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Going ‘locavore’ to stay fit

In a community agriculture group, consumers sign up for a season of deliveries from a local farm or other producers, and usually get deliveries weekly, depending on the provider. For farms, many offer a half-share – a single person – for around $300, and a full share, or family share, for about $600. But for 19 weeks of food during a typical season members usually end up receiving more than $600 worth of groceries.

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Nutritional Counseling for Weight Loss Available at Seminole Chiropractic …


SEMINOLE, Fla., May 20, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) —
Obese patients and others suffering from a variety of related health concerns in the St. Petersburg area of Florida can now benefit from qualified nutritional counseling in addition to chiropractic care at Seminole Chiropractic Wellness Center. Chiropractor Dr. Randal Butch stated his concern for patients struggling with weight loss when he said, “We help our patients lose excess pounds and achieve successful long-term weight loss by offering them customized detox plans as part of our nutritional counseling program. Our chiropractic care also provides relief for weight-related discomfort and injuries.”

Patients can benefit from Dr. Butch’s counseling services on the topics of proper diet and nutrition. Any excess weight causes stress and strain on the body’s internal organs, as well as its muscles and skeletal structure. In order to lose weight and acquire better health, it is important to lose those excess pounds and keep them off.

Seminole Chiropractic Wellness Center patients can expect a comprehensive discussion about medical history and lifestyle, followed by an exam upon their first consultation with Dr. Butch. He factors in different personal health information to develop the most relevant, personalized plan to meet patient’s weight loss goals and to improve diet habits. A customized wellness plan helps the patient focus on making better and healthier choices in his or her diet. The plan also addresses other important components for success, such as the best nutritional supplements to take, ways to avoid or relieve stress, and strategies to lose weight and keep it under control.

Dr. Butch takes a strong stand against fad diets or behaviors that actually contribute to poor health and failed efforts to lose weight and keep it off. He’s said, “Slimmer does not always means healthier. It is not wise for patients to starve themselves by following these ‘fad’ or ‘crash’ diets that do more harm than good.”

In some cases, Dr. Butch will recommend that an obese patient follows a healthy detox plan, which will help flush out toxins from the body, preparing it for a new and healthier caloric intake. Along with this plan will be information about portion control and nutritious food choices, as well as foods to definitely avoid. Dr. Butch also includes in the plan recommendations for exercises and lifestyle coaching.

Dr. Butch has been a licensed chiropractor since 1987. In addition to his counseling services focused on diet and nutrition, he primarily uses the Palmer technique of chiropractic methods, which includes hands-on procedures such as adjustments and spinal manipulations, massage therapy, and physical therapy or physiotherapy.

For more information about the Chiropractic Wellness Center, nutritional and weight loss counseling service patients may visit
http://www.chiropractorstpete.com .

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Healthy Diet Is Affordable, Study Shows

Consumers are firmly convinced that healthy food is more expensive than junk food. A new study published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says that might be because we are making the wrong comparisons.

Andrew Carlson and Elizabeth Frazão turned to the USDA’s online guide, ChooseMyPlate, as a template for modeling a healthy diet. Using three different data sets, they estimated the cost of 4,439 food items.

The results are encouraging. “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price” shows that just looking at calorie costs, as earlier studies did, is too simplistic. For example, a bag of potato chips might be cheaper than a baked potato, compared calorie for calorie. But you might need to eat two portions of chips to equal the nutrition in a potato, and the chips would deliver more of what we don’t need, such as saturated fat and sodium.

To give a more accurate picture, Carlson and Frazão used three different metrics: price per calorie, per edible gram, and per average portion. When they overlaid the three, they discovered that grains, fruits and vegetables actually deliver more value for less money than less healthy foods.

The authors conclude:

When making food choices, consumers may need to consider the entire cost of their diets. Cheap food that provides few nutrients may actually be “expensive” for the consumer from a nutritional economy perspective, whereas a food with a higher retail price that provides large amounts of nutrients may actually be quite cheap.

That’s important. As I pointed out in We Are Killing the Kids, the cost of a diet heavy in what the authors of this study call “moderation foods” (processed foods with high levels of salt, sugar or fat) is a tsunami of added health care costs that threatens to swamp our health care systems.

Just what constitutes a healthy diet is the subject of ongoing and vigorous debates. A lot of other factors are part of the equation as well, such as environmental pollutants, access to fresh foods, cooking skills and time.

Specifics and disagreements aside, what this study adds to the conversation is reassurance that a healthy diet is within most people’s budgets.

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Certified Raspberry Ketones Continues to Help People Lose Weight and Feel Great

Salt Lake City, UT — (SBWIRE) — 05/19/2012 — There are many options available in the weight loss world but only one diet supplement is made with 100% natural raspberry ketones, designed to increase fat loss without side effects. In 2005, researchers in Japan discovered that raspberry ketones boost metabolic rates while hindering the growth of fat tissue. Now, certifiedrasberryketones.com offers a potent extract of these ketones in pill, capsule, or powder form, giving customers the chance to lose weight and look great.

Even recommended by Dr. Oz, raspberry ketones have been found to trigger norepinephrine release, causing a person’s heart rate to increase gradually, requiring more oxygen. This takes a lot of energy, energy that comes from burning body fat, resulting in weight loss. Besides fat loss, you also get a pill rich in beneficial antioxidants that work their way through your body, repairing damage on a cellular level. This helps to lower cholesterol, reducing the chances of developing heart disease, fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis, and obesity. On top of all of these beneficial effects, the supplements from certifiedraspberryketones.com help to prevent early aging and give skin a healthy, more youthful appearance.

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NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Team Chevy – Drivers’ Post-Race Notes & Quotes

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 DALE JR. FOUNDATION/NATIONAL GUARD/DIET MOUNTAIN DEW CHEVROLET – FINISHED 5th
AN EVENTFUL NIGHT. THERE WERE SOME HIGH POINTS AND SOME LOW POINTS. WALK US THROUGH IT:
“First off I have to thank the Dale Jr. Foundation employees and all the people who donate and my sponsors Diet Mountain Dew and National Guard for allowing us to get this weekend to raise awareness and put the decals on the car.  I want to thank Sprint and NASCAR for putting the race on, Chevrolet and everybody else.  We had a good car, we had a fun weekend and good speed.  I’m real happy with the way things look for next weekend.  It was uneventful.  We worked really hard and we didn’t have any problems. The shenanigans coming on to pit road for that last segment was kind of unnecessary as far as the whole thing was not necessary we could have just lined them up and let whoever wanted to come get tires, come get tires.  I think you have to start on the front row to beat cars as good as the No. 48 to be able to compete with that team you have to start alongside of them, starting fourth was a little tough.  We just didn’t have enough laps really to mount any kind of a challenge.  I mean they were gone after about two or three laps.” 


THAT LAST SEGMENT, DID YOU FEEL LIKE A BIG DISADVANTAGE GOING IN OR DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT?
“Anything is possible.  My mind was open to whatever might happen in front of me and to try to reach out and take opportunities that presented themselves.  I wasn’t really counting myself out just yet.  If you are not on the front row for a 10 lap segment… two of the best drivers in the series started on the front row they are hard to beat in a 10 lap run.”

SOLID EFFORT ALL THE WAY AROUND THROUGH THE SHOWDOWN TO THE ALL-STAR RACE AS WELL YOU HAVE TO BE PLEASED WITH WHAT YOU GUYS HAD OUT THERE TONIGHT HOW WAS IT TO DRIVE?
“It was great.  I want to thank all the employees of the Dale Jr. Foundation and all the fans who donated and help us with our causes.  Our sponsors Diet Mountain Dew, National Guard for giving us the opportunity to raise awareness this weekend, put the decals on the cars and Chevrolet, Sprint and NASCAR for doing all this.  I want to thank the fans for coming out we had an awesome crowd, the best crowd I’ve seen at a race in a long time.  That was great to see.  Our race was pretty uneventful we just ran really hard and tried the best strategy we could to put ourselves in position to win.  I think we did the best we could.”

HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
“Not a whole lot really.  This track really doesn’t change a lot once the sun goes down it is pretty consistent.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RICK (HENDRICK, TEAM OWNER) RIDING AROUND ON THE SIDE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S CAR AFTER HIS WIN?
“I guess you can talk him into anything (laughs).  It is pretty awesome.”

WHAT DOES THIS SAY FOR YOUR 600? THIS HAS GOT TO BE SOME MOMENTUM FOR YOUR TEAM.
“Yeah, I think we showed what we are capable of doing here next weekend.  We are probably going to bring the same car.  We have a couple of ideas on how to make the car even faster, especially for qualifying that I hope will work out.  I am real pleased with our effort.  These races are little sprints and you really depend on the team to put the car out on the line ready to go, ready to take off, you can’t really wait for the car to come in or anything like that.  Those guys did that all night.  They built a great car.  I had a lot of fun.”

THAT LAST RESTART MATT (KENSETH) SAID HE HAD A TERRIBLE TIME GETTING THE CAR GOING:
“He did, I tried not to spin him out or run into him.  I figured we were not restarting in the best line.  I knew even being Matt (Kenseth) I had a better opportunity.  The leader has the opportunity; the leader is the guy who gets to take off first.  You can’t match what he is going to do.  You can only try to maintain and he is going to go first and he is going to beat you into the corner most of the time.  He probably regrets and wishes he could have done a better job, but I think we were in a bad position just starting in that lane.”

WAS THE RACING AS FUN AND AS WILD AS THEY SAID?
“I enjoyed the race.  I thought the cars drove well, my car drove the best it has drove here in a long time.  I think we had an awesome crowd.  I really don’t tend to notice too much as far as the capacity but I felt like we had a great group.  That was really good to see.  It seemed like everybody was really enjoying it even up before the race started the fans were really having a good time up there in the stands.  I was sort of torn between where I wanted to be, in the car or in the stand (laughs).”

DID YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE WITH THE CHANGES IN THE SIDE SKIRTS?
“The car is just a little bit more of a handful to drive, but it is minimal.  It was very small.”

THE ADVANTAGE FOR THE LEADER STILL SEEMS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME?
“Well, that is true.  We did have some guys run up and pass the leader and just in a 20 lap segment when Denny (Hamlin) lost the lead the No. 5 and the No. 2 ran really close.  Very close, normally we are having trouble getting within 10 car lengths of each other when cars are comparable to each other.  “We saw some really close racing for the lead.  I don’t think you can really take that 10 lap segment into account because of how good the No. 48 team is here and how good they are overall.  I just thought it was awesome racing and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.  I don’t hate it.”

WITH THAT LAST SEGMENT AFTER MATT (KENSETH) BOBBLED DID YOU THINK YOU WERE DONE SINCE THAT WAS SUCH A SHORT RUN?
“Yeah, we were just working hard trying to gain what ground we could.  Time was running out we were just trying to get as many positions as we could.  We had put up a good fight all night and I just wanted to finish as well even though it didn’t look like we had an opportunity to win.” 

HOW MUCH BETTER DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE 600 AFTER A SOLID NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT?
“Oh yeah, I mean when you run like this the week before it really makes you feel good. It really makes you look forward to it, not as many unknowns.”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET FINISHED 17TH
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RACE FORMAT?

“It didn’t matter. As slow as we were, we couldn’t take advantage of it anyway. So, it didn’t matter to me.”

DID YOU POSSIBLY LEARN ANYTHING THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO BRING BACK HERE NEXT WEEK?
“Yeah; don’t bring back what we just ran tonight. It just wasn’t very good. We just struggled all night.”

IS IT SOMETHING SET-UP-WISE THAT HURT YOU TONIGHT?
“Yeah. That would be why we didn’t run good. I can drive it if it’s (good). We just missed it tonight. We’re not going to hit it every week and if you’re going to miss it, you’d rather miss it on a night like tonight than next week.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 MENARDS/CERTAIN TEED CHEVROLET – FINISHED 16TH
ON THE NIGHT
“After that one run we just got really tight. And then after that, it was okay; we just lost track position. But the car was really good. We just had something going on in the left front. I don’t know if we had something hanging up but the rotar was blown and built a lot of air pressure in the left front. It got really tight at that point and we just kind of lost all our track position from then. The car was pretty good. We just lost a lot of track position.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND KEVIN HARVICK DURING THE RACE?
“I haven’t seen a replay of it. He ran me down low off of (Turn) 2 and I have shown him nothing but respect since I got here and he hasn’t shown that back. So, whatever.”

ON THE FORMAT, DID YOU LIKE IT?
“This is the only one I’ve been in so, I thought it was pretty neat.”

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE – FINISHED 9TH:
ON THE NIGHT
“To beat Jimmie Johnson tonight; I don’t think it was going to happen. He was strong and I didn’t feel right in my car all night. So you know, it was our back-up car. I ruined the other one on Friday but the guys did a good job with this one; but yeah, that would have made a huge difference.”

YOU DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT?
“No. I just couldn’t get it to enter the corner right and go through the center right. It was just different.”

IS THAT WHY YOU WERE RUNNING THE HIGH SIDES?
“Yeah, I couldn’t run on the bottom. I was struggling out there. So, we still have decent speed in the Cup cars and they’re obviously fast. The No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) shows that, but we’ve just got to get a little better for me.”

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING NEW OR BETTER FOR NEXT WEEK?
“Yeah, I did. I learned a couple of things not to do.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE FORMAT?
“It actually seemed better once we got going than I expected. It puts a lot on those first three races especially to come into the pits up front and have the freshest tires on your car when you do hit the pits and just make that quick stop and go. It puts some pressure on you for that and then also the fuel mileage. If you stay out for the first two (segments), you’ve got to pit and get gas. It’s kind of tough. I like the format. I thought the format was better this year than in the past. But let’s face it, it will change again next year. It always does.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER/RHEEM CHEVROLET – FINISHED SIXTH
ON HIS RACE:
“It was pretty cool to see the difference that the tires made at the end.  We just needed a 20 lap segment at the end.”

ARE YOU A FAN OF THE 10-LAP SHOOTOUT AT THE END?
“No, we didn’t win.”

DID YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE WITH THE CHANGE IN THE SIDE SKIRTS AND HOW THE CARS DROVE?
“It seemed like there was a lot of good racing for this particular race track.  It seemed like you had a few guys that could run up top but most everything was on the bottom, but no big difference.”

DAMAGE FROM WHEN YOU GOT INTO PAUL DID IT HURT THE CAR A LOT?
“It was mostly cosmetic it didn’t seem to change the handling at all.  Just hit is with the quarter panel back there.” 

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Tailored Weight Loss Program for Veterans Disappoints

An intensive, one-on-one weight loss program developed by the Veterans Affairs Department failed to attract many comers, and the few who did take part didn’t lose much weight, researchers report.

It’s not clear why the program did not work, but it doesn’t bode well for efforts to help the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese lose weight. Most studies looking at how to help people take off the pounds suggest such just such a personalized, lifestyle-changing approach.

Alyson Littman of the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center and colleagues looked at the VA’s MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans. 

Out of all the VA patients, 76,599 were classified as candidates for the program, based on their records, height, and weight. “A total of 3,192 (4.2 percent) patients participated in MOVE!,” Littman’s team wrote in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

About half of these only showed up for one session. Those who showed up more often lost more weight but the effects also didn’t last much longer than a few months, on average. “Participants lost approximately 1 to 2 pounds during 6 to 12 months of follow-up,” Littman’s team wrote.

The program was intense and carefully planned, using dietitians, physical and recreational therapists, social workers, and mental-health professionals. Each participant had a tailored diet, exercise, and counseling regime. But most people did not stick with the program, perhaps demonstrating just how difficult it is to change lifestyle to lose weight.

Obesity in the military and afterwards is a serious problem. “An estimated 70 percent of veterans are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI, in kg/m2) of 25.0 or more, consistent with the prevalence of overweight and obesity among demographically similar nonveterans,” Littman’s team wrote.

Being obese raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and several types of cancer.

“Weight loss as small as 5 percent can reduce the risk of chronic conditions associated with obesity,” Littman’s team wrote—and some other programs have worked better. The MOVE! Program worked about as well as other “real world” studies, however, Littman pointed out.

“Evaluating the effectiveness of MOVE! is challenging because it is not clear that the program was implemented as intended. Sustained and intensive treatments are associated with better outcomes,” her team added.

National Journal will examine the issue of overweight military personnel in more detail on Wednesday.

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