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December 7, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Nutrition researchers propose simple food-scoring system
    Nutrition-policy analyst Dr. Joanne Arsenault and colleagues at the Research Triangle Institute are proposing a simple scoring system for most foods that people purchase. Their paper in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the system gives an overall dietary-quality score by weighing seven nutrients and added sugars. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Dietary Health 
  • Tips to support a spouse's weight-loss efforts
    The first step in helping a spouse lose weight is to stock the kitchen with healthy foods and avoid any of their personal weaknesses, registered dietitian Keri Gans writes. It's important to listen when a spouse wants to talk about their eating habits or even to vent, and when going out, to choose restaurants that offer healthier entrees. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Reducing fat consumption may facilitate weight loss
    People who replaced high-fat foods with low-fat alternatives showed significant improvements in BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a review in BMJ. Researchers found the weight loss was consistent across the trials they studied and was maintained for at least seven years. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study links income and adherence to Mediterranean-style diet
    People with higher incomes were more likely to stick to a Mediterranean-style diet, according to data from an Italian study, suggesting it may be too expensive for those with lower incomes. The study in the journal BMJ Open also found that people in the lowest income group had higher rates of obesity compared with those at higher incomes. MedWire News (U.K.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Memory may play a role in appetite, study finds
    Short-term memory may predict a person's hunger level, according to a study in PLoS ONE. Researchers examined 100 adults who consumed a bowl of tomato soup and found those who perceived eating a larger bowl reported feeling less hungry than those who thought they'd eaten a smaller bowl, regardless of how much was actually consumed. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Tenn. district approves development of student health plans
    A school district in Tennessee has approved a new policy that will allow students with food allergies to have individual health plans developed by the school nurse. The policy also calls for the designation of peanut-free tables in the school cafeteria. The idea for the policy came from a student who suffers from a severe food allergy. WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Applesauce nut muffins and fruit salad
    Invite some friends over this weekend for a healthy, tasty, easy breakfast. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
I think most people believe consumers need or want something simpler in addition to all the information that's available on the Nutrition Facts panel -- something they can quickly look at to assess the quality of a food."
--Dr. Joanne Arsenault, as quoted by
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