NBC’s The Biggest Loser kicked off its fifth season in January, proving that losing weight has become a popular national obsession.

March is National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the American Dietetic Association and a good time to consider the amazing benefits. March also marks the first anniversary of the LHSFNA’s Health Promotion Division’s publication of Nutrition and Fitness for Laborers, the Fund’s training program for Laborers who want to adopt a healthier lifestyle through better food choices, more exercise and enhanced general well-being. Two educational brochures, Becoming Physically Active and Weight Matters, are also part of the program’s resources. All are available through the Fund’s Publications Catalogue.

Attaining and maintaining a healthy weight is never easy, and the battle is never over. There’s always more to learn and more lessons to apply. To that end, LIFELINES ONLINE offers this link to a short, provocative video produced last fall by the Center for Science and the Public Interest (CPSI):

A 3,000-Calorie Dinner? Belly-ssimo!

In this three-minute video, CSPI draws a nutritional comparison between dinner at a chain Italian restaurant (Olive Garden or Romano’s Macaroni Grill) and quarter-pounders from MacDonalds or Burger King. Most of us would assume the Italian dinner is healthier, but…

Take a look at the video. It’s easy to digest. CSPI is known for its sharp tongue and biting commentaries, and there’s plenty of food for thought in this one.

[Steve Clark]