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December 13, 2011
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Healthy Start 
  • Detox diets are ineffective, expert says
    Detox diets and cleanses are not effective for weight loss and could be dangerous, said David Bender, a U.K. professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry. In an article in The Biologist, Bender wrote that such diets' claims are unfounded and that the body doesn't need additional help in cleansing or healing itself. The Daily Mail (London) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Healthy Apps challenge seeks easy, fun health apps
    The Healthy Apps challenge, launched by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, calls on developers to create mobile-health applications that feature tailored data to promote healthful behaviors among Americans. The contest, which was announced at the mHealth Summit, will run through Dec. 30 and focus on three areas: healthful eating, physical activity and integrative health. Government Health IT online (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Restaurants seek ways to quietly cut back on salt
    Restaurants are quietly working to use less salt in their recipes. Some, including Moe's Southwest Grill, have begun using salt substitutes, but some chefs say simply cutting sodium is the answer. "If you cut salt by 20%, you will be challenged to find any difference in flavor," says Ron DeSantis, director of CIA Consulting. QSR Magazine (12/2011) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science & Research 
  • Diet quality is key to stroke prevention, researcher says
    Overall diet quality and balancing energy intake and output are more important for stroke prevention than are individual foods and vitamins, Dr. Graeme Hankey of Royal Perth Hospital in Australia said in a report published in The Lancet. His review of study data found that the DASH and Mediterranean diets reduced the chances of having a stroke, while a Western-style diet increased stroke risk. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pregnancy food intake may predispose infants to sugar addiction
    Women with gestational diabetes mellitus or who were overweight during pregnancy appeared to be at risk of delivering babies addicted to sugar, due in part to excessive food intake. Babies who have high exposures to sugar in the womb continue to make large amounts of insulin after birth, and are at risk of developing full-blown diabetes in later years, said Patrick O'Brien, spokesman of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the U.K. The Daily Mail (London) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • D.C. school finds ways to emphasize fitness, nutrition
    Trainers from the District Crossfit gym in Washington, D.C., spent a day teaching students at Thurgood Marshall Academy about fitness and nutrition. The area around the school lacks access to affordable gyms and fresh food, so the school built a gymnasium, added athletic programs and participates in the D.C. Farm to School Network. The Washington Post (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Chefs encourage children to eat healthy
    Chefs Michael Selig and Stephen Burrow of Arkansas' Forty Two are heading back to school to teach students about healthy eating. The effort was inspired by a successful summer program at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, which houses Forty Two. "If we change just one or two kids from drinking so much soda or picking up carrots instead of chips, we've done something good," Selig said. Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hattiesburg students dig into meals cooked from scratch
    Lunches cooked from scratch are the new norm for students in Hattiesburg, Miss., where schools find it is healthier and less costly than buying commercial. Child-nutrition director Tom Chambliss at the Forrest County Agricultural High School District says the homemade meals seem to hit the right note as school-lunch participation has increased significantly and the school is making a profit for the first time. The Hattiesburg American (Miss.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Cranberry-cornmeal quick bread
    There's no yeast, no rising time, no kneading and no waiting for this festive holiday bread. Epicurious/Bon Appétit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Editor's Note 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Registered DietitianArmstrong Nutrition ManagementConnersville, IN
Clinical DietitianUnion Hospital of Cecil County, MDElkton, MD
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Food For Thought 
When cooking from scratch the foods smell better, taste better, and are more appealing to the students."
--Kay Lawler, Forrest County School District director of child nutrition, as quoted by The Hattiesburg American
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