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Jeffrey S. Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN

Jeff’s insightful and humorous approach to nutrition and health has helped thousands worldwide make the transition to healthy living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition with minors in Exercise Science.

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Help Support Menu Labeling In Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 09:28
On April 10th, the American Dietitic Association issued a report on their stance on restaurant labeling.

The report says..

"To date, ADA has not supported any legislative proposals requiring restaurant calorie labeling. ADA generally praises state and local officials for their attention to this matter, but we urge caution in endorsing restaurant legislation or initiatives in the absence of scientific support to indicate that the action will be effective ."

The "absence of scientific support?"

Are they kidding me?

Whose side are they really on?

Improving consumer health or protecting industry interests?

This is an organization who says they are ...

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Turn Off The "Obesity Tube" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Thursday, 10 April 2008 10:30

Once again, we see the reality of the message that TV adds are sending to our children. And, it is not good.

In 2005, a review by the Institute of Medicine concluded that food marketing influence children's food choices, preferences, consumption and health. The Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Health and Human Services have said that food markets can play an important role in improving children's diets and helping solve the obesity problem.

A study in the journal Pediatrics found that only 2% of children (ages 2 to 19) eat a diet that meets the conservative USDA guidelines. Most children already consume more fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugars and less fruits, vegetables and whole grains than recommended.

While many food companies state publicly that they are concerned with the obesity epidemic and working hard to find solutions, a study released this week paints a different picture. Several earlier studies between 1988 and 1999, found that about half of the 5,500 food advertisements children see per year are for fast food and/or junk foods

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Two More FREE Public Lectures Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 18:00

I will be participating in two upcoming free public health events.  Both events are part of the BEANS (Bringing Education About Nutrition To Students) symposium sponsored by the Palm Beach Community College (PBCC) Wellness Center

The first event, is next Wednesday, April 16th from 12:30 pm - 2 PM.  This presentation is a roundtable discussion and the topic is,  "Healthy Plant Based (Vegan) Diets." I will be the opening presenter and moderator for the event.  Other panel members include several other faculty and staff from PBCC.  The event is free and open to the public.

The second is next Thursday, April 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  I will be presenting the talk, "Health Food vs Healthy Food: How Can You Tell The Difference."  This event is free and open to the public.

If you need more information, you can visit the PBCC Wellness Center website at...

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The Elephant In The Room, Literally! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Tuesday, 08 April 2008 14:14

There is an elephant in the room and it seems like some of us are denying it. As our nations becomes more obese, being overweight appears to becoming the norm. A recent survey found that many Americans whose children are obese do not see them that way.  It seems that a startling number of parents are in denial about their youngsters' weight.

This is very worrisome as obese children run the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems and other ailments more commonly found in adults. In addition, overweight children are more likely to grow up to be overweight adults.

In a survey of 2,060 adults, conducted over the summer by Internet research firm Knowledge Networks, researchers collected height and weight measurements on the children from their parents, then used that to calculate body mass index. When a child's BMI was higher than the 95th percentile for children who are the same age and gender, the child was considered obese.

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A Solution To Obesity? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 09:47

This is not an April Fool's Joke!  :) 

Everyone is looking for the solution to obesity.  While there are many opinions on how best to address this epidemic, perhaps we can find the answer by looking at other health issues that have been and are being successfully addressed.

Nicotine and Alcohol.

Recently, USA Today conducted its own analysis of taxation and smoking figures and concluded that the decline in smoing is directly related to the size of the tax increase.  This may be extra good news because Congress is considering a huge federal cigarette tax hike.  

According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, smoking fell 2.5-5.0% for every 10% increase in cigarette price. Some specific examples were cited.   Cigarette sales fell 18% in North Carolinaafter state tax was raised from .05 to .35.   In Connecticut, cigarette sales fell 37% when state taxes were increased from .50 to $1.51.  Same results happened earlier in California.  In 1988, Califormia Proposition 99 increased the state tax by 25 cents per cigarette pack and allocated a minimum of 20% of revenue to fund anti-tobacco education. From 1988 to 1993, the state saw tobacco use decline by 27%, three times better than the U.S. average.

It has also worked for alcohol.  Five studies published between 1981 and 1998 found that drinking declined as the price of alcohol increased.  Maybe Congress should also consider a huge tax hike for unhealthy foods that are high in calories, unhealthy fats, refined/concentrated sugars and sodium.  

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