AAP updates guidelines on fighting childhood obesity | USDA could adopt healthier guidelines for after-school, day-care programs | Red, white and blue foods are healthy, dietitian says
 
June 29, 2015
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Healthy Start
AAP updates guidelines on fighting childhood obesity
Kids, Parents Try Healthy Living
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Parents should stock healthful foods at home, buy fewer sweetened beverages, limit screen time and encourage more physical activity to promote healthier lifestyles for the family and to help prevent and fight childhood obesity, according to updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in Pediatrics. The AAP says parents and pediatricians should work to prevent childhood obesity, as it can be difficult to treat once it has been established. LiveScience.com (6/29)
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Dietary Health
USDA could adopt healthier guidelines for after-school, day-care programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new nutrition guidelines for child and adult day-care providers. The provisions, which also would affect some after-school programs, include requiring more vegetables and reducing sugar. ABC News/The Associated Press (6/27)
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Red, white and blue foods are healthy, dietitian says
Naturally colored red, white and blue foods make for a nutritious Independence Day table, registered dietitian Toby Amidor writes. Healthful red foods include tomatoes, watermelon and strawberries; cauliflower and mushrooms are good white choices; and blueberries and eggplants are filled with nutrition, Amidor writes. U.S. News & World Report (6/26)
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Almonds, avocados, beans among 10 superfoods for women
Eating a healthy diet can reduce women's risk for bone loss, hormonal problems, heart problems and cancer, research shows. Among the 10 best foods for women are almonds, avocados, beans, beets, carrots and salmon, dietitians say. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (6/26)
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Science & Research
Study: Gut microbiota alteration may be tied to type 1 diabetes risk
Researchers found a difference in the gut microbiomes between individuals with islet autoimmunity and those of autoantibody-free first-degree relatives in the abundance of four taxa. The findings suggest that intestinal microbiota alterations are tied to disease susceptibility, the researchers wrote in Diabetes. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (6/26)
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Review looks at bariatric surgery for type 2 diabetes treatment
Diet, exercise and medications are the first-line therapies for type 2 diabetes, but bariatric surgery may be an option for people whose condition is resistant to treatment, writes Nina Crowley, a bariatric surgery dietitian at the Medical University of South Carolina. Crowley reviews the current knowledge on bariatric surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes as well as the types of interventions, remission rates, mechanisms for diabetes resolution and practical applications for dietitians. Today's Dietitian (6/2015)
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Microorganisms connect the gut to the brain
Microorganisms in the gut secrete chemicals, some of which are the same as those used by neurons to regulate mood and may have a role in intestinal disorders, researchers say. Studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health are examining the gut microbiome's role in mental disorders, potentially leading to new methods of diagnosis and treatment. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
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Fitness
Parkinson's disease progression slowed with exercise, study finds
Consistently exercising might help people with Parkinson's disease maintain health and slow the decline in quality of life, according to a study presented at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. Patients who started exercising earlier in the disease progression and continued exercising had better results than those who started later, but exercising at least 2.5 hours a week was beneficial, regardless of when the regimen began, the researchers found. Medscape (free registration) (6/26)
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Institutional Foodservice
Calif. schools grow free summer meal program
Several California school districts are offering free meals to all youths ages 18 and younger this summer. The Summer Food Service Program, which has grown in popularity, is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the meals are intended to help curb summer hunger, officials stress it is a program for all students -- not only those who are from low-income families. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (6/27)
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Recipe of the Day
Purple power smoothie bowl
Start the week off right with this delicious and beautiful smoothie bowl! Meal Makeover Moms
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Food For Thought
We need to educate the public not just on portion control, but the proper combination of foods."
-- Dietitian Linette de Armas, as quoted by The Miami Herald
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