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Transforming the Food Label

by Morgan V. Robbins RD, LD at LMC

The FDA is proposing updates to the nutrition facts label found on food packages. The updates are based off the latest research linking diet to chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The principle behind the proposed changes is to make the food label easier than ever for consumers to understand whether or not the item is good for you.

Proposed changes
• Adding of information on “added” sugars, requiring the food label to state how much sugar has been added to the product
• Update serving sizes to reflect what people actually eat; by law serving size is required to be based off what people actually eat, not should eat. Serving sizes were first added to the label in 1994 and people are eating larger quantities in one sitting when compared to 20 years ago.
• Requirement to have potassium and vitamin D present on all food labels- the US population are not getting enough of both of them
• Removing “Calories from fat” portion of the label to focus attention on the type of fat being consumed, not amount
• “Dual column” labels requiring per serving and per package nutritional information for larger packages
• Overall format modifications drawing the eye to total calories and servings per container

Source: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm387418.htm
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LMC to Break Ground on Lexington Medical Park – Congaree in Cayce, SC

Lexington Medical Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Lexington Medical Park – Congaree, a new medical office complex located in Otarre Pointe, across the street from the SCANA corporate campus on the 12th Street Extension in Cayce.   Lexington Medical Park – Congaree will be the latest neighbor in the area, a growing corridor of economic potential and business development that includes SCANA, Amazon.com, Nephron Pharmaceuticals and the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park.

Lexington Medical Center will break ground on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

The two-story, 70,000 square foot facility will offer services for company and employee needs. There will be a Lexington Family Practice office, where patients can see a doctor, then return to work.  As needed, there will be X-Ray and lab capabilities as well as other programs. Importantly, employees of the companies surrounding the new facility will be able to go there for pre-employment physicals.

“Lexington Medical Center looks forward to the completion of the new facility as it will allow us to build upon the partnerships we already have with local businesses and their employees,” said Mike Biediger, President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center.

Lexington Medical Park – Congaree is expected to employ 64 full-time employees. The project also plans to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, employing advanced technology to conserve resources.

SCANA, with its headquarters recently re-located to the area, is working with the hospital to maintain as much of the natural land around the new clinic as possible, from preserving trees to minimizing asphalt. Lexington Medical Center is dedicated to preserving the rich historical and cultural significance of the Congaree area.

This expansion marks an exciting endeavor for Lexington Medical Center, as the 12th Street Extension near Interstate 77 is quickly developing into an important commercial corridor.  The area is conveniently situated near industrial markets throughout the Southeast. The area is also equipped with important infrastructure including the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, sewer and water systems, electrical and natural gas lines and a rail line.

Lexington Medical Center currently operates an occupational health facility in West Columbia, serving more than 300 businesses.  The West Columbia location will move to Lexington Medical Park – Congaree.

The architecture firm of Perkins + Will designed the building.  Hood Construction will build it.  Landscape architects from Sustainable Design Consultants, Inc. will provide landscaping.