Former President Bill Clinton has been working to help fight childhood obesity in schools, through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The alliance is working with 13,000 schools across the country. The integrated program involves teaching kids to eat better and helps teachers get kids moving more throughout the day. There are alsoboot camp programs for teachers, to help them better understand the importance of physical activity and improve their own health.
“Kids spend six to eight hours a day in school, so they want school to really emulate the environment they want to produce at home,” Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of Alliance for a Healthier Generation, said on the Today show.
On January 17, America’s favorite tough-love trainer Jillian Michaels is joining President Clinton for his foundation’s health conference entitled Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation, held in Indian Wells, California. It is the Clinton Foundation’s first conference devoted exclusively to health and well-being issues.
The conference will also be the first major event during the week of the Humana Challenge PGA Tour golf tournament. The conference will include other high-profile health advocates, including celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, health and wellness advocate Notah Begay III, and Susan Dell of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
President Clinton has joined his daughter Chelsea (who will also be in attendance) in adopting a vegan lifestyle, a stark contrast to the fast food and junk food he was known to favor during his years as president and earlier in life. After quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and stent surgery in 2010, it’s not difficult to understand his new-found resolve. Read Full Post >
Comedians used to make fun of the junk-food loving former president, Bill Clinton. There were many jokes about Bubba and barbecue and Saturday Night Live even made a short skit where Clinton was portrayed as eating strangers’ French fries at a McDonald’s. However, when Clinton announced on CNN that he was becoming a vegan in 2010, the jokes started to die down, and now, it’s become quite apparent how dedicated he really has become to improving his health.
“The short answer is, I went on essentially a plant-based diet,” Clinton said. “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy. It changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds, and I got back basically to what I weighed in high school.”
Those are some pretty awesome results, if you ask me.
Now, Clinton is taking on a new role: Blurber-in-Chief. He has been writing blurbs for several health and diet books that he has read and endorses; so far, he has endorsed seven books. One of these books is Eddie Shapes Up, a children’s book that was written by Ed Koch, former New York City mayor.
While he was certainly not our heaviest president, that distinction goes to William Taft who tipped the scales past the 300 mark, Bill Clinton did struggle a little with a few extra pounds. Sure, he may be more known for his ravenous sexual appetite, but Clinton also had a reputation for his love of McDonald’s.
Even though President Clinton was seen jogging with secret service by his side, he was also known for devouring donuts. It’s no wonder that he continued to have weight problems. Early in Bill Clinton’s first term, Hillary asked renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish to work with White House chefs to devise a menu for the President. Even with these changes, Clinton continued to have issues with his weight through both terms.
In 1999, the White House physician noted at Clinton’s annual physical that he put on 18 pounds since a checkup from two years earlier. The president was asked to focus on exercise and a low-calorie diet. Read Full Post >
It seems that vegan and vegetarian diets are infiltrating the lives of nearly everyone. Thankfully, plant-based diets are not a dangerous trend. Many fad diets tend to deprive the body of essential nutrients but primarily plant-based diets do not. Whether or not you want to go full-vegan or vegetarian, plant-based diets provide a healthy foundation for your body and the environment.
The latest news in mainstream veganism is that Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, has been reported to join the throngs of herbivores. Many of you remember that he has suffered from high cholesterol and heart conditions for years. He underwent a bypass surgery but Clinton’s cholesterol was still out of control. After undergoing extensive research, he decided to adopt a nearly-vegan lifestyle. He eats small amounts of fish on occasion, but he’s essentially cut all animal products from his diet. He consumes no dairy and has added a protein supplement to his diet. Read Full Post >