The Huffington Post—December 27, 2010
By Helene Pavlov, M.D., FACR, Radiologist-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery
I recently had the privilege of listening to former President Clinton address an assembly of radiologists at the 96th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. He spoke of the many accomplishments during his Presidency, but the one that hit home most for me was his initiation of awareness and institution of changes in the diet of our children. He refocused awareness on being healthier. Clinton was proud of the changes that were occurring within the nation's schools in which sugary drinks, fattening chips and other unhealthy snacks were being replaced with water and fresh fruit.
It is unfortunate that there is resistance to change, even when most people recognize that change is the right thing. Change for the better seems more challenging to institute than change for the worse.
I suggest that you take the first step in changing your habits and plan to eat and live healthy. Do it for several reasons. First, so your children will adopt "habits" that will help them live healthier, longer and with fewer bad habits as adults. Second, do it so that in the years to come you will be healthier and better able to participate in many, many more New Year's celebrations with those you love.
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