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Dietitians should give nutrition guidance, cardiologist says
Physicians, including heart specialists, often do not have the nutrition training or office time to give patients specific dietary guidance, and some say that even if they did, they are not the professionals to do it. "We [physicians] may lead the team, but it does take a village and requires having access to good information and an expert dietitian," said Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/26)
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Dietary Health
RD offers healthier ideas for filling the Easter basket
Easter baskets can be packed with healthier treats by making some simple switches, such as using Rice Krispies Treats instead of Marshmallow Peeps, which are high in sugar and carbohydrates, registered dietitian Keri Glassman writes. Dark chocolate has less sugar and fat than lighter varieties, and real eggs are a healthier idea than cream eggs, Glassman writes. Nonfood items such as small toys or crafts also can create a fun Easter basket. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (3/25)
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Bill on dietary guidelines for public cafeterias clears Iowa Senate
The Iowa Senate has passed a bill to require cafeterias in state buildings and public universities to post data on calories, sodium and saturated fats on menus, and to follow the American Heart Association guidelines on calorie restrictions. The measure, which now moves to the House, would help fight obesity in the state, said Sen. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines. San Francisco Chronicle (free content)/The Associated Press (3/25)
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Science & Research
Study links abdominal fat to poorer bone quality, formation
Abdominal fat was tied to inferior bone quality and less bone formation in healthy premenopausal women, Columbia University researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. "Given the rising prevalence of obesity in our population, the association between higher trunk fat and inferior bone quality raises concerns about future fracture risk and requires further investigation," researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/25)
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Data show declining soda sales in the U.S.
Soda-sales volume declined 1.2% in 2012 in the U.S., compared with a 1% decrease in 2011 and 0.5% in 2010, indicating an increased number of consumers looking for noncarbonated alternatives, data showed. The data appear in Beverage Digest. Reuters (3/25)
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African-inspired Tabura workout blends dance, martial arts
U.S. gyms have moved beyond Zumba to offer other ethnic dance workouts, such as Tabura, which combines dance, punching and kickboxing with African music and drums. Tabura was created by fitness instructor Reign Hudson, who said the word means "drill" and "endurance" in Swahili. Reuters (3/25)
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Institutional Foodservice
Ore. chef, dietitian helps schools make nutritious changes
Oregon chef and registered dietitian Garrett Berdan is helping school-nutrition professionals add more fruits and vegetables to lunch menus, using color and repetition to entice students to try new items. His sliders use turkey instead of beef and feature brown rice and colorful cranberries, baby spinach, onions and celery. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (3/26)
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Braised pork chops
This heart-healthy pork chop recipe includes apples and red cabbage. The Well-Fed Heart
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Food For Thought
The holiday sugar rush can derail even the most nutritious of parents -- those who typically earn gold stars for household sugar-control throughout the year."
-- RD Keri Glassman, writing in U.S. News & World Report's Eat + Run blog
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