Calories count, but source doesn't matter: study

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Published: January 30, 2012

People trying to lose weight may swear by specific diet plans calling for strict proportions of fat, carbs and protein, but where the calories come from may not matter as much as simply cutting back on them, according to a study. Researchers whose results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found there were no differences in weight loss or the reduction of fat between four diets with different proportions of fat, carbohydrates…

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I need a leader who ...

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Published: January 26, 2012

From the Partnership for Youth Development: In October 2010, New Orleans overwhelming voted for the complete overhaul of a broken New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD). As this overhaul moves forward with the selection of the first permanent leader of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) we at PYD feel it is vitally important to hear directly from our children and youth about what they need from the NORDC Chief Executive Officer. With our community…

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USDA sets guidelines for healthier school meals

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Published: January 25, 2012

Millions of schoolchildren will have more fruit and vegetables and less fat in their meals under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards unveiled on Wednesday aimed at reducing childhood obesity. In the first major changes to school meals in more than 15 years, the new USDA guidelines will affect nearly 32 million children who eat at school. They will cost about $3.2 billion to implement over the next five years. “Improving the quality of the…

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Food Network, book take on weight in chefs

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Published: January 25, 2012

Paula Deen’s diabetes revelation pretty much sums it up: Kitchen pros at all levels struggle with obesity and its dangerous aftertaste in the high-pressure, high-calorie world of food.The queen of Southern comfort cooking, now a spokeswoman for a diabetes drugmaker’s health initiative, announced last week that she hid her Type 2 diabetes for about three years while continuing to cook up deep-fried cheesecake and bacon-and-egg burgers between doughnuts on TV. Choosing to digest her ill…

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Louisiana Hospitals Launch Statewide Workplace Wellness Initiative

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Published: January 24, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) today announced a new workplace wellness initiative for hospitals throughout the state. The Smart Choices, Better HealthSM Hospital Campaign …

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7 Reasons We're Finally Starting to See Obesity Rates Level Off - The Atlantic

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Published: January 24, 2012

7 Reasons We're Finally Starting to See Obesity Rates Level Off The Atlantic The latest obesity statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show no change over the last several years in either adults or children. No change is good news. For adults in 2009 and 2010 the prevalence of obesity was 35.5 … Let's cut the fat on obesity commentary in the USDaily Athenaeum Childhood Obesity: The Shame of AmericaExaminer.com all…

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Comparing states and big cities for bicycle commuting and safety

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Published: January 24, 2012

Oregon has the highest rate of bicycle commuting in the 50 states, but South Dakota is the safest state for cycling. Those are just a couple of findings in the extensive Benchmarking Report for 2012 issued this week by the appropriately named Alliance for Biking and Walking. The report ranks the state and big cities on levels of bicycling and walking, the comparative risks of those pursuits, and …

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Why Junk Food at School Isn't Making Kids Fat

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Published: January 23, 2012

Junk food in middle school does not lead to weight gain in children. A study followed nearly 20,000 students from kindergarten through the eighth grade in 1,000 public and private schools. The researchers examined the children’s weight and found that in the eighth grade, 35.5 percent of kids in schools with junk food were overweight while 34.8 percent of those in schools without it were overweight – a statistically insignificant increase. In other words, kids…

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Coming soon to a restaurant near you: Calorie counts

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Published: January 13, 2012

By Grant Gerlock, harvestpublicmedia.org The most popular menu choice at Amigos restaurant in Lincoln, Neb., is the soft taco. The combo meal with a soft taco, a 20-ounce Pepsi and mexi-fries, which are like tater tots, adds up to 1,100 calories. While you can find that calorie count on the Amigos web site, it's not on the menu - yet. But starting next year, chain restaurants like Amigos with more than 20 locations will have…

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Published: January 13, 2012

from MSN.com You probably wouldn't serve your child a Twinkie for breakfast before he or she heads off to school. But some kids' cereals pack the same sugary punch, according to a new study from the Environmental Working Group. (How much sugar should kids eat?) The study investigated 84 popular children's cereal brands and found that three-fourths of them failed to meet the federal government's proposed guidelines on what makes food nutritious enough to be…

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Exercise hormone may fight obesity and diabetes

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Published: January 12, 2012

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, The New York Times A newly discovered hormone produced in response to exercise may be turning people's white fat brown, a groundbreaking new study suggests, and in the process lessening their susceptibility to obesity, diabetes and other health problems. The study, published on Wednesday in Nature and led by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, provides remarkable new insights into how exercise affects the body at a cellular…

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All-local foods star at new art market brunch

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Published: January 12, 2012

Posted by Ian McNulty, Gambit The Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center has long been a New Orleans destination for alternative film. Starting this weekend, it will also be a spot for alternative brunch, one featuring a menu composed entirely of local foods. On the second Saturday of each month, Zeitgeist hosts the OCH Art Market, an eclectic gathering of arts and crafts vendors in Central City, and for this upcoming edition, on Saturday, Jan. 14, it…

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New guidelines stress importance of social and physical environments

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Published: January 12, 2012

Updated guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention from the American Cancer Society stress the importance of creating social and physical environments that support healthy behaviors. The report includes updated recommendations for individual choices regarding diet and physical activity patterns, but emphasizes that those choices occur within a community context that can …

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Getting friendlier streets in New Orleans: An editorial

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Published: January 09, 2012

Editorial Page Staff, The Times-Picayune New Orleans officials have made significant progress in adding bicycle lanes to many city streets in recent years, especially as many thoroughfares have been repaired after Hurricane Katrina. Now those efforts will be cemented into city policy with a new ordinance that requires the design of most future streets to consider more than just motorized vehicles. At the urging of Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, the City Council has unanimously approved…

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What's in that food? The SuperTracker knows

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Published: January 06, 2012

By Nancy Shute, NPR January is a giddy time for weight-loss companies, which usually rake in profits as New Year’s resolutions shuttle earnest dieters to their doors. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would like to get in on the action, too. Not the money, mind you. The feds want us to use their new online food-and-exercise tracker, SuperTracker. Tracking is a concept known all too well to anybody who has ever been on a…

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Does your body fight to stay fat? Maybe, research suggests

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Published: January 05, 2012

By Linda Carroll, TODAY Health It's the first week of January and many of us are gearing up to start our home versions of "The Biggest Loser." We've got it all planned out: the low calorie meals, the hours pounding the treadmill. … But even if we succeed in slimming down to the size of our dreams, we most likely won't stay that way. Most people don't, research has shown. The reason for all that…

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The Fat Trap

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Published: January 05, 2012

By TARA PARKER-POPE, The New York Times For 15 years, Joseph Proietto has been helping people lose weight. When these obese patients arrive at his weight-loss clinic in Australia, they are determined to slim down. And most of the time, he says, they do just that, sticking to the clinic's program and dropping excess pounds. But then, almost without exception, the weight begins to creep back. In a matter of months or years, the entire…

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Overall Fatness, Not Just BMI, Weight, for Measuring Obesity?

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Published: January 04, 2012

A new JAMA study published online on Wednesday suggests that when people consistently eat more calories than their bodies can burn each day, it appears they gain body fat and lose lean muscle if their diet is low in protein. Experts commenting in the same issue of the journal say this means in tackling obesity we need to focus on people’s overall fatness and not just body mass index or body …

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Uniformed Services University study offers obesity intervention in Montgomery - Gazette.Net

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Published: January 03, 2012

Uniformed Services University study offers obesity intervention in Montgomery … Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online That is why a study by the Uniformed Services University and the National Institutes of Health starting later this month will treat children at risk for obesity. Although adults in Montgomery County are healthier than in other parts of the state, …

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New Orleans' 'complete streets' ordinance draws praise

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Published: January 03, 2012

By Bruce Eggler, The Times-Picayune Many ordinances passed by the New Orleans City Council attract little notice beyond other offices in City Hall. But it didn’t take long for an ordinance approved this month on the subject of “complete streets” to begin attracting compliments. Tributes to the council’s wisdom rolled in from sources such as the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Tulane University’s Prevention Research Center and the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute. For the…

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