"I love the site and have been totally consumed with it for the past two days. I'm considering it 'research' since I'm supposed to be working!" -M
Read More Testimonials»

On the Diet and Fitness Blog

Work Your Body, Work Your Mind

It took me a long time to admit that I wasn’t successfully coping with my depression and anxiety on my own. It took even longer to come up with a plan to fight back against my own...

Read More About Work Your Body, Work Your Mind»

Our Living Healthier Experts

Bob Livingstone

Bob Livingstone

LCSW and psychotherapist in private practice for almost twenty...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dean Ornish

Dean Ornish

Professor of medicine and best-selling author

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Bob Harper

Bob Harper

Fitness trainer on NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our Diet and Fitness Experts»

News

The latest news on this change — carefully culled from the world wide web by our change agents. They do the surfing, so you don't have to!

The Presidential Kitchen Cabinet

The Presidential Kitchen Cabinet

It would seem that there are much bigger issues for President-elect Barack Obama to deal with, but a number of foodies are urging him to put his food choices at the top of the list.

Alice Waters of Chez Panisse is raising her hand high, volunteering her culinary expertise along with that of Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl and New York Union Square Cafe restauranteur Danny Meyer to be the guiding principles behind Obama's "kitchen cabinet."

"At this moment you have a unique opportunity to set the tone for the changes we need to make in the way our country feeds itself," Waters writes in a letter to President-elect Obama.

Waters isn't lobbying for the job of the White House Chef, but her message is simple: Get healthy foods in the White House—ASAP. This means local, sustainable and organic produce, which will support local farmers and their livelihoods. And Waters is not alone in her thoughts. In an article by the San Francisco Chronicle, Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America, said the promotion of locally grown food also lends itself to the reduction of transportation costs an less of a reliance on foreign oil, both issues of national concern.

Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, would like to see a White House Garden similar to Eleanor Roosevelt's. He and 89 other activists, including Chronicle Food Matters columnist Marion Nestle, signed a petition last week, urging the President-elect to choose a secretary of agriculture that will conserve a number of food issues, including the support of local farmers.

I don't know that this issue is one with which I am primarily concerned, seeing as how the economy is having such a toll on the average Joe that being picky about food is just not an option. But I am an avid supporter of local farmers and having a President who supports that effort would be oh-so-nice. Should this be a priority for the President-elect, when there are so many other pressing issues to deal with first?

—Caroline Shannon

Posted: 12/15/08
LauraLee311

Sure, it would be nice if Obama and his family set an excellent example by eating a healthy, organic, well-balanced diet, but I am much more interested in how he will handle all the other fiascos (economy, health care, foreign relations) first.