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December 3, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Higher fruit, vegetable intake may not prevent weight gain
    Participants who incorporated fruit juice in their diets for eight weeks gained between 3.5 and 5 pounds, while heavier participants who had higher fruit and vegetable intake also showed weight gain. The study in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may not reduce hunger or carry long-term weight-loss benefits, researchers said. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Weight Watchers to launch diet plan with lifestyle focus
    Weight Watchers says it's launching a diet plan that builds on its basic program by adding lifestyle techniques for losing weight and keeping it off. The Weight Watchers 360 program will include an optional physical-activity monitor, more interactive meetings, smartphone applications and Web tools, guidance on setting healthy routines and help managing eating in different food environments. USA Today (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Dietitians can help clients manage migraines
    Foods can have neurovascular and neurochemical effects that trigger migraines, and registered dietitians can help clients manage these headaches by having them keep a food and symptom diary. Research supports the use of elimination diets, and trigger tests also are useful. RD Susan Linke says it's important to look for patterns because food reactions aren't always immediate. Today's Dietitian (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • New England scientists tout benefits of underrated fish species
    Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute are touting lesser-known species of Maine fish such as mackerel, whiting and redfish throughout New England, and they're hoping chefs will take a bite. The species, they say, are more plentiful, affordable and sustainable than favorites such as cod and flounder, and mackerel even has more health advantages than salmon, they say. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Most older adults do not need supplements, data review shows
    Most adults do not need daily vitamins or supplements, even though at least half of those 65 and older take one, according to Emory University researcher Donald McCormick, whose data review is in the journal Advances in Nutrition. Registered dietitian Andrea Giancoli says food is the best source for nutrients and should be the first solution for nutritional deficiencies. WebMD (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Researchers explain how food ads affect obese children
    Overweight and obese children may be more susceptible to eating high-calorie, sugar-laden foods they see in advertisements because they have greater activity in the reward areas of the brain compared with those at a healthier weight, researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers found that children at a healthy weight showed increased activity in brain areas associated with self-control when viewing food logos. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Exercise with the right motivations for success, RD says
    Willpower is a limited resource, and some researchers suggest that people who exercise to lose weight, rather than for internal reasons, such as to relieve stress, expend more willpower reserves, registered dietitian Melinda Johnson writes. She argues that finding an internal motivation, including exercising to boost confidence, is important to sticking to a workout plan. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Hot Topics 

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Institutional Foodservice 
  • A model school-nutrition program
    A school district in northern California has been designated as a model in serving healthy meals and educating students about nutrition. The district has gardens at all major school sites, cooking classrooms in all elementary schools and a recently opened culinary arts center. The district also no longer has food delivered, but rather buys local whenever possible and prepares most food from scratch at on-site kitchens. EdSource (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Food For Thought 
Making lasting weight loss means changing not just what you eat, but understanding why you eat, what routines or behaviors are sabotaging you, how you think about food and yourself."
--Weight Watchers client Elizabeth Cullen, as quoted by USA Today
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