Health Tip Of The Week...
Medical Errors in the News…AGAIN!
According to "Dead By Mistake," based on an investigation by the Hearst Corporation, approximately 200,000 people die in the United States every year from hospital infections and preventable medical errors. To make matters worse, the situation has not changed from 10 years ago, when the recommendations of a similar report by the federal government went ignored.
Fruits, Vegetables and Obesity…Oh My!
According to William H. Dietz, director of the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Division of the Centers for Disease Control, "A diet high in fruits and vegetables is important for optimal child growth, maintaining a healthy weight, and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers."
One of the purposes of the report was to try and encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.
According to the study, only 32% of the 100,000 students surveyed said they ate at least 2 servings of fruit per day, while only 13% consumed at least 3 daily servings of vegetables. Less than 10% ate enough of both.
The numbers among adults were similar for fruit consumption, and only slightly better for vegetables.
In summary, 90% of high school kids lack sufficient intake of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet!
What the study didn't address was what is being consumed instead. Bad enough that kids (and their parents for that matter) aren't making a healthy food choice since eating fruits and vegetables is a known contributing factor in a healthy lifestyle. Instead, are their choices other healthy foods?
Unlikely. As the consumption of fruits and vegetables has declined in our society, food choices have increasingly moved towards fast, processed and mass produced foods known to have negative health consequences.
The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…
Is it any wonder that we have a "health" crisis in the US? Is it any wonder that as spending on "sick" care skyrockets, all the government can do is try and determine different ways of paying for it? Imagine if resources were allocated to BOTH educating the public, taxing poor health choices like fast food and supporting/subsidizing the production and consumption of healthy foods? Imagine taking steps to grow people's health rather than paying for poor health choices!
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