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October 4, 2012
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Healthy Start 
Understanding America's Nutrient Shortfalls
National survey data shows that the vast majority of American adults do not meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance for essential nutrients like vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium, and more than half do not get enough vitamin C. Read more at
Dietary Health 
  • Federal report finds supplement labels make illegal claims
    An HHS Inspector General's report said 20% of 127 weight-loss and immune-boosting supplements were found to have labels making illegal claims about curing or treating disease. The report said people could be risking their health and wasting money buying these products, many of which do not have scientific study data behind them. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • RD shows 3 ways for workaholics to have healthier lifestyles
    Creating a list of daily priorities, such as having a family dinner, and accomplishing them first is one way workaholics can adopt a healthier lifestyle, says registered dietitian Nicole German. Bringing lunch or healthy snacks to work also is important to keep up energy, and wearing a pedometer can track activity and show when a little extra walking is needed. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • OrganWise Guys program is a child-friendly way to fight obesity
    Tennessee schools are adopting the OrganWise Guys obesity-prevention program that teaches elementary students about nutrition and wellness using organ-shaped characters, such as Hardy Heart, Madame Muscle and Sir Rebrum. Russell Cliche of Hamilton County Schools says the curriculum is in-depth but in a child-friendly way, showing students how organs are affected by lifestyle behaviors. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study links Western diet to metabolic syndrome, stroke
    A study in rats from Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation links eating a high-fat, high-sugar Western diet to an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome and stroke. The authors said a balanced diet and regular exercise are needed to prevent metabolic syndrome. HealthDay News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Cherries may reduce risk of gout flares
    Researchers followed 633 people with gout for one year and found that eating cherries for two days was associated with a 35% reduction in risk of gout attacks. Combining cherry intake with allopurinol, a uric acid-lowering drug, was linked to a 75% reduction. The study appeared in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. Medical News Today (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fitness experts weigh in on popular workout trends
    Fitness experts say the TRX Suspension Trainer and high-intensity interval training are workout trends that have benefits for many people, while minimalist running shoes may not be a good idea for everyone. They say CrossFit may be challenging for people beginning a workout but using myofascial release can help ease sore muscles for people at any level. (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • More breakfasts being served in New Jersey schools
    The number of low-income students in New Jersey who are served breakfast in school rose 21% from October 2010 to March 2012, according to a report released Tuesday. However, the group behind the report, Advocates for Children of New Jersey, suggests that schools begin serving breakfast after the school day begins to increase access to the meals. At one middle school, students are served food as they come through the doors, which they eat during homeroom or reading time. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.)/The Associated Press (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Calif. charters are exempt from school-meal mandate
    California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required that free or reduced-price meals be offered to low-income students who attend one of the state's charter schools. At issue, Brown said, was his desire to maintain the independence of charter schools. Supporters of the bill, however, said it was possible to maintain a balance and that students should have access to nutritious, affordable meals. (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Mix and match roasted vegetables
    This recipe can be adapted to use your favorite veggies -- or whatever you find that's fresh and local -- and comes with a handy chart to ensure great flavor mixes. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
We cannot afford to continue making poor nutritional choices. Our diet is killing us."
--Dr. Mark Bayley, as quoted by HealthDay News
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