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March 4, 2013
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Healthy Start
Emotional eating makes it difficult to keep weight in check
A survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center revealed participants who followed any of 13 diet plans lost weight, with an average weight loss of 18 pounds in men and 15 pounds in women. However, emotional eating appeared to be a big hurdle in keeping the pounds off, researchers said. The results appear in Consumer Reports magazine and online. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (3/2)
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Dinner-time rules can backfire, dietitian says
Requiring children to clean their plate or to eat their vegetables sends the wrong message about healthy foods and can backfire on parents, nutrition experts say. Registered dietitian Kristi King says a better approach is creative negotiation, which involves including children in the decisions and making sure they see their parents enjoying healthy foods. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (3/4)
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Keep sugar content in mind when juicing, nutritionist says
Juicing has evolved to include a variety of healthy ingredients, including kale and chard, but nutritionist Tricia Williams says it's important to watch out for high sugar levels in fresh fruit. Williams says juicing should be a supplement rather than a replacement for eating whole fruits and vegetables. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/1)
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Intermittent-fasting diet gains popularity in U.K.
A diet that calls for participants to eat and drink whatever they want for five days during a week and to fast for the other two days has become popular in the U.K. Co-author Dr. Michael Mosley tested the diet and says he lost 20 pounds. However, the U.K.'s National Health Service says there are "significant gaps" in the evidence supporting intermittent fasting. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/1)
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Science & Research
Preschool teachers lack nutrition knowledge, study says
University of Texas researchers say 97% of Head Start preschool teachers missed at least two out of five questions in a nutrition quiz, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The lead researcher said teachers need nutrition training and work-site wellness programs to make the preschool environment healthier. Reuters (2/28)
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Parenting classes may help target childhood-obesity risk factors
Children of parents who took specialized parenting classes consumed fewer sweets and sugary drinks, and had less television screen time than did those whose parents did not participate in such classes, a study indicated. However, the researchers found no differences in physical activity or BMI among the groups. The results were published in the journal Pediatrics. DailyRx.com (3/3)
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Eating walnuts may lower women's risk of diabetes, study says
Consuming two or more 29-gram servings of walnuts each week may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes onset in women by 15%, after adjusting for BMI, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (3/1)
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Other News
Incentive program helps children get more physical activity
Participation in an incentive-based outdoor intervention yielded modest improvements in children's physical activity, researchers from Singapore found. Despite helping children meet activity goals, the intervention did not improve BMI or boost the overall health of the participants. The findings appear in The Journal of Pediatrics. Reuters (3/1)
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Institutional Foodservice
Can salad bars encourage students to eat more veggies?
School-nutrition professionals in Madison, Wis., are working to improve the nutrition of meals despite outdated facilities and other challenges. An important step, officials say, is a donation that allowed schools to install salad bars. District food-services director Steve Youngbauer said students are more likely to find vegetables they like to eat when they are given the selection offered in a salad bar. The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.) (3/1)
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Recipe of the Day
Spinach with chickpeas
This tasty dish is topped with fried eggs, making it hearty enough to be a main meal. Bon Appetit
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Food For Thought
By demanding that children eat things like vegetables before they have a dessert, it makes it seem like there's something wrong with eating vegetables, and that you have to swallow medicine before you get to the good part."
-- Kelly Brownell of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, as quoted by National Public Radio's The Salt blog
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