Food, Nutrition & Science: Migrant Farmworker Conditions Unhealthy, Celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month, Alcohol Consumption in Adults

April 29, 2013

Featured in this month's issue of Food, Nutrition & Science, a study showing that the nation's farm workers are at risk due to poor facilities, celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month, does America have a drinking problem and more...

This month in Food, Nutrition & Science, cooking and eating facilities for migrant farmworkers are not complying with health regulations in many camps, according to a recent study from Wake Forest School of Medicine and published in the American Journal of Public Health. These subpar conditions represent substantial threats to the health and safety of migrant workers in this country.

In another story, May is International Mediterranean Diet Month and marks the 20th anniversary of the food and nutrition nonprofit Oldways’ introduction of the Mediterranean Diet here in the U.S. along with the Med Diet Pyramid. Dietitians working in supermarkets as well as in healthcare facilities, schools and more can share the Med spirit by relying on Oldways Nutrition Exchange’s (ONE) newest toolkit and other resources honoring Mediterranean Diet Month.  

Also in this issue, excessive drinking is an important health problem that is not limited to college-aged individuals, according to a recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The study found that the percentages of those who drank more than the limits set out in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) were highest among men age 31 to 50 and women age 51 to 70.

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