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August 22, 2012
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Healthy Start 
 
  • Heart association lists 43 strategies to improve public health
    Incentives to make healthy food affordable; bans or taxes on tobacco products; and limiting advertising of unhealthy foods to children are among the 43 proven strategies to improve public health, the American Heart Association says in a statement in its journal Circulation. Researchers reviewed more than 1,000 studies. Other recommendations include locating grocery stores closer to where people live, and providing walkable neighborhoods and easier access to recreation. HealthDay News (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Dietary Health 
 
  • Consider pros, cons before opening a private practice
    Registered dietitians should consider their own personality traits along with their business skills when deciding whether to establish a private practice, writes RD Faye Berger Mitchell, co-author of "Making Nutrition Your Business: Private Practice and Beyond." Dietitians in private practices say RDs need to have a passion for their work and be confident in their abilities and willing to take risks. Today's Dietitian (8/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Specific, measurable goals best for fighting obesity, expert says
    Family goals aimed at reducing childhood obesity must be specific, simple and measurable, says Dr. Thomas Robinson, director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. He recommends cutting back on high-calorie or high-fat foods rather than focusing on counting calories, fat or carbohydrates, and providing nonmaterial rewards for behavioral changes. Clinical Endocrinology News (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Poll: Americans favor beer over wine
    A recent study by Gallup shows that Americans are imbibing more often, and when they do they prefer beer to wine. About 66% of Americans drink occasionally, up from 64% in 2011, and 39% say beer is their first choice, a growing number that is linked to a surge of interest in craft beers. Los Angeles Times/Money & Co. blog (tiered subscription model) (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Boston Market to remove salt shakers from its tables
    Boston Market will remove salt shakers from the tables at all 476 of its restaurants, and will reformulate the recipes for its rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes to cut salt levels by 20%. The chain, which has been criticized for the sodium content in many of its dishes, plans to cut salt across the menu by 15%. "It's time for us to focus on making our food better," CEO George Michel said. USA TODAY (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Study finds branding may influence children's food choices
    U.S. researchers offered cookies and apples to 208 children for a week and found that 37% of them chose apples when they were specially marked with stickers of Elmo or other characters, compared with less than 25% when the fruit was unmarked. The researchers noted that placing stickers on cookies didn't sway children's choices. The study was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Reuters (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fitness 
  • Fitness centers see trend toward 1-on-1 workout sessions
    More fitness centers are offering one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer for people who do not want a workout in a group setting. Trainers say people like the privacy, and also get more personal attention and advice. About 6.5 million Americans use a personal trainer, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association says. Reuters (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Schools work to change students' attitudes about food
    Schools have made meals healthier for students, but columnist Lenny Bernstein writes it is a long road ahead to change attitudes that children have about food. School nutrition professionals say students have been receptive to some changes -- including leaner beef and low-fat, low-sodium options -- but other changes -- including whole-wheat bread and sweet potato bites -- have been less popular. The Washington Post (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • N.C. district considers banning sweets, food rewards
    The board of education in a North Carolina school district is considering altering its wellness policy to prevent unhealthy food from being given as rewards, banning cupcakes and other sweets from classroom parties and requiring school concession stands to serve a certain number of healthy options, among other changes. Officials say the proposals are part of an effort to improve students' health. The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) (free registration) (8/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Broiled tomatoes Parmesan
    Ripe summer tomatoes are put to good use in this easy, fast recipe. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Obesity is less about knowledge than about behavior and setting up behavioral systems."
--Dr. Thomas Robinson, as quoted by Clinical Endocrinology News
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