As a nation, our eating habits are out of control. Instead of fixating on the latest study, we need to reject the status quo, vote with our grocery dollars, and call for the government to reallocate public funds to stem the spread of cheap junk.
Next week marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal health reform legislation, which has been a giant national step forward in reaching the goal of ensuring that all children in America receive the healthy start they need and deserve.
If losing weight and getting more exercise were easy, then chronic diseases, like diabetes, wouldn't be as much of a problem. Those lifestyle changes are notoriously difficult. But there's a glimmer of hope.
Instead of focusing on broad cuts to Medicare spending, lawmakers should get to the root of the problem and fix the underlying payment system. One model for fixing this problem is already at work in California.
Seven out of 10 deaths in America are attributable to largely preventable chronic illnesses. Until now. As implementation of the recent health-reform legislation begins, our nation is finally putting prevention into practice.