LODI — The “Zinfandel Capital of the World” is on a health kick.
Citing some very sobering statistics about the health of the nation, and San Joaquin County in particular, more than 150 community leaders and medical professionals came together Thursday morning at Hutchins Street Square to inaugurate the Healthy Lodi Initiative.
Created by members of the business community, medical professionals and residents, the aim of the initiative is to improve the health and quality of life for all residents of Lodi.
The first stated goal of the initiative is “to raise awareness of the lifestyle factors of Type 2 diabetes.”
Over the past 30 years, the group was reminded of the diet and lifestyle changes that have occurred leading to significant increases in the consumption of sugary beverages, a reliance on processed foods and meals eaten away from home.
Couple that with a decrease in physical activity and less consumption of vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for the epidemic of chronic conditions occurring nationwide that includes obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Kevin Attride, an executive with Adventist Health, declared added sugar in the American diet “Public Enemy No. 1.”
“High sugar diets are causing far greater risk of heart disease,” Attride said. And public health statistics show that two-thirds of added sugar in the average diet comes from beverages.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that many chronic diseases could be prevented, delayed or alleviated through simple lifestyle changes, preventing 80 percent of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes as well as 40 percent of cancer, the Healthy Lodi Initiative reported in citing the Partnership to Fight Disease.
Cardiologist Dr. Rajan Hundal with Adventist Health Lodi Memorial agreed with Attride about added sugar. “I see the…
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