At the Hometown Cafe and similar establishments in south suburban Chicago, elderly diners meet daily for balanced meals and camaraderie. The program for the city's 60-plus crowd is managed by the Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association and aimed at ensuring seniors have what they need to meet their nutritional and social needs.
U.S. research showed children had a stronger immune-system sensitization to shrimp than adults with the allergy, suggesting people may build a tolerance as they age. Data showed blood levels of IgE antibodies against shrimp were four times higher in children compared with adults.
Home economics has evolved in schools around the country into family and consumer-science classes that offer nutrition and healthy-living education along with cooking skills. A recent editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association called for mandatory home-economics-style classes to help fight childhood obesity.
Canadian researchers sent student volunteers into health stores and pharmacies and found the staff members were not always the most reliable sources of nutrition information. In nine out of 10 cases, information from health-store employees had little scientific backing, while information provided by pharmacists proved accurate or fairly accurate two-thirds of the time.