AAFCS Convention and Healthy Living Info

I just came back from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) meeting in Cleveland. One of the highlights of the meeting was hearing Michael F. Roizen, M.D. talk about living every day to the fullest through a healthy lifestyle. He and Dr. Oz host a show on Oprah and Friends radio where they discuss healing techniques, preventative medicine and the latest in health news. They also share a daily syndicated newspaper column. He is currently chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Roizen pointed out 4 areas of choices we make that impact our longevity and quality of life. They are:
food choices and portion size
physical activity

“No smoking” campaigns have greatly lessened the tobacco usage in the US, but smoking is on the rise again, according to his statements.

Here is information from Dr. Roizen about food choices and portion size:

Eliminate or limit saturated fat and trans fats. These kinds of fats are found mostly in meats, luncheon meats, full-fat dairy products, baked goods, fried fast foods, and palm and coconut oils.
Avoid simple sugars, including syrup (corn, malt, rice, maple).
Stay away from most white, processed food.
Use a smaller sized plate, such as a 9-inch rather than the more traditional larger sizes.

I was especially interested in his comment: “Teach cooking!” By preparing food in the home we can make a much more direct effect on our health.

Concerning physical activity, Dr. Roizen said to walk 30 minutes every day. Using a pedometer is helpful.

Five minutes of meditation morning and evening would help with stress control.

These were only some of the highlights that I wanted to share with you today.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Home and Family Living Coach

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  1. Did you go to college in California? Your name seems familiar, I just can’t remember from where.

    • Hi Jacksonville locksmith,
      Glad to hear from you. No, I’m from the Midwest – have only been to California once. I graduated from Un of Wisconsin-Stout in Menonomie, WI and Northwest MO State University, Maryville, MO. I write and publish books that promote family well-being, as they help children, parents, teachers and parenting professionals live happier, healthier lives. It appears from your website that you have a very important and necessary business.

      Much success to you and your company,
      Lee Jackson

  2. I whole heartedly agree with Dr. Roizen’s statement, Teach Cooking! It is much more than a skill of learning to eat well but encompasses reading, math and social skills. We teach about ourselves, our culture and other cultures when we take the time to share our knowledge and abilities with our children. I taught a cooking lesson to a Brownie troop. The leader asked if I’d be sure to wear my apron since the girls may have never seen one!

    • Thanks, Mary Ann, for your comments. Loved your note about the apron! Yes, we don’t want cooking to be a lost art as it is such a basic skill. Cooking with children not only helps them learn to prepare food but provides them with so many other learning experiences.

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