U.S. sees decline in new diabetes cases, CDC finds | Nutritionists: Plan ahead to have a healthy diet on a budget | Food, beverage companies partner on children's marketing initiative
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September 24, 2014
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U.S. sees decline in new diabetes cases, CDC finds
CDC officials found the number of new diabetes cases in the U.S. increased from 3.2 per 1,000 people in 1990 to 8.8 per 1,000 people in 2008, but declined to 7.1 per 1,000 people in 2012. However, researchers noted a persistent increase among Hispanics, blacks and those with lower education levels. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (9/23)
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Walnuts Truly Are "The Hardest Working Nut"
From their nutrient-dense properties and whole-body benefits to their scrumptious crunch and ease of use, walnuts are always there to provide delicious ways of eating better—whether enjoying a family meal or simply snacking. Visit Walnuts.org for unique recipe ideas and more information on why walnuts should be a part of your daily diet.
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Nutritionists: Plan ahead to have a healthy diet on a budget
Education and planning can help families have a healthy diet using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and food bank foods, according to nutritionists from the Utah State University extension program Food $ense. Nutrition education assistants Nicki Bray and Sharon Lloyd show children and families how to prepare recipes with foods that are available and urge them to shop for groceries with a plan to avoid impulse buying and to purchase whole foods instead of packaged items. Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (9/22)
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Food, beverage companies partner on children's marketing initiative
Eleven major food and beverage companies have partnered to establish restrictions on marketing campaigns to children and nutrition labeling standards based on recommendations from the World Health Organization. The new guidelines, which apply to several types of media, restrict the use of licensed characters to better-for-you products and establish standards for nutrition. FoodBev.com (9/22), FoodNavigator (9/22)
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RD says safety is a big issue on the farm
Registered dietitian and farmer Jennie Schmidt writes that National Farm Safety and Health Week is a time to highlight ways to prevent injuries in what can be a dangerous occupation. She writes that danger areas include the moving parts of heavy equipment that can snag clothing, sun and chemical exposure, loud noises and flying debris, and road traffic. Food & Nutrition Magazine online/Stone Soup blog (9/23)
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Healthy is easy with Grapes from California.
Grapes add great taste to a healthy lifestyle, and are a great snack option that is easy to eat and to share. Grapes are also a convenient and tasty source of antioxidants and other polyphenols which may help maintain a healthy heart. A 3/4 cup serving of grapes has just 90 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin K. Visit grapesfromcalifornia.com for more information on the health benefits of grapes, delicious recipes and more.
Science & Research
Higher BMI tied to stress-induced inflammation
Researchers cite a correlation between higher BMI and increased levels of the inflammation marker interleukin-6. The findings indicate that obese and overweight individuals may be at a higher risk of stress-related inflammatory disorders such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The findings were published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Business Standard (India)/Asian News International (9/23)
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Lifestyle program helps people on anti-psychotics lose weight
A lifestyle-intervention program helped people taking anti-psychotic medication lose weight and improve their blood glucose levels compared with a control group, according to research in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The STRIDE program included meetings with a nutritionist and a mental health counselor and covered issues such as how psychiatric medications can affect weight and how to eat a healthy diet on a budget. MedWire News (U.K.) (9/24)
Ohio district's elementary schools shift to structured recess
Elementary schools in a Sheffield, Ohio, district have adopted a structured recess program in which students are coached in traditional playground games such as "Red Light-Green Light" and "Mother May I." Aiming to get students more active during recess, the program includes three 30-minute sessions of games that encourage problem-solving and teamwork. The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) (9/21)
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S.C. launches obesity plan but may ease school snack rules
South Carolina officials are launching an obesity action plan targeting schools, workplaces and communities. The move comes just ahead of the State Board of Education's consideration of school district exemptions for federal Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines, which restrict the sale of unhealthy treats at fundraisers. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (9/24), The Greenville News (S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (9/24)
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Idaho wants to increase ties between farmers, schools
Idaho agriculture officials will use federal grants to hold events that promote the use of locally grown foods in school cafeterias. Farm-to-school program manager Leah Clark said growers need to learn what schools want. Boise School District food and nutrition services director Peggy Bodnar says her district wants to purchase as much local food as possible but there are not enough farmers who focus on that market. Capital Press Agriculture (Salem, Ore.) (9/23)
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Recipe of the Day
Sweet barley pilaf
Need a bit more barley in your life? Check out this easy recipe. The Well-Fed Heart
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Food For Thought
The more hands on you are, the more [children] will try different things."
-- Nutrition education assistant Sharon Lloyd, as quoted by the Standard-Examiner
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