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Thought Bullets
November 2004 

Americans and their health - A little good news

Iíve always marveled at my ability to remember lyrics to songs I havenít heard in decades when simple things, like the first name of a person Iíve known for 25 years, escapes me. In 1983, Anne Murray had a hit song called Little Good News. The one line of the song I often sing to myself is the one that goes, "We sure could use a little good news today." Even though the lyrics for the song were written over 20 years ago, it amazes me how true they still hold for today: "Iíll come home this evening, Iíll bet the news will be the same. Somebody takes a hostage, somebody steals a plane. How I wanna hear the anchor man talk about a county fair, and how we cleaned up the air, how everybody learned to care. . . . We sure could use a little good news today." I offer the thought bullets this month in the interest of a little good news.

I was prompted to write on this subject after reading a couple of the quotations from the narratives from Wellness IN the Rockies. One female in her early 40's said, "It just seems like everywhere you turn, weíre being bombarded with how bad we are. Weíre fat and we eat too much, and we donít exercise enough. And itís all negative, and itís constant, and itís day in and day out." Another female in her mid-40's said, "The media says you need to be skinny, and then exercise people come and say you need to exercise and so itís kind of like this guilt trip on you. . . . They say [being fat] is a health risk, too. . . . It probably makes it worse. It probably makes us eat more, because itís so hard to lose weight and so hard to exercise. Sometimes you just . . . give up."

It sure WAS good to hear a little good news today!

Imperatore G, Cadwell BL, Geiss L, Saadinne JB, Williams DE, Ford ES, Thompson TJ, Venkat Narayan KM, Gregg EW. Thirty-year trends in cardiovascular risk factor levels among US adults with diabetes: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 1971-2000. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2004;160(6):531-9.

Horovitz, B. General Mills cereals go totally whole grain. USA Today, September 20, 2004.

Kraft to launch improved nutrition labels. Food Ingredient First. On-line newsletter, October 7, 2004.

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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