The diet shell game

Stick to the evidence when reporting on – and endorsing – food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not sales jobs

The diet shell gameTwo of the best-known American food journalists have been telling readers lately that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren’t best for our health. But the evidence tells a different story. The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent…

A meatless Canada? No, but we’re becoming more discerning

A recent poll by Dalhousie University suggests that our food choices are becoming more varied

A meatless Canada? No, but we’re becoming more discerningCanadians love meat but other sources of protein are emerging as potent alternatives. Demand is up for vegetable proteins like pulses, as well as for fish and seafood. Loblaw has even started selling cricket flour and is trying to make insect consumption mainstream. That’s led some people to believe that vegetarian and vegan segments of the…

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life

Create visions and not resolutions to take control of your life

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better lifeWhy don’t resolutions work? Eighty per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only eight per cent of us actually follow through, according to Forbes. In fact, just over 50 per cent of us don’t even bother with New Year's resolutions. It…

Eat more plants, less meat – improve your health and save the planet

Canada’s Food Guide revamp is good for people and the planet, thanks in great part to a new information-gathering process

Eat more plants, less meat – improve your health and save the planetBy Courtney Howard and Ian Culbert EvidenceNetwork.ca What is a healthy diet? New Year’s diet conversations still abound around water coolers Canada-wide as people debate the merits and shortcomings of sugar, gluten, meat, dairy, tofu and other edibles. Scientific articles, shiny celebrities and representatives of various groups who produce, transform and sell food all compete…

Why are so few of us getting enough exercise?

The good news is that it’s never too late to turn your life around or to discover the benefits of a good diet and plenty of exercise

Why are so few of us getting enough exercise?You won’t have to trawl very many specialist journals, or news reports to discover that we, as a global nation, are unhealthier than we’ve been in a long time. While it’s undoubtedly true that the residents of many high-, middle-, and low-income countries, including Canada, are experiencing higher life expectancies than previous generations we are…

Social media can help drive health-care change

The Change Day movement can inspire workers to question how they do things and encourage them to try something new

Social media can help drive health-care changeBy Tanishq Suryavanshi and Michael K. Parvizian EvidenceNetwork.ca Over the past few months, patients and health-care providers have been encouraged to pledge to improve compassionate quality care in Ontario as part of a movement called Change Day Ontario. Nearly 6,000 voices have made pledges on the site and through social media. They range from the individual…

The secret to achieving New Year’s Resolutions

Goals are your destination. Systems the grit that gets you there

The secret to achieving New Year’s ResolutionsIt’s here again . . . a fresh start, a clean slate – the world is your oyster, this year is going to be 365 days of amazing! Starting to have a déjà vu? Been here done this – starting the year with gusto and enthusiasm and then fizzling somewhere around the end of January,…

Best workout routines for nursing students

Nurses may walk several miles during their rounds, must move patients continually and need to be able to react quickly to provide support

Best workout routines for nursing studentsNurses face a physically demanding job. This has changed somewhat over the years with the introduction of patient lifts and ergonomic equipment. However, this doesn’t change the fact that nurses may walk several miles during their rounds, must move patients continually and need to be able to react quickly to provide support. Here are the…

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn’t work anyway

It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn’t work anywayLast month, after Ontario mandated calorie counting on restaurant menus, Freshii Inc., the Toronto-based salads-soups-and-wraps healthy-eating chain, balked. The chain’s motto is “count nutrients, not calories.” But the calorie police moved in and forced the company to post the calorie counts on boards and menus. In the end, Freshii fell to the forces of junk…