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Diet Is Destroying Workers' Competitiveness
Bob's Red Mill Founders and Institute of Nutrition at OHSU
The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach
Featured Recipes

September 2011 Printer Friendly PDF Volume 10 Issue 9

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Diet Is Destroying Workers’ Competitiveness

At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, the number one concern for Americans is jobs, and the primary topic for politicians is job creation. I have yet to hear anyone speak about improving the health of our workforce, a fundamental step to solving the problems with our economy and unemployment.

In order to ready our workers, there are three major issues that need to be addressed:

1) Most American Are Too Sick to Compete in the World Market

National statistics are damning, with two-thirds of adults overweight and one-third obese. Based on pharmaceutical company-sponsored TV commercials, we know that cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, GERD, diabetes, and arthritis are rampant among our workforce. Employees spend valuable work hours worrying about and dealing with their minor and major health issue, from constipation to cancers. Most employees feel so poorly on a day-to-day basis that they dread starting their workday. The byproducts of poor health in the workplace include reduced productivity and intellectual capacity, as well as increased absenteeism. Sick employees contribute to the failure of businesses, and that means even more unemployment. To keep the doors open, many employers have resorted to exporting jobs to other countries.

Bob's Red Mill Founders and the Institute of Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

OHSU is the institution that conducts the McDougall Research and Education Foundation-funded study on Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

With a $25 million grant, announced on September, 16, 2011, the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness was established at OHSU for the purpose of studying the link between food and common health conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, autism, and obesity. The institute will have five main areas of research: childhood obesity, maternal and fetal medicine, epigenetics (the way nutrition affects genetics), community outreach, and education. This was one of the largest donations ever given to OHSU.

The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach

Is there a way to solve the age-old problem of getting your children and grandchildren to eat their fruits and vegetables? Now there is! There's a new kid on the block . . . Mitch Spinach, a healthy super hero, who solves mysteries using the strength and brain power he gains by eating plant foods. A fun children's book series for kids ages 3-9, The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach gets kids ASKING for fruits and vegetables so that they can be more like Mitch Spinach.

Featured Recipes

Cranberry Chili Beans

Sauteed Greens, Broccoli & Zucchini

Chili Corn Soup

Chili Cream Sauce

Black Bean Chili

French Vegetable Soup

Manhattan Bean Soup

Baked Potato Salad

Buddha's Delight

Summer Stew


Balsamic Vinaigrette

Corkscrew Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Mary's Kitchen Hints



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