One Month ‘Til Food Day!

America is in the grips of a food fight. Our food system is ridden with chemical-treated, sugary, packaged, salt-laden foods that can lead not only to diseases such as heart disease and obesity, but also hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. 

Increased food education can prevent these diseases and deaths and empower all of us to lead happier, healthier lives. That’s why Integrative Nutrition is partnering with Food Day, a grassroots campaign that’s dedicated to transforming the American diet. Its annual celebration will take place this year on October 24, 2012, to raise awareness about the ways we can all take part in creating a healthier, sustainable, and more affordable food system.

Health Coach Who Lost Her Mom Jeans

One of the most valuable qualities of a Health Coach is empathy, and Margaret LeDane, class of 2011, is using her past struggles with weight and body image to inspire her clients in Annapolis, Maryland.

As a single mom, she also knows the struggles of balancing family with a successful business, but that hasn’t stopped her from authoring an inspirational book on weight loss and authentic living!

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?

I was searching for a job after my family sold our retail business of 39 years. I have a huge passion for nutrition, and I needed a new career. As a single parent to two teenagers, I was looking for a business that I could run on my own time. My daughter has Type I Diabetes and my son has celiac disease, so my interest in nutrition and wellness is very significant.

IINsider’s Digest: Renaming Vegetables, GMO Controversy, and more…

What's in a name? Apparently, quite a bit, when it comes to getting kids to eat their vegetables. A new study suggests names like "X-Ray Vision Carrots" or "Silly Dilly Green Beans" significantly up the percentage of veggies eaten by school-aged children. (Huff Post

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that young children - and especially obese children - are consuming as much salt as adults, putting them at risk for developing hypertension, which can lead to heart disease and early death. (TIME Healthland

A controversial French study claims that rats fed a diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn over 2 years developed tumors, organ damage, and were more likely to die prematurely than their non-GMO-eating counterparts. The study is one of the first to address the long-term effects of GMOs, but some are skeptical of the researchers’ methods. (Washington Post/Grist

Host A Dinner Party for Good

On Friday, October 5, The Feast Worldwide invites you to host a “Dinner Party for Good”. These innovative dinners are an opportunity to not only generously share a home-cooked meal, but also to start a conversation about how we, as a community, can work together to change the world.

As part of the dinner party, The Feast invites you to take on official challenges, or to use the dinner to kickoff a project you’ve always wanted to start. Here are some of our favorite ways you can get involved:

4 Running Basics for Beginners

With cooler temperatures and vibrant changing leaves, autumn is a popular season for outdoor exercise, specifically running. Whether you’re an experienced runner returning from a summer off, or you’re ready to start your very first running routine, these helpful tips will get you started on the right (and left) foot!  

1. Wear the right shoes – Carefully choosing your sneakers will prevent injuries and frustrations, thereby boosting your running confidence right from the start! Your local running store can custom fit you for a pair of shoes based on your gait analysis, characteristics of your feet, and the shape of your arch.

Registered Nurse and Teacher Turned Health Coach

At Integrative Nutrition, our graduates span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, strengths and interests. Health Coaching is a career that some begin right after college, while others embark on the journey after spending many years in other professions.

Today we are shining our spotlight on Paula Youmell, a Health Coach from Potsdam, New York who is an experienced teacher and Registered Nurse. She’s an inspiring example of how it’s never too late to switch to a fulfilling career through Integrative Nutrition!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

I was teaching School Health and Physical Education to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My philosophy was to focus on Whole Food Nutrition, Holistic Preventative Health, and Lifetime Fitness.

IINsider’s Digest: NYC Soda Ban Passes 9-to-1, Alzheimer’s Called “Type 3 Diabetes”, and more…

The New York City soda ban is official, banning the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces from restaurants, fast-food joints, delis, movie theaters, sports stadiums and even food carts. (Huffington Post)

Support the Soda Tax to Fight Childhood Obesity

Could a tax on sugary drinks help curb the obesity epidemic? Fit For Life, a grass roots organization started by Richmond, California City Councilman Jeff Ritterman thinks so. In November, Richmond’s residents will vote on a measure that calls for a one-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Tax proceeds will go towards projects designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity.

Health advocates have been talking about the negative impact of junk foods on the health of Americans for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that the next generation will have a shorter lifespan than their parents based on their predisposition to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. How can we encourage a healthier lifestyle and discourage a processed food diet that will reverse this trend?

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