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September 13, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Nutrition initiative to launch research effort on obesity
    The Nutrition Science Initiative has drawn $5 million in seed money for a 12- to 15-year research program that aims to reduce obesity rates in the U.S. from 35% to 15%. Co-founder Dr. Peter Attia said existing nutrition research is underfunded and hasn't tackled the tough questions, so the goal is to motivate scientists to begin new studies or to fund existing ones. San Diego Union-Tribune (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Calorie counts are coming to McDonald's menu boards
    McDonald's says it will put calorie counts on its restaurant and drive-thru menu boards ahead of federal rules that are to take effect by the middle of next year. Analysts said they expect other major fast-food chains to post nutrition information soon. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to help fermented foods, fiber boost healthy gut bacteria
    Fermented foods and probiotics can increase healthy gut bacteria, and dietary fiber helps sustain them, scientists say. Registered dietitian Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo says it's important to read labels because some fermented foods, such as sourdough bread or smoked and cooked meats, may not contain active live cultures, which can help boost the quantity of healthy bacteria in the gut. The Detroit News (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Community kitchen to bring healthy fare to Cleveland food desert
    Burton Bell Carr Development in Cleveland was not able to attract a healthy restaurant to Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood, a food desert, so it decided to open a community kitchen and restaurant where farmers can prepare their own food to sell. The organizers also plan to have a Mobile Market that makes stops in the neighborhood so people can purchase fresh produce. Fresh Water (Cleveland) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Experts evaluate anti-obesity campaigns' messages
    Researchers at Yale University found that anti-obesity initiatives that are seen as stigmatizing may not boost motivation to improve health or lead to weight loss. The messages that showed the most efficacy in promoting behavior change didn't mention obesity at all, researchers noted in the International Journal of Obesity. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Timing of food consumption affects metabolism, study shows
    Mice that were fed a high-fat diet on an eating schedule weighed less than did those on unscheduled low-fat or high-fat diets with the same calorie count, according to a study from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The study in The FASEB Journal found that a scheduled diet resulted in a metabolism where fats were used for energy when food was not available. Medical News Today (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • School nutrition professionals prepare for "new normal"
    School nutrition professionals in some Iowa schools say they are adjusting to the "new normal" of school meals, along with students. Changes include more fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of protein in some cases. Nutrition professionals also report some growing pains as students react to the healthier fare. "It is heartbreaking to see whole apples just pitched in the trash," said Amy A'Hearn, a food service director. "We're working with kids now, talking with them about picking foods that they know they will eat." The Indianapolis Star (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Lemon coconut eggplant fries
    These baked eggplant fries are great for a last-minute side dish. The Healthy Apple LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Do we really have good science to support our dietary recommendations? The answer is convincingly no."
--Dr. Kevin Schulman of Duke University, as quoted by the San Diego Union-Tribune
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