Sunday, May 4, 2008

An Important Day for Foodies

Hey everyone, I'm lacking in a recipe today (actually I'm not, but I'm feeling too lazy to type that much... you'll have it tomorrow!) so instead I'm providing you with some interesting (well, to me at least) news on the medical and gastronomical front.

As someone who loves to both cook and eat, but who has to watch her diet due to illness, I was very interested to see that this month (May 29th, to be precise) is home to World Digestive Health Day. Started in 2005, it began as a way to mark the 45th Anniversary of the creation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), which aims to
  • Contribute on a global scale to the study and progress of gastroenterology
  • Maintain active contact with all organizations interested in Gastroenterology and allied fields
  • Encourage and support co-operative research, particularly in relation to the epidemiologic study if gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Tabulate and file existing areas of graduate training in Gastroenterology
  • Consider the study of future plans for the development of graduate education in gastroenterology.
  • Solicit and receive donations for the purpose of study, scientific research and investigation.
  • Make arrangements for the holding of a World Congress of Gastroenterology and to advise and assist those responsible for organizing it (WGO).

Each year focuses upon a particular digestive disorder in order to increase awareness of the prevention and therapy associated with many of the common diseases. Past themes included things like hepatitis. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the WGO's creation and the 3rd year of this event, and the theme they've chosen is a broad one that pertains to everyone: Optimal Nutrition in Health and Disease. If you're interested in any of that sort of stuff, or you're attempting to maximize your health overall through diet, there are a ton of links to help you out. Try these off for starters:

And keep eating well!!