Healthy Communities – September 17, 2010

It’s been all over the news – this week, the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the FDA to approve the name “corn sugar” to replace “high fructose corn syrup.”

And a new commercial from the nonprofit vegan group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine features a dead man in a morgue holding a hamburger, and implies that McDonald’s was to blame. It ends with the words “I was lovin’ it” (a play on the chain’s “I’m lovin’ it” slogan) and some McDonald’s-like golden arches.

Reports & Articles

CDC: U.S. adults eat less fruit, not enough veggies CDC Most Americans still don’t eat enough vegetables, and fruit consumption is actually dropping a little, according to a new government report released Thursday.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that last year about one-third of U.S. adults had two or more servings of fruit or fruit juice a day. That’s down slightly from more than 34% in 2000. Only about 26% ate vegetables three or more times a day, the same as in 2000.

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance, CDC, July 2010                 This report is a literature review that examines the existing research on the relationship between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. It spans 23 years of research and includes 50 studies. The majority of the studies in this review report that physical activity was positively related to academic performance.

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