Tuesday, February 21, 2012

To Your Health: health and fitness

REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle



WEB ADDRESS: http://acroan.com/

BLOG DESCRIPTION: Amy Croan's bio: I earned my BA in Journalism and Masters degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. After my husband and I moved to health-progressive Seattle, I worked in chronic disease prevention and health promotion before “retiring” to stay at home with our three children. For a decade now, this has brought about an entirely new awareness of health issues affecting children, families, communities, and schools. Other interests in which I actively participate are P.E.O. (a philanthropic educational organization which promotes education for women), restoring native culture among American Indians, cooking, and of course, writing.

"To Your Health" is a public health blog which focuses on personal, community, public and global health issues

MY REVIEW: This is a very interesting blog on health matters, flawed only by the fact that the author only averages about 2 posts a month.

The author is a professional writer and professional health practitioner.

Check it out.

Sample post:
Location, location, location! The high cost of living in a food desert.
How far do you live from a large supermarket? What if you only purchased foods you were able to carry either by walking or using public transportation? What if there was a McDonald’s one block over? How is your health affected?

These are questions posed around the communities of food deserts, areas in industrialized nations which are not close enough to any nutritional food retailer. In urban areas this is usually measured at one mile away, in rural areas, about ten miles. Existing stores in these areas carry high-priced, unhealthy options. In many cases, these are the only options.

Health Hazards
The high-fat and sugar content of the foods sold at convenience stores or small “grocers” (term used as loosely as possible) is causing an increase in disease in lower socio-economic communities where large supermarket retailers will not build for lack of profit. Consumers in these low SES minority neighborhoods show an increase in meat and processed foods, and much lower intake of fruits and vegetables, but are spending 37% more on food in general. This contributes to spikes in obesity, diabetes, sugar addiction, malnutrition, and heart disease.

As of 2011, the USDA underestimates about 2.4 million Americans living in food deserts. Factors not included in this measure are access to transportation, barriers for the elderly, food price, crime rate, and ethnic disparities, leaving the actual number of people at risk of food insecurity to be much higher. One study (Policy Link and The Food Trust, 2010) showed that in New Mexico, the same cart of groceries costs $85 for rural residents, and $55 for urban residents, a common disparity in relative costs. About a quarter of the people who qualify for welfare and food stamp programs live in food deserts. In fact, according to Mari Gallagher, founder of National Center for Pubic Research, USDA food stamp retailers provide more barriers to nutritious foods than fast food retailers.

Food Oases
Several states are seeing community-level interventions which pair public and private finances to significantly undercut costs and losses to supermarket chains. Co-ops are useful in promoting local growers, and farmers’ markets, although costly, also increase access to food. Community currency has been shown to boost profits in both of these endeavors. Even community gardens strengthen community and social support while providing access to nutritious foods. About 20 grants exist to help individuals and communities afford healthy food projects

--Location, location, location! The high cost of living in a food desert.
--My Picks: Top 10 Superfoods for Disease Prevention
--The Healing Waters: Mineral Hot Springs
--The Healing Waters: Hammam
--The Healing Waters: Thalassotherapy
Reviews published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Check out my kindle BOOKS!:
Whose Body, by Dorothy Sayers (the Annotated Edition)
The Coldest Equations (science fiction)Volcano Seven: Treasure and Treasure Hunters
The Lady and the Tiger...Moth

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