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SPR 2013

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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H E A L T H C E N T R A L D I E T Lose weight, gain 40 winks L osing excess weight not only makes you feel better, it could lead to a better nightÕs sleep overall. ThereÕs a relationship between weight loss, especially belly fat, and improved sleep quality, say health experts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. During a six-month study, 55 overweight or obese volunteers with either Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes completed a study on weight loss and sleep. Participants in the study were divided into two groups. One group went on a weight-loss diet and participated in supervised exercise training, while the second group had only diet intervention. Both groups lost an average of 15 pounds and the same percentage of belly fat. In addition, both groups improved their overall sleep score by about 20 percent. • Home cooking for healthier eating Eat at home if you want your children to have healthful meals. Children and teens consume more calories and take in fewer nutrients when they eat at either fast-food or full-service restaurants when compared with meals they eat at home, according to a recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When eating out, children tend to eat more high-fat, high-sodium food and drink more sugar-sweetened beverages, say researchers who looked at data from more than 9,000 children between the ages of 2 and 19 who were included in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. But if you're not able to prepare a meal at home, you may be better off with restaurant carryout. Adolescents consumed half the amount of soft drinks when eating restaurant fare at home, compared with dining in a restaurant, where free refills on drinks may be available, according to the research published online by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. • SPI RIT O F WOM EN S P R I N G 2 013 But if you're already a healthy woman, resveratrol won't provide greater benefits, suggests a recent study conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Researchers looked at 29 post-menopausal women who were reasonably healthy. For 12 weeks, half the women took a placebo and half received a resveratrol supplement. Both groups were tested for insulin sensitivity, and researchers found no differences between the two groups. However, there's still evidence that people who drink red wine are less likely to develop heart disease or diabetes, say the Washington University experts, suggesting that some other element of red wine may be beneficial to your health. • Eat as I say, not as I do participants in the survey also believe it's good for their health to sit down and have meals as a family. • You may be sipping merlot or pinot noir because you've heard that red wine is rich in resveratrol, a substance that has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes. Most moms are more focused on their children's nutrition than on their own, reports a recent survey from the International Food Information Council Foundation, Washington, D.C. Less than 20 percent of parents with children under age 18 think they have a "very" or "extremely" healthful diet. In addition, nearly 70 percent say they worry more about the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they buy for their children than for themselves. The majority of the more than 1,000 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m SHUTTERSTOCK 28 Revisiting the benefits of red wine

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