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Editor's e-Note
Yummy Hospital Food?

The notion of eating tasty and nutritious hospital food might have been a foreign concept for many patients in years past. But today is a new day in hospital foodservice, as many health care institutions across the country are retraining personnel, revising menus, and adopting new concepts in how they serve food to patients.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian provides an overview of this growing trend. We profile a hospital that has revised its foodservice program, increased patient satisfaction scores, and as a result, improved reimbursement.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the June issue, which includes articles on organic meat and dairy, brain food for older adults, nutrition services in correctional facilities, and the first installment of our three-part series on the hottest nutrition trends of 2016 based on our fourth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey that we developed with Pollock Communications.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Beyond ‘Hospital Food’
By Hadley Turner

Hospitals are making strides in improving patient satisfaction through more healthful—and tastier—food options.

At age 23, Erica was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that required a several-month hospital stay, during which she longed to go home to sleep in her own bed and enjoy her mother’s delicious home-cooked meals. She was tired of eating hospital food.

Five years later, Erica is healthy and receives the ongoing treatments she needs to stay well, and generally, she eats what she wants within certain limits.

But what about the hospital food she ate for all those months? Have the offerings changed? It’s likely the answer is “Yes.”

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Field Notes
Exercise, More Than Diet,
Key to Preventing Obesity

Researchers have credited two factors—metabolism and gut microbes—as key players in the fight against obesity. However, there’s an ongoing debate about whether exercise or diet better promotes metabolism and healthful shifts in gut microbes. New research from the University of Missouri (MU) confirms exercise plays a significant role in the fight against obesity.

“Some have claimed that exercise may not play a significant role in weight loss, as exercise can increase appetite, resulting in greater food intake and potentially reduce activity throughout the day,” says Victoria Vieira-Potter, PhD, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU. “The purpose of this study was to look at exercise independently from weight loss and to determine other metabolic benefits associated with physical activity. Our team aimed to tease out what effects on adipose, or fat, tissue were due to weight loss from diet, and what could be attributed to exercise.”

Vieira-Potter and her research team divided young rats prone to obesity into three groups to study the impact of exercise on their metabolic function and fat tissue. All three of the rat groups were fed a high-fat diet. Two of the groups were sedentary, while the third group was able to exercise using running wheels. Of the two sedentary groups, one was allowed to eat as much of the high-fat food as they wanted, while the other group was fed controlled portions of the food in order to match the weight reduction caused by exercise. The exercising rats were allowed to eat as much as they wanted.

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‘No Pain, No Braaains ...’
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