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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 13, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                USDA revises foodpyramid guidelines By ALAN BJERGA The Wichita Eagle WASHINGTON Ameri cans need twice as much exercise and more whole grains than previously rec ommended to stay healthy according to new federal dietary guidelines released Wednesday The 70page update on the diet from the Depart ments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services recommends 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise to main tain or lose weight Previous guidelines had recommended 30 minutes a day which is now the governments mini mum daily requirement Americans should also eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar according to the report which for the first time suggests limits on sodium intake about one teaspoon a day It also warns about trans fats a type of fat found in processed foods which studieslink to height ened heart disease and obe sity risks The new report is scien tifically based and its also based on common said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thomp son Its available online at Security chief presses for fingerprints on passports The Associated Press WASHINGTON Ameri cans fingerprints should be added to their passports outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday hoping to include the United States in a grow ing globalsecurity standard but risking a privacy fight at home Ridge said passports could ideally include biometric fin ger scans for all 10 fingers to help customs officials quickly and accurately iden tify travelers He offered no details on how the plan might deal with privacy con cerns or guard against inter national identity theft The department has no immediate proposal to add fingerprints to passports spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said Ridge is scheduled to step down Feb 1 The government began fingerprinting and photo graphing visitors from other countries including staunch allies after the Sept 11 2001 terror attacks Most nations cautiously supported the added scrutiny but Brazil last year retaliated by fingerprinting and photo graphing arriving Americans delaying their travel for hours Including Americans fin gerprints on their passports also is a subject of debate within the government The State Department will begin issuing new electronic or biometric passports within a few months containing a microchip holding a citizens name birth date and photo But while the chip will be able to include fingerprints none are planned at this point At issue is the extent the passport chips would be encrypted to prevent govern ment snooping or identity theft The Bush administration has so far resisted encrypting digital passport information which could prevent interna tional customs officials from reading the data But privacy advocates say such personal information can be read from as far away as 30 feet by using sophisticated data readers Without good encryption theres a big risk of biometric said Peter P Swire an Ohio State University law professor who served as the Clinton administrations chief privacy counselor That can breed identity theft because now the bad guys can forge your fingerprint as well as your Social Security number You can change your Social Security number but its really hard to change your The new report is scientifically based and its also based on common said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson The revisions are the fed eral governments fiveyear planned update of Americans nutrition and exercise needs The report supersedes the wellknown food pyramid which was introduced 12 years ago and is intended to help Americans make wise health and exercise deci sions The guidelines will also be used to regulate federal schoollunch and other nutri tion programs The pyramid was a popular guide to healthy eating that increasingly came under fire as new science placed greater emphasis on diets based on fruits vegetables and whole grains The food pyramid promoted those products but only suggested serv ings based on a daily diet and didnt take into account peoples differing calorie needs and intakes A 13member group of doctors and nutritionists developed the recommended guidelines which nutrition ists generally applauded as being in line with the best current science If you follow the food guide youre not even having one drink of CocaCola a said Dr Carlos Camargo a member of the governments Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and an epidemiol ogy professor at the Harvard School of Public Health But Camargo and other experts warned that get ting Americans whore now hooked on cheap convenient unhealthy foods to eat less and exercise more remains a steep challenge About twothirds of Ameri cans are overweight accord ing to the Agriculture Depart ment Last year Americans spent billion on blood pressure and heartdisease medication much of it for weightrelated problems Healthier eating wont hap pen without a healthier food environment for consumers said Mary Higgins a nutri tion professor at Kansas State University Wholegrain bread in school lunches are great for exam ple but when youre hungry and you look in a school vend ing machine what do you choose Higgins asked Food cost and convenience are also linked to unhealthy eating Adjusted for inflation a can of soda is onefourth more expensive than it was 20 years ago while apples have doubled and tomatoes have tripled in price Mean while fastfood restaurants and vending machines pro liferate as more Americans shift from jobs that require physical activity to jobs that only require walking from a 4 computer to a break room Margo Wootan the nutrition policy director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest a nutrition advocacy group in Washington said food companies will also have to modify their behavior One of them Kraft Foods on Wednesday said it would stop advertising prod ucts such as trans fatladen Oreo cookies to children younger than 12 Wootan welcomed the move but said industry and the government will have to step up their efforts for the guidelines to translate into a healthier America Theyll do little to improve the publics health without vigorous Thursday January 13 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 Report Ridge spent time with lobbyists The Associated Press WASHINGTON As the Homeland Security Depart ment was starting up Secre tary Tom Ridge twice stayed overnight at the Arizona home of a wealthy friend who ran a lobbying firm that was aggressively expanding its homelandsecurity business The Blank Rome firm whose chairman is former Ridge fundraiser David GirarddiCarlo hired two of Ridges aides to lobby the new department and some of the firms clients eventually landed lucrative contracts according to documents and interviews Homeland Secu rity officials told The Associ ated Press they believe Ridge acted ethically because he paid his own way on the trips in November 2002 and April 2003 and never discussed business with GirarddiCarlo Some ethics experts say the ties might have created the appearance of a conflict of interest something President Bush has ordered his appointees to avoid This relationship does raise questions about the integrity of the governments process for awarding con said Robert Tuttle a law professor at George Washington University It creates the appearance that Mr GirarddiCarlo and his clients might receive prefer ential David has never even mentioned any single client by name thats involved in homeland security with the said Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse Blank Rome has lob bied Ridges department on behalf of 29 companies three nonprofit groups and a trade association for the software industry according to reports the firm filed with Congress In a statement the lob bying firm called Ridge and GirarddiCarlo close personal friends for more than a The firm said Their wives are close friends and they often spend time together as families They talk and get together on a regular basis as good friends Ridge and 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