Elderly patients without dementia who had an active lifestyle had better executive function and information-processing speed than did their sedentary peers, said researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital. Study author Dr. Kristian Frederiksen told the World Congress of Neurology that physically active patients initially had worse memory than inactive seniors, but that faded by the third year of follow-up.
The Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia revamped its menus for patients and staff using a food "value-chain" system that emphasizes locally grown produce to make meals healthier and give farmers an economic boost. The initiative has reduced sodium in meals by 40% and fat by 35%, according to CAMC's head of nutrition, Mike Marrara.
Preparing chicken with creamed soups, oils, butter, cheeses and sauces loads it up with extra calories and fat, registered dietitian Mary-Jo Sawyer writes. Cooking with reduced-fat soups and dairy and trying fat-free salad dressings, barbeque sauce or wine for sauteing can make recipes healthier, Sawyer writes, while warning that ingredients lower in fat and calories may be higher in sodium.
A "diet report card" issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest gave Americans a C grade for their eating habits, noting that they consume about 450 calories more each day than they did in 1970. Americans are eating plenty of grains and slightly less beef and sugar; fruit and vegetable levels are flat; use of fats and oils has been increasing; and people are eating 23 pounds of cheese each year, the report says.
Study data show the number of people ages 19 to 24 who get food stamps more than doubled from 2001 through 2010 and that colleges are seeing an increasing number of students who need help getting enough food. Some students are eligible for food stamps but do not know it, while others do not apply due to the stigma associated with the program, experts said. Budget cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also could hurt students, experts say.