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December 31, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Allow time to change eating habits, experts advise
    Registered dietitian Janet Helm advises dieters to rely on small steps and allow themselves time to adopt healthier eating behaviors. She suggests cutting back on portions or certain ingredients and setting specific goals, such as getting up 30 minutes early to take a walk. RD David Grotto recommends eating more nutrient-rich foods to stay full and crowd out junk food. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • With a hands-on approach, children choose healthier food
    Forging a stronger connection between children and what they eat can help them make healthier choices, say experts, who cite growing some of their own food and learning to cook as good ways for children to become more involved. The American Heart Association's "Teaching Garden" program has helped set up gardens at elementary schools, and a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found multiple benefits associated with a nutrition education program called Cooking with Kids. HealthDay News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Chewing food for 30 seconds may aid in weight loss
    Participants who chewed their food for 30 seconds showed lower food consumption than did those who ate at a normal speed and those who paused for 10 seconds between bites, a study indicated. Focusing on the process of food intake may trigger the brain to "remember" the meals longer and help it send fewer signals to eat more, researchers wrote in the journal Appetite. The Daily Mail (London) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • "Food clock" gene could help explain obesity, diabetes
    Mice lacking the PKCĪ³ gene did not adjust their circadian rhythms in response to meal time changes, while normal mice adjusted their "food clock" and woke up in accordance with new meal times, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. The findings may help scientists understand the molecular mechanisms of diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders, researchers said. United Press International (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Test your commitment to fitness before spending money
    Before investing money in fitness equipment or gym memberships, it's wise to get started for free, Alex Veiga writes. It's easy to exercise without fancy equipment by running, walking or biking, and most gyms offer free trial periods. Once you do decide to commit, use deals offered by other fitness centers to negotiate a membership price and pay for a yearlong contract up front to reap the biggest savings. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)/The Associated Press (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recipe of the Day 
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Editor's Note 
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    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Eat your special foods in reasonable amounts."
--RD Jill Nussinow, as quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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