Fruit freebies: Small giveaways make large impact

A study gives the phrase “an apple a day” a whole new meaning. Researchers from Penn State found that organizations offering free fruit such as apples and bananas at lunchtime resulted in a significant reduction in depression and improved confidence at work!

Lutein for learning?

Spinach and avocadoes have been getting all the love lately! The buzz goes way beyond staying physically fit; we’re talking about staying cognitively fit too! New research suggests that people who had higher lutein stores had neural responses that were more on par with younger individuals than with peers.

Start your kettles for bone health

There is ongoing controversy over whether or not drinking tea contributes to osteoporosis. Currently it’s recommended to consume tea and other caffeine containing beverages in moderation as they may decrease calcium absorption which contributes to bone loss. However, an updated meta-analysis may poke holes in that recommendation.   

Peanut Protection

Peanuts pack a powerful punch. According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, you may be able to duck cognitive decline with nuts – think walnuts, peanuts, or almonds. Resveratrol, a naturally occurring bioactive compound is believed to improve blood flow to brain and may also be responsible for cognitive improvement.

Welcome Winter

Winter means dropping temperatures outside but warming up with satisfying one pot dishes, holiday specialties and comfort foods inside! With the increased pace and endless opportunities to celebrate with confections and cocktails, winter is prime time for weight gain. The DNI’s registered dietitian, Melanie Dwornik, offers us some helpful advice to making this season a success.  

Pumpkin seeds for your pumper

Zinc is a mineral found in oysters, lentils, clams, cashews and pumpkin seeds! It’s an important nutrient, supporting immunity, healthy skin, cell structure, reproduction and new research suggests zinc levels may help the heart handle damage from free radicals.  

Stunning star berry

A recent study says: Just one cup of blueberries a day could lower cardiovascular disease risk by 15%.  Easy to eat and keeps your mind, body and heart in good condition – that makes this berry a star in our book. 

Family meal time serves dual health purpose

One of the primary ways children learn is by seeing and imitating their parents’ behavior – especially when it comes to meal times. Research shows when families eat together, everyone eats better. Be a positive food role model for your kids with these tips.