Talking About a Revolution

Food revolutionLately I’ve been thinking about health as a revolutionary act. In order to be healthy, one has to go beyond the information provided by government agencies; avoid food that is high in terms of profit margins; learn about the government subsidies that keep corn and soy a part of our daily diet, and purchase food free of pesticides that disrupt our endocrine systems. It is no wonder that obesity is at epidemic levels in our country.

Unfortunately, many don’t have the information or the resources to become part of a healthy revolution. People still erroneously think that they aren’t working out enough, or that it is their fault for overeating. People simply need information. Once they have information and tools, they can act accordingly.

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation extant about what is healthy in terms of diet and exercise. In fact, I received a magazine in the mail the other day that gave the following as a breakfast to help one lose weight:

1 cup of whole-grain oat cereal with 1 cup of light soy milk and 2 Tbsp of semisweet chocolate chips. Add a sprinkling of cocoa powder and 3/4 of a cup of dried cherries.

If you don’t see anything wrong with this breakfast, please read the following books:  The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food by Dr. Kaayla Daniel, The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman and The Perfect 10 Diet by Dr. Michael Aziz.

And watch the now-viral video Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Dr. Robert Lustig.

With misinformation as pervasive as this, I was excited and impressed to read about a revolutionary diet and health care initiative reported on Good Maker. In DC, doctors are now giving out prescriptions for produce from local markets.  This not only strengthens the markets and encourages small farmers to grow produce other than corn and soy, but it also has an obvious impact on the health of the individuals. In addition to the vegetable prescriptions, participants meet with nutritional counselors and can take part in myriad classes such as yoga or cooking courses.

This multi-faceted approach demonstrates recognition that people need information. It also recognizes that poverty and obesity are closely related. If you watched any of the Weight of the Nation videos on HBO last month, you know that the top ten states in terms of obesity are comprised of the nine poorest states in the country.

Another revolutionary approach involving local markets and underserved communities was piloted by the national non-profit organization Wholesome Wave.  Over 1/3 of the participants improved their body mass index – far more informative, and therefore successful, than a campaign to simply tax soda!

It is exciting to see this kind of information and help being offered to individuals in need. Our country and our communities are in dire need of help and it may take revolutionary thinking and acting to affect change.

Who is with me?

 

About The Author

Amy Scott

Amy Scott Erickson has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She is currently the dean of the Health Fitness Specialist degree at Globe University and is a certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist. Prior to her role as a dean, Amy was a rowing coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Texas and the Head Strength & Conditioning coach for the University of Minnesota Women’s Athletic Department. A former Division I athlete, Amy now enjoys cycling, aerial yoga, strength training and is considering taking up rodeo as a new sport.