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September 28, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Experts ID factors that predict weight regain after surgery
    Data presented at the Obesity Society meeting showed dietary intake, physical activity levels and treadmill time were not significantly associated with weight regain in gastric bypass patients. However, fat free mass and resting energy expenditure were tied to weight regain. Researchers noted that the patients' resting energy expenditure decreased from 2,201 kilocalories per day to 1,736 kcal/day from baseline to two years after the procedure. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Go meatless with 3 vegan alternatives
    When prepared correctly, seitan, tofu and tempeh are healthy alternatives to animal proteins that can make even the most stubborn meat lovers salivate. "Eating these vegan staples when they are prepared correctly and in a variety of different flavor profiles and dishes could change your attitude toward them," said Jennifer Stack, an assistant professor at the CIA. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.)/Gannett News Service (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Review backs efficacy of weight loss in lowering BP
    Moderate weight loss may help overweight and obese hypertensive patients to normalize their blood pressure levels, an analysis in Obesity Research revealed. Review authors speculate that weight loss helps curb blood pressure levels by boosting insulin sensitivity and reducing sympathetic nervous system activity. (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Workout programs do little to boost children's activity
    Programs aimed at encouraging children to exercise did not significantly improve overall physical activity levels, according to a U.K. meta-analysis of 30 studies that was published in the journal BMJ. Researchers said that while the programs may offer benefits such as improved coordination and team participation, they don't "have a meaningful impact on obesity prevention." USA TODAY (9/27), HealthDay News (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Mass. schools serve fresh, locally grown produce
    The director of food services in a Massachusetts school district has partnered with a community-supported agriculture group to provide fresh, locally grown produce for schools. Nutrition professionals say they will introduce salad bars in schools as one way to give students a greater selection of vegetables. Wicked Local/Beverly, Mass. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Rustic fruit tart
    This layered tart can be served for dessert or brunch. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
We know physical activity is important. What we're not good at is designing behavioral interventions that increase it."
--Researcher Mark Hamer, as quoted by USA TODAY
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