About George Iacovacci

Founder & CEO, Bad Beat on Hunger-Stand to End Hunger, Social and Wellness Entrepreneur. Mr. Iacovacci resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys serving on multiple boards and advisory committees including corporate and non profit.

Raw Food Local and Organic

Local organic raw food

It seems organic raw foods are going mainstream. You can now go to your local grocery store and purchase from a nice selection of organic fruits and vegetables however how do we know where these foods have come from? This may or may not be a problem but I feel most of us would prefer to know where the food was farmed and if its locally grown. This is another reason why we enjoy our community

The arrival of Spring, and the rising popularity of eating raw organic whole foods has sprouted a rise in local food markets. Local farmers will be selling their fruits and vegetables right at the stands. When you stop and talk with each farmer they will tell you exactly where and how they produce this wonderful food. Now their produce may not have the “organic” seal but when talking to them we have learned in most cases that its grown the same but they don’t go through the additional expense and process of being certified organic. I personally think this is the best food you can buy. It cost less, is greener and supports your community.

So this weekend visit your local farmers market for in-season fresh organic foods and let us know what you think.

Happy Earth Day from all of us at Bad Beat on Hunger.

Healthy Lifestyle Pays off with Longer Life Expectancy

 

Increase Life Expectancy

Healthy Lifestyle equals longer life expectancy

Looking to increase your life expectancy?  A study conducted by the University of Washington shows there is a widening gap  in mortality rates among different economic areas.  The study compared two adjacent counties in Florida. St. Johns, affluent and active and Putnam county where the average income and housing is half the value. As the Washington Post article points out, the affluent county has miles of sandy beaches, abundant tennis courts and a extensive network of hiking and biking trails.

The understanding is that the more affluent area on average is also better educated, residents smoke less, are more active and will follow a healthier diet of plentiful whole foods. Access to medical care does not seem to effect the outcome of the studies which demonstrates to us that an environment that promotes active lifestyles combined with healthy whole foods instead of low cost processed foods will help you live longer.

This should be common sense and many people are aware of the benefits of eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. The problem is that few people follow what they know they should be doing. Busy lives tend to get in the way and this especially effects children and young adults.

How many people do you know who will go shopping on a Sunday and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with the intent to eat healthier only to find those same fresh foods sitting idle, going bad days later? This is not because of intent but rather a lack of convenience in our busy daily lives.

Now what if healthy raw, organic and/or clean foods are made readily available and convenient to eat?

And what if communities of all economic levels would invest more in safe sidewalks, as well as walking and biking trails and community venues like swimming pools, volleyball and tennis courts? How much would the health of our nation improve?

BadBeatonHunger.org is an initiative to bring healthy raw, organic and/or clean food to children and families in need. Working together in local communities across the country.

More information & Blog credits:

Photo credit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/research-ties-economic-inequality-to-gap-in-life-expectancy/2013/03/10/c7a323c4-7094-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/3/451.abstract

Extend your health, live your life with Heart and Soul

Demand Increases at Food Pantries

As families prepare for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving festivities food pantry’s across the country are stretched beyond their limits including one In Framingham featured on CBS Boston. Pantry’s are seeing a large increase in demand, some by over 400% and many others are experiencing similar shortages for much needed food.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 16.2 million children under 18 in the United States do not always know where their next meal will come from and are unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

Our up-coming event partner Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia reports that “One in four children are at risk for hunger in southeastern Georgia” What we know as a huge problem around the world is also a challenge right here in our local communities.

You can help make a difference http://badbeatonhunger.com/donate/

 

 

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