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December 14, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Grocery dietitians have corporate and consumer roles, RD says
    Grocery stores in Oklahoma are following the national trend of hiring registered dietitians to help shoppers make healthy food choices. RD Sharon Palmer says dietitians can hold cooking demonstrations and show people how to read food labels, deal with food allergies and eat more fruits and vegetables. They also can help grocers handle health-and-wellness issues with the media and promote wellness programs, she says. Miami News-Record (Okla.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Survey: Midwestern drought is 2012's top food story
    The top food story of 2012 was drought in the Midwest, according to 43% of respondents in a Hunter Public Relations survey of 1,000 consumers. Following that were concerns about "pink slime" and genetic modification of ingredients. Also cited as top stories were first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, New York City's soda-size restrictions and social media's rising influence. Supermarket News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Md. county replaces soda with healthier beverages
    Howard County Executive Ken Ulman in Maryland signed an executive order this week that sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, no longer will be sold at county facilities, including libraries and parks. Instead, vending machines will offer healthier beverages. The move, announced at a county middle school, follows a decision years ago to remove most sugary beverages from schools. The Baltimore Sun (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study cites health risks for older women from yo-yo diets
    Yo-yo dieting in postmenopausal obese women can result in higher cardiovascular and diabetes risks than before weight loss, according to a study on the website of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Wake Forest University researchers said risks went back to baseline or worsened even in women who regained only some of the lost weight, which shows the importance of weight management. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Obesity eclipses hunger as a global health crisis
    Global obesity has increased 82% in the past 20 years, and Middle Eastern countries had 100% growth in obesity rates, a report in The Lancet says. Researchers found that obesity is now considered a bigger health problem than hunger, while diabetes, heart disease and stroke are top contributors to years spent being sick or injured. CNN (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • UCLA researchers unveil allergen-testing app
    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have designed a device, dubbed iTube, that enables users to detect the concentration of ingredients in food products that can cause allergic reactions. The device uses a phone's camera and a smartphone application to look for citations of allergens such as eggs, peanuts and gluten. MedicalDaily.com (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fitness 
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Ford: New standards return "flexibility" to school menus
    School nutrition professionals are welcoming recently announced changes to federal school-meal standards that allow them to serve more grains and protein. Sandra Ford, president of the School Nutrition Association, said that, in some cases, the previous guidelines did not make sense and prevented nutrition professionals at times from serving items such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. "These changes are wonderful," she said of the relaxed standards. "They give us back flexibility." CNN (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Chocolate walnut pear tart
    This tart features rich chocolate, nuts and fresh fruit for an easy, pretty dessert. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
While it can be frustrating to take the slower, healthier route to weight loss, the long-term results are ultimately more satisfying and healthier."
--Clinical nutrition coordinator Samantha Heller, as quoted by HealthDay News
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