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December 11, 2012
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Healthy Start 
Dietary Health 
  • Tips for healthy aging begin with diet, exercise
    Diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors influence the cellular processes linked to aging, health experts say. Tips for aging well include baking rather than broiling foods, skipping a meal to reduce calorie consumption, getting moderate amounts of exercise and at least seven hours of sleep, reducing stress and enjoying a hobby. The Washington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Undeclared food allergens lead to many recalls, report says
    Undeclared food allergens have prompted more than 400 product recalls since 2009, ABC News says. Food manufacturers are required to clearly list the top eight allergens on product labels, but products that do not contain allergens may become cross-contaminated in the factory, leading to reactions from unsuspecting consumers. ABC News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Apps plus coaching may help boost weight loss
    People who underwent a weight-loss program and used a mobile application that monitored their calorie intake and exercise levels lost about 15 pounds at three months and did not regain it for a year, compared with no significant weight loss among those who did not use the app, a study showed. However, those who used the app but attended less than 80% of the weight-loss sessions put on weight at one year, researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study suggests overeating can predict drug use in youths
    Data from the Growing Up Today Study involving 16,882 9- to 15-year-olds showed that those who had a habit of overeating or binge eating were more likely to use marijuana or other drugs. Researchers found that binge eating, not overeating, predicted the start of overweight or obesity as well as worsening depression symptoms. The findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. CNN/The Chart blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study shows food choices, concerns in Pittsburgh food deserts
    Data from a study of two Pittsburgh neighborhoods considered to be food deserts found about 50% of residents worried their food would run out before they could go to a full-service grocery store and 42% said they did run short. The Rand study showed all retailers in both neighborhoods who sold edible items offered junk food but few offered fruits and vegetables. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Stick to an exercise routine during the holidays, experts say
    Americans gain about a pound on average during the holidays, but fitness experts advise sticking to an existing workout rather than adding new goals to compensate for over-indulging. Trainer Tracy Anderson says the most important thing is to be consistent about exercising, and says to "eliminate the word diet from your vocabulary for three days before and after a holiday." Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • District prepares food differently for students with allergies
    School nutrition professionals in an Iowa district say they work to protect students with allergies to gluten, peanuts and other foods. The 70 students in the district with food allergies receive modified menu plans from a staff dietitian. Based on that menu, students receive different foods, and the way in which the food is prepared is changed. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • 10 ways to enjoy nut butter
    Check out this list of 10 tasty ways to enjoy your favorite nut butter or nut butter combo. The Healthy Apple LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
When you pay attention to the food you are eating, you allow yourself to truly enjoy it, and can become satisfied with just a few bites."
--RD Rachel Begun, as quoted by The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
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