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April 23, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Parents' dietary knowledge may not help curb obesity
    A study of 150 families of preschoolers revealed that about 40% of parents in both healthy and overweight groups agreed that buying and preparing unhealthy food is the key driver of early weight gain in children, while only 7% of parents in the healthy-weight group and 8% in the overweight group cited lack of exercise as a top cause. Pediatricians should offer parents specific and tailored guidance to put their knowledge about diet choices into practice, researchers reported in Clinical Pediatrics. (India)/Asian News International (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Friends, relatives can derail weight-loss plans, dietitians say
    Children, grandparents, friends and co-workers are among the worst people to have around when dieting, according to registered dietitians who say that these people's good intentions and influence can derail healthy-eating plans. RD Heather Mangieri, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says grandmothers see food as a welcoming gesture and "you see it as diet sabotage." Fitbie (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Salmonella stays at the top in FDA's food-hazard reporting system
    Salmonella remained the most common form of contamination in the FDA's review of the second year of its Reportable Food Registry, accounting for 38.2% of the reports from Sept. 8, 2010, to Sept. 7, 2011. The review cited three examples of the reporting system helping to prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers or causing outbreaks. (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Chia goes beyond pets to sprout up in food and drinks
    Chia seeds, rich in fatty acids, fiber and minerals, are becoming a popular ingredient in baked goods, drinks and snacks. The ancient seed is re-emerging because people "are looking for products to help them eat healthier," said Michael Hirsch, vice president of Joseph Enterprises, which launched the Chia Pet three decades ago. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Other News
  • Progressive workouts help avoid plateaus, trainer says
    Hitting an exercise plateau where progress stops isn't necessarily a bad thing, and may be feedback from the body that the workout is no longer effective, personal trainer Marshall Roy says. He recommends long-term, progressive workout plans to help avoid plateaus rather than hopping around to different routines or following the latest fads. Reuters (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • N.D. governor promotes "Fuel Up to Play 60" program
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple promoted student nutrition and fitness during an event last week to support the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program. Most schools in the state participate in the program. "We need to think of their time in school as not just about academic learning or the ABCs, but it's also a place to nurture and support young people, and that includes their health and a healthy lifestyle," Dalrymple said. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Duluth food hub connects hospitals, schools to farmers
    The Western Lake Superior Food Hub in Duluth, Minn., is a pilot program that connects community "anchors" such as hospitals and schools with farmers to supply food. University of Minnesota-Duluth food-service buyer Claudia Englemeir said student reaction so far has been great, and food-service officials from schools and hospitals have visited farms to taste test produce. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Quinoa and veggie-stuffed zucchini
    Zucchini boats are stuffed with a mixture of onions, mushrooms, spinach, quinoa and tomato sauce. The Whole Gang LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Those who are close to us have great influence on our eating and exercise habits."
--RD Angela Ginn, spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as quoted by Fitbie
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