According to a new study, as reported by the Washington Post, blood levels of trans fat declined in Americans by 58 percent from 2000 to 2008 after the Food and Drug Administration required food manufacturers to label how much trans fat is in their products, and after many food producers voluntarily stopped using trans fat as an ingredient.  Trans fat has been linked with a high risk of heart disease. 
     The FDA began requiring trans-fat labeling in 2003, and at the same time, many cities and states — New York most famously — passed laws limiting trans fats in restaurant food and cooking. The result has been a marked decrease in the risk factor for heart disease among Americans.  At a time when news about public health is often bleak, this is an instance of very good news stemming from very good public policy.  Now, if we could only find more ways to encourage exercise, we’d make even more progress.
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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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