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July 19, 2011
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Healthy Start 
  • Boomers are more likely to be obese than other adults
    An Associated survey of 1,416 adults found that about one-third of baby boomers were obese, compared with about a quarter of younger and older adults. Although almost 60% of baby boomers said they were dieting to shed pounds, only about 25% said they engage in physical activity four to five times weekly and 37% said they never engage in strength training to prevent muscle loss. Although heart disease is the No. 1 killer, researchers found that it was No. 3 on the list of boomers' health fears, behind cancer and memory loss. Google/The Associated Press (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Orlando group introduces weight-loss challenge
    The National Council of Negro Women chapter in Orlando, Fla., has unveiled a 90-day weight-loss challenge in an effort to promote physical activity and healthy eating among women. The free program includes gym memberships, nutrition seminars and diet advice. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Body-image improvement may aid in weight loss
    Women who attended weekly sessions on exercise, eating and body-image improvement had better eating behavior and lost more weight compared with those who were only given general information on nutrition and stress management, a study found. The findings in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity suggest that improving body image may aid in weight-loss programs, experts said. Yahoo!/Indo-Asian News Service (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Golf gets people active but falls short of being a workout
    Swinging a golf club can be good for the muscles, but the sport lacks the volume of exercise needed to make it a true workout, experts say. Still, it gets people active, and sports performance coach Robert Yang says the torque involved in using a driver is like hoisting a weight so heavy a person could only lift it four times. Reuters (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study: Onion skin, bulb may help address diabetes
    The skin and bulb of onions may help stave off diabetes and obesity, a study in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition suggests. Experts said the skins of onions are rich in fiber and flavonoids and contain high amounts of antioxidants, while the bulbs contain fructans and sulphurous compounds. Fiber reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and other diseases. (U.K.) (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milk and soy protein decrease blood pressure in study
    People with mild hypertension who consumed soy or milk-protein supplements for two months had a 2-point reduction in their systolic blood pressure, while those who took carbohydrate supplements saw no improvement in their blood pressure, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Although the drops seen in the study were low on an individual level, they would be "very, very important at a population level," the study's lead author said. CNN/ (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight loss, lifestyle changes improve NAFLD, data show
    Researchers at Newcastle University in the U.K. said that patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease who lose weight and exercise reduced their liver-fat levels and improved glucose control and insulin sensitivity. Their review of diet and exercise studies, published in the Journal of Hepatology, found that a number of lifestyle changes reduce intrahepatic triacyglycerol concentration, the first step toward liver disease, with an average weight loss of 4% to 14% resulting in IHTAG reductions of 35% to 81%. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (7/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Denver schools create pay-for-performance plan for cafeteria staff
    Denver Public Schools and union leaders have come up with a pay-for-performance plan for school-cafeteria workers that will coincide with efforts to cook more meals from scratch and use fresh ingredients. Details are still being worked out, but the plan will reward staff for achievements such as getting more students to eat lunch, improving customer-service grades and getting good health inspection reports. KUSA-TV (Denver) (7/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Toronto chef gets 1-year stint to improve hospital food
    Toronto chef Joshna Maharaj has a one-year contract, funded by grant money, to improve nutrition at Scarborough Hospital, and she will give patients more choice and emphasize the use of local ingredients. The goal is to give patients what they want to eat, reduce wasted food and use the money saved to invest in improving the quality of menu items. (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Simple grilled garlic chicken
    Just a few ingredients and you'll have a fast and tasty entree off the grill. eNourisment blog LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Food For Thought 
Healthy people need food that is made with love and care, so sick people need that times 10."
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