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September 24, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Studies: Sugary drinks play leading role in obesity epidemic
    Three studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to greater weight gain among Americans. Two of the studies found that drinking noncaloric drinks could lower children's weight gain. Another study found that people who drank sugary beverages were twice as likely to gain weight because of genetic factors than people who did not drink such beverages. (9/22), Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Protein is not a big nutrition problem for vegans, RD says
    Getting enough vitamin B-12, zinc or calcium can be a concern for vegans, but consuming adequate protein usually is not a problem, registered dietitian Virginia Messina told a conference on plant-based nutrition. She said the only must-take supplement for vegans is B-12, because other nutrition needs can be met through foods, but that omega-3, iodine and vitamin D supplements also can be helpful. (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fresno program emphasizes role of families in weight loss
    The free Healthy Lifestyles Fitness Program run by Fresno Parks and Recreation this summer required parents to attend nutrition classes, which aided healthier cooking and portion control and helped to increase exercise. Registered dietitian Tina Canales of the area Women Infants and Children nutrition program said diets do not work for overweight children, so it "has to be the whole family eating healthier and exercising." The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Eating more dairy doesn't aid weight loss, analysis says
    An analysis of 29 studies found that adding extra servings of dairy products may have had a small, beneficial effect on weight loss in the short term but made no significant difference in weight loss or weight maintenance overall. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • One-third of children do not get food allergy test, study shows
    An online survey showed 70% of children with food allergy symptoms received a physician's diagnosis but 32% did not get a screening test, Northwestern University researchers reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Minority and low-income children were more likely to have untreated food allergies, and only 20% of children who had a diagnostic test had an oral food challenge, which is considered the gold standard. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News
  • Study: Exercise may mitigate predisposition to obesity
    Hispanic and white children who are genetically predisposed to obesity may mitigate that risk with high levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented at an Obesity Society meeting. However, researchers did not find the same link among black adolescents. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Hot Topics 

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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Program pairs professional chefs with schools
    An Arizona school district has recruited a professional chef to help school nutrition professionals prepare healthy meals that students will eat. The partnership, part of the Experience Food Project, includes training for the nutrition professionals. Officials say they have been starting slow and serving healthier fare along with familiar favorites. East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Sparkling cherry spritzer
    Check out this light and refreshing spritzer. The Healthy Apple LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages."
--Dr. David Ludwig, as quoted by Reuters
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