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October 23, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Pediatric group says organic produce is not necessary
    Organic products may reduce children's exposure to pesticides, but its nutritional value is no better than that of conventional food, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A report released at the group's annual meeting said that since organic foods are more costly, it's fine to buy conventionally grown produce if buying organic would reduce the overall amount of healthy food a family can afford to buy. However, families who can afford it may choose to buy organic for particular fruits and vegetables, the group said. Family Practice News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Four Places to Start Measuring What Matters
You've instituted an employee engagement program to address deficiencies in business critical areas, but how do you know it's working? Furthermore, how do you demonstrate ROI to executives that might doubt engagement is business critical? Read this guide for 4 ways to start measuring the results of your engagement programs and how to use this data to drive desirable business outcomes.
Dietary Health 
  • How to take the first steps toward a private practice
    Registered dietitians who want to open a private practice should first conduct market research to find out whether other practices are nearby, whether people in the area are looking for nutrition counseling and whether there are ways to make their services stand out, RDs said. Traditional ways to promote a practice include advertising, brochures, websites and news releases, but it's also important to consider how social media, including Facebook and Twitter, can help establish name recognition. Today's Dietitian (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Jamie Oliver promotes healthy eating with Junior Chef contest
    Chef Jamie Oliver chose a plate of chili-cheese quesadillas by 9-year-old Adriano Filice as the winning dish at the Jamie Oliver Junior Chef Contest in Toronto. The contest is part of Oliver's ongoing campaign to inspire healthier school-cafeteria menus and better diets among children and adults. "[Oliver] inspired us to change. ... I have eliminated sugar and sodium, eat more fish and foods with more omega 3 fatty acids, which has helped my daughter with her ADD," said Denise Livotti, whose daughter Matilda was a finalist in the contest. Toronto Sun (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Parental stress may increase childhood-obesity risk
    Parents with a higher number of stressors were more likely to have obese or overweight children than were those with fewer stressors, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. However, researchers found that parental stress did not significantly affect children's fruit and vegetable intake or their physical-activity levels. WebMD (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Bean intake helps lower blood glucose rates in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who ate a cup of beans or lentils daily showed greater improvements in blood glucose levels at three months compared with those who ate more whole-wheat items, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicated. Participants on the bean diet also had a reduced estimated 10-year risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers noted. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fitness-device-maker unveils an app to promote healthy behavior
    Striiv, a maker of portable fitness devices, has unveiled a free iPhone application called Striiv Smart Pedometer. The app, which has a large food database and calorie-counting features, has the same functions as the firm's portable fitness device that offers virtual rewards and incentives to users. "We call it the first 'smart' pedometer because it learns from your activity, learns your behavior and motivates you to walk a lot more throughout the day," said Striiv's head of design Lexy Franklin. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Adequate sleep may lower injury risk among teen athletes
    Middle- and high-school athletes who got eight or more hours of sleep a night had a 68% lower risk of suffering an injury than those with less sleep, a study found. Researchers reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics' conference that gender and playing time were not significantly tied to the risk of getting injured. HealthDay News (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Students eat less junk food when schools offer free fruit
    Students in Norway who were offered free fruit during school were less likely to consume junk food and drink soda, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that in 2008, after Norwegian schools implemented a fruit program, students consumed, on average, 4.4 unhealthy snacks each week -- down from 6.6 per week before the program began. Research shows the programs were most effective among disadvantaged students. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Halibut with eggplant and baby bok choy
    This grilled halibut dish is served with a homemade Korean barbecue sauce. Epicurious/Bon Appetit LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
One of the best things I learned about a growing practice is to not only constantly build and get new patients but to nurture the relationships you've already built."
--RD Yvette Quantz, as quoted by Today's Dietitian
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