Here’s the nutrition facts on artificial sweeteners and stroke risk


Most processed foods today have added sugars.  With up to 70% of all processed and packaged foods on the market today being infused with more sugar, it is indeed difficult to avoid the white stuff. So what about the substitutes, the low to no cal sweeteners that promise you they are better for your health.  Are they any better?  What about if you’ve already had a stroke or have heart disease?  It makes sense why drinking all that sugar might increase stroke and heart disease risk, with the extra inflammation and triglycerides but is switching to these non caloric sweetners a better choice?

A study on diet soda

No problem,” I’ve switched to diet soda”.  I hear this all the time when I speak with a client that has “made the switch”. But by choosing diet soda, can we get the sweet taste we crave, without the downsides? Unfortunately, routine consumption of diet soft drinks is associated with increases in the same risks that many seek to avoid by using artificial sweeteners.  Watch this nutritionfacts.org video below!

The video reviews the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with regular soda, and  the cardiovascular risks associated with diet soda.  Key finding: the belief that “making the switch”  to diet soda will reduce long-term health risks ” is not well supported by scientific evidence, and instead…may contribute to the very health risks people were seeking to avoid” in the first place.

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Race Across USA presses on


Meet Newton Baker

Member of the Race Across USA Core Team

In my last post, I asked you “have you quit yet?”.  I want you to think about that question as you meet Newton Baker.


 

Meet Newton Baker, a retired school teacher from Montpelier,VT. On January 16th, the day the #RaceAcrossUSA kicked off in California Newton celebrated his 73rd birthday. He’s one of the core team members that share a common goal- to run 3,080 miles in 140 days. In his own words, he’s running “because some type of consciousness needs to be raised about the childhood obesity and inactivity epidemic in the US”. If Newton can make this journey he’ll be the 2nd oldest person on record to run from coast to coast. You can learn more about Newton in this video and meet the core team here: http://raceacrossusa.org/core-team/

WPTZ Presents Vermont Runner from Roger Crowley on Vimeo.


Now back to the question: Have you quit yet?


What I love about the #RACEACROSSUSA initiative is the mix of science and applied public-outreach work that the runners are calling attention to.  As one of the core team members Bryce Carlson, stated in an interview with NPR– “We’re all capable of becoming a little stronger, or more resilient, than we are.”  

My advice on quitting-

As you look at what these runners are doing each and every day of the next 120+ days or so that remain on their journey, tell yourself, it is not time to quit yet.  If they can run what turns out to be a marathon a day for each leg of this Race Across USA, you can indeed dig a little deeper too and find time to keep your sneakers near your bed to take a run or jog each day over the next 100 days to get your own Body in Balance.

[Personal Sidebar] I share a common mission with this core team on #raceacrossusa to raise awareness for childhood obesity and our nation’s growing nutrition debt.  A portion of all proceeds from my book go to my Bright Minds Kids Education Campaign.

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Running to Raise Awareness of Childhood Obesity


RaceAcrossUSA to Raise Awareness for

Childhood Obesity


I want to thank all the courageous and inspiring runners on the RunAcrossUSA team as they get ready to start the first leg of their important cross country journey tomorrow. Please show your support by liking and sharing this photo and heading over to their page to follow them. I encourage you to learn about each of their stories and share “WHY” they are running (to raise awareness for childhood obesity and inactivity)!

Good Luck Runners!!

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Let’s Move!-Towards a healthier nation. Really??


Subway is also a proud partner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move™  national movement to make our kids healthier. Smart Move teaming up with Subway and Let’s Move but who’s really winning here??

Here’s a copy of the White House announcement and more on the menu items at Subway-“Eat Fresh”- and you might be surprised at what is being promoted as Let’s Move approved

via My-Nutrition-Coach.com Let’s Move™!-Moving towards a healthier nation? Really??.

Parents: Kids need YOUR help to combat childhood obesity


I took my boys to the 10 am show yesterday to see the Lego Movie.  We arrived early as my boys insisted they would need to get there well in advance to have any chance of getting “good seats”.  As kids and parents filed in I was horrified at what they were carrying in for the show!  Here’s what I discovered…read more

Bright Minds Kids Know-Stroke Campaign


Kids Stroke Awareness -Program Design and Overview