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September 25, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • NYC mayor launches campaign to make hospital food healthier
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking aim at unhealthy foods served at public and private hospitals in the city. The campaign -- which aims to reduce foods high in fat and sugar -- will ban deep fryers, require hospitals to offer a leafy green salad option, increase use of whole grains, make half-portion sandwiches available and allow the sale of only healthy snacks at cash registers and near cafeteria entrances. Google/The Associated Press (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Dietary Health 
  • RDs offer ideas to tackle challenges of eating healthy
    There are easy ways to work around the expense and challenge of healthy eating, such as buying lower-cost sources of protein instead of meat and shopping for local produce in season, dietitians said. They suggested checking restaurant websites for menu breakdowns, filling the grocery cart half full of produce and committing to trying healthier options more than once. The Washington Post/Consumers Union (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Kale is loaded with nutrition, dietitians say
    Kale is a cruciferous vegetable loaded with nutrition, offering a broad range of antioxidants and high vitamin levels for heart health, said registered dietitian Cheryl Harris. Kale has been shown to reduce cholesterol and aid digestion, and it may play a role in cancer risk reduction, but dietitians said it also can be hard on the digestive system when eaten raw. The Washington Post (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Web-based weight-loss programs enhance wellness campaign effects
    Data on 5,169 community wellness campaign participants showed those who underwent an Internet-based program with optional group sessions lost more weight compared with those who followed the wellness campaign alone or the wellness campaign with an Internet-based program. The findings demonstrate that an online component may boost weight reduction and program retention, researchers reported at an Obesity Society meeting. Healio/Endocrine Today (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Whey protein may hold promise for diabetes
    Whey protein isolates and concentrates may help address type 2 diabetes and prevent the onset of obesity, an Israeli report found. Researchers said whey protein releases bioactive peptides and amino acids that boost the production of certain gut hormones, which in turn may help bolster insulin secretion from beta cells. The findings appear in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Xylitol intake boosts glucose, lipid profiles in study
    A five-week xylitol supplementation resulted in better food and fluid intake, body mass and blood glucose levels as well as serum fructosamine, lipid profile, serum insulin concentration and glucose tolerance in rats with diabetes, a study found. The results suggest xylitol may be a safe substitute for sugar and may help stave off type 2 diabetes, researchers reported in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ohio to assess students in physical education
    Beginning this year, schools in Ohio will be required to report how students measure up against the state's physical-education standards. Assessments will focus on whether students understand the right way to exercise, how to play games, play well with others and stay active outside of school. Ohio joins 17 other states and Washington, D.C., that evaluate students in PE. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Report: School junk food makes students too fat for military
    A group of retired generals and admirals called Mission: Readiness is releasing a report, "Still Too Fat to Fight," that says childhood obesity is affecting the military's ability to recruit and recommends junk food be removed from schools. The report said students eat enough empty calories from junk food in a year to equal the calories in about 2 billion candy bars, which would weigh more than an aircraft carrier. USA TODAY (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Chicken-Zucchini Alfredo
    Make Ellie Krieger's healthy take on this classic on your next cool, fall evening. Food Network/Ellie Kreiger LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
We look at childhood obesity not only as a health crisis but a national security issue."
--Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, a spokesman for Mission: Readiness, as quoted by USA TODAY
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