Saturday, April 19, 2014         

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When asked about our most favorite foods, many of us in the U.S. do not include vegetables. However, people in many other parts of the world do. Why are we different in this respect?

Many (perhaps most) of us "post-midlifers" took health and safety for granted during the first half of life. However, the second half brings some of life's greatest challenges.

Most of us are influenced by our own mental list of "good" and "bad" foods. Unfortunately, if we eat according to this good food/bad food focus, it can put us at risk for not meeting some of our basic nutrient needs.

March is "Nutrition Month," and we want to share some bits of knowledge that often are underappreciated.

With the world's population predicted to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion people in the next 35 years, it has been suggested that animal agriculture is becoming a wasteful luxury. Do we need to eliminate meat, milk and egg production and grow human food instead of animal feeds?

Obesity is a major health issue worldwide, but finding solutions to the problem is amazingly complex. Google searches reveal an overwhelming amount of information on the topic. There are more than 28 million websites dealing with preventing obesity and more than 83 million on treatments to reverse the condition.

The first several months of a baby's life can be a period of great joy for a mother. However, this is not always the case. The postpartum period that follows the birth of a child carries a high risk of both physical and mental health challenges.

In the middle of the Pacific, we are only days away from a food shortage if our supply system malfunctions. Our capacity to produce adequate food locally is woefully lacking.

With almost a month of the holiday season already under your belt, the belt may be getting a bit tighter. But before you head out to buy a new belt (and wardrobe) for 2014, consider a few of the following tips to rein in that unruly appetite in the midst of plenty.

During the holidays, increased social activities and food availability can be stressful for anyone who has body image problems, disordered eating or a full-blown eating disorder.

Should a minimum-wage increase, to about $10 hourly, be delayed for small businesses until 2019?
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