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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Taking Nutrition Seriously

The importance of good nutrition is nothing new. Back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Today, good nutrition is more important than ever. At least four of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.--heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes--are directly related to way we eat; diet is also implicated in fitness.

Until a few years ago, the only athletes who took nutrition seriously were body-builders. Now, nutrition is an integral part of training in such activities as football, basketball, swimming, tennis and others.

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