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Food for Thought

By Emily Beers

In Legal, Nutrition

December 18, 2015

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Regulation of nutrition practitioners is intended to protect the public, but critics suggest it reduces the innovative thought needed to fight obesity.

Amanda Petroccione thought she wanted to be a registered dietitian (RD), but Petroccione was disheartened when her studies highlighted flaws in a program designed to produce nutrition experts who lead the industry. During her time at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, she had the… Continue Reading

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Label You Unforgiven

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit, Legal, Nutrition

November 22, 2015

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CrossFit Founder on health-warning label for sugary beverages in California: “We know sugar is poison.”

A health-warning label on sugary beverages in California is the first step in addressing chronic-disease epidemics, public-health advocates said.

“Putting a skull and crossbones on a Coke can is the beginning of the end for sugary drinks. And it should be,” said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health… Continue Reading

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Explosive Problem

By Hilary Achauer

In CrossFit, Legal, Nutrition

November 20, 2015

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A forum of nationally recognized experts gathered Nov. 13 to discuss the sugar-fueled diabetes epidemic that’s costing billions.

The obesity epidemic that began about 15 years ago has resulted a new health crisis: a diabetes epidemic.

In a Nov. 13 forum at National University in La Jolla, California, a panel of nationally recognized experts gathered to talk about solutions for reducing the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages. Each of the speakers talked about the terrifying increase in… Continue Reading

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Bring the Fight

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Legal

November 12, 2015

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CrossFit Founder and CEO asks California community for help in support of statewide health-warning labels on sugary drinks.

Change is afoot. As CrossFit Inc. Founder and CEO Greg Glassman explained Big Soda’s many evils to CrossFit athletes during the first few days of the California Invasion, seismic shifts were happening outside affiliate walls.

On Nov. 6, the University of Colorado School of Medicine announced it would return a US$1 million gift from The Coca-Cola Co. Days… Continue Reading

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Soda War

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

October 23, 2015

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Bills requiring health-warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages have thus far failed to become law but still succeeded in raising awareness.

The United States’ first two legislative measures seeking to add health-warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages aren’t winning battles against Big Soda yet, sponsoring lawmakers conceded, but they are bolstering the war effort.

“It’s part of a national movement,” said Sen. Bill Monning, the Democrat who first… Continue Reading

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Sugar Science Solid

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

September 09, 2015

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City of San Francisco cites science in asking court to dismiss American Beverage Association lawsuit challenging sugary-beverage ordinances.

The way Jim O’Hara sees it, it’s just like the lyrics of that 1960s song: “I fought the law and the law won.”

“Big Soda can’t fight the science. The science is clear and Big Soda’s gonna lose,” said the director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocate organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Locking It Down: Part 2

By Lon Kilgore

In Affiliation, Legal

September 05, 2015

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Proponents of regulation fail to recognize the barriers to linking personal training to health care and third-party insurance payments.

As detailed in “Locking It Down,” the benefits of legislated licensing for personal training are minimal at best for both the public and personal trainers.

So why would personal trainers want their occupation to become a licensed profession? Many don’t, and many more haven’t even considered the issue.

The stark reality is personal trainers are not driving… Continue Reading

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Big Soda Fires Back

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

August 18, 2015

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American Beverage Association sues San Francisco over health-warning language on ads for sugar-sweetened beverages.

It’s not the occasional 8-oz. soda that’s worrisome. It’s the fact that most people who drink soda guzzle much more than just one, noted Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

“Some studies find that even one 12-ounce soda a day is associated with an increased risk for type-2 diabetes,”… Continue Reading

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