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October 16, 2012
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Healthy Start 
Dietary Health 
  • Nestle-General Mills venture pledges to make cereal healthier
    Nestle and General Mills, which jointly market products outside North America, agreed to reduce sugar and sodium in children's cereal. By 2015, the companies will change 20 brands and cut sugar by 24% and sodium by 12%. Under pressure to address childhood obesity, the partners also expect to increase whole grains and calcium. Reuters (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Chicago-area RD teaches good nutrition close to home
    Suburban Chicago registered dietitian Kelly Sierra teaches parents about nutrition and healthy meal planning through classes at the Clarendon Hills Park District. She also runs a program for elementary-school students where she divides the time between a sports activity and nutrition education, such as learning what makes a healthy snack. Chicago Sun-Times (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study of "Biggest Loser" participants shows diet plus exercise is best model
    NIH researchers analyzed data on 11 participants of "The Biggest Loser" TV show and then used a mathematical model to show that diet and moderate exercise were best for reducing fat and preserving muscle, compared with diet alone. The researchers, whose study was published on the website of the journal Obesity, calculated that moderate lifestyle changes, such as getting 20 minutes of vigorous exercise daily and cutting calories by 20%, are enough to maintain weight loss. Occupational Health & Safety (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sleep deprivation affects insulin resistance, study finds
    Lack of sleep resulted in a 30% reduction in insulin response in the fat cells of participants, according to a small study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also found that sleep-deprived participants had nearly three times higher insulin rates compared with those who were well-rested, which could increase their risk of type 2 diabetes. HealthDay News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Zonisamide shows weight benefits, but poses risk of side effects
    About 55% of obese participants who took 400 milligrams of epilepsy drug zonisamide daily for one year lost 5% or more of their initial weight, compared with 34% in a lower-dose group and 31% in a placebo group, a study found. However, participants who took zonisamide had a higher risk of side effects than did those in the nonmedication group. The results appear on the website of the Archives of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Researchers: Young children need 3 hours of exercise daily
    A commentary in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine says medical organizations in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. agree that children younger than 6 should be active for at least three hours a day, spread throughout the day. Researchers said, however, that studies have yet to determine how much physical activity is needed for young children to avoid obesity. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Dallas hospitals tout efforts to promote healthy eating
    Dallas hospitals say they are ahead of New York City and others when it comes to banning unhealthy foods served to patients and staff and promoting good nutrition. Baylor Health Care System has adopted the Thrive program, requiring 70% of its foods to meet healthy criteria, and Texas Health Resources has the Eat Fit program, which puts lower prices on healthier options, with employees getting the largest discounts. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Utah district educates students about new school lunch menus
    A Utah school district is taking steps to educate students about lunch changes. So far, the district had created a video, fliers and posters, and updated its Facebook page to explain to students the changes made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to school lunches this year. Students are encouraged to talk to school nutrition professionals about food choices if they are still hungry at the end of the meal. KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Mixed berry whole-wheat muffins
    Stock up on fresh berries for these low-fat muffins. Skinny Taste LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
We know there's fast food across the street, but when you come into a healthy system where we're fighting cancer and diabetes, we want to make sure we're modeling good behaviors."
--Baylor Health Care System health and wellness executive Becky Hall, as quoted by
The Dallas Morning News

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