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October 25, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Signs indicate childhood-obesity declines in some areas
    Cities and states that have implemented changes to school nutrition and other programs to fight obesity are seeing results, which could indicate a reversal of childhood-obesity trends, experts say. James Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says the gains are small, but as a whole, they could signal a turning point in the obesity epidemic. USA Today (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Watch out for these foods with "healthy" claims, RD says
    Banning trans fats from foods is an example of a healthy idea that can backfire, registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake writes. Many consumers mistakenly believe reformulated foods that are free of trans fats are healthier, she writes, but a doughnut is still a doughnut. She writes that similar misconceptions exist for Greek yogurt and granola, which can be high in calories. The Boston Globe/Nutrition and You! blog (tiered subscription model) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Potential to aid black girls is seen in anti-obesity approach
    Family-based obesity interventions showed potential in weight-related behaviors of obese black girls, but the results often were nonsignificant, an analysis in Obesity Reviews revealed. "Study designs that directly compare different types and levels of family involvement and incorporate relevant theoretical elements may be an important next step," researchers noted. News (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Regular green tea consumption is found to reduce cancer risks
    Researchers who analyzed data from a 10-year study of more than 69,000 Chinese women found that older women who regularly drank green tea had a 14% lower risk of developing colon, stomach and throat cancers than did women who didn't consume green tea. The study appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Lower metabolic syndrome risk is seen with weightlifting
    A study of 5,618 U.S. adults showed that those who lift weights were 37% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome compared with those who do not. Researchers also found that lifting weights was more common in men than in women, and more common among people younger than 50. The findings were published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Yahoo/Asian News International (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Mighty Milers program gets students to be more active
    Sneed Elementary School in Houston had more than 1,150 students sign up for the Mighty Milers club, a fitness program that uses walking and running to combat obesity and teach children about goal-setting and success. Started by the New York Road Runners club and funded by proceeds from the New York City Marathon, the program now is in 620 schools in 50 states. USA Today (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Farm-to-school program offers lessons in seasonal produce
    At least two Kansas school districts will celebrate Farm to School Week by serving lunches made with mostly local food. The menu includes items such as butternut squash, black bean burritos, chicken fajitas and apples. Lindsey Morgan, registered dietitian and district food-service supervisor, said seasonal availability and limited quantities are some challenges schools can face when going local, but she noted that "We have to work with what we get." Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Food For Thought 
Nothing could be worse [than] when you think that you are making a healthy food choice only to uncover that it really isn't healthy."
--RD Joan Salge Blake, writing in The Boston Globe's Nutrition and You! blog
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