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October 30, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Nutrition experts say older adults may need more B-12
    Those older than 50 lose the ability to absorb vitamin B-12, and while guidelines recommend they take a supplement or eat foods fortified with the vitamin, nutrition experts say that still isn't enough. Researcher Christine Tangney says people who have a marginal B-12 status may be missed by testing for serum levels alone. B-12 levels can affect cognition, age-related macular degeneration, depression and osteoporosis. Today's Dietitian (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Dietary Health 
  • Chefs share secrets to stay slim amid temptation
    Chefs say they take special care to keep from packing on the pounds while working around food all day. Marc Murphy of New York's Landmarc restaurant says he eschews alcohol, uses fresh herbs instead of fats for flavor and takes pains to make sure he's only served what he orders when he dines at friends' eateries. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)/Reuters (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Early weight-loss programs for children have lasting effects
    Participation in weight-loss programs at a young age was associated with slower weight gain, European researchers found. A Dutch study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that overweight or obese 3- to 5-year-olds who participated in such programs gained less weight compared with the usual-care group. Meanwhile, a Swedish study found that heavy children younger than 10 were more likely than teens to have slower weight gain after a behavioral intervention. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Lower obesity risk, higher exercise rates seen in Amish children
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that Old Order Amish children were about 3.3 times less likely than non-Hispanic white children from Maryland's Eastern Shore to become overweight. Researchers also found that OOA children spent an extra 34 minutes daily engaged in light physical activity and an extra 53 minutes daily in moderate/vigorous exercise compared with the Eastern Shore group. News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • KnowMe initiative uses wearable device to encourage activity
    The KnowMe Networks project has created a wireless device to help minority youths track their metabolic health, physical activity and vital signs. The data is sent, using Bluetooth-enabled sensors, to smartphones and can be shared with caregivers. Researchers also were able to send text messages to youths who had been sedentary for long periods of time, encouraging them to get up and be active. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Can breakfast reduce behavior referrals, suspensions?
    Since adopting a grab-and-go breakfast program, a West Virginia middle school, which is one of 100 piloting the program statewide, has reported that more students are eating breakfast at school -- 500 students, up from 125 before the program was implemented. Officials also say students are better behaved and attending class more often. "We're eliminating any competition against breakfast -- that's what's making the difference," said Kristy Blower of the state Office of Child Nutrition. The Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.) (free registration) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Make your food fun this Halloween
    Check out this collection of spooky, tasty treats to make for your family or Halloween party. Cooking Channel LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Halloween alone won't make kids fat or instill a lifetime of poor eating habits, but it can be a great time to implement some healthier habits."
--Dietitian Melinda Johnson, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times
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