Healthy Diet

Is your family ready to embark on a new journey to healthy living?
Come, join the fun and learn about healthy eating and physical activities that can enhance your child’s — and your entire family’s — well-being. Poor eating habits and too little movement at a young age can have long-term negative health effects that can carry into adulthood. Get details about the new Pediatric Weight Management program at CentraCare Health.
CentraCare removes sugary drinks as part of new health efforts
CentraCare Health is leading by example with a new health initiative. The health care organization has removed all sugary drinks, such as pop and energy drinks, from their vending machines, coolers and dispensers at all locations.

Dr. Janet Handrigan, CentraCare’s Medical Director of Wellness, says as a health organization, they felt they needed to practice what they preach. “CentraCare is a health care facility,” said Handrigan. “Our idea is to promote health and prevent disease. We need to look at a culture of health and how do we do that, we need to be role models.”

She says obesity is the No. 1 cause of preventable diseases, and added sugar is the main source of the problem. “In the last 40 years, sugar consumption has greatly increased. Through sugar-sweetened beverages the average American consumes 39 pounds of sugar per year.”

CentraCare has replaced sugary drinks with healthier options, which are available to employees, volunteers, physicians, visitors and patients.

What Did Americans Eat Today? A Third Would Say Fast Food

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 -- Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day.

That's the finding from a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When asked by researchers, 37 percent of adults said they'd eaten fast food at least once over the past 24 hours.

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