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What You're Reading - November 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of November, 2011.

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What You're Reading - October 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of October, 2011.

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Calorie Count Plus Points Based on Added Sugars, Sodium, and Saturated and Trans Fats Recommended as New Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling System
Released: 10/20/2011

Federal agencies should develop a new nutrition rating system with symbols to display on the front of food and beverage packaging that graphically convey calorie counts by serving size and a "point" value showing whether the saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars in the products are below threshold levels.  This new front-of-package system should apply to all foods and beverages and replace any other symbols currently being used on the front of packaging, added the committee that wrote the report.

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Front-of-Package Symbols and Systems: IOM Phase 2 Report
Released: 10/18/2011

Shoppers may be confused by the proliferation of symbols and nutrition rating systems on food packaging in recent years intended to help consumers make healthy choices. Moreover, questions have been raised about the nutritional criteria underlying different systems. Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Phase II Report recommends criteria and a process that federal agencies could use to develop a single front-of-package system and icons that would help consumers compare foods and beverages and instantly recognize healthier options.

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IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates on October 17 in conjunction with its 41st annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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What You're Reading - September 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of September, 2011.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention From Birth Through Preschool: IOM Report Releases June 23
Released: 6/17/2011

Recommendations for preventing childhood obesity have mainly focused on children from kindergarten ages through young adulthood. However, evidence points to early childhood as a critical period for assessing the beginnings of obesity and implementing preventive measures. Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children, a new report from the IOM, recommends evidence-based strategies and policies to promote healthy weights in children from birth to age 5.

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Protein and Calories Can Help Lessen Effects of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury; Benefits of Other Nutritional Approaches Need Further Study
Released: 4/20/2011

To help alleviate the effects of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), the U.S. Department of Defense should ensure that all military personnel with this type of injury receive adequate protein and calories immediately after the trauma and through the first two weeks of treatment, says a new report from the IOM.

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TBI Therapy and Nutrition: IOM Report Releases April 20
Released: 4/14/2011

A new report from the IOM recommends which nutritional approaches DOD should adopt and priorities for further research into nutrients and diets that show promise for being effective in providing resilience or treating the immediate and near-term effects of brain injury, particularly TBI.

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Walmart Commits to Improve the Health of Its Food Products

Walmart announced on January 20, 2011, that it would work to provide healthier food choices and make those foods more affordable to consumers. Walmart will reformulate many packaged foods to reduce sodium and added sugars, and eliminate trans fats by 2015. The company references the IOM in its rationale for sodium and trans fat reduction.

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