Nutritionist Michelle King Rimer will head the new Solmaz Institute for Obesity at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, aimed at helping children and adults eat better and lose weight. The program, which is free, also serves as an academic program with internships for students studying to become registered dietitians.
Whole Foods stores in Northern California are rolling out a "Health Starts Here" program that includes adding nutritional signs to foods and preparing dishes without oils or fats for the takeout bar. Shoppers are encouraged to use the nutritional numbers system and to even try out a vegan diet.
California filmmakers are creating a documentary that will include the Pacific Elementary School Food Lab, where fifth- and sixth-graders cook meals from scratch for about 100 students and staff each day. The film, which looks at the changing food industry, will use the Food Lab to show how schools are improving nutrition to keep students healthier and reduce obesity.
CDC researchers found that babies who are breast-fed in early infancy can better self-regulate their milk intake in late infancy compared with babies who were bottle-fed, which could explain previous findings linking breast-feeding to lower obesity rates. The study "shows the importance of learning to recognize your infant's cues and to respect those cues," a neonatology expert said.
Foods that are red seem appropriate for Valentine's Day. Cupcakes made with beets, a linzer cookie colored by Japanese red bean and a cheesecake with red bell peppers all meet the requirement, and the recipes are included.