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NYC's fat ban paying offupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 17:03:00

A five-year-old ban on the use of trans fats in New York City restaurants has sharply reduced the consumption of these unhealthy fats among fast-food customers, a study by city health officials has found.

CNNMoney: The biggest short: Green Mountain bears rejoiceupdated: Thu May 03 2012 13:52:00

Short sellers -- investors who bet that specific stocks will go down in the near-term -- aren't always right. But when they do make the right call on a stock, they tend to really nail it.

Why is fast food saltier in the U.S.?updated: Tue Apr 17 2012 05:50:00

It's no secret that fast-food fare like burgers, french fries, and fried chicken tends to be high in sodium. According to a new study, however, American fast-food customers may be getting a larger dose of sodium than their counterparts in other countries -- even if they order the exact same items off the menu.

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcoholupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 13:12:00

I am a medical sociologist, which means I study the health of whole societies. I've spent more than 20 years studying the best possible ways to address alcohol problems in societies -- what works and what doesn't to protect people from harm.

McDonald's skirts 'Happy Meal' toy banupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:09:00

San Francisco banned free toys in some kids' meals. McDonald's makes toys available for just 10 cents.

Happy Meal toys no longer free in San Franciscoupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:09:00

Goodbye, free plastic toys inside Happy Meals -- at least in one major California city.

Beach city makeovers bump up the activityupdated: Sat Oct 29 2011 18:24:00

At 7:35 a.m. in Southern California, children who've brushed their teeth, combed their hair and stuffed their wheeled backpacks rub their eyes awake and shuffle onto the street.

Living longer with a healthy environmentupdated: Sat Oct 29 2011 18:24:00

Three cities in California are changing their environments to promote healthy lifestyles for everyone in the community.

8 foreign fast-food chains worth a tasteupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 10:00:00

We know you don't want to fly halfway around the world to eat a Big Mac. But how about steamed cod with mustard sauce and chives, mixed vegetables, and parsley baby potatoes? That, for instance, is what's considered fast food in Germany.

People.com: Selena Gomez Blames Junk Food for Health Problemsupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 10:33:00

The "malnourished" singer says her mom is trying to help her eat better

2010: City bans fast food toysupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 10:42:00

San Francisco opts to ban toys in fast food meals that are above 600 calories. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

New York City lawmaker proposes fast-food toy banupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 10:42:00

A city lawmaker has proposed a bill that would ban fast-food restaurant gimmicks that include children's toys, like the McDonald's Happy Meal, unless the meal meets certain nutritional standards.

CNNMoney: Starbucks coming to 500,000 hotel roomsupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 13:52:00

Starbucks said Tuesday that it will begin offering ground coffees for use in hotel room brewers as part of a plan to expand its presence in the "single-serve" market.

CNNMoney: Starbucks hints at new single-serve coffee drinkupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 17:41:00

Starbucks confirmed Monday that it is planning to expand its presence in the market for premium single-serve coffee drinks, saying an official announcement could come in the near future.

Super delicious dishes for Super Bowlupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 13:40:00

Chef Gary Donlick from Bistro Niko in Atlanta shows you how to make easy delicious dishes for your Super Bowl party.

Are Super Bowl ads bad for our health?updated: Sat Feb 05 2011 13:40:00

More than 100 million people are expected to tune in to Super Bowl XLV this weekend, but only some of them are football fans.

Parents, don't blame Happy Mealsupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:42:00

As a strong proponent of parental responsibility, it both amuses and angers me to see some parents lining up behind an initiative to sue McDonald's over the inclusion of toys in their Happy Meals.

San Francisco takes on Happy Mealsupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:42:00

In November, Dr. Phil McGraw took on the controversy regarding a ban targeting McDonald's Happy Meals in San Francisco.

The ultimate Twinkie dietupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 17:45:00

A Kansas State professor loses weight eating junk food.

Mayor vetoes San Francisco ban on Happy Meals with toysupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 20:33:00

San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.

Your healthiest fast food choicesupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 09:43:00

Toby Amidor remembers well -- but not fondly -- her child's meltdown over a bottle of Yoo-hoo.

San Francisco bans Happy Meals with toysupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 19:45:00

The San Francisco, California, Board of Supervisors on Tuesday banned most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys, as they're now served.

Study: Most kids' meals unhealthyupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 19:45:00

A new study is revealing just how unhealthy most kids' meals are. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Ban on low-nutrition kid-toy meals draws nearer in San Franciscoupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:18:00

San Francisco city officials are readying to ban most of McDonald's Happy Meals in current form because they offer toys to entice kids to buy meals not meeting nutritional criteria.

World's best street foodupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 08:16:00

With all due respect to esteemed chefs and restaurateurs, anyone who's ever bought fresh steamed crab from a Bangkok canal boat or sampled hot, crisp frites on a Brussels sidewalk knows that not all stellar meals are served in courses -- or even come with silverware.

How bad are your past sins really?updated: Tue Jun 29 2010 16:18:00

Let's be honest: Many of us -- OK, most of us -- weren't exactly paragons of health in our youth. And we can't help wondering: Will those margaritas, junk-food binges, forgotten condoms, or even that one bong hit eventually come back to haunt us?

Study: Cartoon characters attract kids to junk foodupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 11:47:00

Shrek, Dora the Explorer, and other animated TV and movie stars beloved by children have been moonlighting as junk-food pitchmen in recent years. And they're good at it.

CNNMoney: Wendy's shares surge on mystery takeover offerupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 16:11:00

Shares of Wendy's/Arby's Group rose 7% Friday on talk that the fast food chain could be taken over.

Study: Insurance companies hold billions in fast food stockupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 17:24:00

The fast-food industry has long been under fire for selling high-fat, high-calorie meals that have been linked to weight gain and diabetes, but the financial health of the industry continues to attract investors -- including some of the leading insurance companies in the U.S., a new study reports.

Talking to tweens about healthy eatingupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 15:25:00

It's an uneasy topic when moms discuss their daughters' weight.

Soda fountains contained fecal bacteria, study foundupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 18:37:00

It fizzes. It quenches. And it could also contain fecal bacteria.

Fortune: Why prevention won't cure health careupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 12:42:00

A useful principle of political analysis is to be suspicious when everyone agrees. Which is why the bipartisan paeans to "prevention" in this summer's health care debate have me scratching my head. It's the one reform on which Henry Waxman and John Boehner can join hands. Don't get me wrong: officials are right to say our system is crazily tilted toward paying docs and hospitals for curing people only after they've gotten terribly sick. But when they jump from this to the idea that America's overdue prevention agenda will be the fix for soaring national health costs (and even help pay for expanded coverage), they're blowing smoke.

Five tasty burger joints worth visitingupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 09:05:00

Thirty minutes before Ann's Snack Bar is scheduled to open, about a dozen hungry burger lovers wait outside to taste what The Wall Street Journal dubbed "the best burger in America."

Living near fast food outletsupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 16:25:00

People who live near many fast food restaurants have a higher risk of stroke. But what exactly is the link?

Study: Proximity to fast-food restaurants linked to stroke riskupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 16:25:00

A person's risk of stroke is associated with the number of fast-food restaurants near their residence, according to a study presented Thursday at a stroke conference in San Diego, California.

People.com: Kim Kardashian Skipping Super Bowl for Workout Videoupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 14:06:00

"I'll be working out for hours on Sunday," laments the reality TV star

Banning sugar at schoolupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 11:00:00

Dr. Yvonne Sanders-Butler banned sugar at her school with great results. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

10 years later, school still sugar free and proudupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 11:00:00

The children in the cafeteria drink low-fat milk, shovel corn kernels on their sporks and munch on tuna sandwiches on wheat.

How to satisfy your cravings, healthilyupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 09:19:00

It's been another one of those days: places to go, deadlines to meet, meals to cook. You find yourself daydreaming about crisp, salty potato chips. Pretty soon it's an insistent, must-have-it-now craving, and before you know it, your hand is deep in the bag.

People.com: Usain Bolt's Secret to Being the Fastest Man: Chicken Nuggetsupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 12:10:00

The gold medal winner says when he saw his race played on TV he thought, 'That guy is fast'

Time.com: Potato Chips to Become Saferupdated: Sun Aug 03 2008 03:00:00

Four food manufacturers agreed to reduce levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their potato chips and french fries under a settlement announced Friday by the state attorney general's office

On-the-job weight gainupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 09:46:00

Americans' struggle with weight has been a popular topic for years now, and it's no surprise considering that the National Center for Health and Statistics estimates 66 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese.

Time.com: The Man Buried in a Pringles Canupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 14:00:00

The inventor of the iconic potato chip container got his final wish - he was buried in one

People.com: Kim Kardashian: I Just Can't Stop Eating Junk Foodupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 06:08:00

Luckily, her boyfriend Reggie Bush loves her "just the way she is"

Time.com: Can You Predict Happiness?updated: Tue Feb 19 2008 15:00:00

People are usually off the mark when trying to predict whether they'll enjoy a future event, says a Harvard psychologist. It all has to do with alternatives

Time.com: Can Sugar Substitutes Make You Fat?updated: Sun Feb 10 2008 14:00:00

Diet-friendly sugar substitutes may not be so slimming after all. A new study in lab animals furthers the theory that zero-cal sweeteners throw your body out of whack and plump you up

Time.com: One Meal to Good (or Bad) Healthupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 11:00:00

Everyone knows a good diet is important for long-term well-being. But a new study shows that it's also crucial for good health today

Adrian: 'I can control myself while eating'updated: Tue Sep 25 2007 11:01:00

I joined this program because my doctor told me that my test results showed I was pre-diabetic and more than 20 pounds over my weight according to my age and height.

CNNMoney: Game gets kids off the couchupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 06:01:00

Game gets kids off the couch

CNNMoney: Schools serving healthier drinks - reportupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 06:01:00

School vending machines are stocked with fewer high-calorie soft drinks today because some states have banned the sale of sodas on campus and the beverage industry is phasing in healthier drinks, according to an industry report.

Nutrition on the goupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 15:50:00

Eating right when you travel for work isn't always easy, but there are a few ways to eat healthier on the go.

Tricks to help you eat healthfully on the roadupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 15:50:00

Amid the rush and stress of business travel, nutrition is often pushed aside. While worrying about beating traffic, making flights, preparing for meetings and presentations, who has the time or the energy to think about eating healthfully?

Time.com: Do Diet Foods Lead to Weight Gain?updated: Wed Aug 08 2007 12:00:00

New research suggests that consuming low-calorie food and drink may actually increase your tendency to overeat

Time.com: Hooked on McDonald's at Age 3updated: Mon Aug 06 2007 18:10:00

Given a choice, toddlers say the same food tastes better if it comes out of a McDonald's bag. Nutritionists don't find that such a Happy Meal

Snack strategies: 4 cases where eating between meals can workupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 23:48:00

When you snack, you can fill in nutritional gaps, boost your intake of fruits and vegetables, keep your mood on an even keel, and help with appetite and weight control.

People.com: Catherine's Favorite Food: Salmon & Potato Chipsupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 12:52:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones has a reputation for being one of the hottest moms in Hollywood, but she still lets herself splurge every once in awhile.

Bod Squad: Eat well on the roadupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 01:08:00

Bod Squad: Eat well on the road

Fortune: The fast-food capital of Americaupdated: Thu Apr 12 2007 09:49:00

In April of 1889, ambitious homesteaders sprinted to grab the best tracts of land in what became the state of Oklahoma, with some 10,000 of them settling in what is now downtown Oklahoma City almost overnight.

CNNMoney: M&M's maker to stop marketing to kidsupdated: Mon Feb 05 2007 12:05:00

Confectionery giant Masterfoods, which makes Milky Way and Snickers candy bars as well as M&M's chocolates, says it will stop marketing its core products to children under the age of 12 by the end of this year. (See correction.)

Supercomputers crunching potato chips, proteins and nuclear bombsupdated: Tue Dec 05 2006 09:02:00

The chess match between Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue in 1997 was the showdown of man vs. machine: the world's greatest chess player versus the world's greatest chess-playing computer.

Halloween treats can find a home in low-fat dessertsupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 08:47:00

The problem with most candy bars and cookies is that they're too small to be full-fledged desserts -- but not if they become part of the dessert.

CNNMoney: Warning: Your office may have a junk food problemupdated: Tue Sep 19 2006 11:08:00

Even though both appear to espouse a healthy lifestyle, both employers and employees can't seem to break the junk food addiction, according to a survey published Tuesday.

Fortune: Yoga...Soy...McDonald's?updated: Wed May 17 2006 09:52:00

Imagine Ronald McDonald munching on soybeans or teaching yoga.

CNNMoney: Call centers may make fast food fasterupdated: Tue Apr 11 2006 07:34:00

Fast-food companies are experimenting with call center technology in an order to increase speed and sales volume, according to a report published Tuesday.

Dieting war strategy: Give in to winupdated: Fri Mar 24 2006 08:23:00

Dieting often is viewed as an epic battle between willpower and temptation.

The politics of fatupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 15:51:00

These are fat times in politics. Literally. Nearly 400 obesity-related bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country last year--more than double the number in 2003. A quarter of them were passed into law, up from only 12 percent two years before. In Washington the word obesity appears in 56 bills introduced during the current Congress; this, the Wall Street Journal points out, is fast catching up with the number containing the word gun. Surgeon General Richard Carmona says obesity is a greater threat than terrorism. Some public-health advocates have begun urging the government to put a warning label on soft drinks; others are calling for a "fat tax" on fast food.

Partner won't let lobbyist stray from dietupdated: Tue Feb 21 2006 08:50:00

Frank Purcell says he hopes to fit more workouts into his life as a Washington lobbyist.

Potato chips a major stumbling blockupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 08:25:00

Frank Purcell says he hopes to fit more workouts into his life as a Washington lobbyist.

Lobbyist one-third of way to weight-loss goalupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 08:38:00

Frank Purcell says he hopes to fit more workouts into his life as a Washington lobbyist.

CNNMoney: Fast-food trash be gone!updated: Mon Feb 06 2006 12:36:00

Some Oakland, Calif. residents are sick and tired of tripping over burger wrappers and soda cans, and the city is ready to do something about it.

Lobbyist eyes life without potato chipsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 07:44:00

Frank Purcell says he hopes to fit more workouts into his life as a Washington lobbyist.

Lobbyist trying to live without potato chipsupdated: Tue Jan 24 2006 08:10:00

Frank Purcell hopes to fit more workouts into his life as a lobbyist in Washington.

Lobbyist trying to live without potato chipsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 08:46:00

Frank Purcell hopes to fit more workouts into his life as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

The sweet life updated: Mon Aug 08 2005 12:36:00

Dylan Lauren is a self-proclaimed kid in a candy shop. Luckily for her, she owns it.

Pigeons pig out on junk food trashupdated: Mon Jul 18 2005 08:51:00

British junk food lovers are having an unhealthy effect on the country's pigeons, which are becoming obese by feasting on litter leftovers.

CNNMoney: Burger, fries and fast-food tax to go?updated: Mon May 09 2005 09:10:00

An additional tax on fast-food may be a distasteful idea for whopper-lovers but at least one major city in the Midwest is seriously considering such a proposal.

CNNMoney: Countersuit in 'Apprentice' spat?updated: Thu Mar 10 2005 09:39:00

A product placement company, sued last week by "The Apprentice's" producer for allegedly lying to companies whose products are showcased on the show and pocketing millions of dollars in profits, has countersued for $20 million, AdAge.com reported Thursday.

CNNMoney: 'Apprentice' producer files $7M suitupdated: Tue Mar 08 2005 08:32:00

"You're Sued!"

The Cafeteria Crusaderupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 16:49:00

When schools opened in Texas this fall, some favorites were missing from the cafeteria menus: sodas and candy bars had been banned for grade schoolers; chips and cookies were mini-size. And that perennial favorite, the French fry, was given just one more year before it too will be banned. Howls of protest could be heard from Lubbock to Laredo. And not just from students.

CNNMoney: McDonald's to give away Sega gamesupdated: Thu Dec 02 2004 11:24:00

Whether it's in bumper-to-bumper traffic or during flight delays at airports, parents traveling with youngsters will have their hands full.

FSB: Faster Foodupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

Ten years ago Kieran Fitzpatrick was stuck at a fast-food drive-thru when inspiration struck. A robotics scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Fitzpatrick got an idea for speeding up drive-thru ...

Fortune: Why selling to the poor makes for good businessupdated: Mon Nov 15 2004 00:01:00

THERE IS AN INVISIBLE market waiting at the bottom of the world economic pyramid--a market of five billion people who live on less than $2 a day. They are invisible to most large companies because ...

CNNMoney: Will the World Series feed America?updated: Mon Oct 25 2004 10:40:00

Taco Bell is giving major league baseball a chance to feed America.

CNNMoney: General Mills goes whole grainsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2004 06:49:00

General Mills announced plans Thursday to start using healthier whole grains in all of its ready-to-eat cereals, including children's cereals such as Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms.

Fortune: Can You Really Make Fast Food Healthy? Two hormone-free, grass-fed beef patties. Special low-cal, nonfat sauce. Organic red-leafupdated: Mon Aug 09 2004 00:01:00

The room is white--pristinely white. We're inside the sensory panel room at Wendy's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, where employees of the $7.3 billion fast-food giant get to taste-test new products ...

Business 2.0: More Green From Green Beans By packaging ready-to-eat veggies at the airport--and overnighting them to Europe--Kenya's farmers aupdated: Sun Aug 01 2004 00:01:00

Every day, dozens of flights touch down at Kenya's Nairobi Airport, unloading scads of tourists with their bulging bags. But when some of those same KLM and Kenya Airways aircraft line up on the ru...

CNNMoney: It's all in the cards for McDonald'supdated: Fri Jul 23 2004 07:36:00

Cash may be king, but the burger behemoth McDonald's Corp. is giving a little more credit to plastic at its restaurants.

CNNMoney: P&G gets fake fat OKupdated: Mon May 24 2004 08:58:00

Procter & Gamble has won permission from the Food and Drug Administration for its fat substitute olestra to be used in microwave popcorn.

CNNMoney: Eat Pringles, get smarterupdated: Thu May 20 2004 07:29:00

Eating potato chips can make you smarter -- really!

CNNMoney: McDonald's adult Happy Meal arrivesupdated: Tue May 11 2004 07:33:00

McDonald's gave its grown-up customers their very own Happy Meal box Tuesday that comes with water, salad and a booklet of exercise tips.

CNNMoney: McDonald's vs. obesityupdated: Thu Apr 15 2004 09:52:00

McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food company, launched an anti-obesity education campaign Thursday that it said would promote the importance of exercise and balanced food intake.

Fortune: The Brand King's Challenge When it comes to image making, PepsiCo is one of the smartest companies around. But updated: Mon Apr 05 2004 00:01:00

At the Cooper clinic, a health-and-fitness boot camp in Dallas, Ken Cooper and Steve Reinemund are collaborating to change American diets. On a basic point, though, the two men are at odds. Dr. Co...

FSB: The Three-Peat A Vermont coffee wholesaler is one of only four companies that have made the list three years in a roupdated: Tue Jul 01 2003 00:01:00

GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE No. 42

FSB: Getting Front and Center A shelving strategy a la PIRATE'S BOOTYupdated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

Launching a new product is never easy, especially on crowded snack-food shelves. But Robert's American Gourmet broke through with an eccentric line of health-conscious chips, puffs, and pretzels th...

FSB: The Early Ice Age How frozen potatoes led to couch potatoesupdated: Tue Feb 01 2000 00:01:00

It all started with holiday leftovers. Just after Thanksgiving in the fall of 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons, a poultry producer, found itself with a catastrophic surplus: 260 tons of unsold turkey meat...

Fortune: Kellogg Cranks Up Its Idea Machine To grow, the company needs new products. But will fiber-enriched potato chips be a hit?updated: Mon Jul 05 1999 00:01:00

Kellogg's new CEO, Carlos Gutierrez, took office with a pledge to boost profits of the Battle Creek, Mich., cereal company by at least 10% a year. Pie in the sky? Gutierrez could use some. For that...

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