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Diet-Related Illnesses Cost U.S. Economy $1 Trillion Annually

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Down to Earth found that the U.S.’s top five diet-related chronic diseases cost the U.S. economy a staggering $1 trillion each year! This is an estimate of direct medical costs and the indirect impact of productivity losses due to illness and premature death associated with chronic heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.

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Growing a better, greener tomorrow: Visiting Ma’o Organic Farms

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As you drive up the Wai'anae Coast, especially coming from Honolulu, you might notice a wonderful sense of vibrancy growing as you go further west. This invigorating feeling intensifies as you pull up to the seemingly quiet fields of Ma’o Organic Farms. As you look up into the incredibly dry Wai’anae Range in the background, you may be surprised that anything grows out here, let alone a commercial farm that sells a huge volume of produce. You can feel that something very special must be happening here to not only survive but to flourish. Ma’o is definitely doing something special. 

Featured Article

GMO Labeling: After the DARK Act, What Now?

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In the summer of 2015, a GMO food labeling bill (HR Bill 1599) was introduced to Congress. Dubbed the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know) by its opponents, it was reactionary legislation to Vermont, Connecticut and Maine’s 2014 laws that made GMO labeling mandatory on food packaging.

Health Tip

A Healthy Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Witchful Thinking!

Photo: Halloween Decorations with Pumpkins and a Jack-o'-lantern

No bones about it… the holidays and healthy eating can be a challenge. Halloween is the start to the fall and winter seasons of sweets and treats, and finding balance now can help you navigate the upcoming holiday season. The focus of Halloween is often candy, but with a few helpful tips you can find ways to enjoy other fun aspects of the holiday while making healthier choices.

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