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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #90 Celebrate Healthy Weight Week
January 24, 2008

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Just a reminder that Healthy Weight Week runs this week (Jan. 20 – 26, 2008). Francie Berg gives us more information below on the history of the event. Or for more information call 701-567-2646, visit or email (please use subject line: Berg – Healthy Weight Week).

In a culture inundated with gaunt female idols, dieting fads and exercise plans, it’s hard to remember that the medical focus of all this began by promoting health. Somehow it became twisted into a cult of thinness that is far from healthy.

Healthy Weight Week reminds people of the value of a healthy nondiet lifestyle and helps them move ahead to improving their health in positive ways. It celebrates normal habits that prevent eating and weight problems, rather than intensifying them. This year, Healthy Weight Week takes place between January 20 and January 26.

“The hysteria over weight is causing tragic problems. Health experts are only beginning to realize the risks that people of all ages and sizes are taking in efforts to pare down their bodies to thin ideals. Risks range from depression to eating disorders, heart arrhythmias and sudden death,” said Francie M. Berg, whose organization Healthy Weight Network started Healthy Weight Week 15 years ago and the Slim Chance Awards 19 years ago.

The Slim Chance Awards, to be presented on Tuesday, Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day, highlight the year’s "worst" weight loss schemes. The 2008 awards expose the false advertising by Evercleanse and three other diet aids. Worst Product was HoodiaHerbal; Worst Claim, Bio SpeedSLIM; Worst Gimmick, Hollywood Detox Body Wrap; and Most Outrageous Claim, Evercleanse.

“It’s outrageous and offensive that the Evercleanse hucksters are telling people they are excessively heavy due to waste stuck within their colons,” said William M. London, EdD, MPH, Professor, Health Science Program, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Los Angeles, and a member of the panel evaluating the diet promotions.

If toxins and waste were really retained in the body, the human race would not have survived, said Vincent F. Cordaro, MD, an FDA medical officer. “The whole concept is irrational and unscientific.”

Healthy Weight Week also honors businesses that portray an appreciation of size diversity, with the Women’s Healthy Weight Awards given this coming Thursday. The 2008 honorees are the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty (business), (cataloging), and How to Look Good Naked (television).

More size tolerance is needed, said Berg, a licensed nutritionist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. Today, you can hardly open a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing about the costs of overweight and obesity in America. However, she points out, some of these concerns may be misplaced and, in fact, a moderate amount of body fat may be beneficial.

Research at the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Nov. 7, 2007, and Apr. 20, 2005), shows the fewest deaths are associated with overweight, and higher health risks actually are linked to underweight and even so-called normal weight.

Berg’s recent books Underage and Overweight: Our Child Obesity Crisis and Women Afraid to Eat, articulate the damage to children and women by the obsession with thinness in our society, and encourage them to improve their lives in lasting ways, by living actively, eating normally, relaxing and feeling good about themselves and others.

FRANCIE M. BERG, MS, chair of Healthy Weight Week, is a licensed nutritionist, adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, former editor and publisher of Healthy Weight Journal and author of 11 books. Her latest three books review controversial research and advocate a health-centered approach to helping children and adults of all sizes (Underage and Overweight—Our Child Obesity Crisis; Children and Teens Afraid to Eat; Women Afraid to Eat). For a biographical sketch see and for other information, handouts and posters visit (click Healthy Weight Week).

Thank you, Linda Omichinski, RD, President & Founder of HUGS International Inc. (website: for providing this timely information on Healthy Weight Week.

Read the latest food trends and happenings with the links below:






Start to finish: 30 minutes


Freeze in: 10-cup container

Serve with: Green salad tossed with Vinaigrett; French bread

1 pound lean ground beef (2 1/2 cups browned meat)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 teaspoon onion salt

2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)

1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion

1 28 ounce can Italian-style or plain crushed tomatoes in puree

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

1 14 1/2 ounce can beef broth or bouillon

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 12 ounce package plain ravioli without sauce


Grated parmesan cheese


Cook the ground beef in a large pot until browned, about 15 minutes. Drain the fat. Combine the remaining ingredients except frozen ravioli and additional Parmesan cheese. Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook, put in container and freeze.

To prepare for serving, thaw soup and put in a large pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Thaw and cook ravioli according to package directions until just tender. Drain ravioli; add to soup. Salt to taste. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

In Once-a-Month Cooking, Revised and Expanded: A Proven System for Spending Less Time in the Kitchen and Enjoying Delicious, Homemade Meals Every Day, authors Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg say setting aside time to prepare and cook several meals is not only good for the budget, but takes the pressure off to get a nutritious meal on the table each day.

The book offers detailed shopping lists and a step-by-step system that shows how to prepare and cook several meals all in one day.

See a sample recipe below from Once-a-Month Cooking, Revised and Expanded: A Proven System for Spending Less Time in the Kitchen and Enjoying Delicious, Homemade Meals Every Day and then go online and buy the book!

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2008

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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