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August 20, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Study shows Americans eat too much salt, not enough potassium
    A CDC study on salt consumption found that less than 10% of people kept their intake within the 2,300-milligrams-per-day recommended limit, with most adults getting an average of 3,371 mg. The study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found that less than 2% of study participants consumed the recommended 4,700 mg of potassium daily, with most getting an average of 2,632 mg. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Ideas for healthier fruit and veggie smoothies
    Fruit and vegetable smoothies are popular and can be healthy, but added sugars may push them into the 400- to 600-calorie range, says registered dietitian Leslie Schilling. She says blending fruits and vegetables together to break down fiber provides more nutrients than extracting juice and discarding the pulp, but adds that it's better to chew the actual foods rather than drinking them as juice. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • RD offers tips on foods that may help learning, memory
    Fresh or frozen blueberries and at least two daily servings of leafy green vegetables are among the foods that may help boost brain power, memory and concentration, registered dietitian Molly Kimball writes. Higher-fat fish, foods with lots of iron and carbohydrates that are high in fiber also make the list, along with sage, green tea and coffee. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study: In-person counseling beats online, paper tracking for weight loss
    Dieters who used a computer-based intervention to track weight loss shed more pounds over six months than did those offered minimal assistance, such as a brochure, according to an analysis of studies in the Cochrane Review. Researchers said dieters who had in-person weight-loss counseling, however, lost more weight than did those using the computer-based program. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Breast milk plus formula can speed growth of very small babies
    Supplementing breast-feeding with infant formula for very-low-birth-weight babies can boost growth rates, according to a study published in the journal BMC Pediatrics. The findings failed to completely explain the reason behind the slow growth of breast-fed babies, but researchers suggest that breast milk might not contain enough protein. (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Weight-loss surgery boosts health, social life in obese
    Obese patients who underwent weight-loss surgery lost an average of 95 pounds and showed significant improvements in diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and cholesterol levels, researchers reported at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Improvements in social relationships and depression were also noted among surgery patients. HealthDay News (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Miss. exercise program targets the 55-and-older crowd
    The nonprofit Mississippi Exercise is Medicine Network plans to set up locations across the state to help people 55 and older become more active. The program, coordinated by the American College of Sports Medicine, offers counseling and two one-hour sessions per week that include exercise and discussions on disease prevention and management, nutrition and lifestyle habits. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • NYC says chefs-in-schools program fails to meet federal standards
    A New York City program that sends professional chefs to schools to help them prepare healthier food for students is getting cut because education officials said it does not meet federal nutrition standards. Licensed nutritionist Sharon Richter, who has worked with the Wellness in the Schools program, disagrees, saying it has maintained nutrition standards higher than required by law and that any adjustments to comply with federal standards would be minor. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tenn. hospitals are part of healthier-foods trend
    Tennessee hospitals such as Centennial Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Baptist and St. Thomas are part of the national trend of offering healthier cafeteria foods. Some hospitals still rent space to fast-food outlets, however, saying it is important to offer diversity and noting that some restaurants offer healthier salad bars and menu items. The Tennessean (Nashville) (8/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Sweet chili chicken quesadillas
    These chicken quesadillas feature a sweet chili sauce, fresh herbs and lots of melted cheese. Closet Cooking LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
From memory to attention span to the ability to learn new skills, what we consume can help us stay sharp and perform our best at work and school."
--RD Molly Kimball, writing in The Times-Picayune
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