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October 3, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Army dietitian uses her skills to help soldiers stay healthy
    First Lt. Leah Evert, a dietitian and wellness program manager, says being in the Army has made her a better leader and given her more confidence. Assigned to the 4215th U.S. Army Hospital in Richmond, Va., Evert says she joined the military because she knew her clinical skills as a dietitian would be valuable to soldiers who need to improve their health and lose weight, like many other Americans. DVIDS (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • RD finds some diet apps recommend too few calories
    Florida registered dietitian Kelsee Gomez helped a group of women test diet applications for mobile devices and found that several underestimated the number of calories they should be consuming each day. She advises against maintaining a calorie level that is below resting metabolic rate because it slows metabolism and works against weight-loss goals. WKMG-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Local and small ice cream companies exempt from nutrition labeling
    Some customers prefer local ice cream companies that use regional ingredients, but federal rules mean nutritional labels aren't required on such products, so consumers don't know the fat and calorie content. "I think because it's ice cream, knowing the calories matters even more. Even among brands that both taste good -- say Breyer's and Haagen Dazs -- there's a tremendous difference in fat and sugar content," said Margo Wootan from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Researchers use fast-food diet to study weight gain
    Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have recruited participants for a study in which they are paid to gain a certain amount of weight by eating fast food. Participants are also given a monetary incentive to then lose the extra weight they gained. ABC News (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study looks at weight gain over 4 years in college
    Nearly half of college freshmen examined gained 10 or more pounds by the end of their senior year, with 18% piling on 20 pounds or more, a study in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism revealed. Easy access to all-you-can-eat cafes and fast-food establishments, late-night eating, higher alcohol intake and lower exercise levels contribute to weight gain during college, researchers noted. The Washington Post (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • National Walk to School Day promotes healthy habits
    To celebrate National Walk to School Day today, several schools in Alabama have organized group walks that include students, teachers, parents and others. At one elementary school, students who take the bus to school will be able to participate by walking laps around the area. National Walk to School Day is intended to encourage students to remain active and adopt healthy habits. (Alabama) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Moderate exercise can improve overweight teens' self-esteem
    Overweight teens who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt better about their body image as well as their academics and social skills, Canadian researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. However, they found that the exercise did not aid weight loss and resulted in only a minimal reduction in body fat. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • School meal standards get positive response from students
    School nutrition professionals in a Maine district say they are working to comply with new federal meal standards by serving more produce and whole grains and cutting back on protein and calories. So far, the meals have been a hit with students, who have not complained about the changes or the smaller portions. Cheryl Ellis, food service director, says she keeps a salad bar available to students throughout each lunch period, so they have healthy options available if they are still hungry. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Veggie-topped Salisbury Steak
    This revamped dish is made using lean ground beef, three veggies and a light sauce for a healthier version that's still big on flavor. Meal Makeover Moms LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
I never get tired of soldiers approaching me to let me know of their improvements. I try to lead by example. My goal is to create a culture of wellness that others want to be a part of."
--First Lt. Leah Evert, Army dietitian and nutritionist, as quoted by DVIDS
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