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December 24, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Fast food menus with calorie count, miles lead to better choices
    A study in the journal Appetite found participants who used fast food menus that indicated the calorie content of meals and the number of miles required to burn them off consumed fewer calories than those who ordered food from menus that included only information on calorie content, calories plus minutes required or menus without any nutritional information. Medical News Today (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • ActiveHealth, NuVal offer app for buying healthy foods
    ActiveHealth Management and NuVal have teamed up on the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System application that is designed to help people choose healthy food. The app scores food based on nutritional value, connects users to a database of food information based on scanning a bar code and compares different foods to encourage alternatives. "By providing access to this popular on-the-go nutritional scoring system, and integrating it with our other healthy living tools on MyActiveHealth, we are empowering [customers] to make those positive changes throughout the normal course of their days," says ActiveHealth President and CEO Richard Noffsinger. Progressive Grocer (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Low maternal vitamin D levels linked to low birth weight
    Women with low vitamin D levels during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy were more likely to have babies who weighed less than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers studied preserved blood samples of 2,146 pregnant women who participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project from 1959 to 1965. Results would likely be different in a modern-day study, the researchers said. (12/22), (India)/Asian News International (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ariz. students lose weight in PHAT class
    Students at Casa Grande Union High School in Arizona who volunteered for PHAT class have lost 120 pounds since August. The class, which students named, emphasizes exercise and nutrition and is operated by physical-education teacher Kurt Kieser, who created it for children who wanted to lose weight. Kieser participates in the program with students every day and cooks for them twice a week. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief for Nutritionists readers in the past week.

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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Classroom parties get healthy makeover in Colo.
    Classroom parties in some Colorado schools are becoming increasingly healthier, with parents and teachers swapping cupcakes and cookies for fruit, vegetables and popcorn. The push for healthier foods stems from concerns over childhood obesity and the effects of junk food on students' academic performance. At one school, nutrition professionals were called on to serve healthy alternatives for classroom parties, including sweet potato muffins with light cream cheese frosting. Education News Colorado (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25
    In observance of the Christmas holiday, SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25. Publication will resume Wed., Dec. 26. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
When children with food allergies are bullied by being exposed or taunted with a food they are allergic to, it heightens anxiety and creates a sense of isolation."
--John Lehr, CEO of the Food Allergy Research and Education organization, as quoted in Huffington Post.
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