The Wellness Report: This Month’s Top Health & Wellness News

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Discover the Top Health and Wellness News from August 2019

The Wellness Report breaks down the top health and wellness news of the month! Read on to learn about the top stories from August 2019! Also, for expert analysis, read “our take” after each section for a breakdown of each wellness news briefing.

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Focusing on Snack Variety May be More Beneficial than Focusing on Snack Box Size for Improving Childhood Obesity, Suggests New Research

When children were offered greater amounts and varieties of snack options, they consumed significantly more calories, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity. On the other hand, adjusting the size of the snack packaging had little impact on the children’s consumption. For adults, neither the size of the package nor the variety significantly impacted their overall consumption.

Our Take:

The study suggests that efforts to reduce child-obesity should focus more on reducing the number of snack options offered to children, rather than the size of the packaging. This new research could help determine actionable next steps. However, more research needs to be done. In the meantime, instead of relying on ultra-processed snack foods, focus on nutrient-dense snacks made with whole foods!

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Reduced Carbohydrate Intake Improves Type 2 Diabetics’ Ability to Regulate Blood Sugar

When type 2 diabetes patients consumed fewer carbohydrates and more protein and fat, they were able to better regulate their blood sugars, according to a new study. Additionally, hepatic fat content (fat found in the liver) was reduced in type 2 diabetes patients with stable body weights.

Our Take:

This was a small study, and further research needs to be done. However, we do know that protein and fat can help regulate large blood sugar spikes. This is why we encourage consuming carbohydrates with either a protein or healthy fat. For example, eating an apple with nut butter!

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New Research Suggests that Incorporating Healthy Behaviors May Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s

A study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggested that adopting more healthy habits may help people lower their risk of cognitive decline. The healthy habits mentioned included regular exercise, cognitive stimulation, a brain-healthy diet and not smoking. When compared to people who practiced one or less of these healthy habits the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was 60% less in people who practiced four or more habits over six years.

Our Take:

There is still more research that needs to be done to determine anything concrete. Regardless of the recent study, it is smart to practice healthy habits and take preventative actions to keep your brain healthy. It is essential to take care of your overall health by incorporating regular exercise and consuming a balanced diet!

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Factor Monthly Wellness Tip:

Are you or your children heading back to school soon? Take a note from the recent study on snacking and pack a whole-food snack. Try combining protein and produce. Protein will help you feel full for longer and produce is packed with nutrients! For example, a hard-boiled egg and a ½ cup of berries is a nutritious snack option, no matter your age!


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