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Popielarski J.A.,Registered Dietitian | Cotugna N.,University of Delaware
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition | Year: 2010

Innovative solutions are required to overcome increasing demands on food bank resources. A social enterprise venture in the form of an agency-run grocery store called "The Market" was developed by the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) with the goal of bringing food to the citizens of an inner-city neighborhood. The project began with a pilot store and a feasibility study evaluated the challenges and successes. The evaluation generated recommendations for development of a permanent store and future research. The Market is one model of social enterprise in the area of nutrition and food security. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Ritchie C.W.,Imperial College London | Bajwa J.,Conway Medical Center | Coleman G.,Registered Dietitian | Hope K.,University of Stirling | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging | Year: 2014

Synaptic loss correlates closely with cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease and represents a new target for intervention. Souvenaid® is the first medical nutrition product to be designed to support synapse formation and function in early Alzheimer's disease, and has undergone an extensive, 12-year development programme. The relatively large amount of clinical data available for Souvenaid® is unusual for a medical nutrition product. Souvenaid® contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid), uridine (as uridine monophosphate) and choline which are nutritional precursors required for synaptic membrane phospholipid synthesis, together with phospholipids and other cofactors. Souvenaid® has demonstrated cognitive benefits in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease but not in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. Two randomised, double-blind, controlled trials (duration 12 and 24 weeks) in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease untreated with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and/or memantine have demonstrated that Souvenaid® is well tolerated and improves episodic memory performance. The daily intake of Souvenaid® has not been associated with any harmful effects or interactions with medications and none are anticipated. The ongoing, 24-month, European Union-funded LipiDiDiet trial in subjects with prodromal Alzheimer's disease is evaluating the potential benefits of Souvenaid® on memory and in slowing progression to Alzheimer's dementia. If Souvenaid® induces synaptogenesis and improved synaptic function, it may provide benefits in other clinical conditions characterised by neurodegeneration. A number of trials are ongoing and planned to evaluate the potential wider benefits of Souvenaid®. Source

Walker M.H.,Registered Dietitian | Murimi M.W.,Louisiana Tech University | Kim Y.,Louisiana Tech University | Hunt A.,Louisiana Tech University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics | Year: 2012

The objectives of this study were to explore the relationships of baseline dietary intakes and frequency of attendance at point-of-testing nutrition counseling sessions to selected risk factors for chronic diseases during a 3-year intervention. This study was part of a large multidisciplinary, community-based health outreach project conducted in a rural community of northern Louisiana. Screenings, point-of-testing counseling, weekly group exercise sessions, and group nutrition education sessions were provided over a period of 3 years. Outcome variables assessed at 6-month intervals over 3 years were body mass index (BMI), systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, and total and LDL cholesterol and dietary intake. Repeated measure analysis of variance was used to investigate the impact of the frequency of counseling sessions on outcome variables. Paired t-tests were used to identify points at which significant changes occurred. A total of 159 subjects ages 65 years and older participated in this study. The majority of the participants were female (62%) and White (82%). Attending the point of testing counseling for more than two sessions was important for a significant improvement in BMI (p ≤ 0.001), LDL cholesterol (p ≤ 0.03), blood glucose (p ≤ 0.03), and diastolic blood pressure (p ≤ 0.045). Participants who attended at least three sessions had significant reductions in risk factors for obesity and related chronic diseases, underscoring the importance of follow-up sessions after health screening. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source

Bellatti A.,Registered Dietitian | Simon M.,Public Health Attorney
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition | Year: 2011

Though presented as a way to reduce rates of obesity and chronic disease and help the American public select healthier foods, front-of-package labeling is an inefficient tool that operates within a processed food paradigm, thereby providing the food industry with yet another strategy to market nutritionally inferior foods to the general public. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source

Sharma S.,Registered Dietitian | Wagle A.,San Jose State University | Sucher K.,San Jose State University | Bugwadia N.,South Asian Heart Center
Journal of Foodservice Business Research | Year: 2011

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of providing nutrition information to restaurant customers at the point of selection. In this experimental study, nine recipes from a restaurant menu were modified and labeled as "heart healthy." Analysis of sales data showed that sales of three of these items increased significantly during the intervention, while sales of the other items remained constant. Results of a survey conducted during the study showed that purchase of modified menu items positively correlated with the customers' level of formal education, their intention to order a healthier item on a return visit, and their belief that healthy meal options provide nutrition at a good value. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

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