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October 19, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Why food is particularly popular on Pinterest
    Fifty-seven percent of images pinned on Pinterest are of food, illustrating that users' passion for food has found a permanent outlet, Flora Caputo writes. She shares an infographic and offers insight into why food has proven so popular on the social site, along with tips for getting your culinary images noticed and pinned. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Dietary Health 
  • Opinion: Restaurants need a bottom-line reason to serve healthy food
    Restaurants are motivated by the bottom line, and many choose low-cost ingredients and foods and large portions that tend to be at odds with nutrition, health and environmental sustainability, writes Lawrence Williams, president of the U.S. Healthful Food Council. While some restaurants have gotten on board with the "farm to fork" movement, Williams writes that it's important to make serving healthy and sustainable food good for business, even if it means customers pay a little more. The Huffington Post (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Corporate dietitian helps create a wellness program
    Whitney Packebush says she got a job as a corporate dietitian for the Fareway grocery chain right after graduating from Iowa State University, and she helped develop a wellness program called CentsAble Health. She says she was given a lot of freedom and created a program that is "very realistic and down to earth for consumers, so they are motivated to make small changes that lead to positive outcomes." Dickinson County News (Spirit Lake, Iowa) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Healthy lifestyle cuts death risk 37% in women with cancer
    Older female cancer patients who exercised regularly, whose weight was in a healthy range and who ate a balanced diet in accordance with the 2007 guidelines of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research had a 37% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn't follow the guidelines. Among the three factors, regular exercise had the most significant benefit. The study was to be presented at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Study: Peanut skins could improve peanut butter's nutrition
    Adding small amounts of peanut skins to peanut butter can make it more nutritious without changing the sensory profile, researchers say. The skins are considered a byproduct of peanut processing and are not used, but they would boost the antioxidant properties of the peanut butter and extend its shelf life, researchers Chellani Hathorn and Timothy Sanders of North Carolina State University said. FoodNavigator (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fitness 
  • Exercise data in EHRs could boost care quality
    The electronic Exercise Vital Sign program of Kaiser Permanente has shown promise in boosting care quality and patient treatment, according to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The initiative, which integrates a patient's physical activity data into their electronic health record, has collected important and accurate data that clinicians can use to better counsel and treat patients regarding their lifestyles. Healthcare IT News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Can "homemade-style" meals help students adjust to menu changes?
    School-nutrition professionals in Alaska are working to strike a balance between taste and nutrition in school meals, according to dietitian LaDonna Dean. One idea, she said, is to prepare "homemade-style" meals, such as spaghetti or chili, which students also may eat at home. Schools have reduced the number of days when pizza is served and altered some familiar favorites, including the corn dog, which is now made with whole-grain breading and chicken sausage. Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Banana bread brownies
    Two favorites come together in this dense, yummy bar. Cookies & Cups LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Better for you food may not be cheapest, but it is less expensive than health care. And that is something we should all get behind."
--Lawrence Williams, president of the U.S. Healthful Food Council, writing at The Huffington Post
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