Poll: Americans back government efforts to boost health | RD offers strategies for dealing with lactose intolerance | Food preparation affects nutrition value, experts say
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Poll: Americans back government efforts to boost health
About 80% of Americans support government initiatives that aim to reduce childhood obesity, while 84% say the government should help diabetes patients better manage their condition, a survey in Health Affairs indicates. The survey also found that 84% said the government should help make fruits and vegetables more affordable, 89% said children should get more lessons on the health risks of obesity and 88% said schools should provide least 45 minutes of physical education daily for children. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/4)
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RD offers strategies for dealing with lactose intolerance
Lactose intolerance is not a food allergy, although many people mistakenly believe it is and needlessly avoid certain nutrient-rich foods, registered dietitian Pam Stuppy writes. People should test their tolerance for dairy products, because smaller quantities may not trigger a digestive reaction, Stuppy writes. Those who are very sensitive may want to consider using lactase pills. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (3/3)
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Food preparation affects nutrition value, experts say
Overcooking vegetables, adding salt before tasting and not draining excess fat from ground beef are examples of how food preparation can reduce nutrient values or add fat and sodium, nutrition experts said. Cooking healthier includes grilling or baking instead of frying meats, steaming vegetables, using whole-wheat flour in place of white, and the proper use of oils and garlic. The Washington Post/Consumers Union (3/4)
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Science & Research
Research highlights growing role of snacks
Snacks, which occupy a growing place in the American diet, tend to be divided into the categories of healthy and indulgent, researcher Global Industry Analysts says. Almonds, and nuts in general, are becoming a popular ingredient in snacks because they are nutritious and filling. Food Processing (2/28)
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Snacking during pregnancy could result in children's addiction
A study published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that pregnant rats that ate snack food triggered changes in their unborn offspring's brains, predisposing them to snack-food addiction. However, injecting an opioid-receptor blocker regulated the reward and pleasure centers of snack-addicted pups, researchers say. The Daily Mail (London) (3/1)
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Wristbands aim to shed light on student wellness
An Illinois school district is using a portion of a $15,000 grant from Fuel Up to Play 60 to purchase 60 wristbands made by Fitbit Flex that will track students' steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, hours slept and the quality of sleep. The effort is intended to help reduce teenage obesity, and officials said students will take the wristbands home for several days and potentially use the data to make healthier choices. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/4)
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Institutional Foodservice
Ga. district encourages students to "break the fast"
With students in Forsyth County, Ga., gearing up for standardized-test season, officials say it's a good time to encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast at school. Schools are celebrating National Breakfast Week, conducted through the Georgia School Nutrition Association in conjunction with National Nutrition Month. "We help them to understand that breakfast means 'break the fast' and that in the morning, you need to fuel your body so you can be ready to learn," said Valerie Bowers, director of food and nutrition services for the district. Forsyth County News (Cumming, Ga.) (3/4)
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Mont. senior centers switch to "congregate meal" program
Senior centers in Montana are switching to a "congregate meal" format, designed to reduce costs while offering healthier foods. The menus are analyzed by a dietitian. The change has led to an increase in the number of people who take part in the meal program. KECI-TV/KCFW-TV/KTVM-TV (Montana) (3/4)
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Food For Thought
Rather than avoiding dairy, the individual could experiment with how much he or she is able to tolerate and keep intake at that level."
-- RD Pam Stuppy, writing at SeacoastOnline
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