Forgo Fad Dieting and Join the Campaign for Healthy Weight

September 23, 2008 at 6:38 am

Campaign to Visit San Diego to Rally Residents to Eat Right, Move More and Milk Their Diets

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The last decade can be defined by
the ups and downs of different fad diets — which seem to go in and out of
fashion like shoulder pads and hemlines. Yet, long-term success has been
slim. Two out of three Americans — including 55 percent of California
residents — remain overweight or obese.

A new campaign crossing the country, the Campaign for Healthy Weight,
is rallying Americans behind the healthy weight cause, not just the
political candidates, and urging people to think more about their “health”
instead of simply a number on the scale. Studies indicate that small,
specific changes in physical activity and calorie intake can make a big
difference. And, people who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to be
at risk for weight-related health conditions, such as heart disease. The
Campaign will make its San Diego stop on September 20, 2008 at Balboa Park
to urge local residents to change their “diet” mindset and elect a new
attitude.

“Health management is really starting to become a bigger part of weight
management,” said Kelly Healy, R.D. “The key is to make small, sustainable
changes that can last a lifetime. Drinking lowfat or fat free milk as a
part of a healthy daily eating plan and walking more every day are two easy
adjustments that can go a long way in supporting a healthy weight.”

Weighing in on the American Diet

A new report called “Weighing in on the American Diet,” found that the
number of adults who say they are on a diet has steadily decreased over the
past decade. The study, conducted by The NPD Group in collaboration with
the Milk Processor Education Program, found the majority of Americans say
they are on a diet for their health and their weight; 68 percent say
“feeling healthier” is why they’re dieting.

People who are watching their weight, however, are making less than
optimal beverage choices. Coffee, soft drinks, teas and juices are most
likely filling their glasses and cups with milk being the fifth most
frequently consumed beverage — only 14 percent of all beverage occasions.
Including milk on the menu appears to make a positive difference, though.
The report found that adult dieters who made drinking lowfat or fat free
milk a daily habit were more likely to have a healthy body mass index (BMI)
with better quality diets richer in essential nutrients and were less
likely to feel deprived compared to dieters who didn’t — findings which
are in line with previous scientific studies.

Milk supplies two nutrients that along with physical activity are
especially important when cutting calories — calcium to prevent bone loss
and protein to help build muscle mass. Studies suggest that drinking the
recommended three glasses of lowfat or fat free milk a day along with a
healthy diet can help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers also have
found that people with higher intakes of milk tend to be leaner and are
less likely to gain excess weight than those who drink little to no milk.

Milk — The Beverage with Your Health Interests at Heart

People who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to be at risk for
weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood
pressure and some types of cancer. In addition, some studies have linked
meeting the recommendations for lowfat and fat free milk along with eating
fruits and vegetables to a lower risk for high blood pressure and heart
disease, as part of a heart-healthy diet. The American Heart Association
2007 Guidelines for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women emphasize
eating fresh fruits, vegetables and lowfat milk and milk products.

“I always encourage people to include three servings of lowfat or fat
free milk as part of a heart-healthy diet and to walk everyday,” said Kelly
Healy, R.D. “With nine essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin A,
vitamin D, protein and potassium, milk is a great way to get a nutrient
boost.”

San Diego Residents Pledge to Maintain a Healthy Weight

As part of milk’s proud support for the American Heart Association’s
Start! Heart Walks in cities across the country, the Campaign for Healthy
Weight will set up headquarters at walk events nationwide to rally
Americans to eat right, walk more and milk their diets. Participants at the
San Diego Start! Heart Walk on September 20, 2008, who will already be
taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle, will be able to join thousands
of other Americans who have taken a healthy weight pledge and voted for
milk with their upper lips.

While at the Start! Heart Walk, visitors can:

— Join the Campaign and take the pledge to maintain a healthy weight in a
healthy way with milk
— Sample heart-healthy lowfat or fat free milk from local dairies
— Speak with a local registered dietitian who can explain how simple,
lifelong steps can help maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart
— Take the Campaign for Healthy Weight Quiz to see how their weight
management habits compare to those of their fellow Americans
— Take a souvenir Milk Mustache photo
— Enter for a chance to win a FREE trip to the 2009 AHA Start! Heart Walk
in Hilo, Hawaii

To learn more about the Campaign for Healthy Weight and the findings
from the Weighing in on the American Diet report, log onto
http://www.whymilk.com. Here visitors can take the healthy weight pledge,
get tips on how to maintain a healthy weight and prevent unhealthy weight
gain and find out if their beverage choices may be derailing their efforts.

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is
funded by the nation’s milk processors, who are committed to increasing
fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the national Milk Mustache
“got milk?” Campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate
consumers about the health benefits of milk. For more information, go to
http://www.whymilk.com. The tagline “got milk?”(R) was created for the
California Milk Processor Board by Goodby Silverstein & Partners and is
licensed by the national milk processor and dairy producer groups.


SOURCE The Milk Processor Education Program

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