Nutrition

The State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Food Brings Older Adults Back To The Table

Amanda Holliday with her grandmother Celeste Sawyer.
Amanda Holliday

Many kids grow up spending time after school with other kids in their neighborhood playing pick-up soccer, videogames or capture the flag. 

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Education
2:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

'Too Good To Be True' - Hundreds Of NC Schools Offer Free Meals To All Kids

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

About 650 schools throughout the state are opting into a program to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students.

It is part of a new program called Community Eligibility Provision, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The idea is to allow schools with high percentages of low-income children to offer free meals for all, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.

In Durham, 10 schools are offering free meals to all students.

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Health
8:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Bill Gates Boosts NCSU's Sweet Potato Research

NC State University is studying how to boost sweet potato crops in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving millions of dollars to North Carolina State University to research sweet potatoes.  The grant is aimed at developing new breeding tools to improve crop production in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Craig Yencho heads the university's sweet potato breeding program and is the project director.  He said sweet potatoes already feed millions of people in the region.

"It's a very hardy crop," said Yencho. "It can resist drought and heat very well.  It can be grown in a really wide range of soil types and it produces a lot of food per acre.”

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The Salt
3:29 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

A kids healthy snacks display at Giant Eagle.
Courtesy of Giant Eagle

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. And our veggie consumption, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls short, too.

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Health
5:32 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

There's More Than One Reason For Malnutrition In Seniors

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Researchers are raising questions about malnutrition among North Carolina's senior citizens. Doctors at UNC Hospitals report, over a two month period, more than half of patients ages 65 or older who came to the emergency department were either malnourished or a risk of malnutrition.

The study looked at about 140 older patients and saw no notable difference in the nutrition of rural versus urban seniors. There was also no noticeable difference between genders. The greater discrepancy came with access to proper food.

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Health
8:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Volunteers Quench A Raleigh Food Desert

Volunteers opened Galley Grocery on Bragg Street in Raleigh to bring fresh food to a food desert.
Credit Jina Lee / Wikipedia

People living in a southeast Raleigh neighborhood have a new place to buy groceries. 

About 18 months ago, two Kroger stores closed forcing residents of the South Park area to travel long distances to find fresh, affordable food.  Two church groups working with volunteers, opened the Galley Grocery on Bragg Street late last month. 

Ashley Lee is a member of the Hope Community Church and helped get the new venture off the ground.  She said there are still some challenges to overcome.   
 

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Health
8:44 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Report: Left Unchecked, Diabetes Will Cost NC Billions

A report from Harvard University says diabetes is a growing problem in North Carolina, and offers advice for how to prevent and treat the disease.
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A report from Harvard University says one-in-10 North Carolinians has diabetes, and that the disease will cost the state $17 billion per year by 2025.

Sarah Downer is a fellow at Harvard's Health Law and Policy Clinic. She said limited access to healthcare, nutritious foods and safe places to exercise are dangerous to communities.

North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity, meaning people don't have regular access to nutritious meals. The state also ranks fifth for early childhood obesity.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People

More than 410,000 people across NC don't have easy access to fresh produce, according to a Duke study.
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North Carolina lawmakers are looking for ways they can help get fresh fruits and vegetables to corners of the state -- urban and rural -- where they’re difficult to access.

Non-profit organizations and local governments across the country have for years identified areas known as “food deserts” across the country, but the House Committee on Food Desert Zones is the first effort by state lawmakers to address the issue.

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Fast Food Study
11:12 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Fast Food: A Symptom, Not The Cause Of Childhood Obesity

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It's easy to point the finger at fast food joints. A decade after the breakout documentary, Super Size Me, the cheap, un-nutritious, happy meal is a go-to candidate for public ire when it comes to childhood obesity.

But a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina says that explanation might be too easy.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ditching Tater Tots For Kale: The 'Cafeteria Man' Transforms School Menus

Tony Geraci
Credit Tony Geraci

    

Tony Geraci is best known as "Cafeteria Man." He is on a mission to transform menus at school cafeterias and give students healthier options. He launched a farm-to-school program in Contoocook N.H. Then he went on to make changes in larger school systems in Baltimore and Memphis.

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