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NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Public health officials know that Angelenos like to go out to restaurants a lot. They also know that means eating a lot - sometimes too much. So they came up with an idea: Convince restaurants to make changes so customers can dine out and make wise choices at the same time. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a partnership Thursday with restaurants throughout the region to promote healthier options for customers. To be part of the Choose Health LA Restaurants program, places must offer smaller portion sizes and healthier children's meals with less fried food and more fruits and vegetables.
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HEALTH
August 23, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
What do you drink when you're trying to shed pounds? Iced tea? Diet soda? What about alcohol? One cardinal rule of losing weight is limiting alcohol consumption, but can "careful" dieters spike their punch with a little booze and still stand on the bathroom scale with confidence? Can they "outsmart" calories by "trading" them - skipping lunch to enjoy a few beers at the Dodgers game? The short answer is no. All calories are not created equal. And drinkers who skip meals are quicker to become inebriated, with all the assorted consequences.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Are Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel an item? Not really. The two are just friends who can't share a meal together without rousing suspicion that they're romantically involved.  The "Bad Teacher" costars were spotted having a friendly meal in East Hampton, N.Y., on Tuesday night and, naturally, it led to dating rumors. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 "They were at [upscale eatery] Nick and Toni's and seemed to be on a date," according to Life & Style magazine.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
About 100 eateries will be participating in Restaurant Week Aug. 23-30, offering three-course, fixed-price meals that also help fight hunger. Most of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are on or near the Las Vegas Strip, making it ideal for tourists. Among the many choices: Alize on the 56 th floor of the Palms : Besides its superb view, Alize, a fine French restaurant, will be serving a special meal priced at $50.13 per person. Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria : The acclaimed chef whose name is on the door has created a special menu for $50.13.
TRAVEL
August 3, 2013 | By Alice Short
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain - Some cultures take their food more seriously than others, but the Spanish may be leaders of the pack. Travelers have been coming here for the last 25 years to experience not only the growing sophistication of regional cuisine but also the miracle of molecular gastronomy. When my daughter, Madeline, announced that she wanted to spend a college semester in Madrid, I needed no more excuse to research a trip to northern Spain's Basque country, where even fare at local bars is haute and Michelin-starred restaurants inspire gushing coverage among global media.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Taco Bell is discontinuing its kids' meals and toys at U.S. restaurants beginning this month, the Irvine-based Mexican-style chain said Monday. The fast-food giant said it's the first in the industry to undertake the effort, which it said will be in effect nationwide by January. The company, which along with Pizza Hut and KFC is part of the Yum Brands Inc. family, said kids' meals and toys had an “insignificant impact on system sales.”  Individual menu items on the kids' lineup, including the crunchy taco, the soft taco and the bean burrito, will now appear on the regular menu.
SCIENCE
July 18, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
You might think that customers buying their lunch at McDonald's would order meals with fewer calories if someone handed them a slip of paper reminding them that women should eat no more than 650 calories at lunchtime and men should not exceed 800 calories. But you would be wrong. Instead, researchers found that diners who received these supposedly helpful reminders actually purchased more calories than those who didn't, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.
SCIENCE
July 16, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Researchers have further unraveled how a version of a gene linked to obesity risk causes people to gain weight - it makes them more likely to feel hungry after a meal and to prefer high-calorie foods. Their study, published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found that individuals who inherited the high-risk version of the FTO gene from both of their parents have higher levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin in their bloodstream, which leaves them hungry even after eating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - The number of inmates refusing meals as part of a statewide hunger strike has continued to drop, falling to 2,572 on Monday. There were 4,487 inmates participating in the hunger strike Sunday, according to officials at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Officials consider inmates to be on a hunger strike if they refuse nine consecutive meals. In addition, 258 inmates did not attend prison classes or report for work assignments on Monday, less than half of Sunday's total.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - As meal strikes and work stoppages continue in most of California's prisons, 10 inmates at one facility have ended their protests and resumed eating, officials said. Those who were on strike at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, in northeastern California, are no longer under medical observation, said the federal overseer of healthcare in the corrections system. Other officials said they had not met any of the strikers' demands. Participants were protesting solitary confinement conditions, among other issues.
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