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  July 2010
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Other Nutrition News
Mediterranean Diet Advocate Dies
Does this healthful eating guru’s death at the age of 71 call his recommended diet into question?

After Heatstroke, When Is It Safe to Exercise?
The New York Times looks into the controversy surrounding this heated issue.

Editor's E-Note

Change is a good thing, especially when the goal is improving health.

Having already established a room-service menu for patients, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, based in La Crosse, Wis., recently decided to infuse even more change into its operations. This month’s E-News Exclusive, courtesy of a Gundersen Lutheran dietitian, has all the details.

Do you work in a hospital or long-term care foodservice department and have a similar story to share? Visit our Facebook page and tell us your tale.

— Heather W. Gurk, editor


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E-News Exclusive

Dietitians Key in Taking Hospital Room Service to a More Healthful Level
By Sara Ashbeck, RD, CD

When patients think of hospital food, delicious and nutritious probably aren’t two words that come to mind. Like many healthcare organizations, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, based in La Crosse, Wis., aimed to offer patients a better meal experience during their hospitalization. Over the last four years, the system was able to do so by implementing a room-service menu. This year, Gundersen Lutheran took its room-service offerings to a new level with more healthful selections that are clearly labeled on the menu.

The staff learned that it is not only possible to highlight healthful eating options on patient room-service menus but doing so results in patient satisfaction. Perhaps other organizations can learn from Gundersen Lutheran’s experiences as they incorporate and label healthful eating options on their hospital’s room-service menu.

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Field Notes
Study Examines Pro-Anorexia, Pro-Bulimia Websites

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines the content and messages presented by websites that appear to support or encourage eating disorders. These websites use images, text, and interactive applications to further knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to achieve dangerously low body weights. The study is the largest and most rigorous analysis of pro-eating disorder websites and is available online in the American Journal of Public Health.

The Internet offers messages and communities that sanction anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. Previous studies have shown that adolescents exposed to such pro-eating-disorder websites have higher levels of body dissatisfaction compared with adolescents who have not been exposed. In addition, young people who have visited these sites are also known to engage in more and intense eating-disordered behaviors.

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