Food As Medicine for Men's Health Month 2018

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When it comes to Men's Health Month and healthy eating, we must understand how everything we eat and drink matters, and we must know our numbers.

Spectrum's integrated care team comprised of our providers specializing in adult medicine, behavioral health, and nutrition remind us monthly during the "Food As Medicine" series by providing tips on preventing and healing diseases with a plant-based diet and providing blood pressure screenings. 

This month's session focused on limiting saturated fat (butter, fat around meats) and trans fat (cookies, cake, icing, crackers) while increasing intake of unsaturated fat (plant sources such as seeds, nuts, olives, fish).

Join us for our upcoming "Food as Medicine" sessions on Tue. July 10th and Tue. August 14th from 4-5:30pm at Spectrum Community Health Center located at 5201 Haverford Ave. Call 215.471.2761 for more information.

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Food As Medicine: The Appeal of Plant-Based Nutrition

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Heart Disease is still this country's number one cause of death, and diabetes increasingly plagues the population. In Philadelphia, heart disease and stroke are the 1st and 3rd leading causes of death. Sadly, even children are experiencing a meteoric rise in diabetes. With respect to increasing obesity and food-related contributions to climate change, many groups nationwide are advocating for healthier food policies and programs. 

Along those lines, food activists and public health advocates have rallied for school lunch reform and cooking classes in schools; organic and locally produced crops instead of genetically modified crops; farm preservation, farm bill reform and food safety regulation; urban agriculture and access to healthy food; proper nutrition labeling; and regulated food  marketing to kids.

The Philadelphia Office of Health Information and Improvement has been partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers and healthcare facilities  to sponsor learning collaborations geared towards improving care for chronic illness and preventing diabetes and hypertension. Hence, Spectrum Health Services has taken on the role of educating the community about how to address diabetes and heart disease prevention through a series of monthly classes entitled "Food As Medicine" which champions adopting a plant-based diet. 

Plant-based dieting derives from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits. Our classes, facilitated by a team comprised of a medical provider, a nutritionist, and a behavioral health provider, will discuss portion control and promote healing through our food choices. The upcoming sessions will take place at the Spectrum Community Health Center on April 10th, May 8th, and June 12th from 4pm - 5:30pm. Spectrum welcomes the community to join us and experience the joy of growing and eating healthy, tasty food with friends and family. For more information, contact us at nutritionist@spectrumhs.org. 

Sources:
http://www.phila.gov/health/commissioner/HealthInfoandImprovement.html