In researching science-based evidence to recommend and teach to others to help improve their diets and lifestyles to prevent disease, I came across a video by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Rethinking Cholesterol. New medications are being tested now. The distinguished medical professionals conveyed that medications alone were not the answer to obesity-related diseases such as high cholesterol - healthy diets and lifestyle for disease prevention is key. (Several of the forum participants were from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, which is where my Uncle is now as he battles cancer.)
Check out this important quote from Dr Patrick O’Gara, Senior Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Immediate Past President, American College of Cardiology:
According to Dr. O'Gara, "...People need to know the benefit of exercise, maintaining a good body weight,and maintaining a good diet, learning about food. How to sit down with their family members and have dinner together, or how to go to the grocery store and then build on that..."
Lifestyle modifications including exercise and a heart healthy diet are, "...Key in prevention of disease and could prevent 90% of type II diabetes cases and 80% of heart attacks and 1/3 of cancers...", according to JoAnn Manson, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She stressed her concerns of our current obesity public health crisis and more children being started on medications in grade school because of preventable chronic diseases.
For more information, you can watch the Harvard video on YouTube. Just know that food and exercise do matter. Keep exercising and cooking and eating healthy for yourself and for your family; you just may inspire others to do the same.
Watch for more GardenCuizine Heart Healthy Recipes coming soon!
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