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Date:8/3/2010

to start, she said. More emphasis on counseling, along with requiring insurance companies to pay for prevention, would also help significantly, she said.

Diekman believes that most Americans still don't know how to eat a healthy diet.

"It [nutrition] used to be a part of basic education," she said. "So many schools dropped this along with physical activity in order to emphasize science and math, and those things are important, but if we aren't healthy and can't use those skills for a long period of time, what's the point?"

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There's more on battling obesity at the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Erica I. Lubetkin, M.D., M.P.H., associate medical professor, department of community health and social medicine, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York, New York City; Connie Diekman, M.Ed., R.D., director, university nutrition, Washington University, St. Louis; September 2010, American Journal of Preventive Medicine


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