Federal report IDs sources of common food-borne illnesses | Weight loss can get a boost from breakfast, RD says | RD lists nutritious foods that are good for the heart
 
February 25, 2015
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Federal report IDs sources of common food-borne illnesses
Beef and vegetable row crops were behind 82% of E. coli O157 illnesses in the U.S. between 1998 and 2012, according to a report by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration. Seventy-four percent of Campylobacter infections were linked to dairy products or chicken, while 81% of Listeria cases were attributed to fruits or dairy, the report says. Reuters (2/24)
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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Weight loss can get a boost from breakfast, RD says
Studies suggest that eating a bigger breakfast may help people lose weight, but the strategy needs to be paired with smaller nighttime meals, registered dietitian Leslie Beck writes. Breakfasts should include a protein, such as eggs or Greek yogurt, low-glycemic carbohydrates and maybe something sweet, such as dark chocolate, that could help reduce cravings later in the day, Beck writes. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (2/24)
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RD lists nutritious foods that are good for the heart
Nutritious foods that can help reduce cardiovascular risks include beets, which have a healthy effect on blood pressure and blood vessels, and pomegranates, which are high in antioxidants, registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot writes. Also on the list are sweet potatoes, avocados and Swiss chard leaves, which can lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation, Zuckerbrot writes. FoxNews.com (2/24)
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San Antonio launches "Veg Out SA!" campaign
San Antonio's "Veg Out SA!" campaign encourages residents to eat more fruits and vegetables as a way to reduce chronic disease and obesity. Data show more than 95% of residents do not get the minimum recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. San Antonio Express-News (2/24)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Early peanut exposure may cut allergy risk in children
Less than 2% of infants who were given regular peanut snacks developed a peanut allergy by age 5, compared with 14% of those in the peanut-avoidance group, according to data on 640 high-risk infants. The findings on the website of The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate that early exposure to peanut-containing foods is safe and effective in reducing the risk of eventual allergies in pediatric patients. U.S. News & World Report (2/23)
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Low vitamin D may be tied to higher diabetes risk
People with low vitamin D levels were at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes regardless of adiposity, a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism says. "The study suggests that vitamin D deficiency and obesity interact synergistically to heighten the risk of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. The average person may be able to reduce their risk by maintaining and healthy diet and getting enough outdoor activity," said study co-author Manuel Macias-Gonzalez. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (2/24)
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Socioeconomic status may affect long-term obesity risk, study says
People whose houses were in the top price quartile had an 80% lower risk of obesity at baseline and one year, but socioeconomic status measures did not affect weight gain or weight loss at one year, a study in Obesity says. The researchers said that while long-term obesity may be influenced by socioeconomic factors, individual attitudes and dietary factors may be associated with weight dynamics. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (2/24)
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

Fitness
Linking fitness trackers to EHRs may help keep people healthy
Linking fitness trackers' nutrition and exercise data into patient electronic health records could lead to better detection of illness, post-discharge problems and the need for medication, hospitals and physicians say. Smartphones make health monitoring easier for patients with chronic illness, and Dr. Lauren Koniaris of Hackensack University Medical Center says it's almost like having a "virtual house call." Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.)/The Associated Press (2/24)
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Institutional Foodservice
School salad bar initiative hits 4,000 milestone
Officials with the "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools" initiative say 4,000 salad bars have been donated to U.S. schools since 2010, serving more than 2 million students each day. The program says 57% of schools that installed a salad bar had higher participation in their school-lunch program. The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (2/24)
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Recipe of the Day
Cuban salad bowl
This delicious salad features pulled pork, cauliflower rice, beans and fried plantains over mixed greens. Simple Roots Wellness
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Food For Thought
If you're trying to lose weight, you're better off eating more at breakfast, not less."
-- RD Leslie Beck, writing in The Globe & Mail
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