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December 12, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • RDs offer tips for managing weight gain during holidays
    Cleveland Clinic registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick advises people to weigh themselves every other day during the holidays to encourage mindful eating and avoid packing on extra pounds. Dietitians say people can maintain their current weight by watching portion sizes and calories from beverages and getting some physical activity. Palm Beach Daily News (Fla.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Dietitians aren't sold on benefits of "ancient grains"
    Ancient grains that were domesticated thousands of years ago are popping up in breads, pastas and even cookies on grocery store shelves around the nation, but experts say their nutritional benefits may not always justify their hefty prices. Joy Dubost, spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says scientific evidence does not show that "ancient grains are any more nutritious to consume than other whole grains." The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The 10 food trends of 2012 that stuck
    Food trends come and go as fast as Twitter and Instagram can produce them, but there are 10 trends that have popped up in the past year that may have staying power. Modernized Jewish deli eats, pumpkin-flavored everything and the influx of small plate meals are just a few trends that Americans will see continue in 2013. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • U.S. life expectancy improves, but with chronic illnesses
    Data from the United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings showed that Americans' life expectancy increased by about 1.7 years between 2000 and 2009, while the number of premature deaths and deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer declined since 1990. However, researchers found that the country has an adult obesity rate of 28%, a diabetes rate of almost 10% and a hypertension rate higher than 30%. Reuters (12/11), USA Today (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Food taxes could lead to healthier eating habits
    New Zealand researchers found that each 1% price increase in fatty foods may lead to a 0.02% decrease in intake, while a 10% price increase in soft drinks may reduce consumption by 1% to 24%. A 10% price decrease in fruits and vegetables was associated with a 2% to 8% increase in consumption, researchers noted. The results appear in PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Better outcomes seen with primary care-based diabetes program
    Obese patients with metabolic syndrome, prediabetes or both who underwent diabetes prevention initiatives delivered in a primary care setting attained significant reductions in body weight compared with those who had usual care, a study showed. Improvements in waist circumference and fasting plasma glucose were also noted in the intervention groups, researchers wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Physical activity extends life expectancy, researchers find
    Participation in at least two and a half hours of moderate activity a week added almost six years to black women's life expectancy, Canadian researchers found. They said that white men who were physically active at age 20 were expected to have an extra two and a half years of life compared with inactive peers. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Overcoming challenges in implementing school-meal changes
    An ongoing challenge for school nutrition professionals under new federal meal standards is encouraging students to eat their fruits and vegetables, according to Melanie Konarik, director of child nutrition for Spring Independent School District in Houston. Konarik says her district this year has introduced some new items, such as a build-your-own sub line and an all-Asian cuisine line in order to appeal to students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Magic meatballs
    These gluten- and dairy-free meatballs are made with chicken and pork and also feature cabbage, kale and avocado. The Whole Gang LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
It’s not common for people to lose weight during the holidays, but it’s possible to maintain it."
--RD Stacey Silver, as quoted by the Palm Beach Daily News
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