Seemingly petty complaints from employees may mask something deeper and more substantive that's bothering them, writes Art Markman, professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. Managers should listen carefully no matter how small the complaint to determine what the real issue is. And to prevent complaints from cropping up, create a workplace culture in which small issues can be resolved quickly, he recommends.
Participants who had late evening meals of barley kernels had increased levels of a satiety hormone and showed lower voluntary energy intake the following day compared with those who ate white wheat bread, a small study revealed. Barley also reduced inflammatory markers and free fatty acid levels, researchers wrote in the Nutrition Journal.
A review of 68 reports that studied the link between family meals and child health showed that they led to higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, fiber, calcium and vitamins, Rutgers University researchers reported at a nutrition conference. Data also showed that children who ate more family meals together consumed fewer unhealthy items, such as soda.
Food-service organizations such as Open Hand in Atlanta are stretching tight budgets through entrepreneurial efforts and partnerships that generate income. Open Hand partners with Good Measure Meals, run by restaurateur Tom Murphy; proceeds from the sale of Good Measure Meals foods, developed by dietitians from both groups, support Open Hand's free-meal programs.
Cancer patients will tend the "Seed for Health" organic garden outside of Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill, N.Y. Patients can enjoy the food they grow, and the cancer center will use the garden to teach healthy lifestyles and nutritious eating to help prevent cancer and improve health for those who have it.