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Can healthy holiday eating actually be unhealthy?

With the holiday season around the corner, tips and tricks for healthy holiday eating are almost unavoidable. But does this unsolicited advice breed unhealthy eating habits in itself?

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nutrition

Study: family meals aren’t only way to ensure kids eat fruits & veggies

A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that healthful parenting practices such as: fruit and vegetable availability and accessibility, parent fruit and vegetable modeling, and encouragement of healthy eating were associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake in adolescents and this continued to be true when these adolescents were not having regular family meals.

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research-and-clinical-trials

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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research-and-clinical-trials

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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expert-perspectives

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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