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October 17, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Food Day will celebrate national focus on good nutrition
    The second annual Food Day next week will be a celebration of increased national awareness of good nutrition, writes registered dietitian Ellie Krieger, who is on the advisory board for the event led by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Events will be held in every state, but simple ways to acknowledge the day include cooking a meal from scratch, holding a community potluck dinner or shopping at a farmers market. USA TODAY (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Produce-prescription programs yield positive first-year results
    Data from first-year pilot projects of the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program showed that 66% of families who got vouchers from their physicians to purchase produce increased the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate. Created by Wholesome Wave, the programs also led 38% of participants to reduce their BMI within four months. (Connecticut) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Chefs offer tips to keep added pounds at bay
    Working long, demanding hours in an environment revolving around food can take its toll on chefs' waistlines if they aren't careful. Chefs Marc Murphy, Art Smith and Sue Torres share their tips for staying healthy, including eating smaller portions, drinking lots of water and staying active. Yahoo/Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • CDC: Cholesterol levels have dropped among U.S. adults
    The average levels of total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein dropped among U.S. adults between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, while high-density lipoprotein levels rose slightly, CDC researchers found. They said that the improvements can be attributed in part to improvements in diet, including a reduction of trans-fat intake. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Expert: Many people don't get enough magnesium
    Food industry analyst Phil Lempert says many people, especially seniors, don't get enough magnesium, which is essential for health. "It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, as well as helping regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis," Lempert said in a statement. United Press International (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: High coffee consumption lowers cancer risk
    Researchers say women who drink between four and six cups of coffee daily are 25% less likely to develop endometrial cancer, and men who consumed similar amounts of coffee cut their risk of prostate cancer by 18%. The results applied to people who drank either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, but not to those who drank tea. The Daily Mail (London) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study links TV watching to reduced life span
    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study showed the life expectancy of a person older than 25 was reduced by 22 minutes for every hour spent watching television. The findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine show that a sedentary lifestyle poses adverse health effects similar to smoking and obesity, researchers said. (Australia) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Atlanta schools observe National School Lunch Week
    This week is National School Lunch Week and Atlanta-area schools, like many others nationwide, are marking the occasion with special events, such as inviting parents to dine with students and giving away prizes. National School Lunch Week wraps up a three-month campaign to promote recent federal changes to school meals. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Schools consider specific ban on Flamin' Hot Cheetos
    School districts around the U.S. are banning or considering bans on Flamin' Hot Cheetos on the grounds the snack lacks nutritional value and is high in fat and calories. Frito-Lay said it does not market its products to children under age 12 or sell directly to schools. CBS News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Simply sauteed mustard greens
    This easy recipe is a great way to try out a leafy green. Food Network LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
[Food Day] is a movement that brings together a diverse coalition of people and organizations that care about food and strive for more healthy, affordable and sustainable food systems."
--RD Ellie Krieger, writing in USA TODAY
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