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It's a simple truth: eating healthier results in a longer life. Specifically eating a nutrient rich, plant based diet is the best way to eliminate heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

It's a simple truth: eating healthier results in a longer life. Specifically eating a nutrient rich, plant based diet is the best way to eliminate heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

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Ken commented on Longevity through nutrition

Thanks for the guidance here Meena and James. Clearly these learnings aren't new and include the distillation of scientists who have been doing research (like the China Study) for the past few decades. I think some of the biggest challenges revolve around lifestyle changes required to eat healthier. How do we get off our addition to sugar and fat? How do we incorporate these habits even if they aren't as convenient (processed and fast food saves time)? What if we can't afford more expensive organic foods? How do we pursued others to adopt better eating habits without seeming like we're preaching.

Last month a school in New York City was the first to implement an all vegetarian diet (http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/02/health/new-york-vegetarian-school) and I think we're going to start seeing a lot more ways in which society begins to embrace healthier and more sustainable ways of eating. This is exciting progress and I think we need to finds ways to encourage more schools to take this leap.

I'd like to pose the question: How do we create large scale change and to shift culture away from processed foods, fast foods and GMO's? Fit Bits and Fuel Bands measure activity, what about measuring how we feel after meals to become more conscious of how different foods make us feel after we eat them ( do you get sleepy at your desk after greasy lunch? do you feel more energized by salads than burgers?) I'd also like to see the medical profession give more credit to proper nutrition ( might it be time to completely re-think the "food pyramid?" and does milk really do a body good?) What if doctor's started prescribing a healthy diet to people with type 2 diabetes & heart disease instead of prescribing medication?

Again, voting with our dollars and shifting away from fast foods and animal proteins is a solid start and I'd love to hear from other people who are influencing their communities and have had success/ and or failures we can learn from.