Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Eat to Live"

Yesterday, I proudly spent the afternoon at Portland State University as a part of a panel  addressing obesity, disease prevention, and health.

I'm humbled and honored to have been a part of such a beautiful event. The "Eat to Live" Lunch and Learn was a great mix of leaders from the community sharing their knowledge, community members raising questions and sharing their stories.

While our time together seemed brief. I realize the conversation has only just started -- we created a buzz yesterday. There will be plenty more open discussions similar to this. It's time we take control of health. Dr. Amajoyi said it best, "Patients need to play an active role in their health. " 

Thanks to the Steve Baker Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Multnomah County Health Department, and Providence Cancer Center for sponsoring this great event, and The Hope Kitchen Food Cart for the healthy food! 

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The Obesity Epidemic is REAL!

The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere.

· Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are
overweight or obese.

· Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar
medical burden every year.

· Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years

Source: CBS News