IINsider’s Digest: Students Criticize School Lunch Reform, Russia Rejects GMOs, and more…

Students from a Kansas high school are speaking out against Michelle Obama's school lunch reforms, which restrict calorie counts at public schools in order to combat childhood obesity. But their hunger pangs seem to be symptoms of picky eating, more so than an actual lack of sustenance. (ABC News)

While childhood obesity is on the rise, there still are children who are underweight or undernourished. 2009 graduate, Casey Seidenberg, shares how they can healthfully put on a few pounds. (Washington Post)

2005 graduate Dawn Lerman also is in the news, continuing her “Fat Dad” series for the New York Times. This week? Finding “joy in holiday recipes.”

Scientists across the globe have harshly criticized the methods of a recent French study suggesting a strong link between GMOs and cancer, but the Russian government isn’t taking any chances. The country’s decision to to block the importation and use of American GM corn may be dramatic, but it also may be a sign of things to come. (Daily Mail)

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Feed Your Kids Well in a World That Doesn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Integrative Nutrition Reviews, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

When it comes to family-friendly, nutritious meal ideas and general tips for healthy eating, there’s an abundance of available resources. While this increased awareness is a step in the right direction, information overload can easily become a hurdle to your family’s health.

That’s where Integrative Nutrition graduate Nina Manolson steps in. Nina, a Smokin’ Hot Mom, is a Health Coach and family wellness expert. Her mission is to support readers and clients by cultivating a positive environment for nutritious meals, starting in the home. Nina participated in our 60-Day Challenge, which invited students and graduates to set and achieve big goals in only two months. She inspires us in this video recap, sharing her decision to write the book she’d been dreaming about for years.

Peek Into Our Live Conference This Weekend


Joshua Rosenthal, founder of Integrative Nutrition, will bring his motivational magic to current students during this inspirational weekend. Known for encouraging people to take action towards lofty goals, Joshua will rev your healthy engines so that you leave the conference excited to do the work you love, earn major income, and live a life of passion and prosperity!

One Month ‘Til Food Day!

America is in the grips of a food fight. Our food system is ridden with chemical-treated, sugary, packaged, salt-laden foods that can lead not only to diseases such as heart disease and obesity, but also hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. 

Increased food education can prevent these diseases and deaths and empower all of us to lead happier, healthier lives. That’s why Integrative Nutrition is partnering with Food Day, a grassroots campaign that’s dedicated to transforming the American diet. Its annual celebration will take place this year on October 24, 2012, to raise awareness about the ways we can all take part in creating a healthier, sustainable, and more affordable food system.

Health Coach Who Lost Her Mom Jeans

One of the most valuable qualities of a Health Coach is empathy, and Margaret LeDane, class of 2011, is using her past struggles with weight and body image to inspire her clients in Annapolis, Maryland.

As a single mom, she also knows the struggles of balancing family with a successful business, but that hasn’t stopped her from authoring an inspirational book on weight loss and authentic living!

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?

I was searching for a job after my family sold our retail business of 39 years. I have a huge passion for nutrition, and I needed a new career. As a single parent to two teenagers, I was looking for a business that I could run on my own time. My daughter has Type I Diabetes and my son has celiac disease, so my interest in nutrition and wellness is very significant.

IINsider’s Digest: Renaming Vegetables, GMO Controversy, and more…

What's in a name? Apparently, quite a bit, when it comes to getting kids to eat their vegetables. A new study suggests names like "X-Ray Vision Carrots" or "Silly Dilly Green Beans" significantly up the percentage of veggies eaten by school-aged children. (Huff Post

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that young children - and especially obese children - are consuming as much salt as adults, putting them at risk for developing hypertension, which can lead to heart disease and early death. (TIME Healthland

A controversial French study claims that rats fed a diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn over 2 years developed tumors, organ damage, and were more likely to die prematurely than their non-GMO-eating counterparts. The study is one of the first to address the long-term effects of GMOs, but some are skeptical of the researchers’ methods. (Washington Post/Grist

Host A Dinner Party for Good

On Friday, October 5, The Feast Worldwide invites you to host a “Dinner Party for Good”. These innovative dinners are an opportunity to not only generously share a home-cooked meal, but also to start a conversation about how we, as a community, can work together to change the world.

As part of the dinner party, The Feast invites you to take on official challenges, or to use the dinner to kickoff a project you’ve always wanted to start. Here are some of our favorite ways you can get involved:

4 Running Basics for Beginners

With cooler temperatures and vibrant changing leaves, autumn is a popular season for outdoor exercise, specifically running. Whether you’re an experienced runner returning from a summer off, or you’re ready to start your very first running routine, these helpful tips will get you started on the right (and left) foot!  

1. Wear the right shoes – Carefully choosing your sneakers will prevent injuries and frustrations, thereby boosting your running confidence right from the start! Your local running store can custom fit you for a pair of shoes based on your gait analysis, characteristics of your feet, and the shape of your arch.

Registered Nurse and Teacher Turned Health Coach

At Integrative Nutrition, our graduates span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, strengths and interests. Health Coaching is a career that some begin right after college, while others embark on the journey after spending many years in other professions.

Today we are shining our spotlight on Paula Youmell, a Health Coach from Potsdam, New York who is an experienced teacher and Registered Nurse. She’s an inspiring example of how it’s never too late to switch to a fulfilling career through Integrative Nutrition!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

I was teaching School Health and Physical Education to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My philosophy was to focus on Whole Food Nutrition, Holistic Preventative Health, and Lifetime Fitness.

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