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February 22, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Most dairy-related outbreaks are linked to raw milk, CDC says
    Raw-milk dairies were responsible for 60% of the dairy-related illness outbreaks in the U.S. between 1993 and 2006, and 85% of the related hospitalizations, CDC researchers found. The review published on the website of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases showed that children were more at risk of becoming seriously ill from raw milk's pathogenic bacteria than were adults. (2/22), (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • FDA agrees to review caffeine inhaler AeroShot
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the FDA agreed to assess whether Breathable Foods' inhalable caffeine AeroShot is safe and legally qualifies as a dietary supplement. "We need to make sure that AeroShot does not become the next Four Loko by facilitating dangerous levels of drinking among teenagers and college students," Schumer said. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts offer tips on creating healthy restaurant menus
    Consumers increasingly are seeking healthier dining-out options, but simply putting lower-calorie, low-fat dishes on the menu isn't enough to help restaurant sales, experts say. Restaurants need to create appealing dishes that customers can't easily make at home, and educate the staff on how the food is prepared, says author and industry consultant Jo Lichten. Restaurant Management online (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Science & Research 
  • High obesity rates are seen in developed countries, report shows
    A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development indicates that obesity rates in developed countries range from 4% in Japan and South Korea to 30% or higher in the U.S. and Mexico. Researchers also found that 50% of people are obese or overweight in more than half of the 34 OECD countries, a rate that is expected to increase further. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exercise is OK for healthy pregnant women, study says
    Healthy women can safely do moderate or even high-intensity exercise during pregnancy, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers found no problems with fetal heart rate, blood flow and other measures before and after pregnant women exercised on a treadmill for 30 minutes during their third trimester. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lithe Method combines cardio, cheerleading, sculpting
    Lithe Method exercise classes that combine a low-impact workout with a ballet bar, weights and ceiling-mounted resistance bands are growing in popularity. Lithe Method was started five years ago by Lauren Boggi, a Pilates instructor who says she added elements to her routine until it was so far from Pilates she had to come up with a different name. (Philadelphia) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Hospital chefs tailor the menu to the patient
    More hospitals have hired chefs to tailor menus for patients with specific illnesses. From the pizza made with lemon Alfredo sauce by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center executive chef Pnina Peled to the cedar plank salmon created for gastric bypass patients by Rex Healthcare culinary director Jim McGrody, hospitals say the strategy cuts waste since patients order what they want and eat what they order. The Wall Street Journal (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC children participate in nutrition-education program
    In New York City, where the rate of childhood obesity has dropped by 5.5% in the past five years, nutrition education is part of the core academic curriculum at some schools. Under the CookShop program -- established by The Food Bank For New York City -- 35,000 children and their families learn about cooking, nutrition and the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables through hands-on lessons. Daily News (New York) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will healthier school meals increase costs?
    Officials in a Florida school district say they expect to spend an additional $300,000 annually on produce to meet fruit and vegetable requirements in federal school-nutrition standards. The higher cost is expected to raise school-meal prices by 50 cents -- half of which will be paid for by the federal government. The district also spent about $75,000 last year on produce to determine what kind of fruits and vegetables students would eat. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Peanut butter granola mini-bars
    These easy snack bars use peanut butter, honey, oats and two types of chips. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Food For Thought 
We keep recipes simple so people can relate them to the way they eat and make small changes. But small changes lead to bigger changes and healthier options."
--Jeannie Fournier of The Food Bank For New York City, as quoted by the Daily News
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