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September 26, 2012
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  • Looking ahead to the FNCE Conference
    Next week, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will host thousands of registered dietitians, nutrition professionals, researchers, policymakers and others at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Philadelphia. The meeting will feature more than 130 research and educational presentations, lectures, discussions and culinary demonstrations. Hot topics include mindful eating, food safety, disease management, social media, professional skills, and much more. Check out the conference website to find out more and be sure to read SmartBrief for Nutritionists for blog updates during the event. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New Math: When a Calorie Isn't a Calorie
Event explores a new method for determining calories in food developed by researchers from the USDA. Sunday, 10/7. 6:20-7:50 a.m. Marriott Liberty Ballrooms A/B. CE credit pending. Free breakfast. RSVP to amaris.noguera@porternovelli.com.
Also: Visit California Almonds at FNCE Booth #439.
Food & Nutrition 
  • Stanford study on organic foods was misleading
    A Stanford University study that suggested organic foods are not significantly more nutritious gave conclusions that actually support choosing organics, experts say. Despite the hype about the findings, the study showed organic produce had less pesticide residues and organic meats had fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Overall, however, the analysis was narrowly focused and indicates the need for more research on organic foods and how they affect the health of consumers, farmers and the environment. The Huffington Post/The Blog (9/18), The Washington Post/All We Can Eat blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Getting people to eat more whole-grain foods is a challenge
    Most people do not eat the recommended daily servings of whole grains but many still think they are getting enough, which makes it difficult for dietitians to get them to increase their intake. Health professionals emphasize whole grain for its nutrition benefits, but barriers to increasing consumption include taste and texture differences as well as cost and availability. Today's Dietitian (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New Math: When a Calorie Isn't a Calorie
Sunday, 10/7. 6:20-7:50 a.m.
Event explores a new method for determining calories in food developed by researchers from the USDA. Free breakfast.
Marriott Liberty Ballrooms A/B. CE credit pending.
RSVP to amaris.noguera@porternovelli.com.
Also: Visit California Almonds at FNCE Booth #439
Obesity & Weight Management 
  • NYC official defends government action in obesity crisis
    New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley defended the city's decision to limit sizes of sugar-sweetened beverages in a JAMA editorial that said while people have not changed over the years, the environment they live in is not the same. He said educating people about obesity has not worked and there is only so much companies will do voluntarily, so government intervention is needed to make healthy choices easier. CBS News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Swedish lifestyle program Itrim comes to U.S.
    The Swedish program Itrim is a two-year plan to overhaul a person's diet, exercise and behaviors, using a health assessment, lifestyle coach, group meetings, fitness center workouts and activities such as hiking and cooking classes. Jill Kinney, who founded the Club One fitness chain, was so impressed by the program's potential to address the obesity problem that she bought U.S. rights and opened the first Itrim center in the San Francisco area. American City Business Journals/San Francisco (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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New Math: When a Calorie Isn't a Calorie
Event explores a new method for determining calories in food developed by researchers from the USDA. Sunday, 10/7. 6:20-7:50 a.m. Marriott Liberty Ballrooms A/B. CE credit pending. Free breakfast. RSVP to amaris.noguera@porternovelli.com.
Also: Visit California Almonds at FNCE Booth #439.
Leadership 
  • 5 ways to help your career after hours
    There are plenty of things you can do after the workday ends to advance your career, experts say. For example, hitting happy hour with colleagues can help improve work relationships, says Lynn Taylor, author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant." Also, traveling can give you a "change of perspective, fresh approaches to problem solving and inspiration for new projects," says Paula Crerar of Brainshark. CBS MoneyWatch (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn to toot your own horn to get ahead
    Everyone needs to brag a bit to get ahead, experts say. While you don't need to "roll out a laundry list of your successes," you do need to keep bosses up on your achievements or progress, says Peggy Klaus, author of "BRAG!" Research shows women especially tend to understate their achievements. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to uncover your core talents
    It's important to rely on your strengths to get ahead, but that can be difficult if you're not sure what they are, says Todd Kashdan, author of "Curious?" To gain insight about your talents, pay attention to the things that make you excited and ask yourself which situations you've handled differently than your colleagues would have. Also, be creative when putting names to your strengths; descriptions like "storyteller" and "investigator" are better than vague words like "passionate," he says. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Public Policy 
  • FDA may set standards for arsenic levels in rice
    Consumer groups are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for safe levels of arsenic in rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment; the agency, which thus far has found no evidence to show dangerous levels in rice, is in the midst of a study of 1,200 products that contain rice. Time.com/The Associated Press (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA awards grants to support new school-meal standards
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $5.2 million in grants to 18 states, Guam and the District of Columbia to help support their transition to the new federal meal standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Among other things, the grants will help provide training and nutrition-education resources for school nutrition professionals. Farm Futures (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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