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2010 Press Releases

New Study Finds Eating Healthier Means Living Longer

In a study published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers analyzed the eating patterns of over 2500 older adults over a ten-year period. They found that diets favoring certain foods led to improved survival rates and quality of life. Read more »

Food Safety Passage - Senate

The unexpected passage of landmark food safety legislation by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate late Sunday, December 19, will result in safer foods and a healthier population, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Message from President on National Diabetes Month

As National Diabetes Month has come to a close, American Dietetic Association President Judith C. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN, addresses members to highlight some of the initiatives of ADA to reduce the incidence of diabetes in the United States. Read more »

Statement on Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The American Dietetic Association and its members commend Congress for passing the much-needed Child Nutrition Reauthorization on December 2. ADA renews its commitment to providing unique solutions that improve the health of Americans through food and nutrition. Read more »

New Institute of Medicine Recommendations on Calcium and Vitamin D Intake

The American Dietetic Association supports a report issued Tuesday, November 30, by the Institute of Medicine calling for new dietary intake levels for calcium and vitamin D to maintain health and avoid risks associated with excess consumption. The new Dietary Reference Intake values are based on evidence supporting the roles of these nutrients in bone health but not in other health conditions. Read more »

Statement from ADA President on Passage of Food Safety Legislation

ADA President and registered dietitian Judith C. Rodriguez made a statement about the Senate’s action on November 30, which ensures passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, saying "the American Dietetic Association believes long overdue safeguards will be put in place to protect the country’s food supply and the health of Americans. The legislation expands the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate and recall foods and represents the largest change in the country’s food safety laws in more than 70 years." Read more »

Registered Dietitians Play Essential Role in Effective Management of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in Adults - December 2010 Journal

Proper nutrition therapy is essential for the successful management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and registered dietitians (RDs) can play a key role as part of the health care team. An article in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reviews the evidence and nutrition practice recommendations presented in the American Dietetic Association Nutrition Practice Guidelines for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in Adults. This complete and systematic review presents 29 key nutrition practice guidelines in order to best support people with diabetes. Read more »

Excerpts from Opening Session Remarks at FNCE 2010

Judith C. Rodriguez, President of the American Dietetic Association, addressed attendees at the 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo during the opening session on November 6. Read more »

New Website Launched for Kids Eat Right

The American Dietetic Association Foundation has released preliminary results of a nationwide survey on eating behaviors and nutritional knowledge and attitudes of children and parents, revealing not only realities and advancements, but also opportunities for positive impact. To take advantage of these identified opportunities, the ADA Foundation in collaboration with the American Dietetic Association's Childhood Obesity Prevention action plan, has launched the Kids Eat Right campaign. Read more »

Survey Finds Children Skipping Meals, Snacking Frequently

A new survey by the American Dietetic Association Foundation has found many children are snacking frequently but are skipping breakfast and dinner—meals that contain nutrients crucial to their development and health. Results from the 2010 Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey were released Tuesday, November 9 at ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston. Read more »

Survey Reveals Positive Changes for Family Eating Behaviors

In the midst of the childhood obesity epidemic and with a majority of American kids lacking the critical nutrients for healthy growth and development, the preliminary results of a new survey on family eating habits, attitudes and physical activity has been released — outlining positive changes as well as opportunities. The preliminary findings of the American Dietetic Association Foundation's 2010 Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey were released Tuesday, November 9 at ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston. Read more »

Safely Preparing Foods in Microwave Ovens

Microwave ovens are found in 90 percent of American kitchens. Because so many households use microwaves daily to prepare foods, especially during the holiday season, the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods remind consumers how to ensure food safety when defrosting, cooking and reheating foods in the microwave. Read more »

National Home Food Safety Program Renewed

The American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods announce the renewal of the award-winning national program Home Food Safety, educating consumers about the serious health issue of foodborne illness in the home. Through information on www.homefoodsafety.org and a public awareness campaign, the program provides simple solutions so Americans can easily and safely handle food in every part of their kitchens, from the refrigerator to the microwave and from the oven to the countertop. Read more »

Comprehensive Nutrition Services - November Position Paper

School meal programs play a significant role in keeping children healthy and are “the anchor” of comprehensive school nutrition services that improve children’s nutritional status, health and academic performance, according to an updated joint position paper from the American Dietetic Association, the School Nutrition Association and the Society for Nutrition Education. Read more »

Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Could Prevent Periodontitis

In an article in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health found that dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) like fish oil, known to have anti-inflammatory properties, shows promise for the effective treatment and prevention of periodontitis. Read more »

Dietary Guidelines Report Offers Insights to Fight Obesity

In an insightful Commentary in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Editor-in-Chief Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, highlights the key features and noteworthy findings of the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report. Read more »

ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo Offers Endless Opportunities

The world's largest meeting of food and nutrition professionals, the American Dietetic Association's 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, will be held November 6-9 in Boston, Mass. FNCE gathers more than 10,000 registered dietitians for four days of cutting-edge research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations, along with more than 350 food and nutrition-related exhibitors. Read more »

ADA Foundation to Honor Food and Nutrition Leaders at FNCE Event

The American Dietetic Association Foundation will honor leaders in the dietetics profession at its annual gala on Monday, November 8, as part of ADA's 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass. The 2010 ADAF Gala will be at the Westin Boston Waterfront. The theme is Kids Eat Right: Orchestrating a Healthier Future, highlighting the joint ADA/ADA Foundation's "Kids Eat Right" initiative. Read more »

Medallion Awards Presented to Eight Members for Service to ADA and Dietetics Profession

The American Dietetic Association will present its prestigious 2010 Medallion Awards to eight members in recognition of their outstanding service and leadership to ADA and the dietetics profession. Medallion Awards have been given each year since 1976. The winners will receive their awards at an Honors Breakfast on Sunday, November 7, during ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston. Read more »

Childhood Obesity, Dietary Guidelines and Menu Labeling Among Key Topics at ADA Annual Conference

The American Dietetic Association's 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will feature educational sessions devoted to key food and nutrition policy issues, showcasing cutting-edge research, policy and advocacy issues and official ADA positions. The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will be held November 6-9 in Boston, Mass. Read more »

Georgia RD M. Josephine Martin Receives ADA's Highest Honor: the Copher Award

Registered dietitian M. Josephine Martin, a nationally recognized authority on school foodservice and child nutrition programs, has been named the 2010 recipient of the American Dietetic Association's highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Read more »

National Kids Eat Right Campaign Launches

A new national campaign, "Kids Eat Right," will enlist registered dietitians in public education projects and other programs to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity. The American Dietetic Association and the ADA Foundation will launch the campaign at ADA's 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, November 6-9 in Boston. Read more »

Older Adults Benefit from Diet Individualization

The American Dietetic Association has published its first position paper with companion practice paper. These papers, each titled The Nutritional Approach for Older Adults in Health Care Communities, call for an individualized approach to evaluating and addressing the needs of older adults living in health care communities to maintain their health and enhance their quality of life. Read more »

Study Finds Disturbing Results in Youth Diets

With over 23 million children and adolescents in the US overweight or obese, the risks for many chronic diseases continue to increase. An article in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association examines the diets of American youth and finds some disturbing results. Read more »

House Called On to Pass Child Nutrition Act before Deadline

The American Dietetic Association strongly encourages the House of Representatives to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act before the legislation expires September 30, to ensure that children are have access to nutritious meals needed to stay healthy and succeed in school. Read more »

Positive Changes Help Children Achieve Healthy Weight

September has been proclaimed by Congress as the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As part of its commitment to the total health of the American public, the American Dietetic Association encourages children and adults alike to focus on the countless benefits of healthful eating. Read more »

ADA Supports National Menu Labeling Legislation

Nutritional labeling for restaurant meals is now mandated across the U.S. as part of HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association explains how the new national law will replace state and municipal laws, addresses ADA's involvement, and discusses how these new regulations will impact registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) as well as consumers. Read more »

Senate Urged to Pass Food Safety Act

The American Dietetic Association is calling on the U.S. Senate to quickly pass food safety legislation that would expand the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate and recall foods. Read more »

Action Needed to Eliminate Food Insecurity in US

The American Dietetic Association has published an updated position paper on food insecurity in the United States, calling for funding for food and nutrition assistance programs, increased nutrition education and efforts to promote economic self-sufficiency for all households and individuals. Read more »

ADA to Participate in Congressional Child Welfare Panel

The American Dietetic Association will participate in a Child Welfare Brain Trust event on childhood obesity prevention, to be held during Congressional Black Caucus Week in September. The announcement was made on Thursday, August 19, by registered dietitian and ADA President Judith C. Rodriguez and U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D.-Ill.) at a reception in honor of Rep. Davis at ADA's Chicago headquarters. Read more »

Schools, Communities Share Responsibility for Child Nutrition

The American Dietetic Association has published an updated position paper on local support for nutrition integrity in schools that calls on schools and communities to work together to provide healthful and affordable meals for all children and to promote educational environments that help students learn and practice healthy behaviors for their entire lives. Read more »

Senate Applauded for Passage of Child Nutrition Act

The American Dietetic Association commends the U.S. Senate for its bipartisan action Thursday, August 5, to reauthorize the nation’s crucial child nutrition programs. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 covers programs reaching millions of children—including schools meals, WIC, child-care settings and after-school programs—that were scheduled expire September 30. Read more »

Labeling Impacts Consumer Food Choices

Two studies published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shed light on behaviors regarding food choices and good nutrition and report on how nutritional labeling and point-of-purchase signs are influencing healthy food choices. Read more »

Labeling Impacts Consumer Food Choices

Two studies published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shed light on behaviors regarding food choices and good nutrition and report on how nutritional labeling and point-of-purchase signs are influencing healthy food choices. Read more »

Hershey Teams Up With ADA

The Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition has become an ADA Partner in the Association’s corporate sponsorship program. The Center will collaborate with ADA on consumer and health professional initiatives including an innovative, national consumer-focused nutrition education campaign. Read more »

House Committee Praised for Support of Nutrition for America’s Children Act

The American Dietetic Association commends the House Education and Labor Committee for its bipartisan support of H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act that reauthorizes the nation’s crucial child nutrition programs. Read more »

Foundation Awards Thousands in Scholarships

The American Dietetic Association Foundation announced it has awarded 141 scholarships totaling $264,650 to students at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels of dietetics study. Read more »

Parenting Style Influences Eating Behaviors

Data indicates a direct association between parenting style and the frequency of meals eaten together, and that family meals have a positive influence on adolescents to eat a healthy diet. Read more »

2010-2011 ADAF Directors Announced

The American Dietetic Association Foundation has named its Board of Directors for 2010-2011. Read more »

Updated Position: Nutritional Aspects of Care for People with HIV

ADA updates Nutrition Intervention and HIV position paper, emphasizing the importance of integrating individualized nutrition care into the management of HIV and co-existing conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Read more »

Americans Need Motivation and Information to Achieve a Healthy Weight

Families across the country continue to struggle to consume a healthful diet, as demonstrated in F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010, a report released June 29, 2010 by the Trust for America's Health. The American Dietetic Association agrees with the report's findings that obesity represents one of the largest public health challenges ever faced by the United States. Read more »

Dietary Guidelines a Basis for Developing Healthy Eating

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report represents a basis for establishing federal nutrition policy and building consumer messages on healthful eating, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act

ADA President Judith C. Rodriguez supports U.S. Rep. George Miller's proposal stating it "represents an excellent start to strengthening child nutrition programs." Read more »

The American Dietetic Association Honors and Remembers...

Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, who serve our country in the military hold a special place in the American Dietetic Association and in the nutritional health of Americans. Read more »

Food and Nutrition Misinformation Is a Danger that Consumers Can Avoid

A new Congressional report on deceptive and questionable marketing practices of dietary supplements highlights the difficulties consumers face in distinguishing reliable messages from potentially dangerous information; underscoring the need for advice from food and nutrition experts when making decisions about supplements and healthful eating. Read more »

Medical Nutrition Therapy is Integral Component of Disease Treatment

ADA updates position paper calling medical nutrition therapy an “integral component” of health care and the treatment of many different conditions and diseases. Read more »

Florida RD Judith Rodriguez Becomes 2010-2011 ADA President

Registered dietitian Judith C. Rodriguez begins her one-year term June 1 as the 2010-2011 president of the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

ADA Names 2010-2011 Board of Directors

Eighteen national leaders in nutrition, medicine, industry and public health will serve from June 1 to May 31, 2011 as the 2010-11 Board of Directors Read more »

ADA Names National Media Spokespeople for 2010-2013

ADA’s nationwide volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 RDs who conduct more than 2,000 print, broadcast and electronic interviews each year on behalf of ADA on nutrition and healthful eating. Read more »

TV Food Advertisements Promote Imbalanced Diets

The June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association features a new study comparing the nutritional content of food choices influenced by television to nutritional guidelines. Read more »

Childhood Obesity Blueprint Lauded

 Recommendations of the newly released report of the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity provide a strong blueprint for meeting the Obama Administration’s goal of ending childhood obesity within a generation, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Poor, pregnant women gain more weight

Living in a food-insecure household during pregnancy may increase the odds of greater weight gain and pregnancy complications, particularly gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a new study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Updated Position Paper on Nutrition Assistance Programs for Children

The American Dietetic Association has published an updated position paper on nutrition assistance programs for children that reviews existing programs and their value, discusses barriers to participation and encourages more research to evaluate the programs’ long-term effectiveness in helping children get and stay healthy. Read more »

ADA Becomes a Partner in the National Physical Activity Plan

The American Dietetic Association has become an organizational partner in the National Physical Activity Plan, a coalition of organizations and individuals working to empower Americans to be physically active every day. Read more »

Decrease in Sodium Intake Supported

The American Dietetic Association supports recommendations released Tuesday, April 20, by the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake to make progress in reducing the amount of salt Americans eat on a daily basis. Read more »

RD Role Vital for Gastric Bypass Patients

More than one third of Americans are considered obese. The April 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association focuses on the ever-increasing use of bariatric surgery to deal with extreme obesity and the important role that registered dietitians play in the management of patients who have undergone the procedure. Read more »

Nutrition, Check-Ups Key to Diabetics' Eye Health

Good nutrition and regular eye exams are two tools diabetics can use to reduce their chances of developing vision problems. . Read more »

ADA Praises Officials' Support of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

ADA President Jessie M. Pavlinac today praised the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for its unanimous support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Read more »

Older Adults Should Have Access to Safe and Adequate Food

American Dietetic Association Publishes New Position Paper on Nutrition Services for Older Adults This new position paper focuses on access to safe and adequate food and nutrition services for the increasing number of older adults who receive health care in their homes or communities. Read more »

Healthy Diet Key to Surviving Ovarian Cancer

A recently published study shows that women who follow a healthy diet can increase their chances of surviving ovarian cancer.  The study, published in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, revealed that higher total fruit and vegetable consumption, and higher vegetable consumption alone led to a survival advantage. Read more »

Commitment to Food, Nutrition and Health Policy: Rep. Bruce Braley Receives American Dietetic Association's Top Congressional Award

US Representative Bruce L. Braley (D-Iowa) has been named the 2010 recipient of ADA's Public Policy Leadership Award for his outstanding work in support of nutrition issues in Congress. The annual award recognizes a member of Congress who exhibits strong support for efforts to change or strengthen public policy in the areas of nutrition, food, health care and public health Read more »

Alliance Healthcare Initiative Celebrates One Year Anniversary

ADA congratulates the Alliance for a Healthier Generation on the one year anniversary of the Alliance Healthcare Initiative and welcomes Accenture and Humana as the newest associations to join the fight against childhood obesity. Read more »

ADA Supports First Lady in Fight Against Childhood Obesity

ADA and its 70,000 members strongly stand behind a nationwide campaign launched today by the White House to fight childhood obesity. The new "Let's Move!" campaign, led by First Lady Michelle Obama, along with President Obama's creation of an interagency task force on childhood obesity, demonstrate a commitment to solving the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Read more »

Whole Grain Consumption by Teens and Young Adults Falls Short of Guidelines

Few adolescents or young adults consume even half of the daily recommended servings of whole grains. Three servings of whole grains is recommended for prevention of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and excess weight gain, yet researchers report that young people are consuming less than one serving per day, according to a study published in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Nutrition Services, Prevention Important in Nutrition Care for Special Health Needs

The ADA has updated a position paper addressing the nutrition aspects of health care for people with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. The updated position emphasizes prevention, coordination of care, the increasing role of technology and the importance of services provided by registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered. Read more »

Statement from American Dietetic Association President Supporting First Lady's Childhood Obesity Initiative

Registered dietitian and ADA President Jessie M. Pavlinac released a statement in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's new White House initiative on childhood obesity and pledged to keep her informed of the important work of ADA and our members. The association looks forward to working with Mrs. Obama and the White House on this important fight for our children's health and future. Read more »

Survey Says Consumers Hungry for Accurate Nutrition Information

A new survey from the American Dietetic Association shows more than 60 percent of people have trouble finding accurate food and nutrition information on the Internet, while nearly eight in 10 are interested in locating reliable online sources of nutrition information. Read more »

Find Accurate Nutrition Information on Redesigned ADA Web Site

Turn on your TV, radio or computer or open your favorite magazine or newspaper and you’ll find stories on the latest food, diet or supplement. Is this information credible? How can people determine fact from fiction? The American Dietetic Association is here to help with a newly redesigned Web site at www.eatright.org. Read more »

Is the Nations Obesity Rate Slowing?

While a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests the rate of obesity in America may have slowed in recent decades, the American Dietetic Association reminds everyone that obesity prevention at all life stages should remain a top public health priority. Read more »

Restaurant and Packaged Foods Can Have More Calories Than Nutrition Labeling Indicates

People who are trying to reduce their weight are encouraged to choose meals labeled as "lower in calories" or "reduced-energy" in restaurants and supermarkets — but Tufts University researchers found that some commercially-prepared foods contained more calories than indicated in nutritional labeling, as reported in the January issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

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