Sunday, November 16, 2008

Couting Calories? That's the 1st Step!

DC Voices for MEAL Choices interviewed a local D.C. woman (referred to as Ms. A.M. for privacy) about the proposed menu-labeling bill to get a better perspective of what is going on in the minds of D.C. residents. Being overweight, Ms. A.M. worked to lose weight, and more importantly maintain her new weight. Tracking calories and following nutritional information for a few months were her main tactics. After losing weight, Ms. A.M. lowered her blood pressure and feels healthy overall. When asked about menu-labeling in D.C., Ms. A.M. is aware and very supportive of the DC MEAL Act. In her opinion, she believes the bill is important for all D.C. residents. No matter what choices people make concerning food, having the option to consider calorie or other nutritional information before purchasing food is one route that may help D.C. become a healthier place.

Sometimes the first steps in getting healthy, is simply, keeping in check with calories. I know, it’s easy to lose track, especially in restaurants—that’s why calorie information on menus may be the one extra drive to keep from falling off track! Check out the Mayo Clinic’s personalized and interactive Health Tools to take a step in the right direction.

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