Family Health: Eating Broccoli Helps Fight Arthritis

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - Eating broccoli could help prevent the most common form of arthritis.

Researchers say a compound in the vegetable called sulforaphine appears to slow the break down of cartilage in the joints associated with osteoarthritis.

The study found mice that consumed large amounts of broccoli had significantly less cartilage damage than those who ate smaller amounts.

There were similar results in cow and human cartilage as well and scientists are now planning a clinical trial for patients who are awaiting knee replacement surgery.

A new report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) finds more schools are improving their nutrition and physical education policies.

Since 2006, there has been a 13-percent drop in the number of school districts allowing soft drink advertisements on campus - and a similar increase in districts prohibiting junk food in vending machines.

Schools are also doing a better job making nutritional information about cafeteria foods available to parents.

While the number of schools requiring physical education has increased since 2000, experts say there is still room for improvement.

It can be tricky to get your kids to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, but it's vital to their performance in school.

Experts suggest that while breakfast should include high fiber grains, fruit and dairy, serving non-traditional foods like peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwiches are okay too!

When packing lunches, they recommend providing a variety instead of giving the same foods each day. Dietitians say half of a child's lunch should be fruits and veggies and whole grain foods should be used when possible.

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