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October 24, 2014
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Use Food Day to get people talking about real food, RDN says
Today is national Food Day, and people can support the healthy- and sustainable-eating movement by talking to friends and family and promoting it in schools and the community, registered dietitian nutritionist Donna Castellano writes. Creating a wellness committee can help spearhead events, such as a school-based fruit and vegetable challenge or a "Dunk the Junk" art contest that gets people talking about the importance of eating real food, Castellano writes. Food & Nutrition Magazine online/Stone Soup Blog (10/24)
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Dietary Health
RD says AND conference showcased nutrition trends
Ancient grains, natural foods and protein were three trends showcased at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, registered dietitian Keri Gans writes. But Gans writes that some companies are adding ancient grains to existing products that may not be healthy, and that it's important to read nutrition labels to see all ingredients. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (10/23)
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Science & Research
Study: Healthy lifestyle reduces heart failure risk
A sustained healthy lifestyle that included diet, exercise, weight management and not smoking was linked to lower risks of heart failure in postmenopausal women, according to data from the Women's Health Initiative published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Harvard researchers said benefits were seen regardless of a history of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Medscape (free registration) (10/21)
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Mother's gestational diabetes may lead to daughter's obesity
Girls whose mothers developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy were more than three times as likely to become obese in childhood compared with those who had healthier mothers, a study says. Data also showed that girls whose mothers suffered excess prepregnancy weight and eventual gestational diabetes had more than fivefold increased odds of obesity. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (10/23)
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Study: Marriage woes may contribute to weight gain
Participants with a history of mood disorder and a more hostile marriage burned fewer calories and exhibited higher insulin levels in the blood after eating a high-fat meal than those with less-hostile marriages, researchers reported at the ScienceWriters2014 briefing. "These findings not only identify how chronic stressors can lead to obesity, but also point to how important it is to treat mood disorders. Interventions for mental health clearly could benefit physical health as well," lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser said in a news release. Science World Report (10/22)
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Animal study suggests UV light may reduce eating, diabetes markers
An international team of researchers reported in the journal Diabetes that overfed mice ate less and showed fewer diabetes markers after being exposed to ultraviolet light. The study found the effects may be linked to nitric oxide, but did not appear to be related to vitamin D. BBC (10/23)
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Fitness
Daylight savings linked to greater activity levels in youths
Adjusting clocks forward by an hour for the whole year would give children and teens more time doing moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, U.K. researchers wrote in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. The study showed that daily levels of exercise were 15% to 20% greater during summer than in winter. BBC (10/23)
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Institutional Foodservice
Duke University adds vegetarian options for students
Duke University is responding to requests from vegetarian students for more food options by adopting the Meatless Mondays initiative and offering a dining site dedicated to vegetarian, vegan and raw food. Duke Nutrition Services dietitian Toni Apadula said Meatless Mondays also are a chance to educate students who may want some additional vegetarian dishes or are interested in trying a plant-based diet. Duke Chronicle (Duke University) (10/23)
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Recipe of the Day
Loaded breakfast flatbread
Eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage, spinach, tomatoes and green onions on top of a flatbread -- hello, breakfast! Simple Roots Wellness
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Food For Thought
Most people still lack the basic fundamental food knowledge to make important decisions regarding their health, which ultimately [affects] the future of our country and the entire planet."
-- RDN Donna Castellano, writing in Food & Nutrition Magazine online's Stone Soup blog
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