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Role of supplements in treating hypertension

Vegetarian nutrition and teens

Chocolate’s heart health benefits

Q & A with Michael Jacobson

Healthful whole plant fats
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Tech & Tools
Free App Ranks Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen
The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides app from the Environmental Working Group lists pesticide levels of 53 fruits and veggies to help clients choose when to buy organic or conventional produce.
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iPhone App Offers 2,000 Vegetarian Recipes
and How-To Illustrations

This app provides recipes from the How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook by New York Times columnist and best-selling author Mark Bittman. Learn more »
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Editor's E-Note
Making a List and Checking It Twice

Now that the new year has begun, many clients who gained a few pounds too many over the holidays will want to lose them. One way they can begin is planning weekly menus and cooking meals at home. This may not appeal to clients who are always on the go, but according to the RDs whom Today’s Dietitian interviewed, menu planning is the best place to start.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, dietitians discuss the importance of menu planning for weight loss and healthful eating and provide a variety of tips anyone can follow to begin the journey.

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E-News Exclusive
Help Clients Plan Menus for Weight Loss Success
By Lindsey Getz

Menu planning can have a huge impact on keeping the waistline slim and trim, but this is an area in which your clients probably struggle. We all know it’s easier to grab fast food and that making plans to eat at home most nights is a challenge. But if you arm your clients with practical tips, they’ll realize that eating at home is doable—whether or not they’re battling overweight or obesity.

“Whether you’re obese or just looking to eat healthfully, menu planning is going to be quite similar,” says Susan Nicholson, RD, LD, syndicated columnist for 7-Day Menu Planner and author of 7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies. “Menu planning for a healthier lifestyle is something everyone can benefit from.”

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Field Notes
Web-Based Intervention Appears
Ineffective for Preventing Weight Gain
in Adolescents

A Web-based, computer-tailored intervention aiming to increase physical activity, decrease sedentary behavior, and promote healthful eating among adolescents wasn’t associated with positive long-term outcome measures but may have positive short-term effects on eating behaviors, according to a report published online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

"The high prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents is a major public health concern because of its association with various chronic diseases," the authors wrote as background information in the article. "Computer tailoring has been recognized as a promising health communication technique to promote energy balance-related behaviors."

To evaluate the short- and long-term effectiveness of a Web-based, computer-tailored intervention on preventing excessive weight gain in adolescents, Nicole P. M. Ezendam, PhD, then of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, now of Tilburg University in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and colleagues developed the online, school-based FATaintPHAT intervention. The intervention included 20 schools in the Netherlands and a total of 883 students aged 12 to 13. The main objectives of the intervention were to improve dietary habits (including reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and increasing fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intake), reduce sedentary behavior, and increase physical activity. Students not meeting behavioral guidelines at the start of the study were considered at risk.

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Other Nutrition News
Farmers’ Markets Go Year-Round
As Americans show greater interest in eating locally produced fruits and vegetables, an increasing number of farmers markets are selling year-round, according to USA Today.

Fast-Food Outlet Concerns Healthful Living Residents
The New York Times reports that in Loma Linda, California, the city council has approved its first McDonald’s, stirring the concern of the citizens.
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