Invest in Kids’ Health with Plant-Based School Lunches

plant based school lunchesThis week, 100 health organizations and experts joined together to share an important message with lawmakers: Investing in plant-based school lunches will save lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.

The group wrote a letter in support of AB 479, a California bill introduced by Assembly member Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), which would incentivize schools that add plant-based entreés and plant milks to their menus. The bill recently passed through the California Assembly Education Committee with a 5-0 vote, Continue reading “Invest in Kids’ Health with Plant-Based School Lunches”

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The President’s Obesity is Symptom of National Emergency

president foodGuest blog by Medical Director James F. Loomis, Jr., MD, MBA, at Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The results of President Trump’s annual physical exam are in: He is obese. He also has elevated cholesterol and evidence of heart disease. Of course, the president is not alone. His health, including his obesity, is a symptom of the national health emergency touching many Americans.

More than 93.3 million adults (almost 40% of the population) in the United States have weight in the obese range. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer Continue reading “The President’s Obesity is Symptom of National Emergency”

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Stop Sugar Coating the Leading Causes of Obesity

meat + cheeseAmericans are drinking less soda. According to a new study, about half of American adults now drink sugary beverages on any given day – down from 61.5% in 2003. That’s good news for Americans’ health. But it’s not enough to stop our worsening obesity epidemic.

Per capita sugar consumption has been steadily falling since 1999. Yet, obesity rates continue to climb. Last month, the CDC reported that obesity among adults in the United States reached an all-time high of 39.8% in 2016.

So what happened?

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Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

parfaitWe have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this is especially true for children. Starting the day with a high-quality, nutritious meal can instantly put your children in a good mood and give them better concentration for all those hours of learning. But research shows that eating breakfast every day also has  long-term effects, including decreasing the risk of obesity.

Here are 4 steps to getting the most out of your breakfast.

1. Choose whole grains. Whole grains offer protection against diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Continue reading “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day”

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Mangoes Can Help Prevent Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

mangoesNew research from Oklahoma State University published in the Journal of Nutrition has found that eating mangoes can help prevent or decrease the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eating mangoes can also prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria that comes from a high-fat diet.

Obesity and high-fat diets are associated with the development of many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And although there are many drugs prescribed to treat these diseases by lowering blood glucose and lipids, medications can have serious side effects.

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