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A recently released study highlights the accessibility of organic food in the Southeastern portion of the United States, where investigations found price points lower, on average, at farmers’ markets than in chain stores. SCALE, Inc.’s Is Local Food Affordable for Ordinary Folks? report noted that organic was 16% less expensive at farmers markets in 88% of the studied communities in Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina.

East Lansing, MI—Heart disease and diabetes risk can be reduced in teens by sticking to a diet rich in fiber, new research shows. While consuming certain vegetables and whole grains was correlated with avoiding these conditions, the study also found, perhaps surprisingly, saturated fat or cholesterol intake was not linked to a risk of metabolic syndrome in young people.

Black Beans and Spicy Refried Black Beans, two products from Eden Foods, Clinton, MI, were cited in Men’s Health magazine’s “The 125 Best Foods for Men,” in its November 2011 issue. The black beans were named best “Canned Bean,” and the refried beans were tops in the “Best Refried Bean” category. This marks the sixth time Eden products have been similarly honored in Men’s Health.

Melbourne, Australia—A recent study by researchers from St. Vincent Hospital, Melbourne demonstrated that the merits of the Mediterranean Diet can extend beyond just weight loss.

The student-led eco-advocacy and education movement Teens Turning Green made October 2011 into a month to mobilize eco-consciousness. Through its ambitious, first-of-its-kind effort dubbed Project Green Challenge (PGC), and in conjunction with sponsors including eco-friendly feminine hygiene brand Natracare, the organization encouraged high school and college students nationwide to engage with a number of environmental issues.

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Boston, MA—A new study of a branded brain function supplement (FOCUSfactor from Factor Nutrition Labs) showed the possibility of improved memory, concentration and focus for subjects taking the supplement after six weeks.

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