Listen: Eating and exercising to be healthy

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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 18, 2018:

More than a third of Americans are considered obese, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Diet and exercise are key components of a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition experts say to prevent disease we should focus on avoiding foods that cause chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and necessary for healing. So, when does inflammation become chronic and why is it dangerous?

Chronic inflammation is characterized by a prolonged inflammatory response, like the body is in a constant state of emergency. This chronic state can lead to irreversible damage, and may play a role in almost every major disease, like arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Diet is one way to control inflammation.  Regular physical activity is, as well. 

Appearing on this episode of Smart Talk is Tamara Rhodes, RD, LDN, Outpatient Clinical Dietitian with UPMC Pinnacle. She will discuss dietary management of chronic inflammation.  

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Tamara Rhodes

Also joining the discussion is Dr. Janet Fulton, PhD., the chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Center for Disease Control.