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The Fat of the Land: Do Agricultural Subsidies Foster Poor Health?
"We put maybe one-tenth of one percent of our dollar that we put into subsidizing and promoting foods through the Department of Agriculture into fruits and vegetables" (Professor Barry Popkin). "There are a lot of subsidies for the two things we should be limiting in our diet, which are sugar and fat, and there are not a lot of subsidies for broccoli and Brussels sprouts" (American Obesity Association). Article from the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
English - Agricultural Subsidies - At ehp.niehs.nih.gov


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5 A Day The Color Way
The color way reminds you to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Eating 5 to 9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day is part of an essential plan for healthier living. The wide range of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals help fight cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. Website with sections on the 5 A Day for Better Health program, recipes, research & policy, programs & events, international, catalog, and information for industry, educators, consumers, press and kids.
English, Spanish - At 5aday.org

Fruits and Vegetables: Eat 5 to 9 A Day for Better Health
Fruits and Vegetables: 5 A Day for Better Health (NCI)
Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for better health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday can help reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and certain cancers. This program is the largest public/private partnership for nutrition, including the National Cancer Institute, federal, state, and local governments, industry, and volunteer and advocacy organizations.
English - Cancer, Diseases, Natural Health - At 5aday.gov

International Vegetarian Union - IVU
International Vegetarian Union - IVU
Promoting vegetarianism worldwide since 1908. With international directory of member societies and supporters.
English, Chinese, Esperanto, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish... - Vegetarianism - At ivu.org

Dr. Max Gerson
Max Gerson, M.D.: The cure of advanced cancer by diet therapy - A summary of 30 years of clinical experimentation
Thirty years of clinical experimentation have led to a successful therapy for advanced cancer. This diet therapy, mostly raw fruits and vegetables and their juices, has cured many cases, normalizing metabolism and helping the body's immune system act on cancer cells. Lecture given by Dr. Max Gerson. Document at Gerson Research Organization. Other copies at Gerson Hawaii, Doctor Yourself, etc.
English - Cancer, Diseases, Gerson Therapy, Max Gerson, Natural Health - At gerson-research.org

NCI & FDA Health Claim: Diet and Cancer
Dietary guidance statement from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases." Both the FDA and NCI are encouraging the produce industry to include this message on all varieties of fruits and vegetables that meet "healthy food" criteria (less than 360 milligrams of sodium per serving, no added sugars, etc.).
English - Cancer - At 5aday.gov

WHO and FAO announce global initiative to promote consumption of fruit and vegetables
Low fruit and vegetable intake -a key risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, cancer and obesity- is estimated to cause some 2.7 million deaths each year, and is among the top 10 risk factors contributing to mortality. Low fruit and vegetable intake is estimated to cause about 31% of ischaemic heart disease and 11% of stroke worldwide. The preventable percentage of cancer due to low fruit and vegetable intake ranges from 5-12% for all cancers, and up to 20-30% for upper gastrointestinal tract cancers. For recent and detailed information, see Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption around the world. See also Fruit, vegetables and NCD prevention.
English, Spanish, French - Diseases - At who.int

WHO - Cancer: diet and physical activity's impact
Physical activity, and fruit and vegetables, are protective factors with convincing or probable evidence of decreased risk of cancer. Factors for increased risk include: overweight and obesity, tobacco, excess alcohol consumption, preserved meat, salt-preserved foods and salt. See also Cancer prevention.
English - Cancer, Exercise - At who.int

WHO: Global cancer rates could increase by 50% to 15 million by 2020
"From a global perspective, there is strong justification for focusing cancer prevention activities particularly on two main cancer-causing factors: tobacco and diet." (World Health Organization). In populations that prefer salty food, stomach cancer rates are high. On the other hand, a daily consumption of 500 grams (1.1 lbs.) of fruits and vegetables can decrease incidence of cancers of the digestive tract by up to 25 per cent.
English, Spanish, French - Cancer - At who.int

World Health Organization: Chronic disease risk factors
Key risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and low fruit and vegetable intake. Chronic conditions include cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, obesity, cancers and respiratory diseases. The most cost-effective interventions to reduce the risk factors are population-wide programmes to: 1. Reduce salt in processed foods; cut dietary fat, particularly saturated fats. 2. Encourage more physical activity. 3. Encourage higher consumption of fruits and vegetables. 4. Cease smoking.
English - Diseases, Exercise - At who.int

WHO: Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
World Health Organization: Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
Diet and physical activity: a public health priority. Information to address two of the major risks responsible for the heavy and growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. NCDs –including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers and obesity-related conditions– now account for some 60% of global deaths and almost half (47%) of the global burden of disease.
English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish - Exercise, Natural Health - At who.int


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