WHO: Childhood obesity may increase to 70M by 2025 | Nutrition experts offer tips for healthy family foods | People often do not know food's sodium content, RDs say
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July 21, 2014
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WHO: Childhood obesity may increase to 70M by 2025
A report by the World Health Organization says the number of obese children worldwide rose to 44 million in 2012 and is expected to increase to 70 million by 2025. Researchers stressed that childhood obesity requires a different intervention and treatment approach than obesity in adults. Voice of America (7/18)
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Dietary Health
Nutrition experts offer tips for healthy family foods
Healthy foods can be more expensive, but registered dietitian Mary Lindsey Jackson says shoppers should consider the nutrient content per dollar, buy in-season produce and choose frozen varieties. She says introducing healthy foods early will help children develop a taste for them. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (7/19)
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People often do not know food's sodium content, RDs say
Processed or restaurant-prepared foods can account for a majority of dietary sodium, but registered dietitians said people do not realize how much they consume. The FDA said it may issue voluntary guidelines asking manufacturers and restaurants to reduce sodium content in foods, and RD Lindsay Vettleson said it would be a good first step even if people do not know the sodium content of most of the foods they eat. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration) (7/20)
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Science & Research
Study: Cutting food waste could help feed others
Not all food waste is equal, according to a study in the journal Science that says tossing away beef wastes many more calories that could feed needy people around the world than does tossing vegetables or grains. "We have a huge challenge of feeding people now and in the future," says ecologist Paul West. "The way we grow and consume our foods is unsustainable." National Public Radio/Goats and Soda blog (7/17)
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Experts note treatment challenges in UC plus diabetes
Data published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology revealed type 1 diabetes was the third most common co-morbidity for ulcerative colitis, and the diseases share many complications. Researchers also stressed caution in using corticosteroids in UC patients with diabetes because the treatment may raise blood glucose levels. Healio (free registration) (7/17)
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Fitness
Experts cite components of best fitness apps
Fitness applications should be personalized, as opposed to one-size-fits-all, and should match a person's skill level, says cardiovascular expert John Higgins of the University of Texas​ ​Health Science Center. Fitness experts said the best apps use a phone's GPS and accelerometer to track exercise, work with other health apps, allow social media sharing, get good consumer reviews and keep people interested long term. U.S. News & World Report (7/18)
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Institutional Foodservice
First lady urges students to support healthy school foods
First lady Michelle Obama used 54 children who won a junior-chefs contest as examples of how healthy foods can successfully be integrated into school meal programs. Obama, who is fighting efforts to reverse school-nutrition standards, said the young chefs should share their knowledge of healthy eating with friends and teachers and their parents should speak up at school meetings. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)/The Associated Press (7/20)
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Pa. hospital system plants 5-acre organic farm
Produce grown at St. Luke's University Hospital Network's 5-acre organic farm in Bethlehem Township, Pa., will be served to patients and in cafeterias at all six network hospitals. The farm is expected to yield about 44,000 pounds of produce annually, and the hospital plans to conduct a study on its health and financial benefits. The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (7/18)
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Recipe of the Day
Tomato salad with cheese crisps
Use a mix of heirloom tomatoes to make this salad as pretty as it is tasty. Food Network Kitchens
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Food For Thought
When healthy is tasty, foods don't have to be hidden and parents don't have to bargain with kids to get them to eat the good stuff."
-- RD Mary Lindsey Jackson, as quoted by The Clarion-Ledger
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