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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Get Physically Active - Rain or Shine

On a recent trip to Denmark, I was expecting to find many obese people because of their food culture of meat and potatoes and plentiful Danish pastries. To my surprise, the Danes I saw were a fit and hardy lot, who were outdoors walking and bicylcing in often inclement weather with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

And so I think the Danes have the right idea about how to have their pastries and eat them, too, and that is: go outdoors and get some exercise in good weather or bad.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AP Style Change Communicated Via Social Networking

No other tool is more important to writers and editors than their AP Stylebook. So when I saw that AP is changing the word "Web site" to "website," I was glad to be rid of a cumbersome word style but also sad that I will now join the mass of people who didn't know otherwise and probably don't care. Interestingly, I found this out via Facebook from my old public relations professor, who I haven't seen in 10 years. It seems that social networking, such as Facebook, blogs and Twitter, is here to stay and may actually have a more useful purpose than just the typical status updates of lunch choices and kids' soccer games. So now you know.


Majority of California Voters Support Soda Tax According to Field Research Poll

Even in the midst of what may be the most hostile tax environment in a decade, a statewide poll shows a solid majority of California voters support a soda tax to fund childhood obesity prevention programs in California.

Support for a soda tax was evenly distributed throughout the state:

  • Statewide: 56 percent
  • San Francisco Bay Area: 60 percent
  • Los Angeles County: 61 percent
  • Other Southern California counties (including San Diego and Orange): 54 percent

The Central Valley was the only region in the state where less than a majority supported a soda tax (43 percent). What did the Fresno Bee have to say?

The most surprising finding? The level of support among low income voters (those making less than $40,000 per year) at 60 percent and Latinos at 66 percent. "The soda industry often pretends they want to protect the low income and minority communities from higher soda prices, but it's exactly these communities who support soda taxes," said Harold Goldstein, executive director of CCPHA.

The public opinion poll, conducted by the Field Research Corporation and commissioned by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, surveyed 503 registered California voters by telephone. Click here for more information about the poll.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

California hospitals need to follow the leader

A hospital in Massachusetts recently became the first in the nation to ban sugar-sweetened soft drinks.

Fairview Hospital in Barrington, MA said they made the decision in the interest of public health after the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to ban soda and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks in Massachusetts schools.

California was way ahead of Massachusetts on this issue. Sodas were removed from public schools years ago. So here is my question, why aren't California hospitals leaders in promoting public health too? Anyone who has been in a hospital here knows it is easy to find sugar-sweetened soft drinks and other junk food.

Incidentally Fairview Hospital is leading the way on other nutrition issues too. They eliminated trans fats, removed all deep fat fryers, instituted nutritional labeling and planted a vegetable garden. For more information, read this article.

~ Paula

Monday, April 12, 2010

Why grass-fed animals make a better burrito

I haven’t eaten at Chipotle, but after reading this article I’m going to have to give them a try. The writer talked to Steve Ells, founder and CEO of Chipotle, about his better-tasting burritos and the idea that fast food doesn’t have to be junk food.

He also mentions why they use grass fed beef and why is it better.

My parents used to raise a few head of cattle and lambs each year for meat. They were all grass fed and produced some of the best beef and lamb I've even eaten. So I’ve never been able to understand where the idea that cattle had to be fed corn to be any good came from. It’s always seemed like a waste of corn to me. And if you have to keep pumping your livestock full of antibiotics, as some cattle ranchers do (and chicken and hog farmers do as well), shouldn’t that be a hint that something is very wrong with the environment you have created to raise that livestock in?

Here’s to a grass fed, free-range, antibiotic-free beef.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Time Shouldn't Stop Us From Eating Well

Here at BMC we love to cook and we love to eat. I mean, we really love to eat and most of our celebrations revolve around food. One of our favorite traditions is to celebrate the winter holidays with a multi-course meal featuring fabulous ingredients paired with sumptuous wines. Eating well – and by that I mean flavorful, high-quality, healthy ingredients – is something we all enjoy, but the cooking is another story.

I personally love to cook, but it can be hard to work a full, busy day and then come home to spend an hour in the kitchen. It’s fun, but tiring too. I’m not surprised when people say they just don’t have time to cook.

That’s why I got so excited when I stumbled upon a new interactive Web tool "Dinner in 15 Minutes Flat." The application, put together by Real Simple, makes it easy to quickly find recipes for quick dinners. After selecting a main ingredient and a cooking style, you’re presented with a custom display of recipes ready in just 15 minutes.

This cool tool should help eliminate some of the excuses for getting a healthy, tasty meal on your table on any night of the week. No more excuses – let’s cook!

~ Nicole