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By: Dayle Hayes   Date: 1/28/11

It’s an incredibly busy time in the nutrition world. With the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans being released next week and major nutrition announcements from food manufacturers, it’s hard to keep up from day to day!

If you work in school nutrition, the major news was the release on January 13, 2011, of USDA’s Proposed Rule on Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. According to USDA, these proposed requirements 
“will raise standards for the first time in fifteen years and will make critical changes to school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day, an important component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative”.

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By: Tony Flood   Date: 1/27/11

Animal antibiotics – drugs used to treat sick animals have a key and very important role in the safety of our food supply.  Healthy animals at the beginning of the food chain lead to safe food on our plates.  It’s hard to believe, but animals get sick just like humans and antibiotics help to make and keep them healthy

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By: Ala Wallace and Christina Sielbeck, University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Interns  Date: 1/24/11

“Happy New Year!” When you hear this phrase, you may think of a few things: a midnight toast, flashy television specials, or a kiss from someone special.  For many Americans, this occasion also calls for a New Year’s resolution

Are you one of the millions of people that are motivated by the New Year to better yourself?  Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are related to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply improve your health, here are a few ideas to help you stick to your diet and fitness resolutions for 2011 (and beyond!):

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By: Ala Wallace & Christina Sielbeck, University of Maryland College Park, Dietetic Interns   Date: 1/20/10

Did you know that this week is the 18th annual Healthy Weight Week?  The main focus is not to glamorize too-thin bodies or advertise the latest diets and weight-loss gimmicks.  Instead, this week aims to spread awareness of self-acceptance and a non-diet, lifestyle-centered approach to achieving a healthy weight for every body.

According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation's 2010 Food & Health Survey, 70% of Americans are concerned about their weight, and 77% of are trying to lose or maintain their weight.  When asked about what actions they are taking to achieve a healthy weight, 69% of Americans report changing the amount of food they eat, 63% changing the type of the foods they eat and 60% are taking part in physical activity.

 

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Are you on Twitter? Come join the Food Insight, Me Movement Team, and community for a Twitter Party on Jan  19th! Every Wednesday, the Me Movement hosts a twitter party from 9-10pm ET. Joining is very easy-all you have to do is log on to twitter and search for “#mefirst” Or you can you handy programs like TweetChat or TweetDeck to follow the conversation more easily. Our guest expert this week is David Grotto speaking about healthy weight management and foods that fuel.

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By: Christina Sielbeck and Ala Wallace, University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Interns

Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts, responsible for translating the latest nutrition science to benefit the public’s health.  RDs must be knowledgeable in the areas of physiology, metabolism and behavior change, among other disciplines; however, in today’s technology-driven, information-heavy world, RDs are increasingly challenged to stay current with the latest evolutions in nutrition communications and information management.

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 By: Elizabeth Rahavi, RD   Date: 1/13/11  

Welcome to 2011, the healthiest year of your life! As we enter into a new year, you may be considering new strategies and efforts that can help you achieve an active and healthy lifestyle. This may be out of concern for you weight, and, if so, you are not alone. The International Food Information Council Foundation’s2010 Food & Health Survey found that 70 percent of Americans are concerned about their weight status and even more (77 percent) are trying to lose or maintain their weight.
 
 

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By: Katie Burns   Date: 1/10/11

Last Tuesday, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate on December 21, 2010, into law.  Here are a few key pieces of information that you should know:

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By: Carrie Dooher   Date: 1/7/11

While not new to the culinary scene or foodies throughout the world, I recently discovered sous-vide.   I had the extreme pleasure of both eating food prepared through sous-vide, as well as touring the first sous-vide processing facility in the United States, Cuisine Solutions, located in Alexandria, Virginia. And I am impressed.

The first time I knowingly ate food prepared using sous-vide was earlier this year at a meeting where I learned about the benefits of this innovative food preparation method. (I say “knowingly” because I since learned that many top chefs and restaurants have been using sous-vide for years to prepare their dishes and it is likely that I’ve eaten food prepared this way before.) As someone interested both in eating healthful and nutritious foods, and foods that are prepared and stored safely, I was pleased to hear that sous-vide is a technique that accomplishes all of these things.

 

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By: Kris Sollid, RD   Date: 1/5/11

Health is on the mind of many Americans as we enter the New Year. Every January we pour our hearts into becoming visibly “new and improved,” but how many of our resolutions focus on improving something that may go completely unnoticed by everyone but our hearts?  This year, if your household has resolved to manage hypertension, you may be surprised to hear how many different ways it can be done.

 

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Happy New Year! Just as we did last year, the Food Insight blog contributors once again wanted to share some of our New Year's Resolutions heading into 2011.  What's your resolution this year? 

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