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November 21, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • School chef follows MyPlate to transform meals
    When he was first hired as the chef at an Oregon school, Robert Bragdon threw away 2,500 pounds of junk food, and shortly after he successfully transitioned the school to serving primarily unprocessed, whole foods and one hot entree per day. Bragdon said he creates meals that follow the federal MyPlate guidelines. "When every meal is a goal, it's manageable," he said. "If we can put one good, healthy meal on their plates every day, we're making a change." The Oregonian (Portland) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Nutrition experts explore common food myths
    Chocolate does not make your skin break out and it's OK to eat red meat more than once a week, nutrition experts from Arizona State University say. Old wives' tales may sometimes have a grain of truth -- soda can indeed destroy tooth enamel -- but other food folklore is untrue, the professionals say. New Times (Phoenix) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study: Vegetable, PUFA intake curbs DNA damage in type 2 diabetes
    Consuming 300 grams of vegetables and 25 milliliters of plant oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids daily may curb DNA damage that results in mutagenesis and/or carcinogenesis in type 2 diabetes patients, researchers reported in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Patients who did not eat the vegetables and plant oils also showed decreased A1C levels but did not attain a reduction in oxidative damage to DNA. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fitness center focuses on high-intensity, high-stress workouts
    Former U.S. Marshal Steven Softly is a co-owner and trainer at CrossFit LifeForce, which focuses on helping people deal with stress and dangerous situations that may arise, such as a car accident or a mugging. "You push yourself to the absolute maximum and beyond," Softly said. "Your body takes you so far, but your mind can take you that much further. So what we try to do is get people to go through that wall." (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Stronger muscles for boys may help prevent early death
    Men who received high scores in strength tests during their teen years had a 20% to 35% lower risk of dying early from any cause or having a cardiovascular problem, a Swedish study found. These men were also less likely to commit suicide or be diagnosed with a mental health disorder than were those with lower muscular strength in their teens, researchers wrote in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Students taste-test school-meal options
    In a Kentucky school district, nutrition professionals are working to make healthier meals appealing to students by offering healthier versions of familiar favorites and offering meals that have been tested by a chef and students. Students also are offered both hot and cold vegetable options, and plans are under way to add kale chips, spinach and butternut squash to school menus. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Thanksgiving, before the turkey
    Don't forget about the snacks and appetizers needed to keep family and guests happy this Thursday while the main meal is prepared. Here are 17 recipes if you need some last-minute ideas. Cooking Light LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
These kids deserve to have fresh, quality food in front of them."
--Chef Robert Bragdon, as quoted by The Oregonian
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