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Oregon House Bill 3342-A Guarantees Access to Healthy Plant-Based Meals

Thursday, May 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls
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For Immediate Release

May 9, 2019

Contact: David Walls, 503.299.6776 davidw@opso.org

 

Oregon House Bill 3342-A Guarantees Access to Healthy Plant-Based Meals in Healthcare Facilities and Prisons

 

The Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon are proud to champion House Bill 3342-A which would require hospitals, long-term care facilities, and prisons in Oregon to provide healthy, plant-based meals in their facilities. The standard American diet has become alarmingly deficient in healthy, whole vegetables, fruits, and grains. By ensuring that Oregon’s healthcare facilities and prisons provide healthy, whole-food meal options that contain no animal products or byproducts, Oregonians will be able to make healthy diet choices that profoundly impact their health.

 

OPSO member and health advocate Charlie Ross, DO explains, “The evidence is clear that poor diet is the major contributing factor to most of our chronic diseases. Studies have documented that whole food, plant-based diets can reverse heart disease, our country’s number one killer. For every 10 grams of fiber, you add to your diet, you will decrease your risk of heart disease and colon cancer by 10%. There is no fiber in any animal product.”

 

“This bill is of particular importance to osteopathic physicians as the fundamental philosophy of the osteopathic medical profession is the understanding that the body is an integrated whole,” explains OPSO executive director, David Walls. “This includes the significant importance of proper nutrition in supporting full body wellness. As the science and evidence show us that increasing whole food, plan-based meals positively impact one’s well-being, it is natural that osteopathic physicians support policies that encourage healthy eating habits.”

 

Passage of HB 3342-A will show that the state of Oregon understands the critical importance of providing Oregonians with greater access to healthy meals,” Mr. Walls added. “This will be a significant step to encourage and promote healthy eating habits and treat the root causes of chronic illness.”

 

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About OPSO

The Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO) represent approximately 1,500 osteopathic physicians, residents, and medical students in Oregon. OPSO’s mission is to serve the osteopathic profession in Oregon through advocacy, education and professional outreach, ensuring the highest quality health care to the people of the state. Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing health care fields with nearly 1 in 4 medical students currently enrolled in an osteopathic medical school.

 

About Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care with a philosophy that combines the needs of the patient with the current practice of medicine, surgery and obstetrics, an emphasis on the interrelationships between structure and function and an appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.  Osteopathic physicians (DOs) are fully trained and licensed comprehensive medical providers.  Osteopathic training programs have a unique focus on primary care, and while osteopathic physicians may serve in any medical specialty, about 60% of graduating osteopathic physicians enter primary care fields. More information can be found at www.doctorsthatdo.org


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