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May 15, 2010

The Sugar Fix
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America has a weight problem. But what's causing it? One medical doctor says a common food ingredient may be the real culprit. Then, do you wonder why you never hear good news about the progress of minority children? We'll hear from an expert that says there has been some real improvement. And - how are you doing in planning for retirement? If you're a baby boomer, you probably should be trying harder.
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: High Fructose Fallout
Dr. Richard J. Johnson, MD is author of The Sugar Fix. He believes that high-fructose corn syrup used in todays food products is one of the key factors in many health problems. He explains the role that fructose plays in the obesity epidemic, along with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.
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InfoTrak: Narrowing the Ethnic Gap
Dr. Donald Hernandez is the author of a pioneering report on child development. His research found that black and Hispanic children have made significant gains in health, safety and family income over the past two decades, narrowing gaps between them and white children. He talks about the underlying reasons for the improvements.
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InfoTrak: Saving for the Golden Years
Christine Fahlund, Senior Financial Planner at T. Rowe Price Investment Services talks about the effect that a challenging economy has on retirement planning. She believes that many Baby Boomers have been naive when it comes to planning for retirement, and explains why some employers are becoming more proactive in helping their workers save for their senior years.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Christine Fahlund
Christine Fahlund received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts and has worked in financial planning for more than 25 years. Before T. Rowe Price hired her in 1995, Fahlund was vice president of business affairs at Shawmut Trust Company; and prior to that, she was vice president of personal trust sales with Bank One Wisconsin Trust Company. Her personal philosophy on investing is: "A well-diversified portfolio with significant exposure to equities is an important component of any retirement planning strategy. However, saving enough and not spending too much in retirement are also required. Both your investment strategy and your cash flow strategies must be tailored to your situation to successfully achieve the lifestyle you desire in retirement.

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Richard J. Johnson
RICHARD JOHNSON, MD, has been a practicing physician and clinical scientist for over a quarter of a century. Previously chief of nephrology and director of renal transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Johnson is now chief of nephrology, hypertension, and transplantation at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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