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July 18, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • FDA approves diet drug Qsymia
    The FDA has approved Vivus' diet drug Qsymia, which combines the appetite suppressant phentermine and the seizure/migraine medication topiramate, for obese people and overweight people who have health complications. Samantha Heller, a clinical nutrition coordinator in Connecticut, said the weight loss reported in studies on the drug was modest and showed that people still need to make lifestyle changes to be successful. HealthDay News (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Unilever pushes for fewer calories on menus
    Unilever Food Solutions has launched a campaign to cut 10 million calories from restaurant menus, and is urging chefs and operators to trim 100 calories from a popular item. The company is offering calorie-reduction techniques, calorie counters and menu-description ideas through its Seductive Nutrition Tool. (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Okra adds Southern flair to summertime dishes
    Okra season is in full swing in the South, where the seed pod and its leaves are grilled, fried, stewed, boiled, steamed and baked into tasty dishes such as gumbo or sometimes stuffed with pimiento cheese. The fibrous, nutritious plant is the perfect complement to other fresh summer produce -- think tomatoes and summer squash -- and is easy to cook for first-time users. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Sedentary lifestyle is linked to mortality, disease, studies show
    About 5 million people died in 2008 from diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, and about 1.5 billion people worldwide do not get recommended amounts of physical activity, according to studies in The Lancet. Inactivity is a risk factor comparable to smoking or obesity, researchers said, and is estimated to cause 10% of colon and breast cancers, 7% of diabetes cases and 6% of heart disease cases. More than a half million lives could be saved each year if inactivity was reduced 10%, researchers said. Yahoo!/Agence France-Presse (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • High intake of vitamin E cuts risk of liver cancer in study
    Vitamin E intake from diet and supplements significantly reduced the likelihood of developing liver cancer in patients ages 40 to 70, a Chinese study found. Researchers said the link between vitamin E intake and liver cancer seemed stronger in women and was consistent in patients with and without liver disease or a family history of liver cancer. The findings appear on the website of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Studies: Being physically active improves brain health
    Walking for 30 to 45 minutes three times a week for a year can increase the size of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, brain areas that are key in memory, in people ages 60 to 80 without Alzheimer's disease, according to a study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Another study found that resistance training can enhance the mental skills and memory of women ages 70 to 80 who suffer from mild cognitive impairment. WebMD (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Hospital menus contain too much sodium, study shows
    University of Toronto researchers said a study of hospital menus that did not allow patients to choose foods showed that all of them contained sodium amounts beyond daily intake levels of 1,500 milligrams, and 86% went over maximum recommended levels of 2,300 mg. Researchers said it shows a need for new policies for menu planning and food purchasing that focus on reducing sodium. The report was published on the website of the Archives of Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • HealthierUS School Challenge surpasses goal
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and its partners exceeded their goal of having 2,250 HealthierUS School Challenge-certified schools by the end of June, with 3,717 schools certified. The challenge is part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. Certified schools have voluntarily met USDA standards in nutrition, physical fitness and wellness. Food Business Review (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Balsamic green bean salad
    This tangy side dish features green beans, tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese. Taste of Home LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
I think the toughest thing I do as a dietitian is to get people to look at food differently than what we're used to in the United States."
--RD Jane Thacker, as quoted by The Suncoast Pasco News
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