Get your plate in shape

This month, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post, is National Nutrition Month.However, what I have not mentioned is the campaign developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Get your plate in shape”.

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Of course, we all know nutrition is important. Public health professionals/nutritionists are trying their best to remediate any bad eating habits predominant in certain populations using models and campaigns fighting these issues. This campaign highlights ways for the public to make informed food choices. Basically, without wanting to be redundant, it gives advices and incentives on how to get your plate in shape.

Getting your plates in shape, a blunt summary of what I’ve read usually encompass eating fewer foods which are high in solid fats or high in sugars like pastries. Well, we are not saying that you should totally eradicate the consumption of these types of food, but that they should be used as occasional treats rather than typical meal options. Remember also to avoid eating lots of salt since it may increase your risk for heart disease which is one of the leading causes of death in the US.

So, here are some highlights on diet change that I urge you to adopt and encourage others to do so as well.

Choose foods and drinks with little or no added sugars. Always think about eating fresh fruit salad for dessert. If you are the juice type, its best to use 100% juice made.

Eat fewer foods that are high in solid fats. Grill, broil, bake or steam your foods instead of frying. Cook with healthy oils

Cut back on sodium. It’s always best to prepare your own meal using fresh produces. If at the restaurant avoid adding salt to meals, pasta for instance. More important learn how to read the nutrition label on sodium for canned or frozen foods. Instead of salt, use herbs and spices to season foods, and avoid salting food before tasting it.

For more info please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website on Eat Right.


The Apple Pushers

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The Center for Health Media and Policy(CHMP)’s  Envision Health: Film & New Media Series  is thrilled to present to you, a documentary that pertains to many: The Apple Pushers. by Mary Mazzio. The event is hosted by Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab, NYC Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Please RSVP below.

The Apple Pushers is not the typical immigrant mogul success story. It is a documentary film which follows immigrant street vendors whom have come from various parts of the world. Each motivated by a dream and aspiring to a better life, they strive to make it to New York. The five vendors are followed throughout the cities inner cities and their stories are revealed with all the trials and tribulations, their path to becoming Apple Pushers. They are part of an ongoing project to help solve the food crisis and diminish obesity rates, by providing fresh fruits and vegetables into the inner cities of New York.

Please take a look at the trailer

The Apple Pushers’ main focus is the inaccessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables of the low income residents. Those “food deserts” are the nests of obesity in New York. Another underlying issue presented by the film is that of immigrants. The movie shows humility, and recognition towards the immigrants and their position within the system. Many people have worked to make the message in this film spread to other leaders.

 The Apple Pushers, narrated by Edward Norton, tackles socio-political aspects of food access, immigration, and entrepreneurship. It is produced by Mary Mazzio along with Tom Scott (founder of Nantucket Nectars and CEO of PLUM TV) and Christine Vachon (producer of Mildred Pierce and the Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry) and has for Executive Producer, Laurie Tisch.

 The Apple Pushers will be presented on March 20th 2012 at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. The reception will begin at 6pm followed by a screening and a panel of discussion.