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Convenience stores in Twin Cities promote more unhealthy foods

New research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health shows that making good nutritional choices at convenience stores is more difficult due to the prominent placement of advertisements and products that encourage people to purchase less healthy foods.

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CTSI research project addresses food insecurity in MN

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are collaborating on a study that explores a new approach for connecting food insecure families with food and nutrition resources, thanks to funding from CTSI, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and the University’s Department of Pediatrics.

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UMN expert: Gluten free diets not as healthy as you think

Although millions of Americans are cutting gluten out of their diets with the belief that it is a healthier dietary choice for themselves and possibly their children, they may actually be causing more harm than good. According to a recent MinnPost article and commentary in the Journal of Pediatrics, gluten free diets are not only a waste of money, but can also be unhealthy.

University of Minnesota expert, Catherine Larson, weighs in.

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Research snapshot: Healthy food availability at home can increase healthy decisions among adolescents

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Minnesota found making healthy food available at home can increase the fruit and vegetable intake among adolescents.

Understanding that parents have the ability to influence their children’s dietary intake, Katie Loth, Ph.D., M.P.H., lead author from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and colleagues from Project EAT, looked at three factors (home food availability, parenting modeling and food restriction) to determine which aspects of the family eating environment were most consistently associated with a healthy dietary intake.

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Popcorn for pets? Healthy treats your pet can enjoy

It’s no secret there is an obesity epidemic in the human population. As humans are growing larger, their four-legged companions are following a similar path.

University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center Nutritionist, and associate professor, Julie Churchill, says that an estimated 54 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese.

It’s important to feed your pet a well-balanced diet, including healthy treats.

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With summer break ahead, U of M expert shares what foods parents should keep in the fridge and pantry

Summer break is just around the corner and many parents are hoping to keep the fridge stocked with healthy and convenient options – especially for kids.

Health Talk spoke with Jamie Stang, Ph.D., M.P.H, director of the Leadership Education and Training Program in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition and associate professor in the School of Public Health, to learn how parents can still provide healthy food options this summer even if they’re not at home.

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