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September 20, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • DASH plus exercise, counseling leads to weight loss, lower BP
    A study of sedentary, overweight and obese adults with hypertension found that a program that included the DASH diet, counseling and exercise lowered their blood pressure and helped them lose an average of 19 pounds, Duke University researchers reported on the website of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The study also found that black participants were less likely than whites to adopt the DASH eating plan, which researchers said could be due to cultural differences in dietary preferences. HealthDay News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Cravings may be how the body signals what it needs, RD says
    Food cravings may be the body's way of saying it needs something, such as when people who do not get enough sleep want sweets because of the sugar for an energy burst, says registered dietitian Katie Boles of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A craving for macaroni and cheese or other comfort foods may signal a need to reduce stress; a yen for soft drinks could mean dehydration; and a desire to load up on carbs could indicate the body is not getting enough food for satiety. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Humana to offer discounts for buying healthy foods at Wal-Mart
    Health insurer Humana says it will give the more than 1 million people who participate in its HumanaVitality wellness program a 5% discount on healthy groceries purchased at Wal-Mart. The companies say the partnership is an experiment in using financial incentives to get people to change their behavior and choose more nutritious foods as a way to lower health care costs. The Washington Post (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Americans are buying more avocados this year
    The avocado is having a record-breaking year as more U.S. restaurants slice them for salads and spread them on sandwiches. Consumption has grown 30% in the first half of 2012, and year-round imports from Mexico continue to climb as health-conscious consumers add the nutritious fruit to everyday meals. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Study links yogurt to reduced risk of hypertension
    A Tufts University study found people who ate a total of one serving of yogurt every three days were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure, compared with people who did not eat yogurt. Researchers said the protection was higher among people who were not taking drugs to control blood pressure. The findings were presented at an American Heart Association meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Report: Children should eat less tuna to avoid mercury poisoning
    Children who weigh less than 55 pounds should eat no more than one serving of light tuna per month to prevent mercury poisoning, the Mercury Policy Project said. The report also showed higher mercury concentrations in albacore tuna than in light tuna. "Despite its popularity, it should be a rare meal for children," said Sarah Klein of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. WebMD (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fitness experts list key reasons why workouts fail
    Studies show that about 50% of people drop a workout regimen within six months, and fitness experts say one reason is the routine takes too long or is a hassle to do regularly. People who do not make a real commitment to a workout, choose one that few people do or who go it alone rather than having an exercise buddy also may be setting themselves up for failure. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Nutrition professionals adjust to healthier meal standards
    School-nutrition professionals in a Pennsylvania district say the implementation of federal standards for meals has been a learning process. Haverford Township School District Food Services Director Charles Damiani said the regulations contain great ideas, but he is concerned that government subsidies will not cover the costs of buying fresh produce and that the reduced meat allotments are not enough to satisfy active, hungry students. Main Line Media News (Ardmore, Pa.) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Dinner in 5: Roasted fish
    This super-fast fish recipe makes a weeknight dinner a no-brainer. The WHOLE Gang LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
There's a sense of pride in accomplishing a new skill, and small victories bring you back for more."
--Dr. Rick Henriksen, as quoted by U.S. News & World Report's Eat + Run blog
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