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December 21, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Physicians say dietitians are better equipped to handle obesity
    A majority of general practitioners think nutritionists and dietitians are better suited than are physicians to help obese patients lose weight, a survey by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed. "In order to begin improving obesity care, medical education should focus on enhancing those obesity-related skills primary care physicians feel most qualified to deliver, as well as changing the composition of healthcare teams and practice resources," study lead author Dr. Sara Bleich said in a statement. The findings were published in BMJ Open. PhysBizTech (12/20), Bariatric News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • RD: Traditional holiday foods can be enjoyed in a healthy way
    Dietitians need to tell their clients they can still enjoy traditional holiday dishes while adhering to a diet plan, RD Constance Brown-Riggs writes. She suggests that clients should focus on the positive health aspects of their favorite seasonal fare, and offers a list of foods, their health benefits, recipes and holiday tips for reducing their caloric values. Today's Dietitian (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to survive the holidays without gaining weight
    Nutrition experts provide tips on how to get through the holidays without overeating. Suggestions include cutting back on high-calorie additions such as nuts, butter, cheese and gravy; wearing tight-fitting clothes; chewing sugarless gum when cooking; and maintaining a regular routine of exercise and sleep. It also can help to say no to some party or dinner invitations. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • ACOG: Obese women can safely gain less weight during pregnancy
    Gaining less than the recommended amount of weight during singleton pregnancy does not pose adverse effects in overweight or obese women, provided that the fetus is growing appropriately, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said. The group also urged these patients to continue with nutritional counseling and exercise and to undergo height and weight assessment during pregnancy. The recommendations appear in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. (free registration) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fatty liver ups diabetes risk in patients with metabolic syndrome
    Data on 765 patients showed that those with metabolic syndrome and fatty liver showed higher diabetes rates than did those with metabolic syndrome alone, suggesting that fatty liver may increase the risk of diabetes onset in patients with metabolic syndrome. The findings were published in Diabetes Care. Healio (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • San Diego schools continue serving meals during holidays
    Students 18 and younger in San Diego have access to free meals during winter break this year. Students can receive meals at nearby recreation centers. "We feel there's a need, a real need for families, especially during the holidays, because a lot of children and parents really depend on school food during the week," said Gary Petill, San Diego Unified School District's head of food services. KPBS-TV/KPBS-FM (San Diego) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recipe of the Day 
  • Turkey potpie
    This savory pie is an easy yet elegant way to use leftover turkey from a holiday feast. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
This year, rather than give clients an outdated list of dos and don'ts, recommend they relax and accentuate the positive health aspects of their favorite holiday foods."
--RD Constance Brown-Riggs, writing in Today's Dietitian
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