Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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
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.
Monday, April 12, 2010
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?
Friday, April 2, 2010
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!