Survey: 85% of food retailers employ RDs | RD: Have an abundant mindset toward holiday eating | Senate votes to confirm Hahn as FDA commissioner
December 13, 2019
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Survey: 85% of food retailers employ RDs
Food retail companies are stepping up when it comes to health and wellness programs, with 90% boasting established programs and 49% having them for both employees and shoppers, according to a Food Marketing Institute report. The survey showed 85% of retailers employed registered dietitians, with 70% at the corporate level and 27% at the regional level.
Progressive Grocer (12/11) 
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Dietary Health
RD: Have an abundant mindset toward holiday eating
Having an abundant mindset about year-round food availability can help people be more selective about what they eat during the holidays, said registered dietitian Samantha Cassetty. Other tips for healthful holiday eating include limiting indulgence to foods you truly love, using mindfulness techniques and limiting alcohol consumption.
NBC News (12/11) 
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Senate votes to confirm Hahn as FDA commissioner
The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee Dr. Stephen Hahn as the next FDA commissioner. Hahn, a radiation oncologist, was confirmed 72-18.
CNN (12/13) 
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Science & Research
BMI reductions tied to lower T2D risk, study finds
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 300,000 British individuals ages 40 to 69 and found that a 1 kg/m2 reduction in body mass index among people who were not overweight and had no family history of diabetes was linked with up to 37% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while individuals with obesity and a family history of diabetes were able to reduce risk by 21% with BMI reductions. The findings, published in PLOS Medicine, suggest that "all individuals can substantially reduce their type 2 diabetes risk through weight loss."
United Press International (12/11) 
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Study: ESG safe, effective for children, adolescents
A study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found that endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty was safe for children and adolescents with obesity, and it was associated with significant and lasting weight loss. Mean BMI decreased from 2 kg/m2 to 1.3 kg/m2 in the nine months following the procedure, and patients lost 80% of excess weight during the year after the procedure.
Healio (free registration)/Gastroenterology (12/12) 
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No benefit to vitamin D therapy for ICU patients, study finds
Treating ICU patients who have vitamin D deficiency with high-dose enteral vitamin D3 was not associated with reductions in mortality or with benefits associated with non-fatal outcomes, compared with a placebo, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said the study does not support "early testing for, or treatment of, vitamin D deficiency in critically ill patients."
Medscape (free registration) (12/12) 
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Journal Review
Here are this week's links to emerging research, briefs, systematic reviews and case studies from publications focusing on the science of food, nutrition and dietetics.
Prevention & Well-Being
Study: Strength training tied to less BMD loss in obesity
Older adults with obesity who engaged in resistance exercise or a combination of aerobic and resistance exercises for six months had less bone mineral density reductions than those who did only aerobic exercise, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Based on 160 adults ages at least 65, findings revealed that "both resistance and combined aerobic and resistance exercise can be recommended to protect against bone loss during weight loss therapy of older adults with obesity," researchers wrote.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (12/10) 
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Secondhand smoke exposure might compromise pediatric CV health
Children and teens who were exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to have increased abdominal aorta stiffness, which is associated with elevated atherosclerosis risk, according to a study in Pediatric Research. However, the findings, based on ultrasound data involving 298 non-smoking youths ages 8 to 18, showed that secondhand smoke exposure had no effect to the brachial and carotid arteries.
HealthDay News (12/12) 
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Institutional Foodservice
Texas university opens allergen-free cafeteria
The University of North Texas has what it says is the state's first college cafeteria that offers food free of eight ingredients linked to most food allergies. The university's registered dietitian, Samantha Krysiak, said setting allergen-free standards was supported by students, staff and parents.
KERA-TV/KERA-FM (Dallas) (12/10) 
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Recipe of the Day
Fluffy whole-wheat apple pecan pancakes
Prepare these pancakes for a filling, delicious breakfast. Beautiful Eats & Things
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Academy News
CMS discharge planning requirements
The CMS issued a final rule requiring hospitals to provide patients with access to information about post-acute care provider choices. These include performance on important quality measures at the time of patient discharge. The rule also implements requirements from the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014.
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Holiday tribute gifts to the Academy Foundation
During the holiday season, honor someone who has made a difference in your life with a tribute to the Academy Foundation! Your friend, colleague or loved one's family will be notified of your thoughtful gift through a personalized acknowledgement letter.
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Savoring your food can go a long way toward increasing your satisfaction, lowering your overall intake and even reducing bloating and indigestion that can occur when you're eating too quickly and not chewing thoroughly.
RD Samantha Cassetty, writing for NBC News
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