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Monday, 08 July 2013 19:41

Is Obesity Really a Disease?

Did you know that the American Medical Association has recently declared obesity a disease?

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 29 April 2013 09:23

Nutrition for Our Kids

Have you heard about the Senate Bill 464, called the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity act? It talks about improving both nutrition and physical activity for the parents and day care providers of school-age children. Even though this may be aimed more at pre-schools, why hasn't this been more broadly advertised, especially when diabetes and heart disease are currently epidemic with both parents and children now? These diseases are directly related to how we eat and live, and can be totally prevented with the right nutrition education.

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 04 March 2013 09:36

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "It is a campaign month dedicated to nutrition education and information created annually in March. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits to reap the great benefits health brings. This year is its 40th anniversary."

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 18 February 2013 09:30

Vegetables Just as Important as Medication!

Sounds like mom was right again about having to eat your vegetables. Fruits and vegetables might come in first over medication in prevention of second heart attacks according to a five year study from McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute, headed by author and nutritionist Mahshid Dehghan involving almost 32,000 patients (average age 66.5) in over 40 countries. Data indicated that those who ate a heart healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables had a:

  • 35 per cent reduction in risk for cardiovascular death
  • 14 per cent reduction in risk for new heart attacks
  • 28 per cent reduction in risk for congestive heart failure
  • 19 per cent reduction in risk for stroke

This study was recently published by the American Heart Association Journal Circulation. To be clear, a healthy diet in this study consisted of a high intake of fruits, vegetables, limited amounts of whole grains and nuts, in addition to a generous intake of fish compared to meat, poultry and eggs. Lifestyle choices were also considered regarding alcohol consumption, smoking and exercise.

This is actually the first study to report on the protective impact of healthy eating for individuals with cardiovascular disease and those already taking medication to prevent a second heart attack, stroke or death. While medication reduces the risk, dietary and lifestyle choices can impact it even more so.

The important message here, is that it's a very false belief for patients to think they don't need to worry about how they eat as long as they take their medication. The facts clearly indicate that a healthy diet and lifestyle add significant health benefits along with heart medication for cardiovascular conditions. This is especially important to high risk heart patients.

Published in Nutrition

For most people Thanksgiving may be just a day of watching football and eating a lot of food all day. But I'd also like to believe many of us reflect on the day with genuine gratitude. Since my message here also wants to reflect wellness, did you know gratitude can actually improve your health? Stephen Post, PhD, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People states that:

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