans per day, in fact. If you’re consuming the “hard stuff,” regular …

Can pot help you lose weight?

If you’ve got a pipe in your pocket or a vape pen in your purse, chances aren’t real good you’re also hiding six-pack abs under your shirt.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017

Spokane health professionals weigh in on holiday eating

Stretching from late October to New Year’s, the holidays bring on an abundance of tempting treats and sweets, along with those buffet spreads. Spokane health professionals offer some strategies to …

Cheaper inroads to nutritious eating

Tips for families on how to eat more healthfully on the cheap

Is diet soda really that bad for you? Maybe not

But now there is a glimmer of hope for those of us who crave the snap and fizz of a can of diet soda getting cracked open, content in the …

Pilot explores food security at three Spokane schools

In fall 2014, a $300,000 grant from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation launched a three-year nutritional outreach through Second Harvest at three Spokane-area elementary schools: Lidgerwood, Bemiss and Trent. These sites …

How to address your kid’s nutrition at school – without being the pesky parent

You’re concerned about your child’s eating habits at school. How can you communicate nonmedical concerns with the teacher without sounding like a pesky parent?

Plant-based diet? Sure, but first understand what it means

The concept of eating a “plant-based” diet is tossed around frequently, but it’s a label that can be confusing. Some people shy away from the notion because they assume that …

House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest

Warm weather for hiking and camping, light late into the evening that allows for more time outdoors after work for exercising or entertainment, and a region that produces a buffet …

UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017

FDA delays rule requiring new nutrition facts panel on food

The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a rule that would require food companies to label their products with a revised nutrition facts panel.

Everything is Copy: A sugar addict faces her demon

Junior Mints, with their whiff of medicinal virtue, may be the perfect candy. Unless we consider Peanut M&Ms, offering protein and the smugness of legume consumption. Or perhaps Kit-Kats and …

Experts measure food waste not in dollars or tons, but by the toll it takes on Americans’ health

If all that lost food were put on people’s plates, it would be enough to provide more than 190 million adults with 2,000 calories of energy every day, according to …

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up “eating crap” instead.

Under fire from some health groups, changes to school lunch policies get thumbs up from local school nutritionists

Local school nutritionists applauded changes made to school lunch nutrition policies this week. The changes, which maintain current rules about sodium levels, milk fat content and whole grains, were announced …

The downside to drinking flavored water: It can be bad for your teeth

Hydration is great. But the problem is that these drinks’ flavor essences, mostly citric and other fruit acids, cause significant tooth erosion

Despite the anti-carb diet fads, whole grains are still good for you

It hasn’t been a great decade for fans of grain consumption – not even whole grains. Popular diet books like “The Paleo Diet,” “The Wheat Belly Diet” and many others …

Want a productive work day? Watch what you eat

When you spend several hours a day at work, it pays to make those hours healthy ones for both body and mind. Making some simple, smart choices throughout your workday …