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700 Doctors, Health Professionals, Including the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Support Dietary Guidelines Message to Eat Less Meat, More Plants


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Over 700 doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and public health professionals sent a letter to the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging them to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to eat less meat and more plants for human health, economic prosperity, and our nation’s food security.

Leaders in lifestyle and preventive medicine signed the letter, including: Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Walter Willet, chair of the department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health; and Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

In the letter, doctors and others “strongly endorse the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to reduce consumption of animal foods and shift toward a more plant-based diet, both for the health of people and the planet.” The letter reaffirms the overwhelming scientific evidence for eating less meat and more plants clearly delineated by the committee.

One of the letter’s initial signers, Dr. David Katz, summarized why sustainability is important to nutrition: “If, in an age when we know that food and water shortages are clear and present dangers, we choose to ignore them in our dietary guidelines, then these are not dietary guidelines for Americans…They are, instead, dietary guidelines for the current generation of American adults, and at the obvious expense of all subsequent generations of American (and planetary) adults including of course, our children.”

Dr. Dean Ornish, known as the, “Father of Lifestyle Medicine,” and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco added: “What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing diet and lifestyle. Federal dietary guidelines as recommended by the scientific advisory committee would play a vital role in moving more people toward this goal.”

The letter further highlights how “a shift toward more plant-based foods will save the nation billions of dollars in health care costs and is essential to our nation’s health and economic prosperity,” because “chronic, preventable diseases are estimated to account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs.” Also, “heavy meat consumption, especially red and processed meat, is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, while plant-based diets are associated with decreased risks of all three.”

In its comment submitted to the federal government, the American Public Health Association, representing over 30,000 public health professionals commended the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for, “setting a priority of sustainability as an important component of the 2015 federal dietary guidance.” APHA praised the quality of the science relied upon by the committee and noted the committee’s conclusions on sustainability “… are important given the high level of resources used as inputs for food production in the U.S. – including 50 percent of the total U.S. land area, 80 percent of the fresh water and 10 percent of the fossil energy – and the importance of these resources for future food security.”

The inclusion of sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines recommendations has sparked tremendous interest, with more than 29,000 comments submitted to USDA and HHS by the May 8 deadline. The agencies plan to review comments and finalize the 2015 guidelines by the end of the year.

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM):

ACLM is a professional association of physicians and clinicians dedicated to the advancement and practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to help prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of many chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Visit http://www.lifestylemedicine.org, and learn more about ACLM’s annual conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2015, set for November 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN at http://www.lifestylemedicine2015.org.







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Hawaii Conference on Brain Based Approach to Education and Lifestyle this Weekend


Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

Body & Brain Centers of Hawaii will host a Brain Education Conference Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Presented in conjunction with International Brain Education Association (IBREA) and Power Brain Education (PBE) the event is offered as they “envision a world where each individual reaches their full potential through greater understanding and proper use of their brain.” The conference is from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m., (with additional Expo time before and after the conference).

Ulalia Woodside will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the conference which will feature Keynote Speaker, David Beal, Program Director and Head National Trainer for Power Brain Education, who will speak on Brain Education and facilitate the Brain Education experience.

Guest Speakers, Isabel Pastor, Program Manager at IBREA, will share Brain Education successes and results from around the world, and Dr. James R. Westphal, M.D, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Psychiatry Chief of the Adult Mental Health Division, Department of Health, State of Hawaii will offer insight.

The event’s brain-based forum will offer a first-hand experience of Brain Education activities and exercises, as taught by creator and founder, Ilchi Lee and encourages attendees to change the way they see their lives. With a goal of increasing connections between school and community, the conference will demonstrate the connection between Brain Education and the five pillars of a Sustainable Society, namely; Schools, Family and Character Building, Mental Health, Workplace Wellness/Health, and Nutrition. Simple and effective actions for mindful living and creating a sustainable society will be shared throughout the event.

IBREA has begun fundraising to assist Hawaii communities in locating a school for the Brain Education pilot project. In conjunction with Body & Brain Centers of Hawaii, the BE program has been implemented in after school classes and summer programs in elementary through middle schools for both public and private institutions in Hawaii. Brain Education Program Director, Dave Beal explains, “We teach a combination of mind-body physical activity, mindfulness training and neuroplasticity exercises designed to help teachers improve student focus, creativity, confidence and emotional wellness.”

The Brain Education Conference will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 12:30-4pm at the Hawai’i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. Tickets are $ 20 and each includes one free guest attendance.

For people interested in an in depth experience of Brain Education, a special Brain Education Workshop will be held on Sunday May 3rd, 2015, 9am – 5pm at the Honolulu Body & Brain Center, 401 Kamakee Street #317 HNL HI 96814. The cost is $ 195 per person with a group discount for two or more attendees($ 150 per person).

For more information please visit http://www.hawaiibraineducation.com or contact Nobuko Todd at 808-842-5172 or honolulu(at)bodynbrain(dot)com.

About Conference Sponsors:

A leader in health and wellness, Body & Brain Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. offers classes and programs, including yoga and tai chi, based on mind-body practices originating in Korea. These classes and programs incorporate the holistic system known as Brain Education, teaching simple yet powerful tools to maximize the body’s natural healing capacity and help individuals and communities develop healthier lifestyles.

The International Brain Education Association, IBREA, is a 501(c)3 organization associated with the United Nations DPI, whose mission is to educate individuals, communities, and nations to realize the potential of the human brain to bring health, happiness, and peace is being realized in places like El Salvador, Liberia and the Philippines.

Founded in 2006, Power Brain Education offers a comprehensive, hands-on approach to helping individuals manifest their optimal human potential by integrating the physical, emotional, social and cognitive aspects of the self through effective management and use of the brain. Power Brain Education has trained more than 10,000 teachers and 30,000 students in over 350 schools nationwide.







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Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks


Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The program was well-received by participants at Bayer Corp., who lost weight and increased the amount of physical activity they got each day, when compared with a control group in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiraling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about employee health and productivity,” said lead author M. Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the school’s Diabetes Prevention Support Center. “This leads to an interest in workplace health promotion; however, there are very few evidence-based programs that actually demonstrate improvement in employee health. This study found that our program not only improves health, but also that employees really like it.”

This demonstration program is based on the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national study that found people at risk for diabetes who lost a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes, outperforming people who took a diabetes drug instead.

Dr. Kramer and colleagues built on the DPP to create a group-based program that puts the findings into practice, called Group Lifestyle Balance™. The program is divided into 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. The sessions can be done as a group with a lifestyle coach or through a DVD coupled with brief weekly phone or, in certain cases, email consultations with the lifestyle coach. The option of the DVD with lifestyle coach support not only served as the main intervention option for those employees who traveled or who did not want to participate in the program in a group venue but also offered a valuable replacement for employees who chose to participate via group setting but had to miss an occasional session.

“Our Group Lifestyle Balance program has proven successful in diverse community settings, so we adapted it for the workplace since we found that there was a real need for effective programs that could fit into people’s work lives,” said senior author Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the study. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program, like the Group Lifestyle Balance program, offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees.”

A total of 89 employees at Bayer Corp. in Robinson Township, Pa., who were at risk for diabetes or heart disease were enrolled in the demonstration program in the fall of 2010 and followed for 18 months.

Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight (10 pounds), shrunk their waistlines by about 2 inches and brought down the levels of fat and sugar in their blood – all measures that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also increased their physical activity by almost twofold.

Of the participants, 96 percent said they felt it was beneficial to offer the program at the worksite, and 99 percent said they would recommend it to their co-workers.

“The positive results that employees experienced from this lifestyle program speak to the benefits of personalized health programs in the workplace,” said Phil Franklin, M.D., U.S. corporate medical director, Bayer Corp. “I would like to congratulate the University of Pittsburgh researchers on the study.”

Additional authors on this research are Donald Molenaar, M.D., Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Venditti, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC; and Vincent C. Arena, Ph.D., Rebecca Meehan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Rachel Miller, M.S., Karl Vanderwood, Ph.D., and Yvonne Eaglehouse, M.S., M.P.H., all of Pitt Public Health.

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R18 DK081323–04).

About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, founded in 1948 and now one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. Pitt Public Health is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health problems. For more information about Pitt Public Health, visit the school’s Web site at http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu.







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Popular Healthy Lifestyle Company, Quitgate.com, Introduces Weight Loss/Management Products to Its Growing Product List

Plainfield New Jersey (PRWEB) February 12, 2015

Quitgate has introduced the sale of weight loss products at its online store to help people live healthier lives. The company, which opened for business in 2014, combines smoking cessation products, evidence-based counseling, social support and premium customer service to help people quit using tobacco products.

The company reports that its introduction of weight loss/management products is based on popular demand from its customers. A number of smokers who quit report some weight gain and are tempted to return to the deadly habit of smoking just to remain “fit”. Quitgate, a concerned and customer-focused company, has taken on the challenge of helping smokers achieve a healthy body and comfortable weight while they quit smoking. The company reiterates that the weight loss products are also for non-smokers who want to take control of their health through great diet, exercise and supplements.

“Quitgate.com helps people deal with addictions including smoking and binge eating. As a company that prides itself in providing all around support for smokers, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Weight Loss products today,” says Emmanuel Odiase, Founder. “As a one-stop store, we offer smoking cessation products and weight loss products to help ex-smokers deal with weight gain. We want to be a platform that helps people live complete healthy lifestyles”, he continued.

The Company, with its unique approach, is dedicated to living out its mission of saving lives.

About Quitgate

Quitgate is the leader in smoking cessation products and services, including evidence-based counseling programs, nicotine replacement therapies, and natural stop smoking aids, supplements, and on-going support. They serve thousands of individuals looking to quit tobacco for good and losing weight.

Quitgate’s founder, Emmanuel Odiase, lost his maternal uncle to lung cancer in his youth and has dedicated his life to helping spare people the disastrous effects smoking has on individuals and their families. Using his experiences and knowledge, Emmanuel has participated in fellowships that spanned over 20 countries in five continents and has received numerous awards, with local, national and international media recognition, including Time magazine.

Today, Quitqate’s unique combination of counseling, quit smoking aids, weight loss programs and ongoing support serves as the platform to save lives from the preventable causes of death. The Company is determined to take one child’s heartbreak and turn it into a positive force; one that is certain to impact all walks of life for many generations to come. Learn More: http://www.quitgate.com







Christine Moreharts new book paves way for a healthy lifestyle


SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (PRWEB) December 05, 2014

Author Christine Morehart shares her health program with readers all over the world and introduces healthy concoctions packed with the nutrients a body needs in her publication, “Living Perfect Health” (published by Xlibris). With this book, they will be able to create a healthy lifestyle and achieve wellness in a natural way.

This program guides readers for three weeks from breakfast to dinner through an easily digestible, highly alkaline diet of fresh foods and nutritional support that will transform their health, weight and energy. It has succeeded in elevating healthy cuisine to a new level, promoting life-changing results from nourishing the body with nutrient-rich fresh produce, whole grains, legumes, and seafood. Created to give them a perfect balance in their body, this book also helps them gain knowledge in understanding their body’s needs in order to achieve optimum health.

Morehart emphasizes that one has tremendous control over their health, weight, vital energy and mental clarity. “Mastering the art of healthy eating is passionately recognizing the bountiful food treasures we can choose from and developing a sustainable approach to incorporating them into our everyday meals,” she says.

An informative and easy to follow self-help guide, “Living Perfect Health” encourages readers to focus on their well-being and bring a shift in consciousness about what they consume.

“Living Perfect Health”

By Christine Morehart

Hardcover | 8.5×11 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9781493190867

Softcover | 8.5×11 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9781493190874

E-Book | 96 pages | ISBN 9781493190881

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Christine Morehart’s inspiration for cooking, painting, and preserving the Earth emerged from an adventurous life’s exposure to the profound beauty of the natural world. From 2000 until the present day, she has taken what she learned from the people of the world who are committed to nature and sustainable living practices and refined a lifestyle protocol presented in “Living Perfect Health: The Art of Healthy Eating and Cleansing.” “Living Perfect Health’s” message of opening up the wellspring of health in one’s body is a way of contributing to the world the gifts she has received from a passionate global life. Moreheart lives on her ranch, Rancho de La Paz, in Santa Ynez, California, where she paints, gives workshops on the Living Perfect Health Protocol, and works helping people with equine-assisted therapy.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.







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