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October 26, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Longer obesity duration makes weight loss more difficult
    Having excess pounds for a longer period replaces the body's "normal" weight with a higher one, increasing the risk of irreversible obesity, an animal study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation indicated. Data showed young obesity-programmed mice that were able to retain a normal weight through dieting were able to prevent excess weight gain in adulthood, while young mice that had early obesity were not able to lose weight in adulthood despite lower food intake and more exercise. Medical News Today (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Change food rules for college athletes, sports dietitians say
    The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association says student-athletes do not get enough food, and it has asked the NCAA to lift its one-meal-per-day limit on scholarship athletes to allow "unlimited interval feedings" as needed. Becci Twombley, who coordinates meals for athletes at the University of Southern California, says many student athletes "go without eating all the way up to practice time." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Food predictions for 2050
    A panel of food experts convened for Food Day this week predicted that by 2050, Americans will eat healthier processed foods and less meat and chicken. They said people will have health planners and home gardens, and there will be financial incentives to buy healthier foods. The Boston Globe/Daily Dose blog (tiered subscription model) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Seattle urban-farming plan could increase access to healthy food
    Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed leasing underutilized city property to commercial farmers for urban agriculture. Groups such as Seattle Tilth already grow produce on small sections of land in the city, says executive director Andrea Dwyer, adding that creating farming businesses "will increase access for all people to healthy, nutritious, locally grown food." Seattle Weekly/Voracious blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Study finds link between celiac disease and fertility problems
    An online survey found women with celiac disease have more trouble getting pregnant and have higher rates of miscarriage, preterm delivery and cesarean section, researchers reported at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. The study, from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, also noted women with celiac disease had fewer years of fertility. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • N.C. county's schools double fruit, vegetable servings
    Schools in Wake County, N.C., are offering students four servings of fruits and vegetables, rather than two, at lunch as part of its implementation of federal standards for school meals. To help entice students to choose the healthy options, school-nutrition professionals are packaging fruits and vegetables in "kid-friendly containers." WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Conn. district recruits students to help craft menu
    High-school students in a Connecticut district were asked to taste-test menu items to help school-nutrition professionals determine what to serve next year. Students tasted samples including omelets, beef strips, hamburgers and cheese pizza dippers. The students said they were looking for school meals that were filling and gave them energy. Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Pumpkin gingersnaps
    Pumpkin pairs perfectly with this molasses-spiced cookie for a festive fall treat. Two Peas & Their Pod LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
We need to figure out what and how to eat before we get obese or have that first heart attack."
--Dr. David Katz of Yale University, as quoted by The Boston Globe's Daily Dose blog
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