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‘Eat healthy, it helped change my life’

HOUSTON – Growing up, Texans veteran safety Jimmie Ward acknowledged he had a lot to learn about the importance of eating healthy.

He would eat candy. He would eat late at night. He lacked energy for his grueling workouts. And he would throw up while trying to train for football.

Finally, Ward realized it was time to make a dramatic change and adapt his diet to a healthy lifestyle.

Now, he’s sharing his personal success story as the author of a children’s book: “Jimmie Ward’s Nutritional ABC’s For Active Kids.”

Ward held a book signing Friday night at Lifetime Fitness Greenway, interacting with families and giving out T-shirts and healthy drinks and snacks.

“It feels great to spread the word about a happy life, happy nutrition and being able to inform young kids about doing the right thing with your body,” Ward told KPRC 2.”The more you eat it, your

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How food affects mood: Eating healthy reduces the risk of depression, anxiety

It’s no secret that the foods people consume have major impacts on their physical health. But they also influence well-being. That’s why ordering a pizza after a stressful day may not be the best option, even if it is the most appealing. 

An emerging field of science known as nutritional psychiatry is based on research linking food to mental health. It’s centered on the gut microbiome, a community of bacteria — both good and bad — that supports digestion and the health of the immune system, among other roles. 

Positive changes to the gut microbiome have been shown to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and improve mood. Disturbances can contribute to physical health issues like obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriatic arthritis. And they also can impact a person’s mood.

That’s because the production of serotonin, which helps regulate sleep, appetite and mood, is highly influenced by the gut’s

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The #1 Food To Eat To Support Your Memory, According to Brain Health Experts

While we certainly can’t control everything that happens to our physical and mental health, science is clear that there is a connection between what we eat and brain health. Certain foods are linked to supporting brain health while other foods are linked to increasing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This is especially timely to consider due to the fact that the number of people in the U.S. who are living with dementia is on the rise. (Part of this is because we’re living longer these days.) In the U.S., 22 percent of adults ages 85 to 89 have dementia and 33 percent of adults aged 90 or older have been diagnosed.

However, eating in a way that supports memory is actually easier than you may think. There are thousands and thousands of foods packed with nutrients that support brain health. Not sure where to start? Keep

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Consumers Navigate Rising Food Prices, While Still Prioritizing Health: 2023 IFIC Food and Health Survey

Beautiful caucasian woman shopping groceries at supermarket.

Rising food prices may have more of an impact on food purchases this year, but consumers are still making healthy choices and trying new things, according to the latest Food and Health Survey from the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

The results of IFIC’s online survey of more than 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 80 reveal what drives food and beverage purchases, how consumers define healthy food, how they feel about food safety, and more. 

Food prices increase their impact on shopping behaviors

Taste still ranks highest among food and beverage purchase drivers, with 87% of consumers putting it in the top spot this year (up from 80%). But price is a close second, moving up from 68% to 76%. Up from 83% in 2022, 91% of Americans in this year’s survey noticed an increase in overall food and beverage

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