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December 5, 2011
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Healthy Start 
  • Parents can help children navigate holiday eating, RD says
    Helping children eat healthy during the holidays may mean parents have to talk about moderation and even point out what foods they can have when faced with a buffet table of goodies, says registered dietitian Megan Porter of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel medical center in Portland, Ore. She says refocusing holiday activities away from food, having easy-to-fix healthy meals at home and downsizing treat portions also can help. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Safety of caffeine in energy drinks is still in debate
    The U.S. regulates caffeine in soda but not in energy drinks sold as dietary supplements that may contain ingredient blends, which University of Texas sports cardiologist Dr. John Higgins calls a "free for all." The beverage industry claims caffeine is a safe ingredient, but a review of study data by Higgins and others found energy drinks, popular with young athletes, can cause a variety of health problems, from insomnia to rapid heartbeat and even cardiac arrest in some cases. USA TODAY (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids offer benefits for diabetes
    Eating foods with monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olives, nuts, seeds and avocado, may help people with diabetes or prediabetes control blood sugar and fight belly fat. Certain oils, including canola, flaxseed, olive, peanut and sunflower, also are good sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, along with dark chocolate. MSNBC/Prevention (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study: Low-carb diet may cut obesity risks in young girls
    Black, obese prepubescent girls who followed a low-carb diet showed significant improvements in triglyceride and cholesterol levels and had better glucose control and insulin response compared with those who had a higher percentage of carbohydrates in their diet, a study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition found. Eating a low-carb diet may help young girls stave off obesity-related diseases including heart disease and diabetes, the researchers said. New Kerala (India)/Asian News International (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-tech gear keeps cyclists moving and informed
    New high-tech bicycle gear such as the Shimano Ultegra Di2, which provides electric gear shifting, makes it easier than ever to hit the pavement for a brisk workout. Specialized Element WireTap cycling gloves allow riders to scroll through their smartphones while en route and the 4iiii Sportiiiis, a display system for sunglasses, shows heart rate and body performance data. Los Angeles Times (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Snack Shack fills in when high-school students go hungry
    Rapid City's Central High School students who miss meals or who have hunger issues can pick up extra food at the Snack Shack to eat right away or take home. The South Dakota school identifies students who might need the service and students, who initiated the program, select foods for the shack that are healthy and teen-friendly. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Food For Thought 
For a healthy person, probably one [caffeinated energy drink] is not going to kill you. But we don't know."
--Sports cardiologist and researcher Dr. John P. Higgins, as quoted by USA TODAY
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