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Who Teaches Us About Health?

When I was a child, doctors still made house calls. For those too young to understand what I’m even talking about, I have to explain that in those days a physician would actually come to your home, diagnose your medical condition while you were in your own bed, write a prescription, and dispense some advice on how to proceed with the cure. Family doctors were almost like friends and neighbors who knew everything about you, not just your medical history. They were also teachers. Whatever folks learned about medicine, this was their one and only source.

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How You Can Reach Your Health Potential

According to polls, most of us think of ourselves as healthy, despite the fact that the obesity crisis keeps growing and multiple diet- and lifestyle-related diseases continue to rise. While the exact causes for this ongoing epidemic are still in dispute, there is general consensus that they are best counteracted by health-promoting measures like diet, exercise and positive lifestyle changes. But regardless of the information available to all, a great deal of confusion persists about how to implement even the most basic recommendations for healthy living.

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Love Your Food

When nutrition professionals talk about “befriending food,” they usually do so in the context of eating disorders. They point out the importance of not seeing “food as the enemy,” as one well-known author put it, or “making peace with food,” as others have counseled. For me – also a nutrition expert – it’s a much simpler proposition. Loving food is to understand what it does, how it nourishes us, and also to appreciate what it takes to make good food available.

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A New Emphasis on Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Healthcare

That diet and exercise are important pillars of good health is common knowledge, even among those who don’t necessarily follow suit. But when it comes to caring for their mental and emotional well-being, most people remain largely in the dark. According to the current U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, it is time to pay greater attention to the treatment of mental and emotional conditions, which he considers as crucial as all other forms of healthcare.

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In the Fight Against Obesity, Experts Remain Divided Over Strategies

Do food manufacturers bear a responsibility for the global obesity crisis? Of course they do. So do restaurants that offer nutritionally poor fare and exorbitant portion sizes. But the decision to consume foods and drinks that cause waistlines to expand ever further still rests with the individual. So, from which end should we try to tackle the problem? Experts remain divided over the issue, despite of decades-long research on the true causes of excessive weight gain.

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Been Everywhere, Done Everything? How About Some Food Travel?

Food travel, or culinary tourism, as it is sometimes called, is a fast growing trend, and not only among seasoned globetrotters who seek new perspectives on their journeys. Over the past decade or so, food-themed vacationing has become a trendsetter in the leisure travel industry. And this is by no means limited to gourmet dining or fine wine sampling but extends to all things related to food production, preparation and consumption as well as environmental issues like climate change and sustainability.

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