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Dieticians & Nutritionists Concerned Economic Downturn Will Effect Patient Health and Diets.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 8 Over 56% of American DieteticAssociation members surveyed report that they are concerned that the currenteconomic downturn will have a negative effect on their patients' ability tomaintain or achieve a healthy weight, according to a survey conducted by theCalifornia Olive Committee.

Almost three-quarters (72.2%) of the registered dieticians andnutritionists expressed concern that the economic downturn would createfinancial obstacles to their patients' ability to purchase or afford healthyfoods; while over 66% indicated concern that the economy would createemotional distractions to their patients' abilities to maintain theirprescribed diets or programs.

A majority of the dieticians also indicated that the economy is creatingdifferences in their own lives, with almost 60% indicating they had personallymade modifications in their own grocery purchases.

The Internet-based survey was answered by 492 American DieteticAssociation members during the week prior to the annual Food & NutritionConference, which took place October 25-28. It was conducted by the CaliforniaOlive Committee, which represents the growers and canners of California BlackRipe Olives. The full survey and all stats and charts can be viewed at:http://www.calolive.org/press/releases/ada/

The California Olive Committee is comprised of two canneries and thousandsof family farmers, who raise olives on about 27,000 acres of orchards thatcrisscross the warm inland valleys of California. California produces over 95%of the olives grown in the US.

The California Olive growers suggest that penny-pinching recipes can tastelike a million and their searchable recipe database offers 100s of delicious,nutritious and cost-saving options at http://www.calolive.org.

SOURCE California Olive Committee
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