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Feel Better. Stay Healthy.

A Healthier You is all about feeling better today & staying healthy for tomorrow.

Ask yourself: "How do I feel? Am I as healthy as I can be - as I want to be every single day?"

Doesn't it seem like the busier we get, the harder it is to make healthy choices - & stick to them?

We're bombarded with the latest studies or findings on what to eat, what not to eat, how much physical activity to get. Do these studies have merit?

how do you think they eat when away from home?

Are they trustworthy?

What was good for us yesterday… isn't good for us today…& tomorrow, who knows? After a point, all of it seems more like noise than helpful news or information.

Despite the desire to tune it all out, that little voice inside us wants to pay attention because we really do want to be healthy! Don't we all have the best intentions?

The challenge is sorting through that conflicting, oftentimes confusing information from multiple sources or so-called experts. A Healthier You does just that.

A Healthier You isn't just one person's idea of science or what a diet should be. It reflects the thinking of top nutrition & health experts in the nation who have determined from the science what works.

That information is in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which form the basis of this book & can be found in part V.

We also talked to people across the nation. We asked them what is important when it comes to their health - why is it important to be healthy?

Virtually everyone agreed, "It's worth it because I want to be healthy for myself, my family…my future." We also talked about what scientists & nutritionists recommend for healthy eating & physical activity… & what information folks like you want.

As you can imagine, we heard an earful. "Give me the basics," "…Not too much detail - or super technical stuff," while others said, "Not too little, I like in-depth information…"

Everyone wants what's right for them - & oh yeah, whatever it is has to work! But how do we know the information is reliable, proven & right for us?

We asked ourselves, "What can we really do about this?" There's a lot. And, it's sensible - information that scientists & nutritionists agree on but that nobody has really pulled together in a way that everyone can understand & use.

With that in mind, we set out to write A Healthier You. And, as Americans like you told us, "It's an investment in myself & I have a say in what happens to me."

We think that sums it up best. Reason enough to read on!

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Experts advise docs to be blunt, call kids ‘obese’

Fuzzy terms used for tact don’t properly define weight issue, group explains

June 12, 2007

CHICAGO - Doctors ought to quit using fuzzy terms to define children’s weight problems and instead refer to truly fat kids as overweight or obese, a committee of medical experts recommended.

Less blunt terms used by the government and many doctors diplomatically avoid the term “obese.” Instead, they refer to children many would consider too fat as being “at risk for overweight,” and “overweight” for those others would consider obese.

Those categories don’t adequately define the hefty problem, according to the group, which was convened by the American Medical Association and funded by federal health officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nonbinding recommendations are designed as guidelines for pediatricians and other medical professionals who work with children. The CDC will consider whether to adopt the recommendations; the AMA has no plans to endorse them.

Dr. Reginald Washington, a committee spokesman and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said Tuesday that some doctors have avoided the blunt terms for “fear that we’re going to stigmatize children, we’re going to take away their self-esteem, we’re going to label them.”

The recommended terms cut to the chase, at least medically, but don’t mean that doctors should be insensitive or use the label in front of every patient, he said

“We need to describe this in medical terms, which is ‘obesity.’ When we talk to an individual family, we can be a little more cognizant of their feelings and more gentle, but that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss it,” Washington said. “The evidence is clear that we need to bring it up.”

About 17 percent of U.S. children are obese and one-third are overweight, using the committee’s recommended definitions. Those numbers are rising, putting children at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems and other ailments more commonly found in adults.

Getting off the hook
The overweight category — the CDC’s “at risk” — refers to children with a body-mass index between the 85th and 94th percentiles. The obese category — the CDC’s “overweight” — is kids with a BMI in the 95th percentile or higher — or greater than at least 95 percent of youngsters the same age and gender.

With current obesity rates, that sounds mathematically impossible, but the percentiles are based on growth charts from the 1960s and 1970s, when far fewer kids were too fat.

To some extent, the fuzzier labels let pediatricians “off the hook,” allowing them to avoid counseling patients who clearly need to lose weight, said Dr. Peter Belamarich, a pediatrician with Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.

The blunter terms make sense if they motivate doctors to work with more kids who need help, “but you have to be real careful about labeling or saying it in front of a child,” Belamarich said.

“I’ve had mothers ask me not to use the (obese) label,” he said. “Sometimes you can see it in the child’s face. They’re ashamed.”

The change in terms is among several recommendations the committee, comprising 15 medical organizations, is promoting to help doctors prevent, diagnose and treat obesity in children. Other recommendations include assessing weight and body mass index at least yearly; and evaluating eating habits and activity levels at all well-child visits.

“The substance of these recommendations is great,” but expecting pediatricians to implement them thoroughly at already overburdened well-child visits is unrealistic, Belamarich said.

The change in obesity terms is the most controversial recommendation and Dr. William Dietz, director of the CDC’s division of nutrition and physical activity, said the agency will discuss whether to adopt the new terms.

The recommendations were posted on the AMA’s Web site last week. They have been endorsed by most of the organizations on the committee, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American College of Preventive Medicine, an AMA spokesperson said.

FACT FILE High body mass and its health risks
Relative risk* of developing various medical conditions by body mass index
BMI of 30.0 to 34.9 BMI greater than or equal to 40
Type 2 diabetes
10.10 7.24
10.65 19.89
Coronary heart disease
16.01 12.56
13.97 19.22
High blood pressure
48.95 47.95
64.53 63.16
4.66 9.94
10.04 17.19
-- 1.63
-- 1.70
1.47 1.33
1.84 1.36
.36 1.66
1.70 1.70**
1.90 1.40
4.52 1.68
1.20 --
1.34 --
* Relative risk of 2 indicates a person is twice as likely to develop condition as a person with a normal body mass index (18.5 to 24.9). A body mass index of 30.0 or higher is considered obese.
** Relative risk of developing kidney cancer rises to 4.75 in women with BMI greater than or equal to 40.
SOURCES: American Obesity Association; American Cancer Society; New England Journal of Medicine

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Much More Than a Diet

A Healthier You is about our diet—what we eat. But it's not a "diet book." It's different. It's about helping us find our way to better health by making smart choices about nutrition and physical activity—two keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Sure, this raises a number of questions: "What exactly does a healthy lifestyle mean? Deny myself the very pleasures of eating? Is this the end of eating out? What about my hectic life? Seriously, how much physical activity do you really expect me to get each day?" Sometimes, it's hard enough to get everything done in a day—let alone physical activity!

A Healthier You is not about what we deny ourselves, but instead:

It's about choices. The food and physical activity choices we make every day affect our health. The more we know, the better choices we can make.

It's about balance. We need to learn to make more room in our lives for things that make us happy, healthy, and productive.

It's about a healthy lifestyle. To get the most out of our lives starts with small steps— a slow, steady approach to being healthy that we can live with each day—or most days. Hey, nobody's perfect!

At some level, we all know that a lot about being healthy comes down to taking care of ourselves: what we eat, how much we eat, and how much physical activity we get. We don't need to be rocket scientists to figure this out. A Healthier You already gives us the state of the science from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help us:

  • make smart choices from every food group
  • find our balance between food and physical activity
  • get the most nutrition out of our calories.

Good to know, right? But let's face it, healthy habits take some effort. There's no magic pill that instantly does the trick.

How often have we told ourselves, "I'm going to start eating better and moving more." And, we mean it. We make the pact with ourselves at least every New Year. Too often, however, it's easy to get derailed and fall back into unhealthy habits. We don't mean to. But, the truth is—it takes a real commitment to change our behavior, especially for the long haul.

We basically know that we eat to live, but today, some of us seem to live to eat. Food represents a lot of things to us. To some it's a stress reducer—"I'm stressed. I'm tired and just want to go home and eat." There's often nothing like the emotional comfort of a pint of ice cream. Sometimes, food is our way of celebrating or a reason for coming together for special events like block parties or family reunions. Food is part of our social fabric. It's one way we pass traditions down from generation to generation and sometimes preserve our cultural identities. We hear stories from people talking about how food is part of their heritage. The secret ingredient in Nana's strudel is "love" to be sure, but there's also "lard" in that strudel! From Sunday family dinners serving spaghetti and meatballs to the best barbecue for a handful of nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends…sometimes, the entire neighborhood—we all love to kick back and relax with our favorite foods and enjoy ourselves!

There are ways, though, to make a healthier lifestyle doable and still enjoy Nana's cooking at the reunion. It's the day-in and day-out choices that we really need to think about. Whether this means finding the motivation to be our own personal trainer, using easy-to-make recipes to prepare our own meals in about as much time as it takes to head out to the nearest fast-food place, doing our best to eat healthfully on a budget, or making better choices when eating out—the little things do add up and make a big difference. Self-discipline may take some getting used to, so A Healthier You offers words not only of encouragement but also about the know-how to get started and keep with it!

Being Healthy Matters to You

In the big picture, a number of things, in addition to food and physical activity, affect our health. Some of us struggle with reducing stress, getting enough sleep, or trying to quit smoking. Everyone is different. Today's decisions affect our health today, tomorrow, and beyond. Only we can figure out what is right for our lifestyle, but these decisions start with having the right information. That's where A Healthier You can help.

Healthy for life

It almost goes without saying that there are many benefits to improving our health. Developing good habits early in life helps, yet it's never too late to start. There is something to be said for starting to live a healthier life before gaining too much weight or becoming at risk for serious illness—to incorporate change while it's our decision. Why wait for a health scare to "get it together"? Wherever we are in life…whatever the reason…we can prevent many bad health consequences and gain quality time to enjoy things that really matter to us. Whether we are 15, 25, or 65, any time is a good time to start!

A lot of us have tried diets or started fitness programs. We stick with them for a while, then stop. The weight comes right back, or our cholesterol and blood pressure go back up.

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Say to yourself, "This time it's going to be different—my efforts are going to result in a better, healthier me."

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Right now, wherever we are today, let's give ourselves a break. Make it a day to start with a clean slate. Our past choices are just that—past. Recognize that by taking small steps to eat better and be more physically active—even if we are starting from scratch— we can improve our health. And it doesn't take a lot to begin to have an impact.

"Me at my best"

We want to recapture that feeling—"me at my best." It's hard to describe, but you definitely know it when you feel it. People say, "When I'm eating healthy and being more active, it's like I'm energized" or "on top of my game!" Sometimes, don't you just dread the idea of taking time out for physical activity? Especially if it means getting out of bed a half hour earlier or squeezing it into a packed day. But afterwards, do you ever regret it? In fact, doesn't it change your mood for the rest of the day? It's empowering when you know you are taking control and making healthy changes that will make a difference for the rest of the day…the rest of your life. It's about looking and feeling better, knowing you are healthy inside and out. Wouldn't it be great to feel a renewed confidence in yourself or to simply take small steps to be your very best every day?

There's a lot of information about healthy living, but how do you find success for you—just for you? Take a moment. Think about what you want. You have a vision of who you want to be. Ask yourself, "What is ‘me at my best'?" Write it down if you need to. Now, let's get started and find that healthier you…

It's in the news....
Kids With High IQs Grow Up to Be Vegetarians
The smarter they are, the more likely they'll shun meat as adults, British researchers contend
General Mills to add healthy diet messages to kids’ products
General Mills is to change the packaging of some of its products as well as embark on a new marketing campaign in an effort to promote good nutrition to children.
TV's influence on eating habits re-examined: 1/4/2007 - Watching television, eating family meals & the safety of the neighborhood all play a role in children's weight, according to researchers at the University of Missouri.
Bad diets leading to earlier prevalence of metabolic syndrome: 12/6/2006 - Health conditions that were once almost exclusively associated with the elderly are now being increasingly diagnosed in children, according to a new report, which calls for immediate dietary intervention.
US get worst health marks
11/15/2006 - Even though Americans are willing to spend money on healthy products, they are less likely than other nationalities to make long lasting behavior changes, according to a new report from Business Insights.
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National School Breakfast Program Served
Record 7.7 Million Low-Income Children in 2005-2006

Washington, D.C. Participation in the School Breakfast Program continued its steady increase, with a record 7.7 million low-income children receiving free & reduced-price breakfasts on an average day during the 2005-2006 school year.

The Food Research & Action Center’s School Breakfast Scorecard 2006 finds accelerating growth in school breakfast participation by low-income children – up by 622,000 children (8.7%) over the past 2 school years.

The School Breakfast Program began as a pilot program in 1966 with the intent of making sure children started the school day with the boost breakfast can give. Studies continue to demonstrate the links between breakfast & learning, making the case stronger for more schools to expand breakfast participation & make sure all children participate.

There are now 44.6 low-income children receiving breakfast for every 100 eating lunch, compared to 31.5 for every 100 when FRAC first began the scorecard in 1991 & 43.1 per 100 during the 2003-2004 school year.

“Reaching a lot more children with breakfast in schools is probably the most cost-effective & fastest way to improve children’s learning & health, improve attendance & of course, reduce hunger,” said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). “It’s essential that more schools serve breakfast, adopt steps like breakfast in the classroom & reach out to more children.”

To measure the reach of the School Breakfast Program, FRAC compares the number of schools & low-income children that participate breakfast as compared to the broadly utilized National School Lunch Program.

In 2005-2006, 83% of schools that offered school lunch also had a breakfast program – an increase from 81% during the previous school year.

FRAC also sets a goal for states as a way to gauge state progress & the costs of underparticipation in the program. If states were able to increase participation in the program so that there were 60 children eating breakfast for every 100 eating lunch, a very attainable goal, 2.7 million more low-income children would be eating school breakfast around the nation.

And, states would have collected an additional $558 million in federal child nutrition funding. As it is, state participation rates range from a high of 58.5 in West Virginia to a low of 29.3 in Wisconsin. The FRAC report gives these & other data for every state.

“We’re glad that schools are seeing & supporting the vital links between education & learning,” said Lynn Parker, FRAC’s director of child nutrition. “Skipping breakfast in the morning can become an unhealthy routine for some children. We’d like to see more schools move to universal breakfast, which provides school breakfast at no charge to all children who wish to eat, more schools offer breakfast in the classroom to ensure children’s access & more districts & states aggressively market the benefits of breakfast to parents & children. These are all proven strategies for success.”

My personal concern: I have kids who have participated in the school lunch program in the state of Ohio. I've seen what these kids get for breakfast & it's mostly doughnuts, pop tarts & other sugary foods. Is it better that kids eat this sugary breakfast rather than none at all? I have questions concerning that topic that can mostly be directed towards the Dayton Public School System!

I tutored children in the Dayton Public School System for the Proficiency Testing for reading and reading comprehension. The girls that I personally tutored said that their parent (mostly single family homes) did not have a concern for the child to eat breakfast. When I asked what foods were available for the child to eat, the answers revolved around frozen foods such as: bagel bites, frozen pizza, ice cream & other junk food.

After I began bringing these students fruit, granola bar and milk for breakfast on the days I tutored them, their attention spans were much better, they were happier to know that someone cared that they eat the right things & they appeared more eager to work on their studies.


New Farm Bill to promote fruit, veg in schools: 2/1/2007 - Improving nutrition in schools and fighting trade barriers are two priorities of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2007 farm bill proposal, unveiled yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.


Most fruit products targeting kids are misleading, claims study: 1/30/2007 - Over half of the most heavily advertised children’s food and beverage products that clearly feature fruit on their packaging contain no fruit at all, according to a study released last week.

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