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Why good nutrition is important

Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are leading causes of death in the U.S. People are dying. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, unhealthy eating and inactivity cause 310,000-580,000 deaths every year—similar to the number of deaths caused by tobacco and 13 times more than are caused by guns. 

Simply Turkey would like the opportunity to help you eat well, and live well. 

Almost two-thirds (61%) of American adults are overweight or obese.  Obesity rates in children have doubled in the last two decades, prompting concern about the rates of diet- and inactivity-related diseases that will occur as obese children age. 

According to the USDA, healthier diets could prevent at least $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, and lost lives.5That is an underestimate because it accounts for only diet-related coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes and not other diet-related diseases. Obesity alone is estimated to cost $117 billion, and osteoporosis costs $14 billion in medical expenses. 

According to the CDC, state and federal governments spend one thousand times more to treat disease than to prevent it ($1,390 vs. $1.21 per person each year). 

Steps to a Healthier You.
In April 2005 the United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new version of the well-known Food Guide Pyramid. The revised model, known as "MyPyramid", was created to better assist Americans in maintaining a healthy diet based upon their age, sex, and level of physical activity.

"MyPyramid", as illustrated to the left, has 6 total slices representing different food groups; orange for grains, green for vegetables, red for fruits, yellow for oils, blue for dairy products and purple for meats and beans. In contrast to the previous Food Guide Pyramid, the revised model stresses the need and importance of physical activity and therefore includes a figure climbing the pyramid.

The USDA's model is best used in conjunction with an interactive website where you can determine your specific dietary requirements. Visit the USDA Website

Did You Know?
According to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, "Overweight and obesity are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States today. Roughly 97 million American adults 20 years old or older are overweight or obese----55 percent of the adult population. This condition raises substantially adults' risk of morbidity from a number of diseases."

Think about it. These statistics are from 2002. imagine what they must look like today. The number of overweight children, teens and adults in the United States is simply staggering. With so many resources at our disposal, we as a society, could easily become the most fit and nutritionally sound nation in the world. However, that's not the case. Despite the virtually thousands of diets, fitness centers, weight loss plans, health foods and over-the-counter medications that are readily available, America keeps getting fatter year after year.

The Problem. The basic formula is this: If you eat more calories than you burn—you'll gain weight. With today's hectic lifestyles, corner fast food restaurants and supposed diet-foods popping up everywhere, it's easy to ingest literally thousands of calories throughout the day, sit on the couch, and go to bed without having burned even a small percentage of the calories consumed throughout the day. There is little time to prepare healthy meals or visit the gym, but somehow we find plenty of time to make excuses.

The Solution. Obviously, there is no quick fix weight loss program. And if there was one, more than likely it would do more harm to your body than good. The best thing to do is get professional advice on a fitness program and evaluate what and how much you're eating. This doesn't mean going on a diet, but it does mean adopting healthy eating habits.

Why Simply Turkey Cares. More than three in five Americans are overweight, and nearly one in three is obese. For many of these individuals, the additional pounds have become a health risk and often places limits on normal day-to-day activities.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends--the food we eat during these meal periods should be just as special. Our business is committed to serving fresh and healthy food to individuals, companies and families with busy schedules. Our lives are full of activities, appointments and physical activity, Simply Turkey and More would like the opportunity to help you eat well, and live well.

Current investments to promote healthy eating and physical activity are insufficient

• The federal government's largest nutrition education program for the general public (the 5 A Day program) has an annual communications budget of about $3.6 million.1 Mars spends 68-times that to promote M&Ms candies ($68 million).2 McDonald's spends 1000-times more than 5 A Day on advertising and promotions ($1 billion). 

• Amount the food industry spends on advertising and promotions: $25 billion3

• Funding for tobacco control at CDC: $100 million 

• Funding for the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at CDC: $45 million 

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity is currently funded at $45 million a year. The CDC is given more than twice that amount for programs to reduce the use of tobacco, which kills about the same number of people as poor nutrition and physical inactivity. 

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does invest in nutrition programs. However, those programs are targeted primarily at low-income Americans. Little is done to promote healthy eating to the general public.

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