The $11 Trillion Reward

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) shows that finding innovative ways to help Americans increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables would greatly benefit our health and our national economy. . .

  • More than 127,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular diseases could be prevented, and $17 billion in annual national medical costs could be saved, if Americans increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables to meet dietary recommendations.
  • Using estimates of how much people are willing to invest in measures to reduce cardiovascular disease mortality, the present value of lives saved would exceed $11 trillion.
  • Even modest changes in diet could result in big payoffs. The present value of lives saved from boosting average daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by just one additional portion, or one half cup, per day would be more than $2.7 trillion.

BUT . . . what if employees simply WON’T or CAN’T eat those five servings of fruits and vegetables per day?

We have known since childhood that we should “eat our fruits and veggies”. How many jokes are made about broccoli (even had a US President
who wouldn’t eat it!!), finishing your peas instead of playing with them, veggies before dessert, etc.? And those childhood preferences often extend to adulthood, to be paired with the easy, habitual drive-through for fast food filled with unhealthy  ingredients. It is a prescription for an early death!

But, you have employees or colleagues who you WANT to stay healthy, prevent inevitable chronic diseases and disability. In the past, your hands were tied, because you couldn’t FORCE veggies down their throats.  And now, you don’t HAVE to.

There is an effortless, easy, even delicious way — give them a Healthy Chocolate™, a “functional food” made of raw, cold-processed, individually wrapped healthy dark chocolate that is the antioxidant equivalent of 2 POUNDS of fruits and vegetables…and they don’t have to eat their peas and broccoli!

They can’t HELP but be healthier for their indulgent in guilt-free dark Healthy Chocolate™.

A quick phone call to NextHealthNow before Wednesday of each week, and by Friday, you can be sharing health-giving, health-protective
Healthy Chocolates™ with ANYONE you want to be healthier (and probably happier too).

It is the Perfect Gift . . .
. . . it is the Perfect Snack
. . . it is Stealth-Health to the rescue
. . . it is one of the highest forms of CARING
for another person (or yourself)

Creating HEALTH with HEALTHY CHOCOLATES™

By Dailey Grainger, PhD, ARNP, founder and CEO of Next Health Now, a Nurse Practitioner in the forefront of helping make America healthier.

 

Slow aging with the Mediterranean Diet

In the Nurses’ Health Study, eating of the Mediterranean diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, unrefined grains, olive oil, and fish – was associated with a biomarker of aging, that is, longer telomere length.  Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that progressively shorten with age.  Shorter telomeres are associated with shorter life expectancy and greater risk for age-related diseases.

Obesity, cigarette smoking, and other lifestyle factors have been linked to shorter telomere length.  Oxidative stress and inflammation also assist in inhibiting or shortening telomere length, a marker for lengthy life.Untitled design (1)

“Fruits, vegetables, olive oil and nuts — key components of the Mediterranean diet —  have well known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that could balance out the ‘bad effects’ of smoking and obesity. . . The health benefits of greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet — reduction of overall mortality, increased longevity and reduced incidence of chronic diseases, especially major cardiovascular diseases — have been consistently demonstrated,”  said Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, in the December 2, 2014 British Medical Journal.

Data on nearly 5,000 healthy middle-aged women from the Nurses’ Health Study (the study that has been tracking the health of more than 120,000 U.S. nurses since 1976), showed that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet was significantly associated with longer telomeres.

The women completed detailed food questionnaires and had a blood test to measure telomere length.  As expected, younger women had significantly longer telomeres (P < .001).  Peter Nilsson, MD, PhD, Lund University, Sweden, says the Mediterranean diet is the “cornerstone of dietary advice in cardiovascular disease prevention, and the fact that it also links with a biomarker of slower aging is reassuring.”

Charles T. Knowles is a writer and filmmaker living in North Carolina.  He has designed and produced public presentations by a Presidential Candidate, Politicians, Journalists,  Authors, Musicians, and fellow Filmmakers.