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Daniel J. Schultz
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Daniel Schultz is a graduate student at Montana State University in the Community Health program with an emphasis in Sustainable Food Systems. He considers himself to be a public health nutritionist while working towards his dietetic certification, who aspires to change the social, economic, agricultural, and political environment to promote wellness. Daniel has completed 6 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and a century bicycle ride. Additionally, he served two years with the national service program, FoodCorps, where he built school gardens and taught children to enjoy healthy food through cooking classes and in-classroom programs. His experience of overcoming obesity as a teenager is the catalyst for his work in public health and his belief in lifestyle interventions. Individual work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, The New York Times Blog, The Des Moines Register, Livestrong.com, and Iowa Public Radio. Articles published are reviewed and edited by Danielle Schultz.

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Conveniently Healthy

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:49 PM

About 75 million Americans care about eating healthy and spend around $60 billion annually attempting to do so. The average American will attempt to lose weight four times a year. Unfortunately, all this money is being spent on products such as misleading diet books, supplements, and meal replacements,...

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Healthy Role Model: Please LeBron James, Just Do It

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Sports play a crucial role in many lives. In a 2009 Gallup Poll, 56 percent of Americans would describe themselves as sports fans. Well-known athletes help set standards with our cultural norms and consumer choices. As a sports fan myself, my favorite athletes growing up included the usual...

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The Sweet Precedent of Flavored Milk

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Being from the great state of Wisconsin, I of course grew up consuming milk. No matter which meal of the day, milk was always offered as a beverage option. If you are able to digest dairy and enjoy the flavor, milk can play an important role in providing nutrition. Nonetheless,...

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You Can't Outrun Your Fork

(12) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:46 PM

Let's clarify this point before we dive into the details. Exercise is beneficial, plain and simple. Daily exercise can help relieve stress, decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, and improve sleep and mood. Exercise is also a great "gateway" activity into other healthy habits....

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Win-Win Policy Changes for WIC & Childhood Obesity Rates

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Recent headlines have highlighted the fact that the rate of childhood obesity has decreased by 43 percent. The federal health survey that caused such headlines said that since 2004, obesity rates for children, age two to five, dropped from 14 to 8 percent in 2012. Some...

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Soda Taxes: Leveling the Playing Field

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:47 PM

I have always preferred Pepsi over Coke. For some reason, I had a strong emotional attachment to Pepsi as a child. Accordingly, using one of my favorite athletes and adolescent crushes undoubtedly helped turn me into a loyal Pepsi consumer. As a child of the '90s,...

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Food Swamps, Unhealthy Food Access and Moving Beyond Personal Responsibility

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:07 AM

The concepts of healthy food access and eliminating food deserts are some of the most accepted and promoted nutrition issues in recent years. Public health advocates, food industry representatives and even the White House, have all shown support for the initiative. You would be hard pressed to find...

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Health Benefits

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:28 PM

The time has come for Americans to gain a fresh perspective of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To do so, the first step is to clarify a few facts about the program. In 2012, 46.4 million people were enrolled in the program at a cost of 74.6 billion dollars....

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Betcha Can't Eat Just One

(25) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:29 PM

As I read Michael Moss's new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, I saw myself in it. I grew up as an average American kid in the 1990s, eating and enjoying all of the food items highlighted in Moss' book. Sugary cereal before school. Lunchables pizza...

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'Weight of the Nation': To Win, We Have to Lose

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:37 PM

As a child, I once overheard my grandma discussing how big I had gotten - and she wasn't referring to my height. In high school, I would get winded trying to run even a half of a mile, and remained dance-less at my sophomore Valentine's Day dance. I often turned...

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