Posts Tagged ‘institute for integrative nutrition’

Naturopathic Doctors Call For Real Health Care Reform

Today, 100 naturopathic doctors and supporters met on Capitol Hill to advocate for an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system.

“The healthcare system must address the underlying factors that lead to chronic disease,” says Karen Howard, Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “Nearly 40% of all U.S. deaths are from heart disease, and more than two thirds of Americans are overweight. We need to move past this broken model and create a system that focuses on overall health, wellness and enabling the body’s natural healing process.”

This is the change we need. By empowering people to take charge of their health by incorporating more whole foods, exercise and stress reducing activities we can significantly lower the amount of money we spend on medications and operations.

This is exactly what Integrative Nutrition students are doing. Yes, we are a school, but we are also a movement. Students and graduates are out in their communities teaching men, women and children the importance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables as well as balancing other aspects their lives.

Do you want to be a part of this movement?

Healthy Living

When most people think about losing weight they envision the ugly act of dieting. They envision all of their favorite foods being taken away from them. That doesn’t sound like very much fun! Most people find that dieting is not sustainable. They can do it for a month or two and lose a few pounds, but after a month they gain that weight back and sometimes more. What about a more sustainable way to lose weight, eat healthier and enjoy life?

Whenever you consider making changes in your life it’s always best to have a support system. Think about any major life decision: applying to college, getting married, etc. Did you consult with your friends and family about which college you wanted to go to or your future spouse? The same applies to healthy living. If you want to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and exercise more who can you ask in your life that will support you in making these changes? Maybe they also want to eat healthier and exercise more. Set intentions together and steps for how you’re going to reach those goals. Maybe you can start running together or cook healthy meals together.

Another helpful tip for eating better and losing weight is to start a journal. This doesn’t have to be a diary of what you eat every day, but rather how you feel. Have you noticed changes in your mood or energy level by exercising more or changing the foods you eat? This Integrative Nutrition Journal will help get you started.

Health Coaches for America

It is no surprise that Americans need to change their health habits. Even though there has been an increase in sales in organic foods and natural food stores have received more business, there are still millions of Americans who consume large amounts of chemicalized, artificial junk foods. Something is not clicking.

8 out of 10 Americans suffer from chronic ailments because of unhealthy lifestyles. People continue to see their doctors and spend an exorbitant amount of money on health care, but they continue to get sicker. What’s up with that?

We need to rethink the system so Americans are spending less on medications and operations and are actually seeing improvements in their health.

This month, the Senate has been reevaluating this system and what that reform would look like. It has been suggested that health coaches would be a tier of health care providers that don’t cost a lot to train, but could provide the infrastructure to people to make it easy to eat right, exercise and incorporate other lifestyle improvements like spirituality, a stress-free career, etc.

In a CNN interview, Dr. Mehmet Oz reported that health coaches should be a part of every public clinic, medical office and hospital wellness center. These health care providers should be reimbursed by insurance companies, corporate wellness programs and so on.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could have their own health coach to make dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments so they can stop putting their hard-earned money into medications and operations?

Watch out world here we come!