Could we imagine creating learning situations that foster powerful, behavior-changing ideas* around the following recent results of health research linking sugar consumption and a Mediterranean diet to, respectively, diabetes and lowered heart disease?
“A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.In other words, according to this study, obesity doesn’t cause diabetes: sugar does.” http://nyti.ms/XvDQUD
“About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found.” http://nyti.ms/WmnwJb
(* Creating learning situations and powerful ideas are references to ideas from an online course of Learning Creative Learning hosted by the Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT.)