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Eating right and living well

Dear Editor:

The recent Nutritarian Festival last weekend was amazing! Kudos to Chef Martin Oswald, Shelley Summers, and Natalie Obermeyer for bringing this event to Aspen and for the Aspen Club, which hosted and helped organize the cook-off event on Saturday.

As a personal trainer at the Aspen Club, I felt proud to be part of an organization that takes the opportunity to be part of important, cutting-edge events like the Nutritarian Festival. On Friday night, the Greenwalds graciously opened their home to attendees for a Nutritarian dinner and talks by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and John Mackey of Whole Foods.

For those of you who don’t know, a Nutritarian is the term Dr. Joel Fuhrman uses to describe someone who focuses on eating a very nutrient dense diet in order to live a long and vibrant life.

Our country is in a health care crisis, more money is spent per person on health care in the USA than in any other nation in the world, yet we are ranked at 42nd for life expectancy and we are the fattest nation in the world. Eating a nutrient rich diet is one powerful solution to reducing our health care costs and increasing the quality of life of our citizens.

Events like the Nutritarian Festival are fun and inspiring ways to expose people to the critical importance of eating a healthy diet and that eating healthfully should be delicious as demonstrated by 11 of the best chefs in Aspen who competed in the cook-off. (And especially to the winner, Chef Miles Angelo of Caribou with his yoga roll!)

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I hope that all of the restaurants who participated will include the dishes that they prepared for the cook-off on their regular menu. Restaurants are a key player in getting Americans healthy.

Dawn Shepard

Aspen