Locally grown produce has traditionally been made more available to those on food stamps through doubling the value of each dollar when used at farmers markets, but Michigan's Double Up Food Bucks program will test an expansion to three Detroit grocers. "This will be the first time an incentive program like this has been done at a grocery store anywhere," Fair Food Network President and CEO Oran Hesterman said. "This is not just a little boutique one-off program; this is a program we're demonstrating can happen in any community."
It is important to exercise throughout the week instead of just a few days in a row because some immediate health effects, such as improvements in blood pressure or glucose, are not long-lasting, says physiologist Dr. Michael Joyner at the Mayo Clinic. Research also shows that people who skip exercise for a few days can lose endurance and motivation for future workouts.
Jon Dickl, director of school nutrition for Knox County Schools in Tennessee, worked with Janey Thornton, deputy undersecretary of food, nutrition and consumer services for the U.S. Agriculture Department, to publicize the district's summer-meal program. The district is hoping to increase the number of healthy meals served for free to students this summer, with officials noting that many students who rely on school meals are at risk of going hungry during the summer.
An urban-farming nonprofit called Growing Places Indy has begun initiatives throughout Indianapolis to promote healthy eating and locally grown produce. The group's activities include a volunteer-run garden that supplies produce to a food stand, a donation-based yoga class that funds matching money for food-stamp recipients who use the food stand, discussions on food issues and a subscriber-based program for weekly deliveries of produce.
Deep brain stimulation appeared safe and helped two of three severely obese patients who failed to lose weight following weight-loss surgery to shed pounds temporarily, according to a study in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Researchers noted some short-lived side effects associated with the procedure, including nausea and anxiety.