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Nutrition Really Matters!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I went to another Let's Move event at the White House yesterday. I must say that I love to see the First Lady speak. She is so smart and well-spoken and graceful. And she REALLY IS a fantastic dresser! emoticon

In any case, there was an academic who was presenting on some new research results about the impact of diet on death and disability. He said that dietary risks are the leading cause of disease burden in the US and contributed to more health loss in 2010 than smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.

Pretty fascinating, right? They were able to break it down even more. Starting with the biggest reason, the dietary risk factors that contribute to life years lost (meaning: premature death and years living with a disability) include:
*Diet low in fruits
*Diet low in nuts and seeds
*Diet high in sodium
*Diet high in processed meats
*Diet low in vegetables
*Diet high in trans-fatty acids (omega-6s)
*Diet low in seafood omega-3 fatty acids
*Diet low in whole grains
*Diet low in fiber

They say that one out of four deaths is attributable to poor diets. Of course, poor diets manifest themselves in a variety of other issues, but they are saying the root cause is poor diets.

And that is WAY MORE than not getting enough physical activity. In fact, they say that physical activity is on the rise!

You can find more info here: www.healthmetricsandeval
uation.org/
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BEE2LE 7/11/2013 10:36PM

    Interesting stuff. I can never read it too many times. Do you work in the health field? If so, do you find it makes it easier to stay on track?

I'm a nurse. I used to work in cardiac rehab. Working in an environment of health promotion made it so much easier to stay on the straight and narrow. It's much more difficult now that I'm surrounded by people with very unhealthy lifestyles.

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KNYAGENYA 7/11/2013 12:55PM

    Good nutrition is so important. It took me some time to relearn and implement this. I am glad that I did though.

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