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Speak up for better nutrition

This article Monday reported lots of good news about nutrition in the D.C. area: Montgomery County Public Schools this year lists calorie counts for foods served in its cafeterias. The District of Columbia this past spring adopted tough new school nutrition requirements. And the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is just a U.S. House vote away from becoming law.

The common denominator: In every instance, someone spoke up and said these things should happen. In many cases, that someone was an average citizen like you and me. Sometimes it was a person in a position of power -- Michelle Obama, for instance, advocating for passage of that child nutrition act. Sometimes it was a student, not old enough to vote but nonetheless determined to make his or her voice heard, asking for better school lunch fare.

With Election Day right around the corner, there are many weighty issues on our minds. But if we want our government to take action to help us all make better food choices and perhaps curb the obesity epidemic -- or if we feel that government should keep its nose out of such matters -- then now's the time to think about how our votes on Nov. 2 might help shape those outcomes.

But it's worth bearing in mind that politicians alone aren't responsible for changing what we now call the "food environment." We ordinary folks can help in a big way, simply by changing the way we and our families eat, the way we grocery-shop and cook, the number of times per week we choose fast food, the emphasis we place on sitting down for meals with our families, the amount of physical exercise we get.

What health- and nutrition-related issues are on your mind this election season? What do you intend to do about them?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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People simply have to actually start caring about their own nutrition and fitness at younger ages. Since kids don't go out and play as much they must learn how to eat properly and to exercise. The info is out there but people are too lazy to go get it. I recommend this site for all those people:

educate yourselves!

Posted by: modolk2 | September 7, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I am a registered dietitian and I work with children and adults who have many health problems or at risk for health problems that are caused by their obesity, but they have no insurance coverage for nutrition and can not afford it. But, insurance companies will cover them for heart surgery or diabetes treatment at a much greater cost. It makes no sense. I am also concerned about the health of people with disabilities as their food budgets on SSI are too low and most of their caregivers do not understand healthy eating and provide high fat meals to them. Putting home economics and nutrition education back into the schools curriculum and encourage home cooking and demand healthier restaurant meals.

Posted by: sjdaniello | September 7, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

How can calorie counts help anybody? Its the carbs that fatten! Digested carbs first top up liver and muscle glycogen stores, the rest rapidly converts to bodyfat in the cells mitochondria via the Krebs cycle. Digested fats only slowly convert to energy molecules in the liver.

And, there exist various homeostasis mechanisms that speed or slow metabolic rate depending on what, when, how much or how often food is eaten. One such mechanism, thermic effect, is bone structure dependent.

And.. saturated fats do NOT cause heart disease. Thats blatant misinfo. based on a failed 1953 study in Framingham MA, and thats perpetuated to market fraudulent, uselsss, toxic statin drugs.

The well documented causes of arterial narrowing are insufficient B6, B12 and folates to lower causative high blood homocysteine; insufficient anti-oxidants such as C, E, D3, selenium, l-cysteine etc. to lower causative high lipo-protein alpha, LDL; and high tri-glycerides, causative blood fats elevated by
high carbs as advised in idiotic food pyramids and food groups.

Posted by: TommyTCG | September 7, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

yeah that is true, major brands do give out free samples of their popular health products best place to get yours is tell your friends and family too

Posted by: keyshawn8 | September 8, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

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