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December 27, 2012
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Healthy Start 
Dietary Health 
  • Survey: Moms rely on peers for food information
    Moms rely more heavily on the opinions of bloggers and friends for a variety of information about food and food-safety issues than they do on doctors or nutritionists, according to a survey from Fleishman-Hillard and The survey also found that moms plan to cut back on sugar, processed foods and soda in 2013 and that nearly 4 in 5 read food labels. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Mouse study links actinidia polygama to weight loss
    Mice on a high-fat diet that were fed actinidia polygama extract had lower body weight, adipose tissue mass and serum triglyceride and leptin levels than did those that did not receive the supplements, a study published in Molecular Medicine Reports found. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • New shot takes aim at dangerous visceral fat
    Researchers at Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center used thermogenic fat cells in an injection that successfully burned belly fat in obese mice eating a high-fat diet. The researchers hope the shot holds promise for humans fighting belly fat, which settles around vital organs and puts people at higher risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Driving less, walking more may help curb obesity
    Walking to a bus stop instead of driving to work could help people burn an extra 100 calories daily, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported in Preventive Medicine. The study looked at the health effects of driving even 1 mile less per day and found that travel-based interventions could be as effective as dietary changes in promoting obesity reduction. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • N.C. hospital adds afternoon tea to the menu
    Some patients at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., get afternoon tea and a treat delivered by room service, which officials say is one way to help people temporarily forget they are in a hospital. Many hospitals have hired chefs to improve the quality of food served to patients and visitors, and some have brought in outside vendors such as Starbucks that offer specialized or gourmet items. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Spaghetti squash bake
    Spinach, zucchini and spaghetti sauce are added to roasted spaghetti squash for a hearty, warm casserole. Two Broke Gals LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
A varied diet consisting of minimally-processed, nutrient-dense foods from a variety of sources may be a better strategy than a juice-only regimen to reduce risks associated with the unavoidable toxins we encounter as eaters on present-day Planet Earth."
--RD Tamara Duker Freuman, writing in U.S. News & World Report's Eat + Run blog
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