The President unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2015 starting October 1, 2014. His budget calls for an increase in spending and taxes on upper income Americans. New policy goals were not included and instead included many of the measures that he had previously proposed. It did not include any changes to entitlements or any real move to reduce the deficit or any plans to improve the economy. Even though it is an election year and as a result the usual intention to provide spending for critical Congressional elections, should the budget contain overhauls necessary to spur the economy and reduce the debt? Is this budget the “Right Thing to do?”
National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to explore better ways of getting nutrition and actually enjoying healthy food.
The debate about raising the minimum wage is heating up. President Obamacalled on Congress to pass an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 in his State of the Union address and then signed an executive order raising the wage for workers on new federal contracts. The State Board of Canvassers unanimously agreed to allow the group, “Raise Michigan” to begin collecting signatures to place a question on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $10.10 an hour. What are the implications of a move to raise the minimum wage and is the “Right Thing to do?”
February 26 is National Pistachio Day and a great time to experiment with new recipes using this ultra-healthy nut! Pistachios help fight heart disease and improve circulation. Phytochemicals found in pistachios reduce oxidative stress that can damage arterial walls and help decrease total cholesterol.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in those 65 and older. More than 2 million Americans, ages 50 and over, have AMD, a 25 percent increase from the last decade. Symptoms of AMD include…
Last week Governor Snyder announced a plan to help the City of Detroit. The state would contribute $350 million to help save the Detroit Institute of Art and to help pay the pensions of city workers. There is no question that the state needs a healthy Detroit, but was the pledge of state dollars the “Right Thing to do?”
The “January slump”, February “funk”, the “winter blues” – whatever you call it, serious mood changes can be the result of seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). The lack of sunshine in the winter is one factor that can contribute to SAD. Decreased exposure to natural light adversely effects your circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycle) and can decrease serotonin production.
Healthy Weight week is a time to focus on adopting healthy lifestyle habits and stop focusing diets and and the numbers on your bathroom scale. “Diet” implies a temporary change that lasts only until you lose those unwanted extra pounds. Sadly, 95% of those who diet regain their weight within three years. During healthy weight week, the goal is to identify habits that you can change or add to permanently impact your health, and body weight. Start with three key factors:
Without much fanfare last week, we read once again that a budget deal has been passed overwhelmingly by both the Senate and House. Didn’t we also have the news in December that a budget deal was passed? What budgets are we talking about? Can the press do a better job of reporting the information? Was the budget passed this time the “Right Thing to do?”
It has not even been a month since the Republicans and Democrats agreed to some budget cuts and revenue and spending increases to eliminate some of the sequester cuts and pass a two year budget. Some cost savings were to occur from changes in military pensions, that is reduce the cost of living adjustment (or Cola) for veterans under the age of 62 by one percentage point below inflation. That was to save $6.3 billion over 10 years. I know it is hard to believe, but there is already a move in Congress to restore the full Cola to all military retirees. Is this the “Right Thing to do?”