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December 14, 2011
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How I See It
Marion Nestle talks food
The conversation about obesity "is shifting markedly from personal responsibility to societal responsibility," nutrition professor and food advocate Marion Nestle says in this interview. She says the "food environment" influences people's food choice, eating behavior, calorie intake and body weight.

As a result, dietitians need to shift their focus from "individual education to a more public-health approach" that encompasses the food environment and how people can cope with it. She says nutrition experts also should "work to change the food environment to make it easier for people to eat better." Examples of ways to get involved include improving school lunches, getting bike lanes and sidewalks in cities, and lobbying Congress about relevant issues.

Nestle also shares her personal mantra on food and eating: "Eat less. Move more. Eat better. Get political."

Read the full interview.
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How You See It
Which of the following do you hope to get your clients to focus on next year?
37%   Portion control
31%   Eating more fruits and vegetables
19%   Home cooking
11%   Reading nutrition labels
5%   Avoiding certain foods
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Economic factors are challenging nutrition professionals to do more with less. What's your first choice in containing budget costs for clients who need protein supplementation?
87%   Replace commercial supplements with conventional high-protein foods
8%   Re-evaluate enteral products purchasing contracts
4%   Reduce supplementation regimens
3%   No action needed
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Do you expect the locavore movement to gain traction or begin to fade in 2012?
65%   The locavore movement will only get bigger next year
30%   The movement's popularity will probably remain about the same next year
7%   The locavore movement will get less attention and focus next year
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Which of the following are you most interested in learning more about in 2012?
54%   Nutrition and disease management
19%   Nutrition and special dietary requirements
17%   Food trends
12%   School-, hospital- or community-based nutrition programs
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  • Check out these resources for info, stats and other materials, for you and your clients:
    • USDA's My Plate: The site has basic food-group information, dietary guidance for specific populations and print materials to use with clients.
    • This website features information on food nutrients, weight management, nutrition and health conditions, as well as shopping and cooking tips.
    • Let's Move: First lady Michelle Obama's childhood-obesity initiative offers resources for promoting healthy eating and an active lifestyle.
    • American Dietetic Association: Learn more about industry events and issues and search their position paper index.

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