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Health briefs: Saturday food commercials not too healthy

ads still fail to tout nutrition on Saturday TV

Nine out of 10 food ads during Saturday morning children's TV are for foods of poor nutritional quality, according to researchers at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the University of Minnesota. During 27.5 hours of shows aimed at children of preschool and elementary school age, the researchers said, 91 percent of food ads were for items high in fat, sodium or added sugars or low in nutrients. However, 84 percent of the foods met criteria for vitamins and minerals, often because they were fortified.

But if you're intent on eating right . . .

Follow these tips by Dr. Melissa Hershberg, former gymnast and fitness champion, who is now a weight management consultant: Eat lean proteins (chicken, turkey, egg whites, white fish) that boost metabolism and thus help the body burn calories. Flavor with cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, cumin, hot mustard and hot peppers, to boost calorie burning. Eating burns calories as food is broken down; eat three light meals and two snacks to keep metabolism revved. Consume high-water foods (vegetables, fruit, lean dairy), which fill you with the fewest calories.

When eyeglasses drop out of sight

More than half of the tens of millions who wear eyeglasses have lost at least one pair. A new device may change all that: Eyeglass Rescue includes an ID sleeve (like a small tube) that is placed around the temple, or earpiece, of the eyeglasses, and heat-shrinks itself to the glasses. The wearer calls Eyeglass Rescue to register the unique ID number on the sleeve and the wearer's contact information. This sleeve also carries the company's toll-free phone number and a "Call For Reward" statement (it's a chain drug store gift certificate). Someone finding the eyewear can call the company to provide the ID number; then, glasses and owner can be reunited. The product is $10.99 and can be purchased by calling toll-free 1-888-950-7507, or on-line at, or

New designation for chronic fatigue

It's estimated that more than 1-million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, a larger number than those suffering from multiple sclerosis or lupus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the syndrome is a physical illness, not a form of depression or hypochondria. For more information, go to

On the calendar

Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., free caregiving seminar "Alzheimer's Disease — Help & Hope." Presented by author Jo Huey, whose master's thesis dealt with training Alzheimer's caregivers. At Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living Facility of Largo, 300 N Highland Ave. Reserve by calling (727) 559-8411.

May 20 and May 23, free sight-saving eye exams and health reports for certified service dogs. Appointments available in Tampa and Clearwater, through Florida Veterinary Specialists. Participants who qualify must first register online, at; click on "Dog owners/participants."

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Health briefs: Saturday food commercials not too healthy 05/05/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:38pm]
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