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By: Anthony Flood Date: 4/27/12

This week’s discovery of a case of BSE or Mad Cow by USDA officials didn’t deter me from enjoying my favorite meal: a big, juicy hamburger, fries and a nice frosty chocolate milk shake. 

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By: Elizabeth Rahavi, RD  Date: 4/26/12

According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, a sojourn means to stay as a temporary resident or visitor. There are many components that make up health, but National Soyfoods Month gives us an opportunity to contemplate the role of soy in our diet as we journey toward health.

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By: Kris Sollid, RD   Date: 4/23/12

One of the reasons I became a dietitian is my love of food. I love everything about food—the sights, the smells, the childhood memories; all of it. I also love that the more I learn about food, the more I realize there is to know. Yet even with my knowledge of food and nutrition, every now and again I still find myself confused. Unfortunately sometimes it feels like you have to be a mathematician to be able to eat well. Such is the case when considering the issue of Omega fatty acids…or is it?

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By: Lindsey Loving Date: 4/20/12

Sunday, April 22 is “Earth Day” – a day dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of our planet and all that it provides for us. Many people recognize this day by planting a tree, using mass transportation to get to work instead of driving, or switching to energy-efficient light bulbs in their homes.

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By: Anthony Flood  Date: 4/16/12

Last week, the U.S. FDA announced a strategy to keep antibiotics effective by limiting the use of animal antibiotics for growth promoting purposes.  This is welcome news and a step in the right direction.  But hold on . . . let’s be realistic and understand the real reason why animal antibiotics are used in the first place. 

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By: Elizabeth Rahavi, RD  Date: 4/12/12

In Washington, D.C., the beginning of spring is marked by the annual Cherry Blossom festival. The festival celebrates the lasting friendship between the people of Japan and the United States through the gift of Cherry Blossom trees. Shortly after Japan gave its gift of the Cherry Blossom trees, the U.S. reciprocated with a gift of Dogwoods to the people of Japan. The festival marks the rebirth of color in the Nation’s Capital. The grey and black hues of winter quickly disappear behind the beautiful pink and white blooms that surround the tidal basin. Elsewhere in the city the red, yellow, and purple tulips begin to bloom along the streets and in parks and winter coats are replaced with colorful sweaters and dresses.

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By: Keith T. Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA  Date: 4/10/12

The idea of regulating sugar was proposed recently by several researchers from the University of California who cited studies suggesting that sugar was "associated with" (not the same as "has caused") a rise in conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

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By: Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation  Date: 04/06/12

As we celebrate new life during this beautiful Easter spring weekend, let’s also remember to incorporate healthy aging practices into our lives, regardless of our age, location, or income.

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By: Jania Matthews Date: 4/5/12

We cordially invite you to join the party—the TwitterParty. 

Just this week, the IFIC Foundation participated in a TwitterParty with @ResourcefulMom and @Togethercounts. The chat’s topic focused on family health and wellness. Perhaps it was the topic or maybe it was just good company, but the chat was great and the discussion lively. Chat topics can range from healthy recipes to gardening tips to automotive discussions.

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By: Kris Sollid, RD  Date: 4/3/12

This past week, the boxing world lost a legend, a prolific writer, editor and commentator.

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