It Happened This Week – New Dietary Guidelines, Lousy Labeling, and Wearing Red

By Chef Lisa on 02/04/2011
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New dietary guidelines were released by the US Government on Monday, encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies, mind their portion sizes, drink more water, and consume less salt. Also stressed are increased exercise, switching to low or fat free milk based products, consuming more whole grains, and choosing seafood over meat. Sounds like what we’ve been doing at Green Mountain at Fox Run, a weight loss program for women for four decades…

According to a new study in the Journal of Women’s Health, women are more likely to skip getting routine mammograms if they are obese. This is especially worrisome since, according to the National Cancer Institute, obese women are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer after menopause, and also have an increased risk of fatality from it. The American Cancer Society suggests yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.

In a recent study, The Prevention Institute found that “healthy” labels on processed foods are misleading to consumers. For example, products may proclaim that they are low sodium or gluten free, while the majority of their calories could come from high fructose corn syrup or sugar. In light of the use of claims as marketing strategy instead of nutritional information, the Prevention Institute has called on the FDA to improve and standardize labeling practices.

Today is National Wear Red Day, to create awareness of the fight against women’s heart disease, which is the number one cause of death among females. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute hopes to spread the word that heart disease is not a male-centric affliction. Risk of heart disease can be reduced by maintaining a healthy weight, eating oodles of vegetables, quitting smoking, and increasing physical activity. It is never too late to decrease your risk; we invite you to join us to learn how to work towards a healthy lifestyle, instead of that next adult fat camp.

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