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Get Healthy Utah: Active living and a healthy diet

Disclosure: Greg Bell is chairman of Get Healthy Utah.

You probably haven’t heard about Get Healthy Utah, but you will. Earlier this week, Get Healthy Utah held its stakeholder meeting to introduce the first-of-its-kind study of Utahns’ attitudes and values concerning active living and a healthy diet.

There is a scientific consensus that at least 60 percent of medical costs relate to unhealthy lifestyle choices. One extensive study concluded that “chronic diseases are now the major cause of death and disability worldwide. Three behaviors (poor diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use) contribute to four chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes and pulmonary diseases such as asthma) that cause over 50 percent of all deaths worldwide.”

A human tragedy unfolds before us as we see people dying years earlier than they should and seriously impairing their quality of life — even from childhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated, “The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity.” Pause over that: one in five of our children is obese, meaning at least 30 percent over normal weight. Americans’ sedentary lifestyle and over-eating are literally killing us — and our children.

Get Healthy Utah was formed to address this growing public health problem. It embraces a coalition of dozens of organizations all intent on assisting Utahns to create a culture of good health through active lifestyles and healthy eating.

Get Healthy Utah’s health and wellness experts thought they already understood the problems and barriers to helping Utahns eat well and live a more active lifestyle. But our advisers said, Not so fast!

In the 1990s, our mentor, Robert Grow and his talented staff at Envision Utah, faced a different set of complex problems. Utah confronted spiraling population growth, sharply increased land and water consumption and paralyzing traffic congestion. Residential lot sizes had doubled in 30 years. In tackling Utah’s growth challenges, Envision Utah first asked Utah residents what this new urban sprawl threatened in the Utah they loved. What were they worried about losing? The answers not only helped Envision Utah understand the problems, but also distilled Utahns’ core values about their home, and provided the vocabulary with which to communicate with Utahns on this subject.

Envision Utah retained Hearts+Minds Strategies, a company that evolved from companies formed by legendary Reagan pollster Richard Wirthlin. Wirthlin brought values-based or qualitative polling to public opinion research. Wirthlin went beyond who voters favored. He delved into the values these voters held most dear and how candidates spoke to their values. In that tradition, Hearts+Minds Strategies “uncovers how people think, feel and make decisions [and] how individual and societal values influence decision-making.”

Envision Utah got tens of thousands of Utahns to participate in developing preferred scenarios for Utah’s inevitable growth. They found great sympathy for a broad range of housing options, and intriguingly, deep support for a robust public transit system. Traffic congestion has diminished, air quality is better and average residential lot sizes have been cut in half, taking us back to 1960s era lot sizes. Much of the credit for that belongs to Envision Utah.

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Get Healthy Utah retained Hearts+Minds Strategies and Envision Utah to conduct the first-of-its-kind Utah-specific values study to find Utahns’ attitudes about healthy eating and active living. The values study contained some surprises. Utahns underestimate the extent of obesity and seriously overweight among our state’s citizens and often failed to see the connection between obesity and poor health and chronic health conditions like diabetes and impaired mobility and activity. Not surprisingly, we also found that many people are confused about what constitutes a healthy diet.

We have a lot to do to help Utahns live a healthier lifestyle. Get Healthy Utah is becoming an important voice advocating for public health policies and personal health choices that will allow our citizens to live the healthiest, longest and most enjoyable lives possible.

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Links Between Healthy Diet And Preventing Cancer Recurrence …

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there is strong evidence that weight gain, overweight and obesity increase risk of several types of cancer. These include cancers of the breast (among postmenopausal women), ovary, endometrium (lining of the uterus), bowel (colon/rectum), esophagus, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, kidney, liver and prostate (particularly forms that grow and spread quickly).

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Ask the Doctors: Multivitamins can’t replace healthy diet – Star-Gazette – Elmira Star

Dear Doctor:

Do I really need to take a multivitamin? My sisters are convinced that you can’t get all the nutrients that you need without one, but it seems to me that as long you’re eating right, you’re covered.

Dear Reader: Multivitamins are the most widely used supplements in the United States. It is estimated that between one-third and one-half of all Americans take a multivitamin each day. As a result, your question is one that comes up often in our practices.

And while we can’t offer specific advice, we can share and explain the information we give to our patients.

The short answer is that for most patients, we believe that if you’re eating a balanced diet, one that includes whole grains, a variety of vegetables and fruits, adequate lean protein and dairy products, there is no need for a multivitamin.

However, when a patient’s diet isn’t ideal, then a multivitamin can offer insurance for the deficient vitamins and/or minerals.

Of course, there are exceptions. Pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant need at least 400 micrograms of folate per day, a B vitamin that helps to prevent neural tube defects. For these women, a prenatal vitamin or a daily folic acid supplement is recommended. Nursing women have unique nutritional needs that may call for supplementation.

Some elderly adults whose appetites have diminished and who therefore don’t eat a balanced diet may benefit from adding a multivitamin. Someone on a restricted diet, such as a vegan, typically needs a B12 supplement.

A strict vegetarian may require additional zinc, iron or calcium. And for individuals with chronic conditions such as iron deficiency anemia, B12 deficiency or malabsorption, or a history of gastric bypass surgery, then supplemental vitamins and minerals are necessary to maintaining good health.

So what are vitamins, exactly?

They’re nutrients that we need in small quantities to maintain various metabolic functions that, when taken in total, add up to good health. Vitamins help the body to produce energy, ward off cell damage, facilitate in the absorption and utilization of minerals, and play varying roles in the regulation of cell and tissue growth.

Vitamins must be taken in food because the body either doesn’t produce them in adequate quantities, or doesn’t produce them at all.

Vitamin D is a bit of an outlier. It’s an essential nutrient that does not naturally appear in food in adequate quantities, but is produced when our skin is exposed to the ultraviolet B rays in sunlight. It is also available in fortified foods like milk, fish and mushrooms.

Take an honest look at your diet. If you find some nutritional holes, our advice is to adjust and improve your eating habits. If you do decide to make a multivitamin part of your daily regimen, keep in mind that it cannot take the place of a balanced and healthy diet.

Not only do fruits, vegetables, whole grains and leafy greens contain vitamins, they also provide fiber, which is important to good health. Whole foods also contain trace nutrients and other useful compounds that no pill or supplement can re-create.

Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health. Send your questions to [email protected]

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Could your healthy diet be destroying your teeth? – BelfastTelegraph …

All smiles: what you eat — and what you avoid — are key to healthy teeth and gums

We’re forever being bombarded with advice on eating and drinking, however, ‘being good’ could be bad for your teeth and gums. Chew over these expert tips from Abi Jackson.

Now, we’re not going to make any crazy statements – like, ‘Fruit’s just as bad as sweets!’ or ‘Juicing wrecks your teeth!’ – because that would be over-dramatic and misleading.

But it is true that dentists have noticed how certain ‘healthy eating’ or weight-loss and detox trends are taking a toll on the nation’s dental health.

It’s even affecting children, with a recent report published by the Royal College of Surgeons stating record numbers of under-fives are having rotten teeth removed – with fruity snacks among the culprits.

So what are the health trends, ‘harmless’ habits and diets causing damage, and what can you do to avoid it?

Hot water and lemon

Starting the day with a hot water and fresh lemon – a traditional detox method – is seeing a popularity resurgence right now, with fans boasting flatter stomachs and glowing complexions as a result. But Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, warns: “Watch out for the advice on drinking warm lemon juice in the mornings. Lemon juice can cause problems with the enamel on teeth. It is great to have warm water with lemon – but,” she suggests, “drink it through a straw to help prevent tooth damage.”

Munching ice

Zero calories for a satisfying crunch – but munching ice cubes isn’t as harmless as it seems. “Some people add ice to their drinks to increase their hydration levels. This is great and anything which increases water intake is good, but don’t crunch or bite on the ice. This is a common habit, but can leave your teeth vulnerable to damage,” says Wilkinson. “Let the ice melt and sip your drink to help increase your hydration levels.”

Sirtfood stains

One of the more recent celeb-backed trends, the Sirtfood Diet focuses on ingredients rich in ‘sirtuin activators’, said to keep cells healthy when under stress and aid in metabolic function – and coffee and red wine are on the menu. “Drinks such as coffee and red wine are some of the worst culprits for teeth staining,” notes Dr Sameer Patel, clinical director at specialist dental and orthodontic practice Elleven. “This staining’s amplified when consumed on a regular basis, as tannin compounds build up and cause teeth to turn yellowish. To avoid the problem, rinse the mouth with water after consumption, to wash away tannins.”

Green tea

Packed full of health-boosting antioxidants, calorie and fat-free, it’s little wonder green tea has become so popular. But, while not as bad as coffee, it can cause staining. “Make sure you don’t swish the tea around your mouth – just drink it straight down,” advises Wilkinson.

Fruit smoothies and juices

It’s nonsense to demonise fruit – a vital source of nutrients and fibre – but the surge in popularity of juicing and smoothies, in regimes promising speedy weight-loss and detoxing, has impacted the nation’s dental health, leading to a rise in enamel erosion, sensitivity and decay. “Natural sugars can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay,” says Dr Patel. “Fruit’s natural sugar, fructose, is a common cause of cavities as the bacteria in the mouth feed on it, so using a straw and keeping your mouth refreshed with regular glasses of water after consumption, is key.” Wilkinson adds: “If you do have a fruit juice, drink it through a straw to help prevent this damage.

Even better – swap to a vegetable smoothie.” This often applies to sports drinks, too.

Bad gums

Consuming too much natural sugar can also be a factor in poor gum health. “Diets which promote a high sugar intake can cause insulin levels to peak and then plummet which, over time, alters the structure of collagen in the body and in the long-term can affect your gums, as it’s collagen fibres that hold your teeth in place,” says Dr Patel. “To limit damage, drink juices through a straw and try to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth (after eating/drinking). It’s also important to ensure you’re brushing teeth up to the gum line, to remove trapped food and bacteria.”

Bad breath

Drastically cutting calories, as well as following a high-protein/low-carb diet, can both cause bad breath – due to chemicals, called keytones, being released when you force your body into the fat-burning state of ketosis (remember when Atkins first got popular and everyone was talking about this?). Good oral hygiene helps keep bad breath at bay, but if it’s down to your diet, Dr Patel advises: “Ketosis is brought on entirely by your diet and, unfortunately, no amount of flossing and brushing will combat the smell, so think twice before cutting out carbs completely and stick to healthy ones, such as wholemeal pasta and wholemeal bread to keep bad breath at bay.”

Nutritional shortfalls

It’s not just a case of what you do eat, but what you don’t eat – and falling into the trap of constant dieting, calorie-cutting and eliminating food groups can lead to nutritional deficiencies, including vitamins, iron and calcium, which are all-important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

A balanced diet, and two litres of water a day, is the best bet, along with good quality supplements if your diet is lacking. If you do want to lose weight, slow and steady wins the race.


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Don’t let being on a budget hold back that much-needed pampering regime. These natural, fragrance-free salts are ideal for people with sensitive skin or scar tissue. Use the salt as a soothing exfoliator, or simply sprinkle into your bath for a detoxing soak.

Is ‘clean eating’ putting young people’s future bone health at risk?

It’s recognised that what we eat during our youth can impact our health later in life – particularly in terms of maintaining strong bones.

Now, in light of the so-called clean eating trend, the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is concerned that millions of young people could be damaging their future bone health and putting themselves at greater risk of osteoporosis, the condition associated with weakened, fracture-prone bones and chronic pain.

A survey on behalf of the charity found 70% of 18-35-year-olds are currently, or have previously been, dieting, with the most common diet for under-25s cited as ‘clean eating’.

In addition, 20% had cut or significantly reduced their dairy intake, an important source of calcium and vital in building bone strength when you’re young.

Professor Susan Lanham-New, clinical adviser to the National Osteoporosis Society and Professor of Nutrition at University of Surrey, says: “Diet in early adulthood is so important because by the time we get into our late-20s, it is too late to reverse the damage caused by poor diet and nutrient deficiencies, and the opportunity to build strong bones has passed.”

To tackle the issue, the charity’s launching a major campaign called ‘A Message to My Younger Self’.

For more info visit www.nos.org.uk/myyoungerself

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Letter: Alcohol can be part of healthy diet – Opinion – The Columbus …

While Alcohol Awareness Month is a good time for people to reflect on their alcohol consumption, responsible drinking should be practiced year-round. 

The 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on alcohol states, “the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicate that moderate alcohol use can be part of a healthy diet, but only when used by adults of legal drinking age.” 

According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. The guidelines define a drink-equivalent as 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (40 percent alcohol by volume), 5 ounces of wine (12 percent ABV) and 12 ounces of regular beer (5 percent ABV). 

Most recently, a study of 1.9 million adults published March 22 in the British Medical Journal concludes that moderate alcohol consumption (beer, spirits or wine) is associated with a reduction in the risk of several cardiovascular diseases compared with nondrinkers or heavy drinkers. This finding is supported by four decades of studies with similar results. 

It is not recommended that anyone drink alcohol products for potential health benefits. Alcohol abuse can cause serious health and other problems, and even drinking in moderation may pose health risk for some people. 

For questions regarding alcohol and health, readers should discuss the potential risks and potential benefits of consuming alcohol with a physician. Together, you can determine what is best based upon individual risk factors including family history, genetics and lifestyle. 

Sam Zakhari 

Distilled Spirits Council senior vice president of science 




Why I’m Breaking Up with "Healthy" Ice Cream

Everyone and their mom is “into health and fitness” these days—and don’t get me wrong, that’s great. Only good things can come from having more healthy, happy people in this world. (Yay workout endorphins and vegetables!)

But because these topics are ~super trendy~ RN, people looove to share what they’re doing every step of the way—including endorsing workouts or diets they love, and trying things they’ve seen other people blast on the Internet. It’s like the modern-day, adult version of peer pressure: If everyone is going Paleo, and doing juice cleanses, and Instagramming from SoulCycle, you should probably do it too, right? If it worked for them, it’s gotta work for you. (BTW, social media isn’t always great for your health.)

And that’s exactly what’s happening with this damn ice cream.

ICYMI, “healthy” ice cream brands are blowing up too. Halo Top, Arctic Zero, and Enlightened are debatably the best-loved brands (at least on Insta), and clock in at just 240 to 300 calories per pint. Then there’s Wink Desserts, which boasts a 100-calorie pint (say whaaaa). In one 1/2-cup serving from their chocolate pints, Halo Top, Arctic Zero, and Enlightened each have about 35 to 60 calories, 3 to 5g of protein, 3 to 5g of sugar, and 0 to 2g of fat. Wink has just 25 calories, 2g protein, 0g sugar, and 0.5g fat. Their nutritional facts (compared to 1/2 cup of chocolate Häagen-Dazs, which has 260 calories, 5g protein, 19g sugar, and 17g fat) seem like straight magic, am I right?

A post shared by Halo Top Creamery (@halotopcreamery) on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:42pm PDT

For this exact reason, when I first tried these ice creams about a year ago, I was hooked. The kinda-bloated feeling and weird aftertaste were worth the fact that I could eat an entire pint of this low-calorie, high-fiber, high-protein ice cream and still be within the caloric and macronutrient parameters of having a “healthy” day. The flavors were surprisingly diverse and totally filled my stomach while satisfying my raging sweet tooth. Not to mention, it was so low-cal that I could afford to top it with peanut butter, cereal, banana, and whatever other treats I wanted. “This is the perpetually hangry fit girl’s dream,” I thought, and immediately told all my friends to try it. (You’ll die at this if you know what it’s like to be constantly hungry.)


Somewhere along the way, I forgot about this ice cream. I never made the distinct decision to stop eating it, but instead, I was treating myself with full-fat Ben and Jerry’s on the weekends. Yeah, I couldn’t dietarily “afford” to eat these treats every night, but some chocolate and a spoonful of peanut butter were enough to satiate my sweet tooth for the night, and the occasional splurge on a high-fat, high-sugar, high-cal treat felt 100 percent welcome.

One day, I found myself with not one but six free pints of this “healthy” ice cream. I proudly brought it home and told my roommate she was going to be ~obsessed~ because we could basically eat all of them in one sitting and it’d be totally chill. We snuggled in with a chick flick, a bottle of wine, two spoons, some pints, and went to work. (Zero shame.) After a few spoonfuls, we looked at each other and put them down. Bleh. I had zero desire to put this meh-tasting ice cream in my mouth just for the sake of it being healthy. I no longer wanted to eat an entire pint of this stuff just because I could. Six months later, we still hadn’t reopened them. The freezer-burned cartons ended up in the trash during spring cleaning.

While my fascination with these “healthy” ice creams has waned, the social media fanbase seems to be gaining steam. I see proud selfies and product shots posted by every fit-fluencer I follow, and every time I see one on my newsfeed, I can still taste the mediocrity in my mouth.

The thing with insanely healthy processed treats is this: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. To me (and many other health professionals who are experts on this stuff), healthy eating is about eating fresh, whole foods—foods that humans have messed with as little as possible.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Just think about it: If they took out the calories, fat, and sugar (the things that naturally make things taste delish), how the hell do companies make this stuff taste good? Take your eyes off the nutritional facts and take a look at the ingredients instead. Chances are, anything that’s devoid of sugar but still tastes sweet is full of sugar alcohols: erythritol, xylitol, and many other ingredients that end in “-ol.” (Check out your sugarless chewing gum.) Those little guys are great for causing bloating and digestion issues. (Here’s what else you need to know about sugar alcohols.) You’ll also likely see carob gum and/or guar gum, a thickener that may cause your gut to overproduce bacteria. While none these ingredients are outright *eViL*, I’m not the biggest fan of bloating.

That chocolate Häagen-Dazs may have more fat and sugar in one serving than the others have in the entire pint, but at least the ingredients are things you could find in your fridge: cream, skim milk, sugar, processed cocoa, and egg yolks. Plus, the fat in regular ice cream can help satiate you so you might not even want to eat the whole thing. The milk gives you some much-needed calcium to help fight osteoporosis. Your mouth (and gut) will probably be happier too. And isn’t that better than 300 throwaway calories?

ron swanson ice cream gif

All that aside, tell me which sounds better: enjoying a little bit of indulgent ice cream or teaching yourself to tolerate an imposter? I’m not saying that these “healthy” ice creams don’t taste good to some people. But if you’ve had real ice cream anytime in the last month, you’ll know that the frozen treat touching your taste buds is a sham. Personally, I’d choose to treat myself to just one or two scoops of Edy’s slow-churned or Talenti gelato (because that ish is GOOD)—not fill my belly to the brim with something that’s second-rate. (I also love burpees, so maybe I’m just an extremist?)

In a society obsessed with more, more, more, the allure of this “healthy” ice cream is that it offers a way to have your cake (er, ice cream?) and eat it too. It says, “Yes, you can binge on me and still feel healthy.” It says, “There’s no need for portion control—lick the bottom of the carton. It’s totally cool.” The focus is on quantity over quality. But is it really a treat if there’s nothing inherently treat-like about it? If you want a dessert, you should have a freaking dessert.

I’m not saying I have a perfect relationship with food (does anyone, really?). I may eat that whole pint of gelato if I feel like it. I’m not saying “healthy” ice cream is the only problem; there are plenty of questionable low-cal foods that I’d argue against in the same way. I’m also not saying you have to agree with me. Each person’s health and fitness ~journey~ is different. If you want to eat “healthy” ice cream, then, by all means, do so. We all have our vices.

As for me? I feel better with a whole lot of kale and a generous scoop of full-fat Phish Food—and I’m going to Instagram that. Because life is too freakin’ short to eat ice cream you don’t like.

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