Soda consumption declined 16% in the past decade, and sales fell in the second half of 2012, as consumers cut back in favor of water and other lower-calorie options. Companies are reacting, including Coca-Cola, which has released a two-minute commercial touting its low-calorie offerings and urging consumers to strike a healthy balance.
Chicago-area hospitals compete on more than patient care, and are bringing popular eateries to their campuses for staff and visitors. A University of Chicago Medicine pavilion will have a Wolfgang Puck Express and a Starbucks, but the hospital also plans to open a small grocery offering organic foods and chef-prepared hot foods.
A report by a food industry lawyer and health advocate raises concerns about the number of big food companies with sponsorship ties to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The AND is surveying some member dietitians about their opinions on the corporate sponsorship issue.
Hospital-based dietitians help prepare patients to receive at-home parenteral nutrition by monitoring vital signs to stabilize and cycle the PN formula. Home-infusion companies have registered dietitians who assess a patient's nutrition needs as part of a care team that can begin PN at home, which reduces costs and the risk of hospital-acquired infections.
The U.S. Agriculture Department last month announced a more vigorous testing program to eliminate salmonella from chicken, but critics say the department lacks the authority to enforce any change in the poultry industry. The occurrence of salmonella in raw chicken has increased 80% since 2000.