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December 4, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Diet can reduce risk of cardiac events, study says
    A study on the website of the journal Circulation says eating a heart-healthy diet can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke for those with heart disease. Samantha Heller of the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut says many people with heart disease mistakenly believe medications will solve their problems, so they have a "false sense of protection and security." HealthDay News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Groups ask Nickelodeon to reject unhealthy-food ads
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is among the more than 50 health groups that signed a letter asking Nickelodeon and its parent company, Viacom, not to air ads that promote unhealthy foods on children's programs. The letter referenced efforts by Walt Disney Co. to implement nutrition standards for food and beverage ads and called on Nickelodeon to do the same. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Milwaukee program teaches families about good nutrition
    Milwaukee's Healthy Choices program works with 200 families to teach them about nutrition, exercise, cooking and food choices. Neighborhood stores have joined the effort by stocking more fruits and vegetables, and people who graduate from the program become leaders who help educate others. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Heart association: Social media can help fight childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement that says social media may become an important tool for fighting childhood obesity, but it noted that evidence from intervention studies so far is inconclusive. Jennifer Li, chairwoman of the group that wrote the statement, said studies do show that parental involvement and more interaction with counselors and peers is linked to greater success for children who participated in online programs. Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sleep deprivation has gender-specific effects on appetite
    Lack of sleep was associated with increased levels of the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin in men but not in women, a study in the journal Sleep showed. Researchers also found sleep deprivation appeared to reduce the levels of satiety hormone GLP-1 in women but not in men. Medical News Today (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Weight doesn't affect vascular function by age 10
    Children who were overweight or obese at age 10 were more likely to have higher mean heart rates and systolic blood pressure than normal-weight peers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers said that excess weight and obesity during childhood were also linked to wider brachial artery diameter, less arterial stiffness and greater endothelial function. Healio/Cardiology Today (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • How can schools manage food waste?
    Officials in a Kansas school district are considering whether they could reduce waste in school cafeterias by allowing students to take uneaten food home with them. The discussion stems from concern about the amount of food being thrown out in schools. While schools say they cannot reserve leftover food, some allow students to place their leftovers on a "share" table where their peers can select food they want to eat. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Shake and bake cauliflower
    Use your favorite seasoning for this easy cauliflower dish. The Whole Gang LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
We must consider our food as medicine and be as thoughtful and dedicated to healthy eating as we are to taking our prescribed medications."
--Clinical nutrition coordinator Samantha Heller, as quoted by HealthDay News
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