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June 4, 2009
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Fewer Americans Following a Healthy Lifestyle
from Reuters
The number of middle-aged and older Americans who eat right, exercise and keep their weight down has declined substantially in the past two decades, a new study finds. Using data from a large government health survey, researchers found that in 2006, only 26 percent of Americans ages 40 to 74 said they ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day − down from 42 percent in 1988. More    E-mail article


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"Stuffed" Hank Cardello to Keynote Natural MarketPlace
from Natural Products Association
Hank Cardello is the author of Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat. Cardello's experience moving from marketer for many mainstream food companies to director of the Global Business Obesity Forum is relevant to the natural products industry as cash-strapped consumers turn to preventive methods and healthy lifestyles as an alternative to high-priced healthcare. He speaks at the official show of the Natural Products Association, July 9-11, 2009, in Las Vegas. Visit for details and to register today! More    E-mail article

GMP Course Offered During Natural MarketPlace
from Natural Products Association
The Natural Products Association will be offering an advanced course on FDA good manufacturing practices (GMPs) Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Natural MarketPlace 2009 in Las Vegas, Nev. Contact Vicki Whitsitt for more information at (800) 966-6632, ext. 243. More    E-mail article


Federal Focus

FDA Asks if Supplement Labeling Notifications are a Burden
from NutraIngredients USA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked the dietary supplement industry for feedback on the burden of notifying the agency of claims made on their product labels. Since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, supplement manufacturers or distributors making structure/function claims on their products have had to notify FDA of these claims within 30 days of going to market. More    E-mail article

FDA Funds to Enhance Food/Feed Safety
from United Press International
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the awarding of $1 million in grants to be shared by three states to enhance food and feed safety. The three one-year Food Safety and Security Monitoring grants were awarded to Arkansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin to support creation of a national integrated food safety system. More    E-mail article

FDA Announces BPA Safety Review
from Food Production Daily
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it is reviewing its advice that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in baby bottles and food containers, pledging to announce its findings within weeks. The FDA revealed it was to re-examine its conclusions just hours after two prominent Democrat congressmen sent a letter to the agency questioning whether its findings in 2008 had been overly influenced by industry opinion. More    E-mail article

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Tips and Trends

Which City is America's Fittest?
from WebMD
Washington, D.C., tops the American College of Sports Medicine's new list of America's fittest cities. The list is based on personal factors − including the percentage of residents who smoke, are obese, get regular physical activity, eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and have conditions such as diabetes and heart disease − and on local resources, such as parks, farmers' markets, number of primary health care providers, and crime rates. More    E-mail article

How to Extend the Reach of Your Brand
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Though you don't have to have a great brand to have great marketing, it helps. We would all be hard-pressed to name a successful company with bad marketing or an unrecognized brand. The point? Brand matters. More    E-mail article

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Vaginal Infection Tied to Low Vitamin D
from The New York Times
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age, and a new study has found that it is associated with vitamin D deficiency. The disorder is treatable with antibiotics, but it can lead to premature birth and is a major cause of infant mortality. More    E-mail article

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Green Roofs Show Big Growth in U.S., Canada
from Greener Buildings
Green roofs in North America have been booming of late: last week, the green roof industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, announced the results of a survey of its members finding that more than 3.1 million square feet of green roofs were installed in 2008, a 35 percent growth over the previous year. More     E-mail article

To Your Health

Are You Getting Enough Protein?
from Real Simple Magazine via CNN Health
Even if the low-carb diet craze ended up being a bit of a bust, the attention it focused on protein is a good thing. Researchers are taking a closer look at this often ignored nutrient and discovering its hidden health potential. More    E-mail article

Caffeine Reduces Exercise-induced Asthma
from United Press International
Ingesting caffeine within an hour of exercise can reduce the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma, U.S. researchers said. Co-investigator Timothy Mickleborough of Indiana University in Bloomington and colleagues said the caffeine study involved 10 subjects with exercise-induced asthma in a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, crossover study. More    E-mail article

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