WIC Program Revised

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The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food program covered by the U.S. government, has received its first major overhaul in more than 30 years. The program provides food vouchers to low-income women and their children. The changes include the addition of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to the list of foods the vouchers cover.The amount of milk covered by WIC … Read More

Yogurt Could Boost Immunity

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Yogurt has fast become a “super” food in 2007 – and one doctor in Denver, Colo. is reminding consumers that yogurt can help improve immunity. Foods available at the grocery store that claim to boost immunity are a simple matter of eating good bacteria to fight bad bacteria and viruses. Foods with pro-biotics can improve immunity and perhaps digestion, Dr. … Read More

NY Families Not Getting Enough Milk

News EditorDairy Checkoff, Health, Milk

In a recent study, 1,000 New York moms were asked about family’s habits. Out of that group, only 14% said they make it a rule to serve milk with meals. To help re-introduce milk to the family table, the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council in New York is conducting a contest for a New York family to win a … Read More

New Yogurt Study Promising

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A new study conducted by General Mills, the maker of Yoplait yogurt, points to a link between healthier body weight and better nutrient intakes among those who consume yogurt. The food manufacturer has announced results of a 14-day study conducted by the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition in Minneapolis. The researchers investigated the diets of approximately 3,000 … Read More

Restriction of Dairy Foods Threatens Bones

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Starting as early as 10 years of age, self-imposed restriction of dairy foods because of perceived milk intolerance is associated with lower spinal bone mineral content values, according to the results of a study published in the September issue of Pediatrics. “Increasing evidence indicates that the development of osteoporosis is in part related to inadequate calcium intake and that high … Read More

Soda is "Liquid Candy"

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This statstic from a recent article posted on CNN.com really jumped out at me: “The rise in soft drink consumption mirrors the national march toward obesity. At the midpoint of the 20th century, Americans drank four times as much milk as soda pop. Today, the ratio is almost completely reversed, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, in the … Read More

Healthy Kids Meal at BK

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Burger King has jumped on the healthy wagon, and is now going to offer a healthier Kids’ Meal in its restaurants. The meal will include flame-broiled Chicken Tenders, apples cut to resemble thick-cut french fries and lowfat milk. Burger King Holdings Inc., the world’s second largest hamburger chain, said it has set nutritional guidelines to follow when targeting children under … Read More

FDA to Investigate Symbol System

News EditorDairy Business, General, Government, Health, Nutrition

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a two-day hearing starting today to determine if the addition of symbols on the front of food packages can help convey nutrition information to consumers. The FDA will collect comments from food companies, trade groups, watchdog organizations, medical experts and their overseas counterparts on the topic. That’s an idea being considered by … Read More

Cafeterias Improve School Nutrition

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The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has released a new study that indicates a positive change in school cafeterias – improvements in the nutritional profile of foods sold. Over the past two years, there has been a marked emphasis on healthy school environments and increasing availability of nutritious foods, according to School Nutrition Association (SNA)’s School Nutrition Operations Report: The State … Read More