Food and Nutrition Electronic Newsletters
Volume 13, Number 1 (January, 2011)
- 2011 Resources
- 2011 Trends Same as 1870
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physical Activity Update
- Cook It Quick: Veggie Pizza on Crackers, Healthy Hash Browns, No-salt Sloppy Joe mix, Shrimp Tacos with a Twist, Peanut Butter
- Dairy Download-December 2010
- Dietary Guidelines 2010 Materials
- Dinner Tonight Video Releases
- Fiesta of Flavors - Traditional Hispanic Recipes for People with Diabetes - University of Illinois Extension
- Got Nutrients? - Recent Daily Tips
- Healthy Minorities, Healthier America Newsletter
- New Data Briefs from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
- Nutrition Labels to be Required on Meat, Poultry - Health News - RedOrbit
- On Web - Info on Homemade Food Gifts / Mixes & Preparing Food Ahead
- Routine Blood Test May Identify People with Pre-Diabetes, Cutting Later Treatment Costs
- Sugary Sports Drinks Often Mistaken as Healthy: Study
- Vitamin D Fact Sheet Resource
- What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?
2011 Resources [top]
The link for the new 2011 Handouts from Food and Health Communications is here:
Fall in Love With Salad
(this one is great for the colors theme of Nutrition Month, Heart Month and the Dietary Guidelines, plus fun for demos)
- Easy Ways to Lower Salt AND Calories
- 3 Things to Pack Each Day For Your Heart
- 3 Top Tips from the New Dietary Guidelines.
Let us know if you are looking for anything else.
2011 Trends Same as 1870 [top]
We are done with our report on food trends for 2011 and we made an analysis to the year 1870:
Food and Health Communications 2011 Food Trend Predictions
2011 Trends Same as 1870
We are still experiencing the same trend in food that has been going on since 1870. One word describes it: efficiency. It applies to every stage of food production. Why did I pick 1870? That is the year when the percentage of farmers went from 58% to 47% in this country, which illustrates agricultural efficiency as a population statistic. A middling purifier was invented to produce a superior flour (more food processing). The first weather report was transmitted by telegraph. Later in 1872, many fruits and vegetables were improved through better agricultural methods. And in 1874 margarine was produced. And also in this year the pressure cooker was invented to cook faster. Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/timeline/comp.htm
Everyone wants more for less effort, which is how we become more efficient and progress as a society. This still applies to our modern food chain:
Read the trends here:
Feel free to pass along or use as needed - if you have more to add or requests just put them in our comments box. We always reply as soon as possible.
United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
George Washington Carver Center
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physical Activity Update [top]
January 7, 2011
Adults show strong willingness to back street improvements to make physical activity an easier choice
About two out of three adults are willing to take civic action to support local street-scale urban design policy changes that make walking and biking easier in their neighborhoods, according to a new CDC study published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. The article, titled “Public Support for Street Scale Urban Design Practices and Policies to Increase Physical Activity,” is based on a data analysis of 4,682 adults participants in the 2006 HealthStyles survey.
Street-scale design” refers to physical changes such as ensuring sidewalk continuity, improving street lighting, introducing or enhancing traffic calming elements (eg., center islands, raised crosswalks), and improving the safety and landscaping aesthetics of the street area. Generally these kinds of changes are applied to small geographic areas, usually limited to a few blocks.
The authors note that street-scale design is important because it targets populations rather than individuals. Street-scale design changes were recommended by the Task Force on Community and Preventive Services based on studies that showed physical activity increased by an average of 35% following such changes in neighborhoods.
To make these changes happen, study authors point out that public opinion and support is often instrumental. The article discusses how these findings can be used to foster public support to make physical activity an easier choice in neighborhoods, and notes that neighborhoods vary in their level of support. These differences are important considerations when working toward policy changes around community design, the article points out.
This study can be found here: Carlson SA, Guide R, Schmid T, Moore L, Barradas D, and Fulton J. Public support for street-scale urban design practices and policies to increase physical activity. J of Physical Activity and Health, 2011, 8(Suppl 1), S125-S134
Chester L. Bryant, B.S.-Dietetics
Department of State Health Services, HSR 9/10
Nutrition Program-M/C 1903
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Cook It Quick: Veggie Pizza on Crackers, Healthy Hash Browns, No-salt Sloppy Joe mix, Shrimp Tacos with a Twist, Peanut Butter [top]
Hi Everyone! Welcome to 2011!
Here are just a few of the fast and healthy cooking tips and recipes you’ll get in this month’s Cook It Quick Newsletter:
· No-salt Sloppy Joe Seasoning mix
· Veggie Pizza on Crackers
· Healthy Hash Browns
· How to file kitchen appliance manuals (organized in under a half hour!)
· Shrimp tacos with a twist!
· Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn
· More ...
Read the January 2011 Cook It Quick newsletter at:
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Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Rd., Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68528 USA
firstname.lastname@example.org 402/441-7180 Fax: 402/441-7148
Website: Connecting you to information, resources & food experts from farm to fork at http://food.unl.edu
Test Your Salt Savvy at: http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/salt-savvy
Dairy Download-December 2010 [top]
To view the December Dairy Download view the link listed below.
2214 Paddock Way, Suite 600
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Dietary Guidelines 2010 Materials [top]
Just received on January 31, 2011, the newly revised.
Dietary Guidelines 2010 press material PDF’s can be viewed at the following link.
United States Department of Agriculture
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
3101 Park Center Drive, 10th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22302-1594
Dinner Tonight Video Releases [top]
Have you planned dinner tonight? If you are looking for something quick and easy, watch our demonstration of the following recipes:
- Mexican Lasagna
- Not in a Jar Spaghetti Sauce
- California BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Healthy Southern Shrimp and Grits
- Loaded Vegetable Pasta
- Broccoli Slaw with Chicken & Honey Lime Dressing
Also, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/txdinner.
We hope you enjoy Dinner Tonight!
Susan Ballabina, Ph.D.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Regional Program Director
Family and Consumer Sciences
Fiesta of Flavors - Traditional Hispanic Recipes for People with Diabetes - University of Illinois Extension [top]
In the event that any of you are conducting Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes, Cooking Well with Diabetes or the new Hispanic version ¡Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes!, you might find this Cooperative Extension website recipes in both English/Spanish of value.
I have copied the links for both English and Spanish and also the information on the website which describes the overview of Fiesta of Flavors from the Illinois Extension Service website.
Fiesta of Flavors
Fiesta de Sabores
Fiesta of Flavors
Traditional Hispanic foods offer a wide variety of choices that can fit nicely in a meal plan for someone with diabetes. Some challenges exist with popular Hispanic foods, however.
Many are high in both fat and carbohydrate. Decreasing the fat in Hispanic foods is usually as simple as using less oil or fat in preparing the food, using lean meats and using less cheese. This can usually be accomplished without compromising flavor. Sometimes the lower fat versions even taste better because they are less heavy.
Although some Hispanic foods tend to be high in carbohydrate, it is important not to eliminate these foods, but rather to try and eat these in moderate amounts. Traditional Hispanic high carbohydrate foods such as corn and flour tortillas, beans, hominy, rice and potatoes are good sources of fiber and other nutrients. These types of foods can be a healthful part of the daily diet when eaten in moderation.
To keep overall carbohydrates at an appropriate level, balance foods higher in carbohydrate with low carbohydrate choices, such as nonstarchy vegetables. Vegetable dishes highlighted in these recipes focus on traditional Hispanic vegetables that are low in carbohydrate. These include squash, chiles, quelites, nopales, jicama, yucca, tomatillos, and chayhotes. Green salads, while not included in these recipes, also complement Hispanic foods. Recipes on this site include traditional Hispanic dishes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as some favorites of New Mexico State University Extension home economists.
Mary "Mickey" Kinney Bielamowicz
Professor and Nutrition Specialist
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Texas A&M University System
Department of Nutrition and Food Science
220 Kleberg Center
College Station, TX 77843-2253
Got Nutrients? - Recent Daily Tips [top]
January 22, 2011
Rapid weight loss from cutting calories can cause bone loss. Some researchers consider this association to be a serious and emerging problem following common types of obesity surgery. To reduce this bone loss while dieting, consume a diet high in protein, milk products, and calcium.
Bone mass at risk during weight loss
J Nutr. 2008 Jun;138(6):1096-100
January 21, 2011
A balanced diet helps to maintain a balanced population of beneficial bacteria living in the lower part of the intestinal tract. This helps to protect us from pathogenic bacteria, some cancers, and possibly even the development of obesity.
January 19, 2011
A common condition called Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is often caused by iron deficiency. RLS researchers recommend that serum ferritin, a blood index of body iron stores, be greater than 50 ng/ml.
January 18, 2011
The book titled the “China Study” promotes a completely plant-based diet free of meat, fish, or milk. The author, however, fails to discuss his own published research from the “China Study.” His research demonstrated clear benefits of milk consumption on bone health in the Chinese population.
January 17, 2011
Need to avoid that afternoon decline in mental focus? Try chewing sugarless gum. There is evidence that chewing gum enhances brain function, possibly by increasing blood flow to the brain.
January 16, 2011
Recent research shows that simply taking more steps every day not only helps ward off obesity but also reduces the risk of diabetes. Incorporating 10,000 steps a day into their daily routine was shown to be beneficial for improving body mass index, waist to hip ratio, and insulin sensitivity.
January 15, 2011
If you take vitamin D supplements, select products with vitamin D3. This is important because Vitamin D2 is not as effectively utilized by the body.
January 13, 2011
To maintain health, the adult "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" suggest aiming for 300 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 150 minutes per week of vigorous intensity exercise.
January 12, 2011
Tomato is one of the most common agricultural crops worldwide and now we have another great reason to keep tomatoes in our diet. Researchers have found another beneficial compound besides lycopene that helps to improve abnormalities of lipid metabolism.
Alan Titchenal, PhD, CNS
Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Healthy Minorities, Healthier America Newsletter [top]
Provided by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
January 11, 2011 NPA - National Partnership for Action http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa
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· National Minority Health Month, April 2011 [ #Minority Health Month ]
· Glaucoma Awareness Month [ #Glaucoma Awareness Month ]
· Research Corner [ #Research Corner ]
· Fight Health Disparities in Hawai’i [ #Fight Health Disparities in Hawai’i ]
· Kid, Have You Heard? "It Gets Better" [ #It Gets Better ]
· New Tool in HIV/AIDS Prevention [ #New Tool ]
· HHS Proposes Recommendation on Fluoride in Drinking Water [ #HHS Proposes Recommendation ]
· Updated Evaluation Protocols [ #Evaluation Protocols ]
· Be a follower, to be a leader! [ #Be a follower ]
· Get Weekly Minority Health Updates - FYI [ #FYI ]
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Bring It or Buy It - Make Lunch Healthy, Green and Good!
In Schools, even Food Can Teach Us a Lesson
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Peer Education as a Strategy to Combat Adolescent Obesity and Promote Preconception Health
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Fight Health Disparities in Hawai’i
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Kid, Have You Heard? "It Gets Better"
Kid, Have Your Heard? "It Gets Better" http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/1088
Watch the anti-bullying video released by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, as part of the national "It Gets Better" Project. Watch now http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/1088
New Tool in HIV/AIDS Prevention
Hottest New Tool in HIV/AIDS Prevention: The Bilingual Glossary http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/glossary
Find Spanish equivalents for English words and vice versa. Rate the translations. Use the tag cloud http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/glossary to find commonly searched terms. Check it out! http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/glossary
HHS Proposes Recommendation on Fluoride in Drinking Water
HHS Proposes Recommendation on Fluoride in Drinking Water http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a change to the recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Read the press release http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html
Learn More http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/
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New Data Briefs from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) [top]
Over the last couple of weeks, the staff of the National Center for Health Statistics has made available several new Data Briefs that should be of interest to you. I have provided the links to these documents below.
- No. 49. Trends in Intake of Energy and Macronutrients in Adults From 1999-2000 Through 2007-2008. 8 pp. (PHS) 2011-1209. November 2010. [PDF - 592 KB]
- No. 50. Obesity and Socioeconomic Status in Adults: United States, 2005-2008. 8 pp. (PHS) 2011-1209. December 2010. [PDF - 1 MB]
- No. 51. Obesity and Socioeconomic Status in Children and Adolescents: United States, 2005-2008. 8 pp. (PHS) 2011-1209. December 2010. [PDF - 1 MB]
Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Surgeon General (Ret)
Director, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
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Bethesda, MD 20892-5461
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Nutrition Labels to be Required on Meat, Poultry - Health News - RedOrbit [top]
Posted on: Thursday, 30 December 2010, 06:11 CST
Nutrition labels that are found on everything from soda to cereal, will now be required for meats beginning January 1, 2012, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Wednesday, saying the move will make it easier for consumers to understand the contents of the foods they buy.
The USDA said the nutritional information will be required for major cuts of raw, single-ingredient meat and poultry products, including chicken breasts, beef whole cuts, hamburger and ground turkey. The labeling will be posted on 40 of the most commonly purchased cuts of meat.
The new labels will list calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein and vitamins, according to USA Today. A product that has a lean percentage statement, such as “73 percent lean,” will also list its fat percentage on the nutrition label.
“More and more, busy American families want nutrition information that they can quickly and easily understand,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions.”
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said in a statement that it supports showing the nutritional content of beef products on a label. But Kristina Butts, executive director of legislative affairs for the NCBA, said the industry needed more time to implement the new rules.
“While NCBA believes consumers have the right to know what nutrients are found in meat, we also realize retailers and others in the food-production chain will face significant new costs associated with this final rule,” Butts told MSNBC.
“We wish USDA would have granted our request for an 18- to 24-monthimplementation period,” she said.
Federal officials say they hope the labels will make Americans more health conscious about what meats they buy.
“This will be very helpful to people who are bewildered by what’s in meat,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University. “But people will be quite shocked at the calories and fat.”
A 4-ounce serving of regular ground beef that is 73 percent lean, for example, contains 350 calories, 270 calories from fat, according to the USDA, making up 60 percent of the suggested daily intake of saturated fat in a 2,000-calorie diet.
The labels will help consumers “make sure they are doing right by their families as they prepare,” said Vilsack.
“There’s a growing concern about the growing problem of obesity. So I think it is appropriate for us to provide as much concrete information to consumers as we possibly can, without overwhelming them, so they can make good solid decisions about how many calories they’re consuming and how much activity they need,” he said.
Nutrition Facts labels were first required for many products in 1993, but meat was only included under a voluntary provision. By publishing the rule in the Federal Register, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has begun the process of making them mandatory. The labels will either need to be attached to the product packages or made available at the point of purchase.
Vilsack said the cost of labeling will be minor.
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On Web - Info on Homemade Food Gifts / Mixes & Preparing Food Ahead [top]
Before everyone makes their last efforts to get ready for the holidays ...the following items we put in our December Cook It Quick online newsletter may be helpful to you and your clientele
These are items I found on the Web from various of my extension colleagues throughout the nation.
1) Preparing foods ahead
2) Homemade Food gifts mixes (various jar mixes, crispy granola and hot cocoa)
Web address for newsletter: http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/ciq-december-2010
Have a healthy, happy, holiday season!
Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Rd., Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68528 USA
firstname.lastname@example.org 402/441-7180 Fax: 402/441-7148
Visit new FOOD Web site: http://food.unl.edu
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Routine Blood Test May Identify People with Pre-Diabetes, Cutting Later Treatment Costs [top]
Public release date: 6-Jan-2011
Ronald T. Ackermann, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist.
Click here for more information.
INDIANAPOLIS – A simpler form of testing individuals with risk factors for diabetes could improve diabetes prevention efforts by substantially increasing the number of individuals who complete testing and learn whether or not they are likely to develop diabetes.
Approximately 60 million Americans, one-third of the adult population, are pre-diabetic. Thirty percent of these individuals will develop Type 2 diabetes in less than a decade, yet most don’t know they are at high risk for the disease.
A study published in the January 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that the hemoglobin A1c test, a common blood test that can be quickly administered in a physician’s office, accurately and easily identifies pre-diabetics.
The A1c test measures average blood glucose level over the past 8 to 12 weeks and does not require a person to return for additional testing after an overnight fast. Researchers, led by Ronald T. Ackermann, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist, report that the A1c blood test, which has been routinely administered to diabetic patients for many years, can also pinpoint pre-diabetes.
"Identifying more individuals with pre-diabetes through a simple test in a physician’s office gives us a real opportunity to halt progression to the disease, which is clearly a win-win situation," said Dr. Ackermann.
"If you have high blood pressure or heart disease, or multiple other risk factors such as obesity, are over the age of 45, had a past episode of diabetes during pregnancy, or have a family history of the disease, your physician can administer a simple blood test which will show if you are pre-diabetic. If you are pre-diabetic, loosing as little as 10 to 15 pounds through diet and exercise can cut in half your chances of getting diabetes, greatly improving your health and lowering your need for health care," said Dr. Ackermann, who is associate director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center at the IU School of Medicine and director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Engagement Program.
Fasting tests, which are currently used to screen for pre-diabetes are difficult to administer primarily because they usually require two visits to the physician’s office and because patients often forget to arrive on an empty stomach when they return for the test. The A1c test can avoid both of these problems because it can be performed on a single visit, even if a person has eaten. It is estimated that currently only 7 percent of all Americans with pre-diabetes have been tested and are aware of their status.
"Type 2 diabetes is growing rapidly with the increasing rate of obesity and has reached epidemic proportions in this country. Identifying pre-diabetics and halting the disease could prevent millions of individuals from developing diabetes and would avert the very high future costs of treating it. Lifestyle interventions in the pre-diabetic stage offer benefit not only by preventing type 2 diabetes but also by reducing cardiovascular risk factors," said Dr. Ackermann.
In 2002, the Diabetes Prevention Program, a large clinical trial, determined that diet and exercise sharply lower the risk that a person with pre-diabetes will develop diabetes. In a 2006 study Dr. Ackermann reported that it would be cost effective for Medicare to pay for diabetes prevention at age 50 rather than to deny prevention benefits until age 65 when many individuals will have already developed the disease.
Since that 2006 study, health insurance companies have taken a much closer look at paying for structured diabetes prevention programs as a means to improve health and to help curb the runaway costs of health care. In 2010, the UnitedHealth Group, a large nationwide health insurance carrier, began paying for a diabetes prevention program offered by the YMCA of the USA. The health plans, however, only pay for this treatment when a blood test shows pre-diabetes.
"Since health plans are beginning to pay for pre-diabetes treatments, doctors now have a more compelling reason to encourage patients who have risk factors to complete a screening test," said Dr. Ackermann. "The more practical A1c test could help doctors perform testing on a much larger scale than ever before."
The new study, which looked at blood test results of 1750 individuals with pre-diabetes, was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Co-authors in addition to Dr. Ackermann are Yiling J. Cheng, M.D., Ph.D., and Edward W. Gregg, Ph.D., of the CDC, and David F. Williamson, Ph.D., of Emory University.
The IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are located on the campus of Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
Cindy Fox Aisen
Indiana University School of Medicine
Sugary Sports Drinks Often Mistaken as Healthy: Study [top]
By Caroline Scott-Thomas, 29-Sep-2010
Many children and parents mistakenly associate sugary sports drinks with a healthy lifestyle, claim researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth).
A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, examined intake of sugary drinks – those containing caloric sweeteners such as sugar or high fructose corn syrup – physical activity levels and healthy and unhealthy food consumption of more than 15,000 eighth- and eleventh-grade Texan students. They found that consumption of flavored and sports beverages was significantly associated with healthy behaviors, while there was no such association with soda consumption.
“Sports drinks have been successfully marketed as beverages consistent with a healthy lifestyle, which has set them apart from sodas. However they have minimal fruit juice and contain unnecessary calories,” said Nalini Ranjit, lead researcher and associate professor of behavioral sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. “…Children and parents associate these drinks with a healthy lifestyle despite their increased amount of sugar and lack of nutritional value.”
In particular, the researchers found that black children consumed less soda than white or Hispanic children, but that their level of sports drink consumption was “significantly higher”. For boys of all ethnicities, those who participated in sports and vigorous physical activity tended to consume more sports drinks and less soda than those who were less active.
Additionally, vegetable and fruit consumption increased with sports drink consumption, but decreased with soda consumption.
Researchers found that 28 percent of children in the study sample consumed three or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day.
“High levels of consumption of these beverages has the potential to increase weight gain,” said Ranjit. “Drinking just one can of soda or other sugary beverage a day could lead to more than a ten-pound weight gain in a year.”
The researchers said that sports drinks should be reserved for “extreme exercise”, and otherwise children should rehydrate with water.
“Consumption of FSBs [flavored and sports beverages] coexists with healthy dietary and physical activity behaviors, which suggests popular misperception of these beverages as being consistent with a healthy lifestyle,” the authors concluded. “Assessment and obesity-prevention efforts that target sugar-sweetened beverages need to distinguish between FSBs and sodas.”
doi:10.1542/peds.2010-1229 Published online ahead of print
“Dietary and Activity Correlates of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Adolescents”
Authors: Nalini Ranjit, Martin H. Evans, Courtney Byrd-Williams, Alexandra E. Evans, and Deanna M. Hoelscher.
Vitamin D Fact Sheet Resource [top]
A vitamin D fact sheet that references the new DRIs, written by James Fleet, Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue, is available for consumers to access online at http://www.enjoyfoodbeactive.org/docs/fact/vitamind.pdf
Go to see YouTube on Vitamin D: What You Need to Know at: http://www.enjoyfoodbeactive.org/vitamind.aspx
In addition to the fact sheet, six You Tube video clips have been created that correspond to the content of the fact sheet. The fact sheet and video clips include the following information:
What is vitamin D?
Why is vitamin D important to your health?
Are you getting enough vitamin D? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXgqC-mYQMc
What factors affect the amount of vitamin D you need?
How much vitamin D do you need?
Aside from sunlight, what are other sources of vitamin D?
Are there any safety concerns with taking a vitamin D supplement?
Where can I get more information about vitamin D?
Purdue http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/general/2010/101130FleetVitamin.html new article on the subject can be located at: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/general/2010/101130FleetVitamin.html http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/general/2010/101130FleetVitamin.html ; provides a synopsis of the change in recommendations.
Lisa Graves, MS, RD
Department of Foods and Nutrition
700 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? [top]
December 16, 2010
Set goals for a healthy, balanced year
Start the new year by focusing on balanced living and heart health. Set goals and make heart healthy changes, such as reducing stress, eating healthy, being physically active, and aiming for a healthy weight.
To be successful, choose goals that are realistic and specific. For example:
· Limit screen time to no more than 2 hours a day.
· Make time to relax—for at least 30 minutes each day—by listening to music and reading a book.
· Replace full-fat versions of foods, such as milk, yogurt, and salad dressing, with the fat-free or low-fat kind.
For more information on creating healthy goals and more behavior changing tips, visit the Guide to Behavior Change on the Aim for a Healthy Weight Web site.
Is your life in balance?
Jobs, family errands, and other daily demands can be hard on your physical and mental health.
Create a healthy work-life balance with these stress-reducing tips:
· Get at least 7–9 hours of sleep each night.
· Eat a heart healthy diet.
· Get regular physical activity for at least 2½ hours a week.
For more information, visit these resources from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):
· At-A-Glance: Healthy Sleep (PDF) http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep_atglance.pdf
· Keep the Beat™: Deliciously Healthy Eating
· Guide to Physical Activity
Is reaching or maintaining a healthy weight on your list?
A healthy weight can help lower your risk for developing chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and certain cancers. It also can help you feel good about yourself and give you more energy to enjoy life.
Most people who try to lose weight focus on one thing: weight loss. However, if you set goals, eat healthy foods, are physically active, and get plenty of sleep, then you may be more successful at losing weight.
For more information on losing or maintaining a healthy weight, visit the Aim for a Healthy Weight Web site. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm
NHLBI health information is available at your fingertips
The NHLBI has updated its Web site and added more information, including podcasts, educational videos, Web applications, and downloadable fact sheets.
Browse the updated online catalog http://emall.nhlbihin.net/Default.asp to locate NHLBI materials and find out how to access NHLBI resources—from clinical practice guidelines to fact sheets. Learn about:
· Downloading specific educational materials for self-printing
· Using content in newsletters and on Web sites
· Ordering print materials in limited quantities
· Ordering printers’ disks, to use when locally printing large quantities
Materials may also be ordered in printed form at no charge in limited quantities. If you need materials in larger quantities, please see information at the NHLBI Health Information Center.
To assist you in planning for future information needs, the NHLBI Health Information Center Information Specialists are available to provide solutions and support via live chat, phone, or e-mail. http://emall.nhlbihin.net/contact.asp
™Keep the Beat is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
We would greatly appreciate a quick note at NHLBIHIC@air.org to let us know how you use this information.
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Last updated: 6 December, 2013
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