Alcohol: 16 Reasons to Rethink Your Drink

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A recent study suggested a trend toward reduced fertility with high alcohol consumption, more than 14 drinks a week, though results were not statistically significant[1]. Other studies support this finding but others disagree[1]. Apart from fertility, excessive alcohol use is associated with high-risk sexual behaviors and STD transmission[2], date rape and sexual assault[3]. Of course, alcohol consumption duringpregnancy is a bad idea, being a cause of miscarriage[4], fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) and alcohol-related birth defects[5]. [Read more…]

How Not To Break Your Fitness Schedule When Traveling

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Kimatni D. Rawlins

The majority of my health blogs and topics manifest from running usually while I’m on the road traveling. For instance, I recently went on a peaceful 3-mile run along San Antonio’s beautiful River Walk on a clear and sunny day and wondered how many fellow fitness companions were local in comparison to visitors on business or pleasure. I was in town for work but certainly wasn’t going to let that stop me from energizing my physique and strengthening my heart. With that in mind, here are a few ideas or pointers to keep you focused on the go whether it’s a pleasuring vacation or hectic work project.  [Read more…]

Barnard Medical Center: A New Model for Medical Care

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For all the patients who have complained that their doctors know nothing about nutrition, all the medical students who have had nowhere to see plant-based diets in action, all the people following vegan diets who could not find a doctor who understands their choices, all the enlightened but overly busy doctors who have had no time to counsel patients on food choices, and, most of all, all the people suffering with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and weight problems who are taking one prescription after another and have never been able to tackle the cause of their problems, we have opened the Barnard Medical Center. You can download the special Barnard Medical Center excerpt from the winter 2016 issue of Good Medicine to find out more. [Read more…]

Barnard Medical Center Is Now Open

Barnard_Medical_CenterFor all the patients who have complained that their doctors know nothing about nutrition, all the medical students who have had nowhere to see plant-based diets in action, all the people following vegan diets who could not find a doctor who understands their choices, all the enlightened but overly busy doctors who have had no time to counsel patients on food choices, and, most of all, all the people suffering with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and weight problems who are taking one prescription after another and have never been able to tackle the cause of their problems, we have opened the Barnard Medical Center. You can download the special Barnard Medical Center excerpt from the winter 2016 issue of Good Medicine to find out more. [Read more…]

Island Vacation Fitness

Vacation_Fitness_Fit_Fathers_Kimatni_Rawlins...13“Oh no, you don’t supposed to be exercising in the gym during island vacations,”said the beach bum heckler. “Ha, you must not know the Fit Fathers sacred life enhancement code,” we replied. Eat clean, keep active and continuously energize your life. So scat while we build muscle from fat!

Kimatni D. Rawlins, Fit Fathers

Doctors Seek to Ban Carcinogenic Hot Dogs from School Lunches

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture should stop distributing carcinogenic hot dogs and other processed meats to children through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, says a Physicians Committee petition filed with USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack. The petition is based on a recent World Health Organization report that finds processed meats are “carcinogenic to humans.”

The Physicians Committee’s petition calls on USDA to stop offering processed meats for purchase, subsidy, and reimbursement under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The petition asks USDA to encourage schools that offer processed meats to include alternatives to these products in menus.

The WHO report, published in Lancet Oncology, is based on research from more than 800 studies looking at the cancer-causing properties of processed meats. The authors highlighted a meta-analysis that found each 50 gram portion of processed meat—approximately the size of a typical hot dog—eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

The Physicians Committee’s USDA petition is also based on findings from the American Institute for Cancer Research, the World Cancer Research Fund, and the National Institutes of Health.

In 2009, the Physicians Committee, through its subsidiary the Cancer Project, petitioned USDA to prohibit the distribution of processed meat through the National School Lunch Program due to the increased risk of cancer that results from consuming processed meat. USDA denied the petition due to a purported lack of “consensus documents of the U.S. Government or of the leading world bodies with cancer expertise” but said that it would reconsider the request “[s]hould expert consensus develop.”

Despite the scientific consensus about the cancer, diabetes, and heart disease risks associated with processed meats, they are still widely consumed in the United States, especially by children. A survey conducted this year by the Physicians Committee found that the magazine of the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food service workers, continues to promote pepperoni pizza, corn dogs, and other processed meats.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women.

Visit DropTheDog.org to learn more about the dangers of processed meats and ask USDA to ban them from school lunches.

Be the Change!

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This is what we gave them at Fit Fathers​ Day. If it is nutritional change your are seeking then of course you have to spearhead the change. Don’t give in to temptation over what others might perceive because it’s open to public opinion. How can you say a health event was hosted when soda, chips and candy bars were served? And guess what, the fruit was gone by the end of the celebration. #EatClean #FitFathers

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My Killer Dad Bod

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A funny thing happened on the way to getting in the best shape of my life. I accidentally got fat and sexy. No, I didn’t just become lazy. No, I didn’t have a baby since I already have three. No, I didn’t get married, that was a year away. I ruptured my calf cleaning out the car of all things. So here I am fit looking, but by medical standards obese. Now, bodies like mine have been labeled “dad bods” and the Internet is going crazy applauding the image. This has me uncomfortable, because my “dad bod” could kill me.

Most dads are well over 20 years old and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are in the age bracket where health problems start becoming as common as happy hours. Also dad bods are 10 pounds heavier than non-dad bods, according to the CDC.

Ok, so we know “Average Dad-Bod Joe” is already in more health dangers than women and more likely to have heart problems. “Average Dad-Bod Joe” is likely to go to the doctor less than women, drinks more alcohol than most women and naturally doesn’t do as much around the house as women. He moves less, in many cases eats more and is now being championed as lazy, but is fine with his heart-hardening, artery-clogging flab.

Encouraging dads to let themselves go is suicide and the Internet perpetuating the dad-bod image is genocide. This is a deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially of a particular group aka dads! Maybe a tad extreme, but I want to be around for my kids and become an example in mind, body and spirit. Don’t kill the image of a healthy dad since your kids need to see that. Dads influence the well-being, the decision making and eating habits of their children. If you are bringing junk foods into the house guess who else will be eating it? If you are not exercising and showcasing the importance of outdoor activities then guess who will be become lazy and zoned out with the electronics? Your kids.

Children are sponges. Do we really want them to soak up the trails of fat and slime as we slowly Jabba the Hut our way to an unhealthy model? You can “dad bod” until you fall off the face of the earth but for my fit fathers, now is not a time to be joking around with the lives of our future generations.

June is National Men’s Health Month and what better time to control your dad-bod. Take the Fit Fathers Day pledge today and can commit to the few simple steps to put you on path towards a fit “dad bod,” one that isn’t a fad.

Thirty Years of Better Nutrition, Improved Research

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was founded by Neal Barnard, M.D., on April 16, 1985.

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In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Physicians Committee, I would like to announce the opening of the Barnard Medical Center in the fall of 2015.

After years of campaigns to boost nutrition and ethical research standards across the country, we’re looking forward to branching out within our local Washington, D.C. community. The Physicians Committee’s dietitians, doctors, volunteers, and Food for Life instructors have worked together over the years on everything from nutrition classes to clinical research studies held at our office. Now, we’re adding patient care to our roster.

The Barnard Medical Center will be located in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We’ve hired several new staff members—including physicians, a nurse practitioner, and dietitians—and a few additional positions are still open.

Working with individuals one-on-one is a natural and exciting extension of our work to change national nutrition policies on using diet for disease prevention. Not only will we continue to lobby on Capitol Hill and launch nutrition programs in school cafeterias, we’ll also help individuals transform their lives in the doctor’s office!

Like the Barnard Medical Center on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information!

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Take the “Fit Fathers Day” Pledge

It’s important on Father’s Day and each subsequent day that dads and male role models spearhead this call to action by taking time out to engage in physical fitness and employ healthy food choices with their families. It is a fact that health risks are increased in men 20 years and older, and with added stress and more responsibilities a father is at a higher risk of various potential problems. So keep in mind that exercising and healthy eating saves generations.

Become a Fit Father by following these simple steps to lead your family to a healthier lifestyle.

I pledge to become a Fit Father and will …

  • attend my doctor’s office for routine checkups and screenings.
  • exercise 3 to 5 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes minimum and include my children in most fitness activities.
  • eat 3 to 7 pieces of fruit and veggies daily.
  • drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
  • limit or eliminate sodas, candy and pastries entirely.
  • limit or eliminate fried foods entirely.
  • limit or avoid carcinogens entirely: smoking, drugs and heavy alcohol.
  • replace enriched white foods with whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)
  • Never eat with less than 3 hours in-between bedtime.
  • spend quality time with my children daily.
  • on Father’ Day enjoy one hour of energetic activities with my loved ones such as a 5K to 10K run, family bike ride, soccer, hiking, ball games, swimming or a simple walk through the park with nature.

Stay active, eat well and energize your life!