Meatless Monday Campaign Gaining Steam

by Caitlin Rose

Thanks to the Meatless Monday campaign, the benefits of a plant-based diet are getting more exposure than ever before! Meatless Monday is an initiative by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to encourage people to cut meat out of their diet one day a week. They chose Mondays because studies have found that resolutions made on the first day of the week are more likely to stick. Mondays give people a fresh start and a chance to make healthy changes to their routine.

Incidence And Cost of Heart Disease Is Rising

by Caitlin Rose

“Learn and Live.”

That’s the motto of the American Heart Association (AHA), which might strike you as innocuous at first, until you consider the alternative. Most of us are used to the age-old saying “Live and learn,” but when you’re providing care to people with preventable chronic disease, you realize very quickly that we don’t have that luxury indefinitely.

Thanksgiving in Hawaii

by Caitlin Rose

Long before the Pilgrims, native Hawaiians celebrated "Makahiki," the longest thanksgiving in the world, which lasted four months—approximately November through February. During this time, both work and war were forbidden.1, 2 As the most important holiday of the year, Makahiki is the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest and time of personal rest and spiritual and cultural renewal.3 It was a humbling experience.

A Wholesome, Plant-Based Diet May Cut Risks and Complications of Diabetes

by Caitlin Rose

If the cost of treating a chronic health condition is weighing you down, you’re not alone. Last month, the World Economic Forum estimated that by the year 2030, the global cost of treating chronic health conditions will total $47 trillion dollars.1 According to the National Institute of Health, diabetes alone affects almost 26 million people in the United States and national treatment costs for diabetes total $174 billion dollars per year. Furthermore, individuals diagnosed with diabetes have an average of twice as many medical expenses as non-diabetics.2

Obesity in America

by Caitlin Rose

Obesity in America If health is wealth, America is going bankrupt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and one sixth of children in America are obese.1 In the past twenty years, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children. If these trends continue, by the time today’s children reach adulthood, obesity will be the norm and healthy weight the exception. Native Hawaiians disproportionately affected by obesity

Ancient Traditions, Local Business, Homegrown Values: A Recipe for Success

by Caitlin Rose

This month, Down to Earth celebrates our long standing commitment to supporting local farmers and manufacturers with a profile of one of our favorite Hawaii-based businesses. Eleven years ago, Down to Earth first gave this family enterprise their start, and since then we’ve enjoyed a healthy partnership - in every sense of the word.

Are GMOs Safe To Eat?

by Caitlin Rose

Since the dawn of time, human beings and animals alike have asked the question every day, “What should I eat?” We need to know not just what tastes good, but what is good for our survival and for our long-term health. We employ our sense of smell, taste, sight and touch, our intelligence, our knowledge of cause and effect and our culture to help us decide what to eat.

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