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November 30, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Americans fall short on USDA's nutritional recommendations
    Children and elderly people appeared to have healthier diets compared with younger and middle-aged adults, while Hispanics were more likely than blacks and whites to eat healthy food items, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, none of the groups was close to a perfect score on the USDA's recommended food intake, researchers said. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Experts review foods that promote digestive health
    Foods such as fiber that are good for digestion generally make the process easier, says registered dietitian Kristi King of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Good choices include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, water, ginger and yogurt. The worst choices are spicy or high-fat foods, caffeine, soda, alcohol and dairy. The Huffington Post (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sprouted grains may be a health food trend
    Sprouted-grain products are easier to digest, but research is lacking on other nutritional claims, registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman writes. The theory behind sprouted grains, which are plants harvested after they have started to sprout but before they fully develop, is that they may have slightly more proteins and vitamins and some minerals may be more easily absorbed. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Teenage obesity tied to greater risk of end-stage renal disease
    The risk of developing end-stage renal disease in adulthood increased threefold and sevenfold among overweight and obese teens, respectively, Israeli researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. They noted that being overweight or obese during the teen years was linked to higher odds of both diabetic and nondiabetic ESRD. Renal and Urology News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Antibody shows weight-loss, insulin benefits in study
    A newly developed antibody called mimAb1, which mimics the function of a naturally occurring molecule called fibroblast growth factor 21, helped induce weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity and BMI in obese monkeys, researchers reported in Science Translational Medicine. However, researchers said it is still unclear how the treatment would work in human patients. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ala. adopts new fitness assessments for students
    Alabama has adopted a new system for evaluating physical fitness among students that officials say they hope will help improve student health and fitness. Under the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment, which replaces the President's Challenge Fitness Test, students are assessed twice each year in areas such as flexibility, aerobic cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and abdominal strength and endurance. The Dothan Eagle (Ala.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Ind. district enlists celebrities to help push fruits, veggies
    Indianapolis Public Schools has launched the "Pick Your Favorite" program, which enlists celebrities to endorse healthy eating on posters placed in schools. Local athletes and other celebrities are seen on the posters holding a fruit or a vegetable. Meanwhile, the district is updating its menus to include healthier options for students. WXIN-TV (Indianapolis) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Better blueberry buckle
    This makeover features less sugar, oil in place of butter, whole-wheat pastry flour and ground flaxseed. Meal Makeover Moms LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Regardless of socioeconomic status, age, race and education, the American diet as a whole needs to be improved."
--USDA researcher Hazel Hiza, as quoted by Reuters
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