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Studies Support Population-Based Efforts to Lower Excessive Dietary Sodium Intakes, But Raise Questions About Potential Harm From Too Little Salt Intake
Released: 5/14/2013

Recent studies that examine links between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations to lower sodium intake from the very high levels some Americans consume now, but evidence from these studies does not support reduction in sodium intake to below 2,300 mg per day, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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BMI and Shuttle Run Among Techniques IOM Report Recommends for Youth Fitness Testing
Released: 9/27/2012

Techniques ranging from running to push-ups to sit-and-reach tests have been used to measure various aspects of fitness in children and adults. However, evidence is sparse on how well some of these techniques correspond to desired health outcomes in children, fueling debate about the best fitness measures for youth.

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'The Weight of the Nation' Films Garner Two Emmy Nominations
Released: 7/20/2012

"The Weight of the Nation," a four-part documentary film series developed as part of a national obesity prevention campaign spearheaded by HBO and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente, has been nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. A companion short film titled "The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover" was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Program.

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IOM Report Identifies Key Obesity-Prevention Strategies to Scale Back 'Weight of the Nation'
Released: 5/8/2012

America's progress in arresting its obesity epidemic has been too slow, and the condition continues to erode productivity and cause millions to suffer from potentially debilitating and deadly chronic illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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IOM Executive Officer Co-Authors Book on Fighting the Forces That Make Americans Obese
Released: 4/24/2012

A new book co-authored by Judith Salerno, Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine, examines the forces driving the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and offers practical tips to those who want to make healthier choices in spite of these pressures.

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Obesity Crisis Takes National Spotlight as IOM and Partners Issue Films, Book, and New Report
Released: 4/23/2012

Starting the first week of May, a series of new materials and activities by the Institute of Medicine, HBO, and other organizations aim to galvanize national attention and spur action on America's obesity crisis. Key elements of this national initiative include a documentary film series on obesity's causes and consequences, a companion book to the series, and the release of a new IOM report that identifies best strategies to speed progress against the epidemic.

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U.S. Agencies Should Take Steps to Boost Developing Nations' Regulatory Capacity to Ensure That Imported Foods and Drugs Are Safe
Released: 4/4/2012

Many low- and middle-income nations do not have technologically advanced regulatory systems, which limits their oversight of food and drug safety, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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IOM Partners in 'The Weight of the Nation,' A New National Initiative to Confront Obesity Crisis
Released: 1/13/2012

As obesity continues to diminish the quality of people's lives and raise health care costs, the Institute of Medicine is pleased to join HBO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente in developing "The Weight of the Nation," a new national campaign tackling the obesity crisis.

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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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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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