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December 19, 2012
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Healthy Start 
Dietary Health 
  • 2013: Year of the vegetable?
    Restaurant consultants and nutrition experts are predicting the kinds of foods they think will be popular in 2013. Some say vegetables -- particularly greens -- will receive much of the attention, and that chefs will continue to come up with creative side dishes and salads. Experts also predict that restaurants will increasingly source from their own gardens, and diners will prefer casual dining and small-plate options. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Avoid holiday weight gain by eating healthier foods first
    Dieters face a challenge over the holidays, and registered dietitian Suzanne Havala Hobbs advises filling up on lower-calorie foods –- such as soups and salads, side dishes and vegetables –- before turning to higher-calorie fare. She also warns against getting too hungry, which can make heavier fare harder to resist. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Lifestyle changes lead to diabetes remission in study
    More than 11% of diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet and exercise program attained partial disease remission at one year, compared with only 2% in the non-intervention group, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients with a shorter diabetes duration, greater weight loss or stronger fitness gains were more likely to see improvements in blood glucose, researchers said. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Black and Hispanic children show higher diabetes risk
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that children with high-risk A1C levels were more likely to be black, have a family history of diabetes and have higher body mass index, waist size and fasting insulin levels than children with A1C levels of less than 5.7%. Researchers also found that impaired fasting glucose was more likely to occur in Hispanic children, those with higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels and those with hypertension and higher average triglyceride rates compared with children who had lower plasma glucose levels. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What to expect in fitness in the new year
    Fitness trends in 2013 are likely to be less outlandish and could include an uptick in barre classes, circuit training and workplace health programs, Shamona Harnett writes. Active vacations that incorporate exercise will be popular, Harnett writes, and while people will still be aware of their carbohydrate intake, they are likely to embrace such "good" carbs as whole grains and high-fiber fruit. Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Food Corps helps schools gain access to local food
    Food Corps is working with public schools and other groups in Connecticut to provide more locally grown foods for school cafeterias. The program focuses not only on providing healthy food but also teaching students about nutrition and providing resources for teachers. "We're not just giving the kids better food -- we're educating them about food," said Ernie Koschmieder, director of food services for Windham Public Schools in Willimantic, Conn. Norwich Bulletin (Conn.) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Colo. schools curb student hunger with breakfast programs
    Colorado is holding its second School Breakfast Challenge -- a contest that seeks to increase the number of students served breakfast at school. Past winners have received grants for their breakfast programs, which educators say have helped reduce student hunger and cut down on the number of students requesting snacks from teachers. "We felt like we had lots of kids that were complaining about their tummies hurting or being lethargic in the morning," said principal Debbie James, whose school recently launched a universal breakfast program. Education News Colorado (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Cannellini bean "meatballs" with tomato sauce
    These bean "meatballs" are baked in the oven and then simmered in tomato sauce, for a healthy, tasty dinner. Cookin' Canuck LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Hallelujah, vegetables will finally get their star turn. Veggies are moving to the center of the plate and are being prepared in tons of innovative ways."
--RD Janet Helm, as quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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