Expect sweet and savory pies to be more popular in 2011, says foodservice expert Andrew Freeman. He also said small portions, including miniature desserts, will become more common as will reformulating foods to make them more healthful.
A study in Pediatrics found some physicians may be biased by their own feelings about how shortness affects a child's emotional well-being when making treatment decisions for children. Study authors found that even if children, especially short boys, did not grow much after a year of growth hormones, 60% of physicians surveyed recommended using a higher dose, 14% thought it should be kept the same, and 26% voted to stop treatment, which is consistent with conventional recommendations.
The USDA unveiled an online food atlas that includes health-related information such as illnesses brought about by dietary habits. The tool has three main categories -- food choice, health choice and community characteristics -- that can be broken down into 90 separate indicators and applied at a state or county level.
A contract-based fitness program is helping Chicago schools offer more opportunities for younger students to learn about nutrition and exercise, even as budget woes cut back on daily gym classes. Educators say initiatives like Stretch-N-Grow, which operates in schools nationwide, provide a much-needed boost to their efforts to combat childhood obesity by offering in-class and after-school programming for children.
First Lady Michelle Obama is ramping up her campaign against childhood obesity, urging parents to find new ways to encourage healthy eating and exercise in communities throughout the U.S. Obama plans to provide more details on a comprehensive fitness agenda in coming weeks as part of her "Let's Move" initiative.