In celebration of Women’s History Month and Red Cross Month, The Healthy Protocol, LLC focuses on how the two most important essentials to healthy living—nutrition and exercise—have developed over the years with the help of brilliant female scientists and activists.
We take a look at women's health in the US and how breakthrough developments by women allow us to live, thrive, and avoid diseases such as arthritis.
Clara Barton and the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, a humanitarian nurse who built a career on providing health assistance those in need. Her fierce activism over 100 years ago allows millions of Americans today to receive blood transfusions, disaster relief, and vital health information. The American Red Cross International Services count food and nutrition programs among their invaluable global health initiatives.
Lulu Hunt Peters and Weight Management
It’s hard to imagine a time when weight loss and calorie counting weren’t a part of the national nutrition conversation. The birth of the modern diet book began with American doctor Lulu Hunt Peters, whose 1918 guide Diet & Health: With Key to the Calories sold two million copies in its first year. While our knowledge of proper dieting has certainly changed over the past century, Dr. Hunt Peters was the first to outline a scientifically based plan of eating that focused on caloric measurements.
Marion Nestle and Food Politics
The Huffington Post calls her “one of the most influential food thinkers of our time.” Indeed, Marion Nestle has shaped the way our nation views what we eat and why we eat it. The New York University nutrition professor shares her informed opinions on USDA regulations, diet fads, and food trends on her influential website, Food Politics.
Victoria Knight-McDowell and Dietary Supplements
A second-grade teacher concerned by the colds she frequently caught from students, Victoria Knight-McDowell came up with a preventive formula in the early 1990s comprised of vitamins, herbal extracts, electrolytes, and amino acids. Her company now rakes in over $100 million annually. Knight-McDowell had no former medical or entrepreneurial training, and an initial lack of research brought about some controversy; however, her work solidified Airborne as a household name and made strides for women in the businesses of supplements and entrepreneurship.
Michelle Obama and Nutrition Activism
Our First Lady is one of America’s most outspoken nutrition and exercise advocates, placing the majority of her efforts into solving childhood obesity. Michelle Obama developed the Let’s Move! program in 2010 to promote physical activity and nutrient-dense eating among American children, with the goal of fewer children reaching adulthood having developed diseases such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes.
Royal Velvet and Arthritis
Royal Velvet is just one of many supplements that have been developed to help women face myriad health issues as they age. What makes Royal Velvet remarkable is its ability to nutrify every cell in the body using one natural, time-tested ingredient: deer antler velvet. Historically, single supplements have not been able to accomplish what Royal Velvet does for women: strengthens bones and joints against arthritis, balances hormones, increases cardiac function, promotes healthy skin, and even improves sleep.
We are lucky to be living today in a society where healthcare and research for women is considered important. Celebrate the achievements of women past and your freedom to embrace pure health by adding Royal Velvet to your diet.