Most prepared meals, salty snacks for toddlers too high in sodium!


A taste for salt, acquired as a toddler, may be putting young Americans at risk for later hypertension. Almost three-quarters of commercially prepared meals and salty snacks for toddlers are too high in sodium, researchers report.


The study, which researchers believe is the first to determine current salt levels in commercially prepared foods for babies and toddlers, was presented at EPI|NPAM 2013, the Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.


The researchers determined the sodium content in 1115 food products sold for babies from four to 12 months old and for toddlers from one to three years old. The foods were deemed to have a high sodium content if they contained more than 210-mg sodium per serving, based on Institute of Medicine references for children aged one to three years and ChooseMyPlate recommendations for children aged one to three.

Foods for babies did not surpass the recommended sodium levels except for one exception.

However, many toddler foods were excessively salty. A total of 64 of 90 (71%) commercially prepared meals and two of four (50%) savory snacks surpassed sodium-content recommendations. Some toddler meals contained as much as 630-mg sodium per serving.


“The concern is about the possible long-term health risks of introducing high levels of sodium in a child’s diet, because high blood pressure as well as a preference for salty foods may develop early in life,” lead author Joyce Maalouf (CDC, Atlanta, GA) said in a statement. “The less sodium in an infant’s or toddler’s diet, the less he or she may want it when older.”


Parents and other caregivers should read nutrition labels on baby and toddler foods to check the sodium levels and then choose the healthiest options for their child, the group advises.


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Fit physicians more likely to encourage patients to be active!

Its so common to be advised by a Physician to exercise for good health. But have you ever asked a Physician if he exercises?

Healthcare providers who were physically fit themselves—were more likely to encourage their patients to make regular physical activity a part of a healthy lifestyle, researchers report.

Their findings, based on a literature review of 24 observational and four interventional studies, were presented at EPI|NPAM 2013, the Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.

Lead author Isabel Garcia de Quevedo (CDC, Atlanta, GA) found that  “being more active [yourself, as a healthcare provider] . . . gives you the tools to give better counseling.”

The researchers identified 28 studies of how physical-activity habits of healthcare providers were related to counseling patients about physical activity. The fitness habits of the studied healthcare providers—physicians, nurses, pharmacists, others, and nursing and medical students—significantly influenced the likelihood that they would take time to counsel patients about fitness.

Physicians who exercised were more likely to counsel about exercise. They were more confident and efficient about this counselling about this health habit than their sedentary counterparts.

Physicians can be positive role models. McCrindle, who does triathlons among other activities, noted that patients “are more likely to view healthy lifestyle advice in a positive manner if the physicians themselves look like they are following their own advice.”

When counseling patients, healthcare providers should share their personal fitness stories, which can help motivate patients and make the physician seem more human. “Patients will react to a personal story . . . rather than [simply being told] “you should do this, and this is how you should do it,” McCrindle noted.

Be active thyself  before advising thy patients!

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Stroke Warning Signs!


Learn to recognize a stroke, because time lost is brain lost.

Call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY if one or more of the following symptoms suddenly occur:

Numbness or Weakness

Of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body


Or trouble speaking or understanding

Vision Disturbances

Or trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Loss of Balance or Coordination

Dizziness or trouble walking

Severe Headache

With no known cause

A stroke is a medical emergency!

If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.