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May 1, 2012
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Dietary Health 
  • Dietitians say they follow their own advice
    Dietitians say they follow the nutrition advice they give to clients, such as eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, balancing meals and snacks, and practicing moderation. Registered dietitian Jennifer Klein says she supports reaching a healthy balance of foods, "so even when I indulge in something decadent I don't really consider it falling off the wagon." Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Parenthood doesn't prompt adults to eat better or worse, study says
    University of Iowa researchers said becoming a parent doesn't prod adults to eat healthier but also doesn't have unfavorable effects on their diet. The study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found no changes in the intake of calories, fruits and vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages or fast food among people who became parents during the study period. News (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Food insecurity might increase childhood-obesity risk
    Low-income mothers with babies younger than 6 months who reported being food insecure showed controlling feeding practices -- such as food restriction and pressuring -- which might increase the risk of childhood obesity, a study revealed. Researchers also found that food-insecure mothers were more likely than non-insecure counterparts to be worried that their child might become overweight. The results were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting and will be published in the journal Pediatrics. Yahoo!/Asian News International (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Obesity costs are on the rise in the U.S.
    The costs of the rising rate of obesity in the U.S. for government, businesses and individuals are greater than previously estimated, and are spurring efforts to find solutions to the obesity epidemic. Research estimates that obesity-related absenteeism costs employers up to $6.4 billion a year, while "presenteeism" due to obesity comes in at about $30 billion a year. A study calculated $190 billion annually in additional medical spending as a result of obesity, higher than previous estimates. Reuters (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Squats top the list of fat-burning exercises, trainer says
    Five fat-burning exercises are squats, boxing, kettlebell swings, plyometrics and cycling, fitness trainer Pamela Hernandez writes. She writes that squats are a favorite because they work all of the big leg muscles and there are many ways to vary the exercise to keep it from getting boring. (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Yoga plus spinning creates a full-body workout
    Fitness instructor Gabriella Boston combines 45 minutes of high-intensity spinning and 45 minutes of elementary yoga, saying the two exercises fit well together for a full-body workout and a mind-body balance. The workout can help exercise different muscles and emphasizes flexibility and balance. The Washington Post (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Schools seek more details on federal nutrition standards
    School districts are preparing to implement new federal nutrition standards, but officials in Kansas say few details are available. This presents logistical challenges for districts that need to make decisions now about menus, suppliers, what food they will purchase and how much to buy, officials say. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Food For Thought 
The best diet advice we as registered dietitians can give is to encourage people to follow a sensible eating plan and to avoid fad diets."
--RD Stephanie Macaluso, as quoted by the Asbury Park Press
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