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October 1, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Blogging helps people lose weight and gain support
    There are hundreds of diet and weight-loss blogs, written by people who are tracking their efforts publicly, sharing information and gaining support. Alyssa Curran said her Double Chin Diary helps holder her accountable because as she shares information with her audience, she does not want to disappoint them. ABC News/"Good Morning America" (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Plant-based diet best for breast cancer patients, RD says
    Women being treated for breast cancer should adopt a plant-based diet recommended by the American Institute for Cancer Research that limits red and processed meats and focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, says registered dietitian Cortney Malcher at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven in Connecticut. She says it's important to switch from processed and fast-food meals to homemade meals but cautions people to make changes slowly. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Pa. food desert to get nonprofit supermarket
    Philabundance is opening the "Fare & Square" market in Chester, Pa., a food desert that has gone 11 years without a major grocery store. The store, touted as the nation's first nonprofit supermarket, will require people to become members. It will stock produce, dairy and dry goods but not junk food or health or beauty products offered in other grocery stores. The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study: Chocolate may cut stroke risk
    A study of 37,103 Swedish men between ages 45 and 79 found the men who ate about 2 ounces of chocolate per week were 17% less likely to suffer a stroke compared to those who ate little or no chocolate. The study also cited results showing that for men and women, high chocolate consumption cut stroke risk by 19%. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Low vitamin D levels tied to higher heart, death risks
    Researchers looked at the blood samples of more than 10,000 people in Denmark, and found that those with low levels of vitamin D were 64% more likely to suffer from heart attack and 57% more likely to die prematurely than those with highest levels. They also had a 40% greater risk of ischemic heart disease and at least an 81% higher risk of heart disease-related death. The study appeared in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. United Press International (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • University of Michigan to study student eating habits
    The University of Michigan plans to survey thousands of students about their attitudes toward body image and eating habits to gain insights into eating disorders. Co-investigator Dr. Suzanne Dooley-Hash says eating disorders are a big problem among college students who are away from home for the first time and are under a lot of stress. (Mich.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Basic workout leads to EPOC calorie burn, fitness expert says
    Basic exercises such as push-ups, squats and dead lifts create a good workout because they increase strength and help burn more calories afterward, writes fitness trainer Kyler Crouse. EPOC, or exercise post oxygen consumption, the energy used by the body to bring it back to normal after a workout, can boost metabolism for 12 to 24 hours, he says. The Tahoe Daily Tribune (Calif.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Healthy meals are on the menu in Ga. schools
    School nutrition professionals in Georgia say students are adjusting to the new normal of school meals, including higher prices and more nutritious fare. Peggy Lawrence, a national spokeswoman for the School Nutrition Association, said new federal regulations come with challenges, including the cost to prepare the meals and getting more kids to eat the food. "We can write really great looking menus on paper, but we've got to get children to consume the food," she said. Georgia Public Broadcasting (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Food For Thought 
Weight loss and eating habits are really a lifestyle change. Any small change will be helpful. Once you make a change, you often start feeling better and are willing to make more changes."
--RD Cortney Malcher, as quoted by The Hartford Courant
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