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November 29, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Assessment formula may help predict obesity risk in infants
    Researchers at Imperial College London have developed an assessment formula, available as an online calculator, that predicts an infant's obesity risk by examining its birth weight, the parents' BMI, the number of people they live with, the mother's professional status and whether she smoked while pregnant. The findings were published in PLOS One. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Blogger debate reignites issue of nutrition licensure
    The debate over whether a North Carolina blogger overstepped legal boundaries when writing about nutrition has led the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to reassert its position that licensure for dietitians is needed to protect the public and ensure that people giving advice are qualified. Critics says licensure laws inhibit competition and free speech. Today's Dietitian (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Food addiction is a serious problem, health expert says
    Food addiction can be just as serious as drug addiction and should be treated through detox and recovery, says University of Maryland assistant professor Pam Peeke, author of "The Hunger Fix." She says a majority of people show signs of food addiction and that while stress is a big contributor, exercise can help fight the urge to raid the refrigerator. The Washington Post (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • A roundup of cold remedies from around the world
    Around the world, warm soups and teas are used to treat common colds. An Italian tea with horseradish, lemon juice and honey "opens you all up," says chef Lidia Bastianich, while in China, a soup with mustard greens is said to restore balance because "the Chinese feel that your organs get very dried and parched," cookbook author Grace Young says. National Public Radio (text and audio) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study suggests possible link for HFCS intake, diabetes cases
    The prevalence of type 2 diabetes was 20% higher in countries that consumed lots of high-fructose corn syrup than in those with lower HFCS intake, according to a study published on the website of Global Public Health. The U.S. showed the highest HFCS consumption at 55 pounds/person annually, followed by Hungary, Slovakia and Canada. Countries with the lowest HFCS intake include India, Ireland and Sweden. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Experts create drink that shows potential for obesity, diabetes
    Oxford University researchers have developed a drink that contains ketones -- energy sources that the body creates when fats were used for energy in the absence of carbohydrates -- which may hold potential in fighting obesity and diabetes. A small, unpublished trial involving eight people with diabetes showed the drink helped reduce weight, glucose levels, cholesterol and the amount of fat in the blood. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Exercise balls improve student behavior in Ind. class
    Fifth-grade teacher Sara Wright is using exercise balls instead of chairs to improve students' attention spans and cooperation during class. Studies show using exercise balls improves behavior and "legible word productivity" of students with attention-deficient/hyperactivity disorder. "I've noticed a big difference," Wright said. "There's not many fifth-graders that love to come to school, but they come in and sit right down. They're excited to be here in the morning." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Senators seek more flexibility for school meals
    A South Dakota lawmaker is one of 11 senators who have sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack seeking more flexibility in new federal school-meal standards. "I want to make sure South Dakota school administrators, parents and students have their voices heard on this issue," U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson wrote in a statement. "We need to ensure our students have healthy meals at school, but there needs to be flexibility to accommodate the needs of our school districts." The Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Party paella
    Make this simplified paella -- which uses sausage, chicken and shrimp -- for your next party or gathering. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
It's impossible to stop people from talking about nutrition because everyone deals with food several times per day. But individuals need to be educated on who's truly knowledgeable on the subject."
--RD Lauren Schmitt, as quoted by Today's Dietitian
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