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October 2, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • More than 15 million Americans are severely obese, data show
    About 6.6%, or 15.5 million, U.S. adults were severely obese in 2010, compared with 3.9% in 2000, according to RAND Corp. data published in the International Journal of Obesity. Data showed the rate of severe obesity -- which is a BMI of 40 or higher or roughly being 100 pounds or more over a healthy weight -- was 50% higher in women than in men and twice as high for blacks as for Hispanics and whites. USA TODAY (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right
A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment. Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recognition program in the whitepaper "Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right".
Dietary Health 
  • Dieters can be misled by food-label claims, study says
    Consumers who are watching their weight are more likely to be misled by food labels that make health claims, including those on products that say they are free of gluten, trans fats or high-fructose corn syrup, according to a study from the University of South Carolina. Mark Haub, associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, said gluten-free products can have as many calories as regular foods. (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Apple juice intake helps lower body fat in obese men
    Obese but otherwise healthy men who consumed cloudy apple juice daily for four weeks showed a 1% decrease in total body fat, compared with only 0.2% in the control group, a study in the European Journal of Nutrition found. Participants with a certain genetic variant who took the fruit beverage attained body fat reductions of as much as 2%, researchers noted. NutraIngredients (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Probiotics may not protect children from allergies, study finds
    Infants at risk for allergies who took a daily probiotic supplement for six months did not face a reduced chance of having allergies at age 5, according to a study from the University of Western Australia. Children's Hospital Los Angeles pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Sonia Michail commented that only certain probiotics may help certain children and even then only modestly. Reuters (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study links sitting with risk of chronic kidney disease
    Women who sat for less than three hours per day had a 30% lower risk of chronic kidney disease, compared with women who sat more than eight hours, U.K. researchers said. The study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases found men also were at increased risk, although it was lower than for women and was reduced by regular exercise, such as a half-hour of walking. WebMD (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Exergames may help boost physical activity among teens
    Playing active video games, known as exergames, can help teens achieve the recommended levels of physical activity, according to a Canadian study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers looked at more than 1,200 10th- and 11th-graders and found that girls were more likely than boys to play active video games. WebMD (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Minn. hospital uses composting, meal planning to reduce food waste
    St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota is reducing food waste by changing how and when meals are prepared and then composting leftovers to feed the soil for plants and flowers. It saves money by tracking food waste, and reduces waste by allowing patients to order meals and having the kitchen staff make only enough food to last the next 50 minutes. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Cucumber and tomato salad -- in 5 minutes
    Whip together this quick salad for a lunch wrap or dinner side dish. The WHOLE Gang LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
One of the greatest things we can do is cook. We can make healthy meals at affordable prices."
--White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, as quoted by The Times-Tribune
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