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Healthy foods should be subsidized in grocery stores, argues nutrition student.

As a student of nutrition, I am frustrated by Randy Turner's Aug. 24 article In the shadow of the bulge, because of the aspects of obesity prevention and reduction it misses.

Turner nails it when talking to exercise and health-care professionals, but exercise is only half of the obesity issue. Eating healthy is the other half. That part of the message is often lost.

One cannot simply start exercising and hope to drop excess weight; one also has to change their outlook on food and what it means to eat healthy. If we cannot get this message across as fervently as we emphasize exercising, then there is really no hope for anyone.

Obesity is an interdisciplinary health issue, like so many others, so why aren't dietitians consulted as frequently? We need to educate everyone in healthy eating, just as we educate people in healthy living.

Healthy foods should be subsidized in grocery stores, especially for those on low incomes, and there should be subsequent educational sessions for everyone so they can learn how to make the most of the healthy food. If these two disciplines do not work together, then there will be no improvement and we will continue to head downhill.

ELISABETH HARMS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 28, 2013 A8

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