CHICAGO (AP) — Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a...
Mankato doctor recognized for nutrition work
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — For Dr. Ryan Brower, food is medicine.
Coming to Mankato three years ago, the family medicine resident at Mayo Clinic Health System's Eastridge clinic brought a passion...
NEW YORK (AP) — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there's something else about such processed foods that might be...
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Dalvin Cook's rookie year was dominated by his rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery, and his second season included recuperation from a significant hamstring strain....
NEW YORK (AP) — In California, Heather Del Castillo offered tips on natural eating as a health coach. But in Florida, the title didn't qualify her to give nutrition advice.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on plans to provide $8 million worth of medical and nutritional aid for North Korean children through U.N. agencies while it also...
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi group is gearing up for a summer nutrition program to help needy families.
The Tupelo/Lee County Hunger Coalition is extending its weekend backpack...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal legislation has been re-introduced to allow tribal governments to administer child nutrition programs in their communities.
NEW YORK (AP) — Is white bread about to make a comeback on school lunch menus?
After complaints about taste and costs, the Trump administration rolled back a rule that required foods like...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's statewide school board is moving to preserve rules about how school buses operate, charter schools run and administrators are held accountable.
Nourishing help: Schools help food-insecure students
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — As social issues have evolved in the community, so too have the roles schools play in supporting their families.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Auditors with the state of Indiana have raised concerns about oversight in child nutrition and special education accounts for Munster's school district.
If you don't eat properly, you won't heal so well.
That simple fact inspired New Hanover Regional Medical Center to launch a new program to help patients with their diets after they leave...
Nutrition plays a small but vital role at Final Four
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Braden Burke sat at his stall finishing off the last remnants of his lunch as reporters filled the Michigan State locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) — With keto-friendly recipes sweeping social media, some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming U.S. dietary guidelines that advise Americans...
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Another trial starting date has been set for two southeast Iowa women accused of not providing enough nutrition to the son of one of them, contributing to his...
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Kitchen staff arrive at the former Fall Creek Valley Care Center at 4:30 to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday to make nutritious meals for close to 400 seniors in Eau Claire and...
MONROE, La. (AP) — A new coalition is providing athletic shoes for 40 children at one Louisiana elementary school.
Members learned that children were coming to the office at Barkdull Faulk...
FAIRFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Police arrested the manager of a health and nutrition store after a raid turned up dozens of bottles of a cat sedative linked to bizarre behavior in humans.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are replacing pizza and chicken tenders at lunch with fresher, locally grown foods as education leaders and nutritionists rethink the school meal system that...
A silky-smooth soup with a big dose of healthy greens
When considering uses for sturdy greens like kale and Swiss chard, a smooth pureed soup may not immediately come to mind. But we had high hopes for a silky-smooth soup that delivered a big dose of...
Minnesota bill could boost farm-to-school initiatives
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would reimburse school districts for feeding students healthy, local foods through farm-to-school initiatives.
Hill’s plans $20 million expansion to Shawnee County plant
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hill's Pet Nutrition plans to spend $20 million to expand its plant in Shawnee County during the next two years.
The expansion announced Wednesday by economic development leaders will create only six new jobs, which reduced the incentives given to the company for expansion of its Pet Nutrition Center.
Nutrition Hub starts a nutrition bar craze in Memphis area
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Salted Caramel, Reese's, Blueberry Muffin, Cinnamon Toast and Strawberry Cheesecake. The menu at the new Nutrition smoothie bars reads like an ice cream shop or bakery, not a health food shop.
While the flavors may be sinful, the shakes are not. Each protein shake has just 200 calories and only 11 to 15 grams of carbs. As an added bonus, each shake offers 24 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals.
Arizona making early distribution of nutrition assistance
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizonans who receive food stamps are getting their February benefits early because of the federal government's partial shutdown, and state officials want recipients to know they won't be getting additional benefits during February.
Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet
NEW YORK (AP) — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet.
Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should be about a serving a day, or less.
Montana issuing February SNAP benefits early due to shutdown
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is issuing February nutrition assistance payments early due to the federal government shutdown.
Low-income residents should see their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments for February show up on their electronic benefit transfer cards on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services emphasizes these are early payments, not extra payments, and must stretch through February.
Food stamp benefits to come a little early during shutdown
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says food stamp beneficiaries will have access to their February benefits earlier than usual as employees deal with the impact of the partial government shutdown.
Eligible households will be able to get food stamps starting Jan. 20, instead of the regular availability date of Feb. 5.
Food assistance benefits to be issued early for February
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say people whose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are up for recertification this month need to act quickly.
The state's Division of Children and Family Services says federal officials have asked states to issue February food benefits early, citing the partial federal government shutdown. Officials say the nearly 74,000 Nebraska households enrolled in the nutrition aid program will see their next monthly allocation by Jan. 20.
Bud Light debuts bigger nutrition labels
DETROIT (AP) — Beer drinkers can't claim blissful ignorance for much longer.
Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer's calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving.
Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren't legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020.
USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before Jan. 20 so that they can be paid to the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. SNAP is already fully funded for January.
Low carb? Low fat? What the latest dieting studies tell us
NEW YORK (AP) — Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas?
If you're planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you're sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year.
Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The new farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prevents maple syrup and honey producers from being required to list their pure products as containing added sugars on their nutrition labels — a plan proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months ago that producers said was misleading.
Nutrition program for women, families goes electronic
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A pilot program to make it easier for low-income pregnant women and young families to get nutritious food has been expanded state wide.
Mississippi agency probes school district accused of fraud
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Auditor's Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program.
Founder of Feed My Starving Children, Richard Proudfit, dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Richard Proudfit, the founder of Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that has delivered billions of nutritious meals to malnourished children worldwide, has died. He was 88.
Proudfit died Tuesday at a nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota, said Andy Carr, a spokesman for Coon Rapids-based Feed My Starving Children . Carr did not know the cause of death.
Gene editing promises to boost nutrition in foods
Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods
Demand for healthy, natural food is extending from humans to their pets.
Petco announced Tuesday it will stop selling dog and cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, both online and at its nearly 1,500 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
"We are making sure we are always taking the nutritional high ground," Petco CEO Ron Coughlin told The Associated Press.
Health officials ask families to discard youth food plates
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Families are being asked to throw away educational food plates distributed by the Indiana Women, Infants and Children program.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Sunday that Indiana WIC has received two reports of the plates catching fire in microwave ovens. No injuries have been reported.
Personal trainer branches out into the meal-delivery service
ADVANCE, N.C. (AP) — A personal trainer's side business is heating up in Advance, offering healthy meals to 25 to 30 clients a week.
Pam Baker, a trainer at the William G. White YMCA in Winston-Salem, and her husband, Inkem, started a meal delivery service called Healthy Made Simple in March — a week before they got married.
Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’
NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing understanding of nutrition science. The push is fueling debate about eating habits and what the new standard should say.
South Carolina company making supplements to add 225 jobs
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) — A company that makes nutritional supplements is expanding its operations in South Carolina, adding 225 new jobs.
The South Carolina Commerce Department said in a news release that Nutramax Laboratories will add the jobs at its buildings in Lancaster County.
Child hunger ‘serious’ in India while its economy grows fast
NEW DELHI (AP) — A global hunger index has been released showing about 20 percent of Indian children under age 5 suffer from acute under-nutrition in the same week the International Monetary Fund projected India to be the world's fastest-growing economy, exposing stark contrasts in the South Asian country.
West Virginia editorial roundup
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on food stamps:
There has been much discussion at the federal level about the difficulty in feeding kids a healthy diet on a limited income — particularly in regions labeled "food deserts." For many families, it is more affordable to feed kids what amounts to junk food; and a trip to a large grocery store is another expense.
New Mexico balks at US demand of repayment for nutrition aid
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is demanding that New Mexico repay $164 million of alleged overpayments for food benefits provided to low-income families, but the state agency involved denies it provided too many benefits.
Trial set for southeast Iowa women in 12-year-old’s death
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for two southeast Iowa women accused of not providing enough nutrition to the son of one of them, contributing to his death.
Des Moines County court records say 36-year-old Amber McIntosh-Crear and 41-year-old Bobbie Crear, of West Burlington, pleaded not guilty last week to child endangerment resulting in injury. Their trial is set for Nov. 14.
For an easy and nutritional chicken dish, add a sheet pan
A sheet pan full of roast chicken, kale and butternut squash promised a satisfying, nutritious meal with minimal cleanup. However, in order to combine sturdy squash, dark leafy greens, and chicken in a single pan, we'd need to get them to cook at the same rate.
We used bone-in split chicken breasts, which contain less fat than a whole chicken and wouldn't smother the vegetables underneath and cause them to steam. Halving the breasts assisted in even cooking.