School nutrition professionals in an Illinois district have worked in collaboration with children's health organization genHkids to launch a new menu aligned with federal meal standards. The menu includes more fresh produce and made-from-scratch dishes, including hummus, meat loaf, macaroni and cheese with homemade cheese sauce, breakfast burritos and chicken and noodles. School nutrition professionals attended training sessions over the summer to learn to prepare the dishes.
A report from the IOM Committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts says not all obesity policies and initiatives in the U.S. are certain to be effective. The committee proposed a National Obesity Evaluation Plan that calls for identifying evaluation efforts and incorporating them into national monitoring systems, adding data and infrastructure to fill gaps and help community obesity evaluation, and creating an online route for feedback to data users.
Two-year-olds who consumed sugary drinks regularly were more likely to have a higher body mass index over the next two years, and had a greater likelihood of being obese at age 5 than peers who did not drink these beverages, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Researchers tracked 9,600 children from birth to 5 years of age and found that about 9.3% of them were consuming at least one sugary drink a day at age 2.
An Italian meta-analysis of nearly 6,500 people showed that those who took vitamin D-3 supplements were no less likely to develop breast cancer than the placebo group. Although the supplementation was not associated with lower breast cancer incidence, senior study author Antonio Giordano said research on the topic is not yet adequate enough to draw firm conclusions. The findings appear in the journal PLoS One.