The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following.
1. Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science
- Require information about “added sugars.” Many experts recommend consuming fewer calories from added sugar because they can decrease the intake of nutrient-rich foods while increasing calorie intake.
- Update daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D. Daily values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value listed on the label, which help consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
- Require manufacturers to declare the amount of potassium and Vitamin D on the label, because they are new “nutrients of public health significance.” Calcium and iron would continue to be required, and Vitamins A and C could be included on a voluntary basis.
- While continuing to require “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” on the label, “Calories from Fat” would be removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
2. Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
- Change the serving size requirements to reflect how people eat and drink today, which has changed since serving sizes were first established 20 years ago. By law, the label information on serving sizes must be based on what people actually eat, not on what they “should” be eating.
- Require that packaged foods, including drinks, that are typically eaten in one sitting be labeled as a single serving and that calorie and nutrient information be declared for the entire package. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of soda, typically consumed in a single sitting, would be labeled as one serving rather than as more than one serving.
- For certain packages that are larger and could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers would have to provide “dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calories and nutrient information. Examples would be a 24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream. This way, people would be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package at one time.
3. Refreshed Design
- Make calories and serving sizes more prominent to emphasize parts of the label that are important in addressing current public health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
- Shift the Percent Daily Value to the left of the label, so it would come first. This is important because the Percent Daily Value tells you how much of certain nutrients you are getting from a particular food in the context of a total daily diet.
- Change the footnote to more clearly explain the meaning of the Percent Daily Value.
Proposed rule in Federal Register.
Historical Collections Assistant, Janet Pearson, assembling “Frank L. Lowther: Enlisted Man, Fledgling Archivist”
Frank L. Lowther: Enlisted Man, Fledgling Archivist will be on display from June 18 to September 1 in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The exhibit features items from the library’s collections that were owned by Frank L. Lowther. Lowther was an enlisted man in the 8th Evacuation Hospital Unit, a UVA-sponsored unit that served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Items in the exhibit, which include letters and uniforms, relate to Lowther’s time in the 8th Evac. You can learn more about the 8th Evac. and its personnel by visiting the library’s exhibit about the unit online.
If you entered CMHSL five years ago, you would have quickly found our general collection of print books, as it was predominately housed in the center of the largest room on the second floor of the library. Today, you’d have to look in the far reaches of the library, the Cabell Room, to find our general collection of books. Why? Because our print book collection is quickly becoming out-of-date as we purchase more ebooks. To illustrate, in 2013 we added 167 print books to our collection. During the same period of time, we added 1,072 ebooks. And that gap will grow larger in the years ahead. The reason is quite simple: ebooks are always available, they can be searched in a database, and they are where you need them/when you need them.
Where to Find eBooks
AccessMedicine: Collection of e-books on medical science and clinical medicine (including Harrison’s) plus drug information, patient education information, clinical practice guidelines and study guides.
ClinicalKey: Includes over 1000 medical and surgical reference books.
R2: Limited simultaneous use, title by title: 1 or 2 simultaneous users per title
Includes over 50 medical, nursing, and general health books
ebrary: Over 70,000 recent e-books from university presses and other scholarly publishers.
Safari Books Online: Books on all aspects of computers, programming and the Web from such publishers as O’Reilly, Sams, New Riders, Adobe.
Browse eBooks by Subject
New CMHSL eBooks in Virgo.
In an age in which we all struggle to find ways to save natural resources, a request from the Library to leave computers ON may surprise you because it seems counter-intuitive to the practice of good environmental stewardship.
Here’s why we’re making that request: downloading and installing updates from Microsoft is an automated process that can span several hours, which is why the Library chooses to have it done overnight- the time least likely to interfere with your work. If the computers are turned off and don’t receive the updates during the night, other automated attempts will be made throughout the day (possibly during presentations, exams, in the middle of working on a paper) and the computer may even shut itself down with little warning- which might make you feel like this:
This guy is really, really angry.
We absolutely don’t want you to feel that way, so please: don’t turn off any of the Library computers.
In an effort to make you feel more like this:
That’s much better!
here’s a list of the Library’s green practices:
- All public (and most staff) printers and copiers allow for double-sided printing
- Several large recycling bins (for both paper and plastic) are available throughout the Library
- All rooms which have only one door (such as the group study rooms and staff offices) have motion-sensors: after fifteen minutes of no movement, the lights are turned off automatically
- The Library is working to upgrade the switches on which the computers currently operate. The new switches will be approximately 75% more energy-efficient than our current ones!
If you have thoughts on how the Library could do more to improve its green practices, please don’t hesitate to let us know (434-924-5444; email@example.com). But please: don’t turn off the computers!
Items owned by Frank L. Lowther from the Eighth Evacuation Hospital Collection, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
This post was written by Historical Collections Assistant Janet Pearson. It will be published in the Virginia Heritage blog on June 11, 2014.
Frank L. Lowther was an enlisted man with the United States 8th Evacuation Hospital sponsored and organized by the University of Virginia. Private Lowther traveled with the 8th Evac as the mobile unit trained and then served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Lowther returned home and would have made an archivist proud. He saved personal items officially issued to him including his dog tags, pay record, rest camp meal ticket, immunization record, and identity cards. From those we know he had blue eyes and red hair, wore glasses, and was born June 20, 1919. He took good care of his Troop Assignment Card which served as his punch ticket for meals on board his ship (48 out of 50). Before the spring offensive that ended the war in 1945, he spent about five days at the Montecatini Rest Camp in Tuscany which would have been a welcome respite from the long winter spent in the Apennine Mountains. He was immunized for smallpox, typhoid, typhus, and tetanus, but not cholera or yellow fever. Those immunizations were important as more patients at the 8th Evacuation Hospital were treated for illness than wounds or injuries. Continue reading
In 1945, Lt. Hilda Franklin and Capt. Richard Bell of UVA’s 8th Evacuation Unit married in Italy during the final days of World War II. Hilda’s wedding dress, made from a parachute, is now one of the most popular items in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s historical collections. Hilda and Richard’s sons, Dick Bell and W. Frazier Bell visited us today and saw their mother’s dress for the first time in their memory. To learn more about this story and the Bells’s visit, tune in to tonight’s 5:00 and 6:00 evening news on Charlottesville’s CBS 19 or NBC 29. Also, check out tomorrow’s edition of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress newspaper.
Performing research on the products we buy and how they relate to health and behavior is now easier thanks to subscription access to two consumer marketing datasets.
The U.Va. Library has recently subscribed to Neilsen Marketing Data from Marketing Data Center at Chicago Booth. The James M. Kilts Center for Marketing at Chicago Booth and the Neilsen Company have partnered to make the following datasets available to U.S.-based academic researchers:
Consumer Panel Data: include longitudinal data beginning in 2004 with annual updates. These data track a panel of 40,000 – 60,000 U.S. household and their purchases of fast-moving consumer goods from a wide range of retail outlets across all U.S. Markets.
Retail Scanner Data: consist of weekly pricing, volume, and store environment information generated by point-of-sale systems for more than 90 participating retail chains across all U.S. Markets. Data begin in 2006 and include annual updates.
A registration code is required to access the data online. To receive the code and instructions on how to access the datasets, contact Summer Durrant (firstname.lastname@example.org), Data Librarian, University of Virginia Library.
DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed a valuable for answering most clinical questions.
DynaMed Features Include:
- Updated daily to find the best available evidence at the Point of Care.
- Monitors over 500 medical journals daily using a systematic surveillance process involving a 7 step methodology. http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/content/7-step-process
- Earn CME credit for DynaMed searches.
- Web Access includes unlimited use, on-site, remote and mobile access.
- Mobile access for cell phones including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, PDA, iPad. http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/access/mobile
- Set personal alerts for notification when evidence on a topic is updated.
- DynaMed and McMaster University Partnership creates a system to identify practice-changing DynaMed updates.
- Medical calculators for medical equations, clinical criteria, decision trees, statistics & math calculators, units & doses & by specialty.
- A Community of DynaMed Reviewers comprised of clinicians from 79 countries, representing 60 adult and pediatric specialties committed to improving health care and health care education through evidence-based medicine http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/dynamed-reviewers
- DynaMed Basic Search Tutorial: http://support.ebsco.com/training/flash_videos/dynamed/dynamed.html
The Health Sciences Library has arranged for trial access now through the end of June, so give it a try and let Library staff know what you think of it. Please direct your comments about DynaMed to Jonathan Lord at email@example.com.