Mediterranean diet is really a lifestyle, experts say | More than access is needed to help food deserts, experts say | Global Food Revolution Day promotes real food
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May 2, 2012
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Mediterranean diet is really a lifestyle, experts say
Dietitians who help clients adopt a healthy Mediterranean diet need to understand how the Mediterranean lifestyle balances eating, activity and family, says registered dietitian Connie Diekman of Washington University. Hallmarks of the heart-healthy diet include minimally processed foods; eating grains, vegetables and fruit at almost every meal; having sweets and meats in small portions; regular exercise; and shared meals. Today's Dietitian (5/2012)
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Dietary Health
More than access is needed to help food deserts, experts say
Public health experts say increasing access to nutritious foods through farmers markets, new supermarkets or fresh-produce programs does not always translate into improved health for people living in food deserts. Additional efforts include making healthy foods more affordable, offering consumer education and using sales tactics to promote the purchase of healthy foods. KUHF-AM/KUHF-FM (Houston) (5/1)
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Global Food Revolution Day promotes real food
Chef Jamie Oliver wants everyone to mark their calendar for May 19, the first Global Food Revolution Day. In this article, the Brit explains why he is promoting home-cooked meals and healthy habits internationally and begging people to take a stance in support of real food. The Sun (London) (5/1)
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Science & Research
Keeping fruits within reach boosts consumption
A study in Environment and Behaviour revealed that placing apples and carrots within reach helped increase intake in college students. Researchers found that making the foods more visible by placing them in clear rather than opaque bowls increased the intake of the apples but not the carrots. Yahoo!/Indo-Asian News Service (5/1)
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Study: Caloric restriction curbs inflammation in older obese women
Overweight and obese postmenopausal women who underwent a caloric-restriction weight-loss diet alone or with exercise attained significant reductions in inflammation markers, including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, compared with the control group, according to a study in Cancer Research. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (5/1)
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Parents often have misconceptions about child's weight, study shows
A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting revealed nearly half of parents considered their obese children in a lower-weight category. Children whose parents had an inaccurate perception of their weight still showed significant reductions in body mass index after a 12-week intervention program compared with children whose parents had a correct perception of their weight. Endocrine Today (5/1)
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Children born during the fall are more prone to food allergies
Researchers who looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III and the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Allergy Clinic found that children born in the fall, particularly Caucasians and children with eczema, were more likely to have food allergies. The findings appear in the journal Allergy. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (5/1)
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Fitness
Students get moving for national physical-education week
Schools nationwide plan to celebrate National Physical Education and Sport Week -- which kicked off Tuesday -- with events that embrace the theme "Let's Move in School." Today West Virginia is hosting "Let's Moveapalooza West Virginia," and 66,000 students statewide are expected to participate in a dance at the same time. Students in New York and Kansas today will perform cultural dances from around the world, and Virginia students on Sunday will demonstrate archery, Zumba and line dancing to their communities. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (5/1)
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Mandatory physical education is linked to fit students, study says
Students in California school districts that complied with the state's mandatory physical-education requirements were 29% more likely to be physically fit compared with their peers in districts that did not follow the rules, a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found. About half of the 55 school districts that have compliance data met requirements that children get 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days, researchers found. Health Behavior News Service (5/1)
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Institutional Foodservice
NYC considers resolution on healthier school meals
Two New York City council members have introduced a resolution that would require the publication of ingredients used in school meals. The resolution also would establish the goal of purchasing 10% of school food locally and having a weekly meat-free day in school cafeterias. In addition, the resolution points out that improvements have been made in the quality of school meals, but it suggests more could be done -- particularly to cut back on processed foods. GothamSchools.org (New York) (4/30)
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Recipe of the Day
Quinoa pizza bites
These gluten-free bites make a great snack or appetizer. FitSugar
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Food For Thought
We want to change the way people eat by educating every child about food, giving families the skills to cook from scratch again and motivating people to stand up for their right to better food."
-- Chef Jamie Oliver, writing in The Sun
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