Congress puts special interests above children’s health

School LunchesThe USDA has proposed limiting the use of potatoes on school lunch lines, reducing salt and increasing the use of whole grains.  Congress is working on a bill that would block these three proposals.

Conservatives argue that the government should not be telling children what to eat while Republicans on the House Appropriations committee said the changes would be overly burdensome and costly.

The bill would block the Agricultural Department from limiting starchy vegetables including corn and peas to two servings per week.  The rule was intended to cut down the number of times per week schools could serve french fries, which in many cases is five times a week.

It would also block the reduction in sodium in school lunches by requiring more study before making any changes.

A couple thoughts immediately came to mind.

  • First the government already tells children and adults what they can and cannot do and actively campaigns to educate and enforce their positions.  Children can’t smoke before 18 nor can they drink, at least legally until 21.  They make regulations because they believe the rules are in the best interest of society.  With 35% of kids overweight in America limiting the amount of salt and french fries children can eat at school per week seems to be in the public’s best interest.  What’s wrong with healthier children?
  • They also argued that the changes would be overly burdensome.  We are already documenting what we feed our kids so substituting the word carrots for potatoes does not seem like it would be cause to much hardships.

If we want to improve the health of our children then we need to improve what they eat at school.  For many children school meals are the only regular meals they receive and making sure they are healthy is a positive thing for America.

Just my opinion.  Love to hear what you think.  Opposing views are always welcome.

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U.N. targets bad health habits

Bad health habits are costing us our lives.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has turned his attention to a new deadlyBad health habits killer that is causing the death of 36 million people world wide every year.  The diseases: cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease.  These account for two thirds of the deaths in the world and nine out of ten in the United States.

Many of these deaths are preventable and caused by bad habits like smoking, eating and exercise or the lack of.   In the past the U.N has targeted AIDS, tuberculosis, new flu bugs.  Worldwide, stroke and heart related diseases account for nearly half of all noninfectious diseases.  Over 17 million died in 2008.  Cancer is second with 7.6 million deaths followed by respiratory diseases such as emphysema with 4.2 million deaths.  Diabetes causes 1.3 million to die.

The causes: unhealthy diets, tobacco use, alcohol abuse, lack of physical activity.  These are all things that we can do something about.  In some countries heart disease is almost non-existent.

Resources exist everywhere to help you improve your diet.  Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol
  • Choose low-fat protein sources
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits
  • Select whole grains
  • Reduce the sodium in your food
  • Control your portion size
  • Plan ahead: Create daily menus
  • Allow yourself an occasional treat

Here is a complete listing from the Mayo.

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Tomatoes – The wonder drug?

Tomatoes help prevent cancer and reduce risk of heart disease.

TomatoesSummer, fresh fruits and vegetables all locally grown.  One of my favorites is a fresh tomato and now research shows that they are really good for us.  Eating them can help prevent several types of cancer, reduce your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and even diabetes.

What gives tomatoes their healing power?  Lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that works by neutralizing free radicals.  These are errant oxygen molecules that cause cellular damage in the body.  Lycopene protects against a wide range of cancers, from prostate cancer to lung and breast cancers.    Tomatoes can also help prevent heart attacks by lowering cholesterol.  One study showed that drinking 13 ounces of tomato juice daily for three weeks lowered cholesterol by 13 percent.

Another ingredient in tomatoes is 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, which has been found to lower cholesterol and fat in the blood stream.

So this summer head out to the farmers market for some fresh tomatoes.  For more information visit this site that has a number of tomato recipes.

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My Plate Resources

Childhood obesity  has become the number one concern for doctors and parents in America.  The Mayo Clinic says the following.

“Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of your entire family. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future.”

During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States.  The side effects of obesity are many including: hear disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, Osteoarthritis, low self esteem along with others.

We are not in the health profession.  This site is owned by Memory Cross and Wall Printing.  Together we produce one of the most amazing origami style cards on the market today.  We were approached by people who wanted us to use our folding card to help children and adults learn to live healthier lives.  The result ended up being this website.  Watch the short video below that shows how this product works and then check out our store for more information.

 

We’d love to get your feedback.  It is going to take people from a variety of professions and industries to stop this trend.  If we don’t this will be the first generation that does not live as long or as healthy a life as their parents.

Check out the products that we have created so far and let us know what you think. 

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