A Gallup survey found that Americans consider access to and the cost of health care to be the most urgent problems. Researchers also found that more Americans find obesity to be a major issue, with 16% saying it is an urgent medical problem, compared with only 1% in 1999.
School-nutrition professionals in some California schools are getting creative when it comes to meeting federal meal standards that call for more fruits and vegetables and whole grains in lunches. Strategies include offering students plenty of choices, including salads, baby carrots, corn, whole pears, apples and oranges. Still, many school are searching for ways to manage food waste.
"We have to make being healthy joyful," and that can include running a marathon or going for a walk, Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin told walking advocates in Washington, D.C. She said the CDC will issue a surgeon general's report that will be a "call to action" on walking, and will be followed by a national campaign for walking.
U.S. researchers analyzed studies on 50 foods, including dairy, breads and spices, and found conflicting evidence for most about their effects on cancer risk, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One researcher said too many studies with weak evidence associated specific food ingredients with cancer risk, scaring people into changing their diets, only to have the data refuted.
Columbia University researchers say scientific data on the health benefits of reducing sodium are controversial. The report on the website of the journal Health Affairs found that many studies show little or no association between salt intake and high blood pressure, and the researchers said that to conceal the scientific uncertainty of the issue is bad science and bad policy.