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Monday, March 23, 2009

Organic Food and Healthy Eating

Even if you don't walk the hallowed aisles of Whole Foods every week, chances are you've seen food marked "organic" at your grocery store. If you're like most people, you've probably questioned the meaning of that label. Is "organic" synonymous with "healthy"?

Mark Bittman, a food columnist at the New York Times, takes up this issue and others in an article published this weekend.

He makes the point that although we associate "organic" with "healthy," or "local," that's not always the case. And given that "the top food group by caloric intake is 'sweets,'" it's clear that the availability of organic foods hasn't changed the way most Americans eat. We still have a long way to go as a nation.

We've already blogged about Michelle Obama's dedication to healthy eating; now the first lady is planting a vegetable garden at the White House. Although digging up the front lawn may not be practical for most of us, we can begin to make small changes that lead to better health. That's the central message we communicate to our clients every day, and one that is sure to resonate with your employees: Start small if you have to--just get started!

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