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The Living Well, Healthmaster fruit and vegetable emulsifier looks like your basic blender but is so much more. Blenders do just that, they blend things up and then leave a chunky mess. And it's not a mixer because all they do is mix up whatever ingredients are in the bowl and splatter the wall and countertop. But not the Living Well Healthmaster. This appliance is a modernization in kitchenware by banging out jobs that most mixers, juicers and blenders simply can't handle.

The Living Well Healthmaster's secret

Though I guess it's not a secret anymore, the reason that the Healthmaster is the master of the kitchen is its digital high speed emulsifying system. The demonstration video even has the demonstrator tossing in chunks of concrete and pulverizing them to a fine powder. Of course it's not recommended that you do that with your Healthmaster, but you get the point.

The set of commercial grade culinary blades spin at over 3000 RPM's with such speed and force (nearly 2 horse power and 1100 watts) as to pulverize any leafy greens, whole fruits and vegetables that dare to enter its domain; and it does so within seconds.

But instead of throwing away the good parts, as with other juicers, the Healthmaster blender utilizes every single mineral, Phyto nutrient, vitamin and anti oxidant others leave behind. By taking advantage of all those pluses you yourself can feel more vibrant, be healthier and even lose weight. And it can be done deliciously!

"This is going to cost me money."

This is going to allow you to save money. By buying the inexpensive vegetables and fruits that are on sale at your grocer's, and using every healthy morsel, you will be able to concoct tasty but healthy treats (juice, smoothies, soups, power drinks, ice cream, baby food, low cal salad dressings and sorbets) for just pennies per serving. Even boiling your vegetables takes away valuable vitamins and nutrients from what should have been a fortifying soup or side dish. With the Healthmaster, you can blend and cook your vegetables into amazing soups right in your Healthmaster! The centrifugal friction actually cooks your foods naturally inside the sturdy, extra large carafe.

Throw away your old mixer

Because now you can use your new Healthmaster to mix your pizza dough, muffin mixes, cupcakes or bread. And you can throw away more than just your mixer. The Healthmaster blender does over 31 jobs of 20 other kitchen appliances, all in one nice, neat package.

Of all the appliances that you can purchase for your kitchen this is the one singular most utilitarian kitchen device that you cannot live without. Watch the promotional video and you'll be convinced. I was certainly sold. Order yours today! In fact, by ordering now, you also get a healthy eating plan booklet and 4 bonus recipe books. The sooner you order, the sooner you can start enjoying healthy living with tasty treats.

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New Crews Qualify on Mobile Gun System

A vocal cue of "send it" radioed in from the range tower mobilizes the waiting Stryker crew. Within seconds a quick flash and a plume of smoke shoots from the gun barrel. The percussive blast flattens and scorches the grass around the vehicle, and off in the distance the round impacts the side of a mountain spraying rocks and dirt in every direction.

The tower sends feedback to the Stryker crew over the radio.

Since mid-July, Stryker crews assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment have been at Yakima Training Center conducting gunnery qualification on the Mobile Gun System.

"It's a requirement that we qualify about every six months, but it's also for bragging rights to be identified as your unit's top gun," said Staff Sgt. Mark Jordan, an armor crewman from Trenton, Ill. Assigned to A Company, 1-17th Inf. Bn.

A Stryker with the Mobile Gun System configuration carries a General Dynamics 105mm tank cannon in a low-profile, stabilized turret. Its armor protects a three-soldier crew from small arms fire, mortar and artillery fragments on the battlefield.

Carrying a full load of ammunition, the Stryker MGS can fire 18 rounds of 105-mm main gun ammunition; 400 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition; and 3,400 rounds of 7.62-mm ammunition.

"It's very similar to the reconnaissance vehicles we trained on in AIT," said Pvt. Christopher Shampo, an armor crewman from Flint, Mich. new to the MGS-equipped Strykers.

"It's a good combination of firepower and mobility, great for fighting in urban areas," added Shampo, who joined the Army in January and is assigned to C Co., 1-17th Inf. Bn.

The MGS Stryker operates with the latest command and control communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment; as well as detectors for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Part of gunnery qualification requires the crews to train by performing seven table drills that include firing weapon systems in different scenarios to include operating in a hostile environment where chemical weapons have been deployed by the enemy. The crews run drills to calibrate the weapons and conduct dry-fire runs as part of the train-up for gunnery qualification.

"Time disqualifies a lot of crews. You lose five points for safety violations, 30 points cut for crew errors, for example, firing the main gun before announcing: 'On the way,'" said Jordan.

Crewmembers learn to work with one another, learn to rely on each individual's abilities; the vehicle commander's ability to find the targets for the gunner to engage, the gunner's ability to quickly and accurately engage those targets, and the driver's responsiveness to directions. The team learns to work cohesively under stressed conditions.

"Tables four through seven are where crews want to learn from their mistakes, work out problems. It's not an issue to fail as long as the crew demonstrates improvement all the way up to actual gunnery qualification on table eight," said Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Campbell, a platoon sergeant with A Co., 1-17th Inf. Bn.

"The hardest thing is learning to work with each other, and most of these are new crews. But after a while they can start to anticipate each other, and that's what I'm seeing " from the freshest lieutenant to the private just out of basic training ' they are all getting better," said Campbell.


Last Tanker OSUT Class Graduates From Knox

Friday marked a historic day at Fort Knox, Ky. Soldiers with C Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, graduated from the last armor one station unit training class of tankers here. The Armor School moved to Fort Benning as a part of the government-mandated Base Realignment and Closure.

Lt. Col. Darrell Green, the commander of the 1-81 Armor, welcomed the Families and guests to the ceremony. Five platoons within the company took the stage, with each Soldier announcing his name before taking his seat. After each Soldier had his moment, the company commander, Capt. Thane Keller, addressed the audience.

"Thank you for attending today's ceremony. The men seated before you made a decision 15 weeks ago to stand in the gap between you and our many enemies; between freedom and oppression; and between justice and tyranny," Keller said. "They volunteered themselves during a time of war when two things were absolutely certain " they would leave their loved ones for an extended period of time (to serve) in a harsh and unforgiving country and they would be placed directly in harm's way. For this, your nation's truly grateful.

"These men have been pushed mentally, physically, and emotionally to limits many which did not know they could reach. They've conducted hours of physical training; learned Army discipline, teamwork, and self-motivation. They followed in the traditions of a long, but small line of dedicated Soldiers that include General Patton, General Lee, General Abrams … as of this morning, these men have earned the title of United States Soldier."

The commander then reiterated the importance of the graduation.

"This day also marks a historic time in our Army " 19 Kilo Class 11-004 will be the very last class after 71 years to sweat and bleed on this Kentucky soil," Keller said.

"I'm honored to call you tankers and look forward to serving with you on the field of battle."

The guest speaker was retired Command Sgt. Maj. William Beever.

"Soldiers, be proud of this accomplishment," he said. "You made a critical decision by joining in a time of persistent conflict and our nation at war, and you knew that you were entering at a tough time for the American public. You volunteered. You took the challenge and you have now made it through this stage of your career."

He encouraged the graduates to stay physically and mentally fit, tactically and technically proficient, and to participate in military boards and competitions. However, they should lead a balanced life that includes hobbies and to live according to the Army values and warrior ethos.

"Hold your head high, you now represent another piece of the (236) years of the United States Army history," he said. "Forge the Thunderbolt! Army Strong! Battle Hard! Tankers!"


Army Mental-Health Care a Priority

Caring for minds torn by war is as important as treating physical wounds, but significant challenges exist in providing that care, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh, after visiting this post Tuesday.

McHugh, who picked Fort Bliss for his first official tour since his appointment about eight weeks ago, came to express his support for families. He put his signature on an "Army Family Covenant" that originally was signed by his predecessor, Pete Geren, in 2007.

"In all candor and in all seriousness, I've seen one of the premier Army posts," McHugh told reporters after the signing ceremony. The same obstacles to providing mental-health care at Fort Bliss exist in every community, he added.

"Mental-health care is a field in which we are challenged at virtually every post," McHugh said. "Mental-health care providers are a very unique commodity, a very unique professional line, and the Army, like communities and like the other (military) services, is struggling to come up to the necessary levels of manpower."

McHugh said the hiring of a child psychologist at Fort Bliss is progress. He also spoke of resilience training that teaches soldiers how to deal with stress.

"Clearly the steps we've taken thus far, our comprehensive soldier fitness program where we're trying to put mental fitness and mental health on a par ... with physical fitness is a good step in the right direction," he said. "But we've got a ways to go."

McHugh called recent suicide data released by the Army "extraordinarily troubling."

As of Monday, the Army has identified 140 soldiers thought to have died from self-inflicted wounds so far in 2009, according to an Associated Press report. That is the same number of confirmed suicides for all of 2008.

That number represents about 24.6 suicides per 100,000 soldiers based on the current authorized strength of the Army. The national suicide rate in 2006 was 10.9 per 100,000 people, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the ratio does not take into account that the Army is predominantly male. The CDC estimates that four times as many males as females die by suicide.

The National Institute of Mental Health is beginning a five-year study of the problem, McHugh said. Researchers have agreed to share any identified causes or better approaches so they can be implemented as quickly as possible, he said.

And the Army already is working on some things it believes will make a difference, McHugh said.

Ensuring that soldiers get two years at home for every year deployed will make a difference, he said. He acknowledged that current deployment cycles have made that difficult.

Angela Gonzalez works as a family readiness support assistant in a Fort Bliss brigade preparing to deploy. Her job is to help family members.

"When I started, I was one of four here," Gonzalez said. "It's been almost three years since I started, and now there are 30 of us."

Neglecting families creates distractions for soldiers who must be focused when they are training or working in combat zones, Gonzalez said.

McHugh's signing of the family covenant was more than ceremonial, said Col. Christopher Cavoli, the brigade's commander.

"He is showing he is dedicated to the Army priorities of supporting the soldiers who have been under a little stress in the last few years," Cavoli said. His soldiers do not know exactly when they will leave or where they will land, but they are training for war.

"As we look at the data, we know that we haven't hit upon the answer," McHugh said of the branch's growing mental-health concerns.

"This is something we've been struggling with and we're going to continue to keep highest on our agenda in the days and months ahead."


NNMC Reviews OIF Brain Injuries

The National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda recently published an article in the Journal of Trauma on severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that occurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

The great majority of service members with severe TBI from OIF have received definitive care at NNMC or Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). This study was a review of all cases of patients with penetrating or closed head injuries that occurred in OIF, who received neurosurgical evaluations at NNMC or WRAMC. The patients who were evacuated out of theater to receive treatment at these hospitals were at the most severe end of the spectrum of TBI cases.

The study, led by Randy S. Bell, M.D., of NNMC's Department of Neurosurgery, examined the cases of 418 patients during the period of April 2003 to April 2008, including 228 patients with penetrating TBI, 139 patients with severe closed TBI, and 41 patients with an unspecified type of TBI. Explosive blast injury was the most common mechanism of injury (56 percent of the 418 patients). Several types of complications occurred in these patients, such as spinal cord injury, meningitis (brain infection), and pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung).

Two serious problems, penetrating brain injuries and deeper levels of coma at time of admission, were associated with longer stays in the intensive care unit and with multiple traumatic injuries in other parts of the body (polytrauma). The functional status of the patients was determined one to two years after hospital discharge. The authors concluded that these patients required complex medical treatment, which incorporated optimal treatment of all organs in the body.


Community Lift Spirits of TBI Patients

The 10 traumatic brain injury clients currently residing at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in an assisted living pilot program are getting into the holiday spirit as Christmas and New Year's rapidly approaches.

The pilot program is for five years at the center, which is at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Upper Yoder Township. The brain injury center is operated under a Department of Defense contract.

The clients have been receiving items from throughout the community to make their holidays brighter, said Troy Van Scoyoc, the center's chief operating officer and acting director.

He said items such as greeting cards, books, games, sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball or tassel caps, DVD movies and gift cards are among items the clients appreciate.

The program is completing its first year.

It has 10 intensive therapy beds for active duty members and veterans who are in need of extended neuro-rehabilitation.

There are three respite beds for families. Another six beds are at a community re-entry house in Moxham for those about to return to their communities.

"We're excited about the foundation we built in our first year and are looking forward to our program growing in 2010," Van Scoyoc said.

He said the center held an open house last week to give the community an opportunity to see what is being done to help and support servicemen and women with traumatic brain injury.

Technology provided by the University of Pittsburgh is leveraged into all aspects of care, Van Scoyoc noted.

In addition to physical, occupational and speech therapy, there is recreation therapy, therapeutic horseback riding, adaptive sports, horticulture, yoga, tai chi, pet therapy, a multisensory room, pre-vocational rehabilitation and individual, group and family counseling.

Returning to the holiday season, among those providing items for the center are the local Red Cross, which has given flat-screen televisions for all the rooms and IPods for the clients. Intertech Security in Richland Township has donated fire safety bed shakers. Geistown-Richland American Legion contributed $3,000 the center will use for client/family support.

"The community has been tremendously supportive," said Van Scoyoc.

That support goes both ways. The center is collecting for the Toys for Tots Campaign. It is gathering donations for the St. Vincent De Paul Society's Food Pantry. It has adopted a family through the Somerset County Military Family Support Group.

"We want to give back to the community for its gracious support of our program," Van Scoyoc said.

Tony Costango of Millsboro, Del., a 56-year-old Army veteran, came to the brain injury center in August. He received a brain injury in November 2002 while preparing for a deer hunting trip. His four-wheel-drive vehicle became stuck in mud and while attempting to dislodge it with the help of another, a steel hook became dislodged, striking him in the face, knocking his right eye behind his brain, Costango said.

Just about every facial bone was broken. He suffered a massive stroke while undergoing initial treatment. The stroke has left him with no feeling on his left side. He has been in and out of various Veterans Administration hospitals since, unable to walk except for extreme short distances. Upon coming to the brain injury center, he said his progress has been phenomenal.

"When I came here, I couldn't walk 50 feet. When I walked 800 feet after coming here, I knew I was in the right place," Costango said.

"My goal is to walk free of a crutch or a cane and be able to hold my grandchildren in my arms," he said.

Constango's fourth grandchild was born Wednesday.

"They (center staff) are the elite of therapy," he said.

"They care. I've seen miracles here."

To send greetings

Here is the address for those wishing to send cards and other items for the holidays to clients at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center:

109 Sunray Drive
Johnstown, Pa. 15905


Benning Soldier Nominated for 2012 Olympic Team

Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, has qualified for a nomination to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, USA Shooting announced this week.

Richmond, who competes in the men's double trap shooting, is the second soldier from the marksmanship unit nominated for selection to the Olympics. In June, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft was nominated to compete in the men's prone rifle. Both selections are pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Earning a spot on the team has been a longtime goal for Richmond, 25, of Hillsgrove, Pa.

"It was a great feeling Â… ," Richmond said in a statement. "After I made the threshold, I immediately began to thank all of the coaches, family, friends and organizations that made this goal a reality, starting with the United States Army Marksmanship Unit for not only molding me into a soldier, but giving me the opportunity to compete and win at the highest level."

Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne, commander of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, said Richmond is the epitome of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit noncommissioned officer. "Although he is a world champion and world-class athlete, Staff Sgt. Richmond proudly embraces his important roles as a U.S. Army leader, trainer and soldier first," he said. "Our Army and our nation will be well served by Staff Sgt. Richmond's representation on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2012."

Since the 2008 Olympics, USA Shooting has used a point selection procedure for athletes to earn an Olympic nomination. Points are awarded for competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation or ISSF World Cups and World Championships.

Last year, Richmond started his quest for an Olympic spot when he took the gold medal at the World Cup in Acapulco. Later in Dorset, England, he finished fourth at the World Cup final.

In one of his best performances, Richmond won the World Shooting Championship in Munich, Germany, in a score that equaled the world record with 50 out of 50 targets. The performance earned him USA Shooting's Male Athlete of the Year.

Richmond has continued competing at a high level this year with a bronze medal in Chile, a silver medal in Sydney, Australia, and a fourth place finish in the World Cup in Slovenia.

Bret Erickson, national shotgun coach, said Richmond is the top men's double trap shooter in the world because he consistently delivers medal winning performances.

"His Olympic nomination comes from outstanding performance in 2010 and 2011 and I'm looking forward to having him represent our country in his first ever Olympic Games," he said. "If he continues on the same path as the past two seasons, he will be a contender for the gold medal."

Before competing in the Olympics, Richmond will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"I look forward to representing the country not only in my upcoming deployment but also in the Olympic Games where my goal is to bring home the gold for the United States," he said.

Hodne said the marksmanship unit is extremely proud and has high expectations for both shooters in 2012.

"The USAMU also has high expectations that we will fill more positions on the Olympic Team with our soldiers," Hodne said.

"Our Army expects it too."


Center Assesses Trauma Treatments

Treatment for servicemembers suffering from psychological trauma really is a brave new world.

Before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there was little research on effective treatments and not much pressure to add to what existed, said Army Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Loree Sutton, director of the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Sutton, at a Warrior Resilience Conference here, said her office has been working with the services to develop treatment programs and is researching best medical practices. But the effort isn't a simple matter of an open checkbook; results count.

"Everyone has good intentions," she said during an interview. "But as I'm fond of saying, 'In God we trust. All others bring data.' We continue to add to our data."

The center has sponsored a number of promising initiatives to combat the signature psychological wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a result of funding that flowed in to military medicine after revelations of substandard care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

The initiatives provide a chance to standardize the hundreds of disjointed programs around the country, Sutton said. "Some are pilot programs, some we added to established programs, and with some we have ventured in to completely new kinds of approaches," she said.

The initiatives are just approaching maturity now, the general said. "We are putting outcome metrics against the programs to see what works [and] what doesn't," she said. "The services and everyone involved knows that we will go where the evidence leads."

Sutton explained some successful initiatives. The first is the publishing of a clinical practice guideline for concussion or mild traumatic brain injury. "It's the first that has been signed off on," she said. "We're in the process of taking the guideline and transforming it into a mandatory, event-driven protocol."

The protocol mandates that if a vehicle is struck by a roadside bomb, everyone in that vehicle must go through a standardized treatment. "There is no choice," she said. "It's a partnership between the line leadership and the medical leadership. It gets past the stigma and the 'suck-it-up' leadership. No excuses, no exceptions, this is what happens."

The tools have been implemented and have ripened, The medical community is ready to link up with line partners, and the whole process can now be implemented in units, Sutton said.

The office also stepped in to look at cognitive rehabilitation programs. This is a concern throughout the country, Sutton said, acknowledging that confusion exists about what it involves and whether it should it be reimbursed by the Tricare military health plan.

Much like rehabilitation after a stroke, she explained, cognitive rehabilitation is a series of treatments designed to re-teach those suffering from traumatic brain injury the skills they lost. Sutton's office brought together a group of nationally known experts to determine where things stand. "This will put the foundation under our research efforts and the way ahead," she said.

Another initiative is the "Real Warriors" campaign, which uses public service announcements to tell the stories of servicemembers who are dealing with psychological trauma. It is an attempt to get servicemembers to get past the stigma associated with these ailments.

"The power of this campaign comes from the fact that these are real warriors," Sutton said. "It's a volunteer program, and they come forward and tell their own stories. It helps them, and it certainly helps their peers who may be suffering in silence and isolation and feeling that they are all alone."

Finally, the office is part of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence. Philanthropist Arnold Fisher raised the money and built a world-class center in San Antonio for amputee care.

"A couple of years ago, Mr. Fisher came forward and said he wanted to pledge the same level of support to the invisible injuries of war," Sutton said. "That center will become the hub of our networks from around the world."

The 72,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to the Navy's Bethesda, Md., medical campus and, while built with private funds, will be manned by military and civilian employees. The center will treat those with psychological trauma, and families will stay at Fisher Houses to participate in treatments. The center is due to open in the spring.


Get Shredded With Interval Cardio Training

The only six-pack you'll see will be the one in your cooler if you don't also strip the body fat around your midsection. We'd love to give you a magical strategy to strip body fat that doesn't involve straight cardio, but if you're pinching an inch or more, there really is no shortcut.

However, that doesn't mean that there aren't shortcuts, when it comes to cardio itself.

That's why you should be doing interval training. If you're not familiar with intervals, their easily explained as alternating periods of high and low intensity, resulting in burning more calories from fat, then other cardio strategies.

So, instead of jumping on a treadmill and going for a leisurely walk, like you may be accustomed to, you'll have to push yourself. After warming up for 5 minutes, you'll go near full speed for 1-2 minutes, followed by another minute or so of recovery time at a slower pace.

After a minute of recovery, kick it back up again, to near full speed for another 1-2 minutes. Continue this pattern until you've finished up a 30 minute session and begin to warm back down. Using interval training forces your body to work harder and burn a higher amount of calories, in less time.

Plus, if the treadmill is not your machine-of-choice, you can always transfer this strategy to any type of other cardio, whether it's running outside, pedaling on a stationary bike, or using the elliptical trainer.

The timing of your cardio session is also a very important factor in how effective it is. If you've eaten recently, your muscles will burn glycogen (stored carbohydrate fuel), circulating glucose and fatty acids for energy, but if you plan to hit up cardio right after a lifting session, during your lift, you've already used those sources of energy.

This will allow you to tap into your stored body fat much faster. Burning through those fat stores is vital in leaning out.

After your workout, especially if you've lifted weights, it would be a good idea to drink a MonaVie fruit drink, or something similar. This will help your body start the recovery process faster. Make sure to get a solid food meal, too!

A good example of a cardio schedule would be 3-5 sessions a week, depending on your body type, for no less then 30 minutes. Although, it also depends on your diet and how much you lift, so you'll have to adjust accordingly.


What's in a kids meal Not happy news

High-calorie, high-sodium choices were on the menu when parents purchased lunch for their children at a San Diego fast-food restaurant. Why? Because both children and adults liked the food and the convenience.

However, the study of data compiled by researchers in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, appearing this week in the new journal, Childhood Obesity, showed that convenience resulted in lunchtime meals that accounted for between 36 and 51 percent of a child's daily caloric needs. In addition, 35 to 39 percent of calories came from fat and the meals provided more than 50 percent of the recommended total daily sodium intake for most children- and as high as 100 percent of sodium levels recommended for pre-schoolers.

"We found that families perceived fast-food restaurants as easy and cheap, and many were using fast food as a reward for their children," said Kerri N. Boutelle, PhD, Behavioral Director of the Weight and Wellness Clinic at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, who has studied childhood obesity, its causes and treatment for over 15 years. "Considering the high prevalence of fast-food consumptions by adults as well as kids, it's important to recognize the impact of fast food and its impact on the current obesity epidemic in the U.S."

The UC San Diego researchers surveyed 544 families with children entering a fast-food chain restaurant located inside Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California at lunch time over a six-week period. Families were asked to retain and present their receipts from food purchases and complete a brief survey. Families were provided a $2 incentive to participate.

Families were asked to clarify their purchases: for whom each item was purchased, if items were shared, sizes of individual items (small, medium, large), whether soft drinks were regular or diet, what items were included in any combination meals purchased, and if there were any modifications to their order. For every purchased item, the surveyors asked for age and gender of the person eating it.

"The number of meals and snacks eaten away from home is believed to contribute to excess calories consumed by children, and this number has increased dramatically in the past 30 years," said Boutelle. "On a typical day, a remarkable 30 percent of youth report consuming fast food."

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the nutritional content and quality of food, as well as the reasons reported for dining at a fast-food restaurant. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top reasons for going to this restaurant were "the children like the food" and it was "convenient." Just over half the families reported the choice as "a reward for visiting the hospital" (about the same number as replied "hungry with no other options").

But adults also overwhelmingly reported that they liked the food. The toys included with the children's meals did not appear to be a top reason (49 percent said it didn't enter into their decision "at all").

The nutritional content of the food choices supported other published data on fast-food and dietary intake on children. The highest percentage of daily caloric needs represented by these meals (51 percent) was in the age 2 to 5 years. Menu items most frequently purchased for preschoolers were French fries, soda, chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers and hamburgers. Meals for older children years were similar, with the addition of hot apple pies (ages 6 to 11) and chocolate chip cookies (ages 12 to 18).

Of note, soda was purchased much more often than milk or juice when a drink was purchased. The researchers also observed that while healthier options such as apple dippers or fruit parfaits were available, families did not seem to choose them over more typical fast foods.

Strengths of this study were that purchase receipts were an objective measure of meal choices, and a large number of families -- both economically and ethnically diverse -- was polled. However, limitations included the lack of data on what was actually consumed, and that the study may have been influenced by the restaurant's location inside a children's hospital, limiting the choice of restaurants if not the food choices themselves.

"Bottom line, we need to educate families on making health decisions when in a fast-food restaurant," said Boutelle, acknowledging that any intervention to decrease fast-food consumption will need to take into account that people of all ages simply like fast food.


Exercises, Nutritional Suggestions and Healthy Tips for Teens

Expert health professionals have found different way outs to lead a healthy life for teens.

1. Eat various foods and in moderation – there's no such thing as bad or good foods, there's only a bad and good diet. All foods will be able to fit-in your diet, it's just the quantity and how frequent you eat, which is important. Foods which have high percentage of fats like chips, chicken nuggets and fried noodles should be eaten frequently and in balance with low fatty foods. You shouldn't forget being moderate. When 2 pizza slices already fill you, don't go for another one.

2. Keep working up – the workout can help you to sweat and breath harder, in order to make you feel and look best. Start up with some warm-ups, it stretch your muscle. Then a 20-minute aerobic exercise like swimming, dancing and running. After that, you cool down by deep breathing and stretching.

3. Eat your breakfast – you cannot start your day with no breakfast. You should understand that when you eat breakfast, it boost up your attention and concentration level. Research shows that when you eat breakfast, it helps in controlling your weight. A breakfast tip: you select a menu which is easy and quick to do like cereals, if you're leaving so early, tryout doing breakfast like fruit & rolls.

4. Increase your iron – as we all know, iron had been considered as a very important source found in red meat, tofu, beans and a lot more. They are excellent for physical activities, concentration and schoolwork. The body can absorb iron found at animal food than that found at plant food. Tips: lime and orange juice can increase the absorption of iron but coffee and tea reduces absorption.

5. You need to drink lots of water or fluids – the minimal amount of fluid per day should be 8 glasses and increase it when it is hot. Drinking water will always be an excellent choice, although, you can always choose another type of fluids like tea or orange juice.

6. Get yourself moving – it will be easy to become physically fit through day to day routines. By riding a bicycle, walking or jogging with your friends will be fun. Take 10 minutes activity, get yourself a break, do some walking on stairs, warming up exercises.

7. Have a smart snack – this is a nice way for refueling. Choose your snack from the different basic food groups; it includes cereals, apple, rice cracker and a lot more.

8. Boost up calcium – your teeth and bones needs a lot of calcium, most especially if you're in the preteen and teenage years, during the time that bone growth is high. The source of calcium will be dairy food and milk like ice cream, hard cheese, cottage cheese, tofu and yogurt contains calcium. Then green leafy vegetable, millet and sesame seed, it's also a good source of calcium. Tip: be very sure that you'll have sufficient calcium, take three servings of a calcium rich foods on a daily basis.