Doctor drives home message of healthy eating

Nov 19, 2010

A healthy diet can translate into lower life insurance premiums.

When it comes to helping patients avoid chronic health conditions and improve their life expectancy, some doctors may be ahead of their time with the emphasis they place on proper diets and nutrition.

With that in mind, the New York Times recently profiled Dr. Preston Maring, a former physician in chief of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California. While Maring has already enjoyed a long and illustrious career, one of his most recent accomplishments is reportedly the creation of an all-organic farmer's market at the hospital itself.

The newspaper added that the doctor has been especially trying to convince colleagues that they should play a greater role in helping their patients make healthy eating decisions. To that end, he has reportedly begun speaking at other medical facilities to teach fellow doctors more about healthy cooking and eating.

Overall, this is consistent with many other medical professionals who believe that one of the best ways to reduce financial strain on the healthcare system is to focus more on preventative medicine.

Consumers who take steps to limit their own risk of chronic health conditions can expect a number of benefits, from a longer and more active life to paying less for their life insurance premiums.

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