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March 5, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Researchers say obesity rates have dropped since start of recession
    Researchers at Arizona State University found that the number of obese Americans declined in the three years following the start of the recession in 2007, with the effects showing regardless of family income. The findings could mean that healthy-eating messages affected people at a time when they became more conscious of what they purchased, researchers said. The Daily Mail (London) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Balance diet with exercise, nutrition experts say
    Exercise and a healthy diet are important for weight loss or training, dietary experts say, along with understanding calorie intake and output. Meghann MacCurrach, a clinical nutrition specialist, says she tells people not to use food as a reward for a workout or to indulge in high-calorie protein bars or shakes after exercise routines of 60 minutes or less. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poverty drives obesity among Native Americans, experts say
    Obesity and diabetes are major problems for Native American populations and are linked to poverty and a lack of access to healthy food, says nutritionist Kahti DeWilde, who works with the S'Klallam tribe in Washington state. Native American families also tend to be bigger than the average U.S. household, so they have more people to feed on limited budgets. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School club promotes self-esteem, positive body image
    A group of female students at an Illinois high school are promoting the Love Your Body campaign -- a weeklong event intended to help promote a positive body image among students. About 300 students participated and many wore shirts to school with positive messages. Among the issues students said they struggle with are their weight and the depiction of women on television and in the media. (Chicago area) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science & Research 
  • Single obesity program won't work for both sexes, study suggests
    A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that obese men who received diet and lifestyle counseling from health educators for two years showed lower rates of metabolic syndrome compared with those who continued regular care with a doctor. However, women who had consultations with health educators were not able to sustain their improvements during the second year, suggesting that using a single program for both sexes may not work, researchers said. The Whig Standard (Kingston, Ontario) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Cocoa may boost health in diabetes patients
    Daily consumption of dark chocolate bars and a beverage containing approximately 100 milligrams of epicatechin for three months helped normalize cristae levels and increase molecular indicators of mitochondria production in type 2 diabetes and heart failure patients with damaged skeletal muscle mitochondria, according to a very small study in Clinical and Translational Science. United Press International (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Balance training helps those at high risk for falls, expert says
    Balance problems can affect aging adults, but for most people, walking and resistance training can help maintain good functionality, says Dr. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He says balance training may be needed for people who are at higher risk of falling, such as those with vision problems or who take multiple medications or experience cognitive changes or confusion. Reuters (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hot Topics 

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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Calif. elementary tests school-dinner program
    A California elementary school will offer a free dinner once a week to students who participate in an after-school program. The pilot program, intended to help struggling families, will be in place for six weeks and be paid for with government funds. Students who participate will be offered a meal each Wednesday to eat at the school or take home. If the trial program is successful, officials said they expect to expand it to more days per week and implement it at other district schools. Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. district bans homemade treats from schools
    A Virginia school district has banned homemade treats from classrooms following an incident in which a first-grade student died from an allergic reaction to peanuts at school. Under Greene County's new allergy management policy, only packaged foods that list ingredients will be allowed. The policy also requires schools to buy Epinephrine pens, which are used to treat allergic reactions. WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.) (2/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • PB&J balls
    These four-ingredient balls are fast to make, offering a great pop-in-your-mouth snack. The Wannabe Chef LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Food For Thought 
I'm a big proponent of looking at food as a necessity to fuel the body and not as a reward."
--Clinical nutrition specialist Meghann MacCurrach, as quoted by The Tampa Tribune
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