Timi Gustafson

Timi posted 40 stories to Courier-Herald.
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Just the right amount of stress | Timi Gustafson R.D.

Being regularly overworked and stressed out likely leads to health problems long-term, but feeling bored or having too much time on your hands can also have negative effects, a government-sponsored study from Germany on health and safety issues in the workplace concluded.

  • May 24th, 2014 2:21am

Food poisoning most often from restaurant visits study finds | Timi Gustafson R.D.

Americans love to eat out, preferably several times a week, according to the Nation’s Restaurant News, a publication for the restaurant industry. At

  • Apr 20th, 2014 4:37am

And You Thought You Were Eating Right Already | Timi Gustafson R.D.

Most of us already knew about the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and control our weight. But now a new study from England suggests that no less than seven servings of fresh produce per day may be required to give us a reasonable shot at good health and old age.

  • Apr 5th, 2014 1:12am

Include mindfulness in your meals | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

If you have any interest at all in healthy eating, you probably have come across Brian Wansink’s book, “Mindless Eating – Why We Eat More Than We Think.”

  • Dec 28th, 2013 7:13pm

Obesity and health don’t go together, study finds | Timi Gustafson R.D.

For quite a while some experts believed that a little extra body fat would not necessarily trigger health problems like metabolic syndrome, a cluster of diseases that often accompanies weight gain.

  • Dec 8th, 2013 6:25pm

Scientists question the validity of food addiction

As the obesity crisis continues to spread around the world, nutrition scientists keep looking for answers why millions of people eat more than they should. One possible explanation, some have suggested, is food addiction, an inability to stop eating, even when it makes us sick.

  • Oct 17th, 2013 9:18pm

Stress may increase dementia risk | Timi Gustafson, R.D

People who undergo traumatic experiences or endure stressful situations during their midlife years may be more likely to suffer from cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss as they age compared to their counterparts who manage to sail through life more smoothly, according to a study from Sweden that followed participants over decades, keeping track of their mental health.

  • Oct 9th, 2013 9:36pm

Baby boomers could be the healthiest generation ever, if only… | Timi Gustafson, RD

Older Americans have a much better chance to enjoy many more years of good health and vitality than any generation before them due to better medical treatment and easier access to healthcare, according to a recent study, based on data collected by government health agencies over the last three decades.

  • Sep 15th, 2013 2:50am

Lifestyle changes difficult for Baby Boomers | Timi Gustafson

Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 through 1964 – will live longer than any other generation before them, but they will not necessarily be healthier. In fact, many are already burdened with more chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes than their parents and grandparents were.

  • May 16th, 2013 8:34pm

Diabetes can be caused by high sugar intake alone | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Diabetes affects over 25 million Americans today, more than 8 percent of the population. One in four seniors suffers from the disease, and the numbers among young people, including teenagers, are dramatically on the rise.

  • Mar 4th, 2013 4:08am

Weight issues not as harmless as study may suggest | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Obesity may have multiple negative health effects, but higher mortality rates are not among them, according to a study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

  • Jan 6th, 2013 7:38pm

Food trends to keep: Small, simple, fresh and healthy | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Much has been reported on changing food and nutrition trends in recent years and 2012 was no exception. Analysts agree: Americans want to eat more healthily.

  • Dec 31st, 2012 8:18pm

A season to slow down | Timi Gustafson R.D.

In principle, I guess, one can get addicted to anything. I’m not just talking about drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine or food.

  • Dec 17th, 2012 1:44am

Don’t get crazy busy! | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Whenever I make phone calls or send off e-mails to family members and friends to touch base and inquire about their well-being, the answers are almost always the same: “busy,” “crazy busy,” “insanely busy,” “busy, busy, busy.”

  • Dec 10th, 2012 3:32am

Food safety first | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Enjoying delicious food is at the center of nearly all holiday celebrations, regardless of social, cultural or religious background.

  • Nov 25th, 2012 10:50pm

Beware of hidden calories in all the good holiday cheer | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Whether we celebrate at home with family and friends, attend lots of parties or take a vacation to get away from it all, the holidays always tempt us to consume more food and drink than we normally would – and more than may be good for us.

  • Nov 22nd, 2012 6:19pm

Meditation can be a lifesaver for heart disease patients | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

New research, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), found that people with heart disease who regularly meditate may be able to reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke nearly by half.

  • Nov 18th, 2012 11:52pm

Chronic malnutrition may cause dire consequences later in life | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Large parts of the American population are diagnosed as overfed but malnourished, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html) (CDC). It’s called the obesity paradox. While we have easy access to calorie-dense, highly processed foods, a balanced, nutritious diet is much harder to come by.

  • Nov 4th, 2012 9:57pm

Creating a healthly work environment | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

More and more companies are enrolling their workforce in health and wellness programs to cut staggering health care costs, reduce absenteeism and foster productivity as well as morale and loyalty, according to several studies on recent changes in employer-based health care policies.

  • Oct 29th, 2012 1:22am

For maximum diet and exercise benefits, timing is everything | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Diet and exercise are the two main pillars of a healthy lifestyle. For both weight management and physical fitness, they are equally important and go hand in hand. But how do they relate to one another? Scientists suggest that coordinating your eating and workout schedules can improve results.

  • Oct 15th, 2012 5:53am

The new great divide: longevity | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The United States of America have often been called a divided nation, separated by race, class, political affiliation, values, you name it.

  • Oct 1st, 2012 2:48am

Food companies use latest technologies to market directly to children | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Parents have long felt outgunned when battling the food industry for the hearts and minds of their children. Whenever they try to limit exposure to advertisements on TV, the Internet and in supermarkets, marketers have already found new ways to interact with their youngest customers.

  • Sep 24th, 2012 2:57am

Emotional eating: the misunderstood epidemic | Timi Gustafson R.D.

There is no general agreement among the experts on the exact causes of the growing obesity crisis in America and around the world. Easy access to inexpensive calorie-dense but nutritionally poor food and sedentary lifestyles are often named as leading factors. Our culture that promotes ever-increasing consumption my also play a role. But could it be that our eating habits can make us not only physically ill but also harm our psychological and emotional well-being?

  • Sep 17th, 2012 10:46pm

Fight over sweeteners is about profit, not health issues | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A group of food companies has filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Association, a trade group representing the sugar industry, for making false claims in advertising that allegedly caused loss of profit and other damages.

  • Sep 14th, 2012 8:20pm

Living long, living well | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Americans may be less optimistic about the future in general than they once were, but a solid majority still hopes to enjoy a long life.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 1:08am

The egg controversy revisited | Timi Gustafson, R.D

Eating eggs can almost be as bad for your health as smoking, according to Canadian researchers whose findings reignited a long-standing controversy over the nutritional benefits and detriments of eggs, or more specifically, egg yolks.

  • Aug 20th, 2012 12:36am

Rising food prices will make It even harder to eat healthily | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A record drought is destroying America’s harvest this year. Over 50 percent of farmland is now in moderate to severe drought condition, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/). In some states it’s well over 60 percent and rising.

  • Jul 30th, 2012 2:13am

Controversy over health effects of sodas heats up | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Are sodas going down the same path as tobacco did a few years ago? The issue of sugary drinks as a major contributor to the obesity epidemic has certainly gained more traction in recent months and not only in places like New York City where Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed an outright ban on supersized soft drinks in bars and restaurants to curb overindulgence.

  • Jul 25th, 2012 9:08pm

Lack of physical activity found as harmful as poor diet and smoking | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Spending too many hours sitting at work, commuting or relaxing on the couch can wreak as much hazard on your health as being overweight or even smoking, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet.

  • Jul 23rd, 2012 1:13am

Fast Food Consumption Around the World Linked to Health Risks | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A growing preference for Western-style fast food in Asian and Southeast Asian countries shows already an impact on their populations’ health, and not in a good way, according a newly released study by the University of Michigan (UM).

  • Jul 16th, 2012 1:25am

Many unmet health care needs of aging baby boomers | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Baby boomers will likely face an array of health conditions as they grow older but will find in many cases only insufficient treatment options.

  • Jul 13th, 2012 11:57pm

How damaging is yo-yo dieting? | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Yo-yo dieting, a.k.a. “weight cycling,” a continuing pattern of losing and regaining weight, can be one of the most frustrating experiences people with weight problems may experience.

  • Jul 5th, 2012 11:45pm

Diabetes dramatically on the rise among teenagers | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Nearly a quarter of American children and adolescents is developing type 2 diabetes or has already the disease, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the journal Pediatrics. Diabetes and other metabolic conditions seem to spread more rapidly among the young and are harder to treat than in adults.

  • Jun 25th, 2012 3:58am

World Health Organization sets new targets for reducing chronic diseases | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a number of targets for reducing so called non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 percent by 2025.

  • May 28th, 2012 4:54pm

More Americans suffer from asthma | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Asthma rates in the United States have been on the rise over the past decade and are now at an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • May 14th, 2012 2:17am

Can following a vegan diet be appropriate for children? | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Going totally vegan is becoming increasingly popular among health-conscious adults and many encourage their children to follow suit. But some parents are unsure whether diet restrictions they find healthful for themselves are also a good choice for their kids.

  • Apr 22nd, 2012 11:39pm

What Your Neighborhood Says About Your Health | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Where you live may determine how healthy you are or can hope to be, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers using a geographic information system (GIS) found that access to quality food outlets and opportunities to be physically active can make communities not only more attractive but also more healthy.

  • Apr 16th, 2012 1:49am

Childhood obesity, a disease with devastating effects on multiple levels | Timi Gustafson

The physical health effects of childhood obesity are well researched and documented.

  • Mar 18th, 2012 3:09am

Why gaining weight is so much easier than losing weight | Timi Gustafson

One of the hardest things about weight gain is that it can happen so easily. Losing weight, on the other hand, can be a never-ending struggle. Some people say they put on a pound or two merely by looking at food. But no matter how much they deprive themselves or how hard they exercise, the numbers on the scale only seem to go up.

  • Mar 4th, 2012 7:16pm

Why gaining weight is so much easier than losing weight | Timi Gustafson

One of the hardest things about weight gain is that it can happen so easily. Losing weight, on the other hand, can be a never-ending struggle. Some people say they put on a pound or two merely by looking at food. But no matter how much they deprive themselves or how hard they exercise, the numbers on the scale only seem to go up.

  • Mar 4th, 2012 7:15pm