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April 20, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Report: Healthier lifestyles are needed to lower disease rates
    The rates of cancer and other chronic diseases could be lowered through healthier diets, exercise, weight loss, preventive screenings and reducing tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society's annual "Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures" report. The report says an estimated 577,000 people will die from cancer this year, with one-third of the cases caused by obesity, poor nutrition and a lack of exercise. The authors called for more collaboration among government, private industry, nonprofits and health care providers to reduce disease risks. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Crowd out unhealthy foods to lose weight, expert says
    A good way to lose weight is to crowd out unhealthy foods by adding in healthier choices, says Kathy Freston, author of "The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight-Loss." She suggests drinking water before meals, eating an apple a day, adding flaxseed to the diet and finding plant-based alternatives to meat products. Forbes (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Middle-school students practice what they learn about nutrition
    Students at Collinsville Middle School in Illinois are taking nutrition lessons to heart, telling their parents to stop buying junk food, trying out a vegetarian diet and urging friends to eat healthier. The nutrition unit teaches students to read food labels, to determine their calorie needs per day and to watch for advertising that may make an unhealthy food seem cool. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Study links low-fat dairy and reduced stroke risk
    A 10-year study in the journal Stroke that followed 75,000 adults ages 45 to 83 found that those who consumed low-fat dairy products reduced their stroke risk by 12% compared with nonconsumers. Researchers said low-fat dairy offers vitamins and minerals and might lower blood pressure. WebMD (4/19), (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Review: Therapies from China could help in treating obesity
    Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments are tied to greater weight loss and a lower chance of weight-gain relapse compared with placebo and lifestyle modifications, according to a review published in Obesity Reviews. Researchers said traditional Chinese medicine treatments also showed efficacy akin to anti-obesity drugs, but with fewer side effects. Medscape (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Young black girls on reduced-carb diet show better insulin rates
    Data on 26 overweight or obese black girls ages 9 to 14 showed that those who followed a moderately restricted carbohydrate diet attained higher fasting insulin levels and lower triglyceride rates at five weeks than did those who followed a standard diet. However, researchers did not observe a significant difference in weight loss between the groups. The findings appear in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Endocrine Today (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • "Dance Dance Revolution" launches classroom edition
    The developer of the video game "Dance Dance Revolution" has entered into a new partnership to give schools greater access to "Dance Dance Revolution Classroom Edition," designed for use in physical-education courses. The intention of the game, officials say, is to promote fitness, prevent diabetes and help curb childhood obesity. The initiative is supported by the American Diabetes Association, The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Let's Move in Schools. (U.K.) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • NYC takes a second look at breakfast in the classroom
    New York City officials are concerned that programs to provide breakfast in the classroom may add to childhood-obesity problems because study data on elementary-school students showed that 21% of children were possibly eating two breakfasts: one at home and one at school. Supporters who want to expand the breakfast program to additional schools say it is needed because more than 25% of children in the city live in families with incomes below poverty level. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Peanut butter chocolate-chip granola bars
    Skip the processed snacks and make your own energy bars with fresh ingredients. The Bump LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Food For Thought 
When we lean into really good, healthy eating habits, we'll be successful with our weight loss because we're going to feel fulfilled and happy and enjoy the foods we grew up loving."
--Wellness expert and author Kathy Freston, as quoted by Forbes
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