Dr. Fuhrman on PBS: June 4th Premiere

  3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D. will be premiering this Saturday, June 4th on public television stations across America.  (check local listings)

A message from Dr. Fuhrman:

"I believe in PBS and I hope you do too. Public television's very existence is in serious jeopardy from Washington lobbyists and lawmakers. I hope many of you will be able to support PBS with a pledge for my program "3 Steps to Incredible Health!" Your involvement and support will help our mission of bringing INCREDIBLE HEALTH to every single American AND enable PBS stations to survive in these difficult times. Thank you."

 

3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, MD is a sixty-minute PBS pledge program that directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

Over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese - and that number is growing just like our waistlines!

Dr. Fuhrman will offer a healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding weight quickly and reclaiming the vitality and good health we all deserve. 

 

Support Public Television and Dr. Fuhrman.


By making a donation during Dr. Fuhrman's pledge program on PBS, as a gift you will receive an exclusive Dr. Fuhrman "Incredible Health" combo package – not available anywhere else!*

Be sure to tune in and tell your friends!

By watching 3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, MD on PBS you are helping educate America with Dr Fuhrman's message.

Support your local PBS station by phoning in during an airing and making a pledge.

Check local listings by following these easy steps:

1. Go to www.pbs.org

2. Click the first button in the menu bar, Select Your Local Station, and follow the prompts.

3. Next select TV Schedule from the menu bar and you will be taken through to the TV Schedule for your local PBS Station

4. Use the Program Search field and enter Joel Fuhrman to find the scheduled broadcast dates and times of 3 Steps to Incredible Health!

If the site has no Program Search, browse their A-Z Program Guide for 3 Steps to Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D., click on the link to find the broadcast dates and times.


*Stay tuned to DrFuhrman.com for more details about the PBS program, the "Incredible Health" combo, and an exclusive offer to Dr. Fuhrman's Members!

 

Not Many Junk Food Commercials Banned

In 2007, countries like Canada and the U.K. banned junk food commercials during kids’ television. It seemed like a good idea, but now a new study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood reveals many commercials aren’t actually getting the ban. Researchers analyzed 2,315 adverts from Canada and 1,365 from the U.K., 52% to 61% were for unhealthy food, with 5% to 11% likely to be seen by children, but only 5% of the ads would be prohibited under the ban; via EurekAlert!

Even 5% can’t hurt, because previous research has shown most commercials during kids’ programming are for junk food, with American children being exposed to food of poor nutritional quality, like Honey Smacks cereal, which have as much sugar as a glazed doughnut.

In related news, a recent study found advertisements for unhealthy snack foods, like chocolate bars and ice cream, often appear right next to health articles in health magazines!

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TV Turns Up Asthma Risk in Kids...

To be published in an upcoming issue of Thorax, new research claims children who watch more than two hours of television each day have a higher risk of asthma. The study tracked respiratory function of 3,000 children from birth to 11.5 years of age. Starting at age 3.5, parents were asked to describe their child’s respiratory health and if they manifested any symptoms, such as wheezing, or if they had been diagnosed with asthma. Data revealed only 6% of kids developed asthma, but those watching two or more hours of TV each day were twice as likely have asthma; HealthDay News reports.

Sitting around watching Sponge Bob all day isn’t healthy, especially since previous research has associated obesity with a greater likelihood of asthma, as well as exposure to common household chemicals like cleaning sprays and air fresheners. So get the kids out of the house!

In related news, traffic pollution, specifically polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the byproduct of incomplete gasoline combustion, has been linked to asthma risk in babies.

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Too Much TV Leaves Kids Unfit

SpongeBob and MySpace might be super cool. But new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests teenagers who spend more than 2 hours in front of a television or computer each day, had less endurance during a standard running test than their peers. However, the findings do not support the theory that watching television or playing on the computer makes kids out-of-shape, but still, researchers recommend parents set clear rules for computer usage and TV time; Reuters reports.

Television has a nasty reputation. A previous report claims sitting around and watching good TV makes people more likely to overeat, the brain becomes distracted and doesn’t realize it’s over-consuming. And commercials make it worse! On average, children ages 8 to 12 are exposed to 7,600 ads a year, teenagers about 6,000 and little kids, ages 2 to 7, 4,400 commercials a year. Eek!

Go outside kids! You haven’t lived until you’ve spent hours throwing a tennis ball against a wall.