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Newswise | National Nutrition Month Wire 02-Mar-2015

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Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, hosts National Nutrition Month®. This important initiative is designed to help everyone return to the basics of healthful eating through sustainable and personal eating and physical activity patterns all with the guidance of registered dietitian nutritionists. Learn more at


Impact of a Supermarket on Children’s Diets

Locating full-service supermarkets within neighborhoods considered to be “food deserts” may not result in healthful dietary habits or reductions in childhood obesity -- at least in the short term, according to a new study by NYU Langone Medical Center researchers in the February 26th online edition of the journal <i>Public Health Nutrition</i>.

(Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2015 at 12:00 ET)

Public Health Nutrition

– NYU Langone Medical Center

What's Next in Diets: Chili Peppers?

A large percentage of the world's population -- fully one third, by the World Health Organization's estimates -- is currently overweight or obese. This staggering statistics has made finding ways to address obesity a top priority for many scientists around the globe, and now a group of researchers at the University of Wyoming has found promise in the potential of capsaicin -- the chief ingredient in chili peppers -- as a diet-based supplement.

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Biophysical Society 59th Meeting

– Biophysical Society

Feast-and-Famine Diet Could Extend Life, Study Shows

Think of it as interval training for the dinner table.

Rejuvenation Research

– University of Florida

Altering Perception of Feeding State May Promote Healthy Aging

Targeting mechanisms in the central nervous system that sense energy generated by nutrients might yield the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on healthy aging without the need to alter food intake, suggests new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Cell, Feb-2015

– Harvard School of Public Health

Diet Quality Declines Worldwide, but with Major Differences Across Countries

- In a first-of-its-kind analysis of worldwide dietary patterns, a team including researchers from t Tufts University found overall diet quality worsened across the world even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries. The study compared trends in intakes of healthy versus unhealthy foods in 1990 and 2010 and found major differences by country.

The Lancet Global Health

– Tufts University

This National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Everyone to 'Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle'

There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person’s overall daily routine is what is most important. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month® 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

'Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle' with Informed Food Choices During National Nutrition Month and Beyond, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

An eating pattern that meets people’s nutrient needs within calorie limits is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” with informed food choices during National Nutrition Month® 2015 and throughout the year.

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During National Nutrition Month, Make Sensible Snacks Part of Your Healthy Eating Plan, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Snacks can be a fun and valuable part of a person’s healthful eating plan – but they can also add unneeded calories, sugar, sodium and fat. During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers smart snacking ideas that help everyone “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Make Physical Activity a Part of How You 'Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle' this National Nutrition Month, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Make physical activity a part of your daily routine as you “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” during National Nutrition Month®.

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

On Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and Every Day: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Celebrates the Experts

March is National Nutrition Month®, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthful eating. It is also when the Academy celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, honoring the contributions and expertise of RDNs as the food and nutrition experts. This year, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day will take place March 11.

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


New Research Provides First Glimpse of Weight Gain Guidance for Pregnant Women with Obesity

New research in the journal Obesity provides the first glimpse of weight-gain guidance for pregnant women with various classes of obesity based on body mass index (BMI), and suggests that they not gain any weight until mid-pregnancy or later.

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– Obesity Society

It’s Tough to Shift That Weight, McMaster Studies Show

The McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre reviewed hundreds of recent studies about overweight and obesity published in the past decade. The last of its five related papers was published today.

(Embargo expired on 24-Feb-2015 at 12:00 ET)

– McMaster University

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked More Closely to Diabetes than Obesity

People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

(Embargo expired on 23-Feb-2015 at 13:00 ET)

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

– Endocrine Society

Largest Ever Genome-Wide Study Strengthens Genetic Link to Obesity

While diet and exercise are important, new findings sharpen the role genetics play in people’s tendency to gain weight and where the fat is stored. This work is the first step toward finding individual genes that play key roles in body shape and size.

(Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2015 at 13:00 ET)

Nature doi:10.1038/nature14177

– University of Michigan Health System

Impact of Obesity on Fertility Can Be Reversed

In a breakthrough discovery, researchers at the University of Adelaide have revealed how damage from obesity is passed from a mother to her children, and also how that damage can be reversed.

(Embargo expired on 10-Feb-2015 at 07:30 ET)


– University of Adelaide

In the Short Run, a High-Fat Diet May Help Minimize Heart Attack Damage

A high-fat diet, eaten one day to two weeks days before a heart attack, reduced heart attack damage in mice by about 50 percent, according to a new study. The finding could provide insight into the "obesity paradox," by which obesity appears to provide protection to heart attack patients.

American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology

– Loyola University Health System

Study Finds Obese Black and White Women Differ in How They View Weight

Perceptions about weight differ between low-income obese white and black women, according to research by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University.

American Journal of Health Behavior; R01 DK081329

– Indiana University

A Broader, Global Approach to Obesity Treatment and Prevention

A recent Lancet series explores various international efforts to address obesity, and calls for public health and policy approaches to improve the food environment as it relates to obesity treatment and prevention. The Obesity Society supports ongoing dialogue and collaborative discussions with the food industry, other industry stakeholders and public health officials, and calls for developing evidence-based initiatives to improve public health.


– Obesity Society

Public Policy

Widely Used Food Additive Promotes Colitis, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Research Shows

Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows.

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Nature, Feb-2015

– Georgia State University

New Study Shows How 100% Fruit Juice Can Help Americans Meet Daily Fruit Consumption Goals

Total fruit consumption falls far short of national goals. More than 85% of the population is not meeting recommended amounts. General fruit consumption patterns show whole fruit provides about 65% (2/3’rds) of total fruit while 100% juice provides about 35% (1/3). These findings show 100% juice does not displace fruit in the diet and is not typically overconsumed – even among children (the largest consumers of juice). Consumption patterns for whole fruit versus 100% fruit juice showed different gradients by race/ethnicity, education, and income. Total fruit and whole fruit consumption was generally higher among those with higher incomes or more education. The advice to replace 100% juice with whole fruit may pose a challenge for the economically disadvantaged and some minority groups, whose fruit consumption falls short of national goals..For those segments of the population who are unable to afford whole fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice offers a convenient, affordable, and nutrient-den

Nutrition Journal, 2015 14:3

– Juice Products Association

Puerto Rican Officials Blame Parents of Children with Obesity, Consider Fines

In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, Puerto Rican officials have proposed a $500 - $800 fine for parents whose children have obesity and have not improved after parent-focused education. While some public and pediatric health organizations have called the bill “unfair,” The Obesity Society (TOS) and The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) go further to call it a misguided policy that ignores the core scientific understanding of obesity as a disease.

– Obesity Society


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