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By: David Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council Foundation   Date: 2/25/11

Last Fall, the International Food Information Council Foundation embarked on an ambitious consumer study to examine a potential “short-cut” to the Nutrition Facts Panel on food packages in the U.S. that may enable consumers to make more informed decisions on the foods they purchase for their diets.  Neither IFIC nor our Foundation takes positions on regulations or legislation, but we do appreciate opportunities to provide insights on how consumers or other stakeholders may react to certain food and agricultural policies that may affect their daily lives. 

The Grocery Manufacturers Association provided a grant to the International Food Information Council Foundation to support this consumer research project designed to test consumer knowledge, ease of understanding, and interpretation of varying amounts of nutrition information presented in a uniform format on the front of generic food product packages.   

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By: Tony Flood   Date: 2/22/11

As Black History Month for 2011 draws to a close, we are reminded of the contributions made by a number of African-Americans over the years.  Contributions in a number of areas – civil and human rights; politics; science and technology.  But did you know there were and continue to be today, a number of talented African-Americans who made great strides in food science, health and medicine.

 

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By: Elizabeth Rahavi, RD Date: 2/18/10

U.S. officials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a mixed bag of American Health Statistics this week: On average, American life expectancy is increasing, yet we are living longer with more diseases. According to the report, heart disease and cancer are still the number one cause of death in the U.S. Major risk factors for heart disease includes excess weight, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Interestingly, the report from the CDC found that hypertension levels are on the rise, with 32.6 percent of the population suffering from high blood pressure in 2007-2008, as compared with 28.9 percent in 1999-2000. On the other hand, cholesterol levels are coming under control. And it’s no surprise that rates of obesity are also on the rise.

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By: Lindsey Loving   Date: 2/14/11

Roses are red, violets are blue, red is the color of romance, and tasty foods too!
 
On this day of love and romance, there are many ways we choose to show our affection for those we love. Some give flowers and cards. For me, sweets are always involved. My favorite thing to give (and receive) on Valentine’s Day is a pink-frosted cupcake. I bake a batch every year and make my own pink frosting by adding red food coloring to vanilla icing to get the perfect hue. Yum!

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Rachel K. Miller, Virginia Tech Dietetic Intern   Date: 2/11/11

Celebrating an early release from the office quickly turned into a night that many DC metro area residents will never forget.  The same has happened recently in Chicago and other cities buried under snow as people found themselves stuck in their vehicles for six, eight, or 10 or more hours without any food or water.  And, how many discovered a power outage once they arrived home?  For many of us, rejoicing in the excitement of a snow day turned into rumbling roadside tummies or dollars wasted on spoiled food.  Here are some tips to keep you “food safe” and well satiated in the event of another power outage or weather-related traffic jam this winter.  

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Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation   02/09/11

Today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of "Let's Move!", First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation.

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has been a supporter of this effort over the past year, and childhood obesity has been a key focus since the IFIC Foundation's founding in 1991. After 20 years of work, we now have extensive consumer research, an established network of more than 350 nutrition and food safety experts, helpful web sites www.foodinsight.org and www.kidnetic.com, and consumer-friendly information for effective strategies to improve the health and well-being of children, their families, and communities. 

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By: Katie Burns   Date: 2/8/11

With last week’s release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, there was an increase in attention on healthy eating.  The same may be true about the upcoming release of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) report on acrylamide and health.  The only difference is that most people don’t know much about acrylamide because we didn’t learn about it with a colorful pyramid in elementary school.  Before you start hearing about something you may not be familiar with, read on to get the basics.

 

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By: Kris Sollid   Date: 2/4/11

The big day is upon us and the build-up has certainly been “super”—years in the making in fact. The deliberations have ended and now it’s time to play ball. Earlier this week the much anticipated policy document, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (DGA), was officially unveiled by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Nutrition’s Super Bowl has finally arrived; it’s time for nutrition professionals to execute the game plan.

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By: Elizabeth Rahavi, RD   Date: 2/2/11
 
On Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Policy Report. These new federal guidelines, which are updated every five years, set the standard for federal nutrition policy in the U.S. and provide science-based guidance for health professionals who work with Americans every day in their quest to lose weight and improve their health through diet and exercise. This is no easy task, as the report points out poor diets and physical inactivity are associated with the major causes of death and chronic disease, placing a tremendous impact on the cost of health care in the U.S.

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By: USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service   Date: 2/1/11

When it comes to the Super Bowl, defense matters. When it comes to planning a Super Bowl XLV party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more.

"This year, we're urging fans to follow the food safety play book at the Super Bowl parties they host," USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said. "Large gatherings can increase the chance of becoming ill, but by following these rules all fans can enjoy the game and their food, safely."

 

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