People who tend community gardens eat more fresh fruits and vegetables than those who garden at home, according to a survey in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers said community gardens are a special environmental and social intervention that can increase opportunities for people to eat better, and they called for officials to support programs that connect gardens to groups such as food banks and farmers markets.
University of Texas researchers tested packed lunches for more than 700 preschoolers and found that fewer than 2% of the meats, dairy and vegetables were at safe temperatures about 90 minutes before lunchtime. The study in the journal Pediatrics said that even though 45% of the lunch bags had an ice pack and 12% were kept in a refrigerator, almost all of the perishable foods still were in the danger zone for developing bacteria that leads to food poisoning.
A healthier lunch menu for schools in South Carolina's Beaufort County is catching on as more students are buying fruit and salads even as longtime favorites such as pizza, made with whole-grain crust, remain top sellers. Larry Wilson, area manager for food-service provider Sodexo, says sales of salads dipped at first but bounced back within a year, and meetings with students led to requests for more healthy food options.
A Partners in Health survey found that patients who engaged in the Technologies in Diabetes Education program had better understanding and attitudes toward the disease and had significant decreases in HbA1c than those who received standard diabetes education. The findings suggest that Web-based diabetes education programs such as TIDE may help improve care in patients with diabetes, experts said.
An analysis of two studies on dietary measures for preventing colon cancer found that green vegetables, dried fruit, legumes and brown rice reduced the risk of colon polyps, researchers reported in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. The Loma Linda University study team said these foods are high in fiber, which is known to dilute potential carcinogens.