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Six Tips That Could Make You Smarter
CNN.com, Susie East (March 1, 2016)
For years scientists have been looking for ways to enhance our intelligence -- from eating fish oil tablets to playing the latest video games. The jury is out on whether these techniques are truly effective in improving intelligence, but studies have shown that your IQ can change -- so why not give it a try?

People Who Exercise at Middle Age MightHhaveBbigger Brains Later On
CNN.com, Morgan Manella (February 15, 2016)
Poor physical fitness in middle age might be associated with a smaller brain size later on, according to a study published in an online issue of Neurology. Brains shrink as people age, and the atrophy is related to cognitive decline and increased risk for dementia, a researcher said, and exercise reduces that deterioration and cognitive decline.

Head Injuries Tied to Buildup of Alzheimer's Plaques, Small Study Finds
US News & World Report: HEALTH DAY, Maureen Salamon (February 5, 2016)
Suffering a traumatic brain injury may lead to a buildup of Alzheimer's-type plaques in the brain, including in regions not typically affected by such plaques, a small new study suggests. Building on previous research indicating traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be a major risk factor for dementia, researchers found that moderate to severe head injuries led to an accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brains of nine middle-aged study participants over months or years.

Study Links Eating Fish With Healthier Brains, Regardless of Mercury
CNN.com, Carina Storrs (February 2, 2016)
Eating at least one serving of seafood a week could help stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to a study. A strong case has been building for the role that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish could play in protecting against Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. But questions remained about whether these benefits could be canceled out by the mercury in fish, which at high enough levels can be toxic to the brain. The new study suggests that is not the case.

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CNN.com, Madison Park (December 28, 2015)
The most persistent holiday health myths are based on kernels of truth. Read about the often-repeated adages and why they're off the mark.........

People Are the Best Help For Depression, Not Computers
CNN.com, Lynne Shallcross, KHN (November 27, 2015)
Almost 8 percent of Americans 12 and older dealt with depression at some point between 2009 and 2012. With that many of us feeling blue, wouldn't it be nice if we could simply hop on the computer in our pajamas, without any of the stigma of asking for help, and find real relief?

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The Science Behind How Bacon Causes Cancer
TIME.com (November 23, 2015)
The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, concluded Monday that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer. That’s not totally groundbreaking: No one would mistake bacon for a health food. We’ve long known that processed meats are bad news for heart health, since they’re full of sodium and fatty acids. But you have to look beyond the food label to understand how they can cause cancer. During the processing and heating of meats, an array of carcinogenic chemicals form, and those compounds can potentially damage cells.

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Eat Mediterranean Diet For a Healthier and Younger Brain
CNN.com, Jen Christensen (November 18, 2015)
As we age, our brains naturally shrink and our risk of having a stroke, dementia or Alzheimer's rise, and almost everyone experiences some kind of memory loss. Scientists know that people who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and keep mentally stimulated generally have healthier brains than people who aren't as careful about diet and exercise. This latest study from the journal Neurology shows how one easy-to-follow diet (which includes wine!) may make your brain about five years younger.

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Battle of the Bars: Fat, Sugar and Additives Render Many 'Health' Selections Little Better Than a Snickers
OC Register, Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil (November 4, 2015)
Walk into virtually any grocery store today and you’ll see shelves – sometimes an entire aisle – of nutrition and energy bars. A decade ago, these protein-rich snacks were considered a specialty item for athletes looking for an energy boost, but now, with more than 1,000 nutrition bars on the market, they’re a staple in many Americans’ diets. While most of these bars claim to be healthy – by helping cut calories, providing nutrients, or replenishing energy after a workout – not all live up to the billing. Read more.......

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Answers Your Questions on Processed Meats
CNN.com, Mariano Castillo (October 27, 2015)
Of the thousands of things the World Health Organization has studied for possible links to cancer, this week's announcement that hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats increase the risk of colon cancer was especially hard to swallow for many. It's a finding that has many seeking a deeper understanding about what this means. Is eating bacon as bad as smoking? Exactly how much processed meat is harmful? Are my children at risk?

You May Be a Pizza-holic: Research Says Some Foods Addicting
CNN.com, Carina Storrs, special to CNN (October 23, 2015)
Pizza, French fries and ice cream may be the kinds of foods many of us love to indulge in after a night of drinking. But research earlier this year suggests we can actually have benders on these foods all by themselves, and it may even be a sign of an addiction.

This is Your Brain on Tidiness: The Psychology of 'Organization Porn'
CNN.com, Allyssia Alleyne (October 12, 2015)
Emily Blincoe's Instagram feed is a virtual haven for neat freaks everywhere. Scroll through, and you'll find image after satisfying image of food, plants and household goods arranged in a tidy, grid-like manner that suggests either an artist's eye or a latent psychological disorder. The Nashville-based photographer is a master of what has come to be known as "organization porn," stylized images of everyday objects stacked, laid and arranged in a neat, visually pleasing way.

Why You Stress-eat and How to Stop It
CNN, Jessica Migala for Life by DailyBurn (September 4, 2015)
Sometimes it happens after you get an angry email from your boss. Or, maybe because you recently connected with a new love interest...and now he or she's gone MIA. Whatever the dilemma, cue your hand in the bag of Cheetos or a visit to the kitchen for, well...whatever's there. You know what it is: stress eating.....

Middle-Age Weight Gain May Trigger Alzheimer's
U.S. News & World Report, Lauran Neergaard (AP Medical Writer) (September 1, 2015)
One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people's weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, but when. Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer's. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health took a closer look and reported Tuesday that being overweight or obese at age 50 may affect the age, years later, when Alzheimer's strikes. Among those who eventually got sick, more midlife pounds meant an earlier onset of disease.

Math-letes Rule! Fit, Healthy Kids Do Better in School, Especially Math
CNN, Carina Storrs (August 31, 2015)
The familiar saying that exercise is good for the body and mind may be especially true for children. Kids who are physically fit actually have differences in their brain structures that might allow them to do better in math, according to a new study.

The Benefits of Fiber: For Your Heart, Weight, and Energy
WebMD, Lisa Fields (August 3, 2015)
Have you been told to eat more fiber? Most Americans don't get enough of it. Turns out it’s one of the most important foods in your diet. It helps keep your digestive system running smoothly. That's why you need fiber even if you don't have a problem with constipation.

Foods That Double as Medicine
CNN, Ben Smart (July 29, 2015)
A typical visit to the doctor might leave you with a bottle of pills and instructions to take them twice daily. But a small, growing number of physicians are "prescribing" foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases. CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don't have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.

Step Away From the Burger: Why a 'Western' Diet is Bad For Your Health
CNN, Meera Senthilingam (July 7, 2015)
The developing world is seeing rapid urbanization, with more than half of the world's population now living in cities and this figure expected to reach 70% by 2050. But with this progression comes an urban lifestyle -- often meaning less physical activity and the consumption of a "Western" diet. "[There's a] nutrition transition occurring around the world," says David Tilman, professor of Ecology at the University of Minnesota. In a recent study, Tilman explored global trends in diet choices and the link between these diets and health.

Prostate Cancer: Risk of Death May Be Raised By Western Diet
Medical News Today (July 1, 2015)
A new study has suggested that following a Western diet - high in red and processed meats, refined grains and high-fat dairy products - could increase the risk of death for people with prostate cancer from both prostate cancer and all causes.

How to Moisturize From the Inside Out
Health.HowStuffworks, Matteson Cade (June 24, 2015)
If your skin has ever felt more like sandpaper than a baby's bottom, you know how miserable dry skin can be. Dry skin can cause all sorts of discomfort, including peeling, flaking, cracking, redness and itching. The good news is you can avoid that all-over itchy feeling by taking time to keep your body well hydrated from the inside out.

Study: High-fat Western Diet Increases Chances of Prostate Cancer
CNN, Sandee LaMotte (June 5, 2015)
If you're one of the nearly 3 million men currently living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, listen up: A new study says what you eat makes a big difference as to how long you'll live with your cancer.

The Best Sunscreens of 2015 That We Are Not Using (Especially Men)
CNN, Sandee LaMotte (May 23, 2015)
Who's the worst at protecting their skin from the sun and skin cancer, men or women? Men are, according to the latest study on sunscreen use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Only 14.3% of men said they regularly used sunscreen. But women don't win any awards for their efforts either.

'Natural' and Other Food Labels That Sound Legitimate But May Not Be
CNN, Carina Storrs (May 18, 2015)
The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods came into the spotlight again last month when Chipotle, the popular Mexican food chain, announced it was working to remove ingredients that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, from its menu. The company's website states that these foods do not "align" with its vision to provide the highest-quality ingredients, and it cites concerns in the medical community, as well as among farmers and environmentalists, about genetically engineered crops.

Although the move is unprecedented for a nationwide restaurant, consumers are faced with deciding whether to choose GMO-free versions of common staples each time they go to the grocery store; everything from cereals to soups to sauces. Even foods that could never be genetically engineered to start with, such as salt, are being promoted as GMO-free.


Secret Weapon to a Healthy Weight: A Shopping List
CNN, Jen Christensen (May 8, 2015)
Forget fancy diets and expensive exercise programs. Fighting fat and keeping a healthy weight may be as easy as food shopping with a grocery list. People who said they always used a list when they shopped had a healthier weight, even in neighborhoods where there were a variety of obstacles to eating healthy, according to a new study.

Healthy Diet May Improve Memory, Says Study
CNN, Azadeh Ansari (May 6, 2015)
We've all heard the age old adage, "You are what you eat." But could what we eat also affect how we think? New research sheds additional light supporting the long standing notion that eating a healthy diet could potentially be linked to a lower risk of memory and thinking decline, researchers say.

Stress Eating Helps, When They're These Superfoods
CNN; Lindsay Funston, Health.com (April 13, 2015)
When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Indeed, some foods may help stabilize blood sugar or, better yet, your emotional response. Read about 12 foods to reach for when you've just about had enough.

The Worst Foods to Eat When You're Sick, and the Best Ones
CNN, Linda Melone, Health.com (March 31, 2015)
When you're under the weather the last thing you want is to eat something that makes you feel worse. But what if the last thing you want is chicken soup or crackers, and you're craving ice cream or a glass of wine? It depends on what's wrong with you, experts say. Here are common symptoms and expert suggestions on foods that help — and hinder — relief.

Americans Confused About Cancer Risks
U.S.News & World Report; HealthDay, Amy Norton (February 4, 2015)
Fewer than half of Americans are aware that some major lifestyle factors can affect their cancer risk, a new survey suggests. Instead, many people worry about cancer-causing claims that aren't back by scientific evidence -- such as stress or hormones in foods, according to the survey done by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly -- Even if You Exercise, Review Finds
HealthDay News, Maureen Salamon (January 19, 2015)
Regular exercise doesn't erase the higher risk of serious illness or premature death that comes from sitting too much each day, a new review reveals. Combing through 47 prior studies, Canadian researchers found that prolonged daily sitting was linked to significantly higher odds of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dying.

Walking Group a Step Toward Better Health, Researchers Say
HealthDay News (January 19, 2015)
Joining a walking group may be just what the doctor orders, because research suggests it is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. It's easy to stick with this type of exercise program, which offers a wide range of health benefits and has virtually no side effects, the study authors said in the report published online Jan. 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Why Happiness is Healthy
CNN Health, Elizabeth Landau (December 25, 2014)
Happiness -- you know it when you see it, but it's hard to define. You might call it a sense of well-being, of optimism or of meaningfulness in life, although those could also be treated as separate entities. But whatever happiness is, we know that we want it, and that is just somehow good.

Eating the Mediterranean Diet May Lead to a Longer Life
CNN Health, Christina Lee (December 3, 2014)
Eating a Mediterranean diet may be your key to living longer. That's according to a new study led by Immaculata De Vivo, associate professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School. The diet involves eating items off a menu that is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish. It keeps dairy, meat and saturated fats to a minimum. And you can have a glass of red wine with dinner without cheating.

Why You Need to Make Getting Your Employees in Shape a Priority
SMART BUSINESS, Sue Parks (October 2, 2014)
The success of a wellness program, in terms of changed behavior and the bottom line, hinges on integrating all planning, activities and efforts into one vibrant, measurable initiative. A key requirement of this integration and the development of salient measures, whether it is one location or in multiple markets, is the buy-in of company leadership.

The Link Between Fat and Cancer
CNN Health, Jacque Wilson (October 1, 2014)
You likely know that being overweight increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But did you know it also increases your risk for cancer? If you didn't, you're not alone. While around 90% of Americans know that smoking is linked to higher rates of cancer, Dr. Clifford Hudis says, the inverse is true for obesity and cancer; less than 10% of us realize how fat is related to this chronic disease.

Walking is the Superfood of Fitness, Experts Say
YAHOO! News, Dorene Internicola (September 29, 2014)
Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star.

How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work
Fast Company, Rachel Gillett (August 29, 2014)
If you’re like most Americans, you suffer from the physical, emotional, and mental epidemic that the scientific community calls "sitting disease." But unlike many other illnesses that require a team of doctors, the cure is in our own hands--or feet, rather--and all we have to do is take a walk.

Walk Therapy
UNITED Hemispheres, Jacqueline Detwiler (August 1, 2014)
Strolling has long been a tool of writers and philosophers. Many of them—from William Wordsworth to Mark Twain—have had their most brilliant ideas while ambling about.

Sue Parks: Why You Owe it to Your Team to Help Them Be Healthier
SMART BUSINESS, Sue Parks (June 19, 2014)
Are your employees on drugs? The answer: half of them are. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 percent of Americans use one or more prescription drugs. One out of 10 Americans uses five or more. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief says cholesterol and pain medications are popular among Americans between the ages of 20-59. The largest category: anti-depressants. For your workers over 60, cholesterol treatments are the most popular followed by diuretics and high blood pressure.

To Age Well, Walk
New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds (May 27, 2014)
Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.

In a Creative Slump? Take a Walk
Los Angeles Times, Deborah Netburn (April 26, 2014)
Want to get creative? Get up and go for a walk. People generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit, according to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. "Everyone always says going on a walk gives you new ideas, but nobody had ever proved it before," said Marily Oppezzo, a psychology professor at Santa Clara University and the lead author of the study.

Younger Skin Through Exercise
New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds (April 17, 2014)
Exercise not only appears to keep skin younger, it may also even reverse skin aging in people who start exercising late in life, according to surprising new research.

12 Ways to Beat Workplace Stress
BenefitsPro, Dan Cook (March 20, 2014)
Work life today is hectic, to an extent that might have been hard to imagine just a generation ago. Stress levels are through the roof, and many workers struggle to stay engaged, let alone productive. 

Brisk Walking, Light Tennis Can Reduce Women's Stroke Risk, Study Says
Los Angeles Times, Mary MacVean (February 14, 2014)
Get moving is the message for yet more evidence of health benefits. This time researchers found that women who took part in moderate exercise, such as walking briskly or playing tennis, resulted in a significant reduction in risk of having a stroke. And the best bet is to get moving now.

Sue Parks - Why a Strong Wellness Program Will Save Your Business More Than Money
SMART BUSINESS, Sue Parks (February 14, 2014)
I went to a talk on corporate wellness the other day. The speaker was a physician who had led the corporate wellness efforts for a large company. The organization spent $150 million annually on health benefits for its employees. She asked for $400,000 to run a wellness program. The powers-that-be only asked about and challenged the $400,000. No one questioned the $150 million.

Sugar Tied to Fatal Heart Woes; Soda's a Culprit
ABC News.com; Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer (February 4, 2014)
Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems. It doesn't take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk, the researchers found, and most Americans eat more than the safest amount.

Exercise to Give Your Brain a Workout
Albany TimesUnion, Harvey Mackay (February 3, 2014)
A study by the National Academy of Sports Medicine finds that "Maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle helps increase productivity and diminishes health care costs. Employees involved in a corporate wellness program tend to miss fewer days and have fewer doctor visits. Exercise has many positive benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. In addition, exercise improves cognitive function, reduces stress, and improves your mood."

Step by Step, a Way to Health, Happiness and Friendship
Los Angeles Times, Charles Fleming (January 10, 2014)
I was having a period of bad health — quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together........then I discovered that walking gave me a little relief. So I started walking.

For Pre-diabetics, Just 2,000 Steps a Day Cuts Heart Attack Risk
Reuters, Kate Kelland (December 19, 2013)
People who are already on the way to developing diabetes could significantly reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke by walking for just an extra 20 minutes a day for a year, scientists said on Friday.

Get Nuts — Study Shows They Keep You Healthy
Santa Fe New Mexican, Marilyn Marchione (The Associated Press) (November 21, 2013)
Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.

Doctors Are Told to Get Serious About Obesity
Bradenton Herald, Mike Stobbe (The Associated Press) (November 13, 2013)
Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight. The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation's obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds. Doctors should calculate your body mass index, a weight-to-height ratio. And if you need to lose weight, they should come up with a plan and send you for counseling.

Learn to Leave Your Phone in the Other Room So You Can Both Recharge
Smart Business Network, Sue Parks (October 30, 2013)
Sleep should be sleep. Unless you are on call to save lives, save your own. Get eight hours of rest. Recharge yourself while your smartphone does the same — in another room.

Exercise Earns an A+
Yahoo HEALTH, Natalie San Luis (October 22, 2013)
The next time your children want to play outside for an extra 30 minutes, you might want to let them. More exercise now could lead to better grades in the future.

Calorie Numbers May Not Mean What We Think They Do
Philadelphia Inquirer (philly.com), Stacey Burling (October 7, 2013)
"A calorie is a calorie from an energy balance point of view, but, from an effect on the body, there may be a difference," said Dale Schoeller, a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Wisconsin and an officer of the Obesity Society.

Exercise 'As Good As Medicines' In Treating Heart Disease
Reuters, Kate Kelland (October 2, 2013)
In a large review published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain's London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes.

Scientist said that exercise may be just as good as medication to treat heart disease and should be included as a comparison when new drugs are being developed and tested.


30-Minute Exercise More Effective Against Obesity Than Intense 1-Hour Workout
redOrbit.com, Michael Harper (September 18, 2013)
Health officials fighting the “battle of the bulge” against obesity just got some good news. According to new research, 30 minutes of light, daily exercise can help someone shed more pounds than an hour of intensive training.

Why Exercise is a Great Way to Boost Your Bottom Line
Huffington Post, Sue Parks (September 13, 2013)
A Wall Street Journal article highlighted research that showed that executives who have a BMI under 25 percent are perceived more positively by peers than those with BMIs over 25 percent. Why? Perhaps it has to do with self-control or discipline or energy levels. Regardless, it is a perception that can impact your career — and your company’s prospects.

Steps, Time, Distance: However Measured, Walking Can Reach Health Goals
Los Angeles Times, Mary MacVean (September 6, 2013)
The 10,000-step daily goal originated decades ago in Japan and has gained momentum in recent years in the United States, in part thanks to all the cool little tracking devices on the market. But many experts are looking at our walks in another way that could be easier to track and less intimidating: Walk for 30 minutes, five days a week. (One half-hour walk on its own is significantly less than 10,000 steps.) Either way you measure it, health officials say, is fine. The point is to get up and move.

Keys to Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
USA TODAY, Karen Weintraub (July 22, 2013)
A mix of exercise, good eating, sleep and solid nutrition are key elements in the efforts to stave off damage from Alzheimer's. Read about the specific, evidence-based recommendations from Snyder, Arnold and others.

Diet Soda May Do More Harm Than Good
CNN.com, Danielle Dellorto - CNN Medical Senior Producer (July 10, 2013)
Diet soda drinkers have the same health issues as those who drink regular soda, according to a new report published Wednesday. Purdue University researchers reviewed a dozen studies published in past five years that examined the relationship between consuming diet soda and health outcomes. They then published an opinion piece on their findings in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, saying they were “shocked” by the results.

7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise
US News & World Report, Deborah Kotz, Angela Haupt (June 19, 2013)
Maybe you exercise to tone your thighs, build your biceps, or flatten your belly. Or maybe you work out to ward off the big killers like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But how about sweating to improve your mind? "Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning," says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey.

A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
New York Times, Andrew Pollock (June 18, 2013)
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments.

Set a Goal But Didn't Follow Through? Tips to Resetting Habits
Los Angeles Times, Jessica P. Ogilvie (April 23, 2013)
Patience is a virtue, frustration a spoiler. Set small goals on the road to larger ones and know that it takes 21 days on average to form a new habit. We all have habits that we could stand to break. But desire isn't everything, and it can be difficult to know where to start and frustrating to carry on through setbacks, temptation and outright failure.

Basal Metabolic Rate Changes as You Age
Washington Post, Gabriella Boston (March 22, 2013)
Going on a crash diet to shed the pounds fast? Think again. Although the pounds will dwindle, so will your metabolic rate and most likely your lean body mass — which in the end is exactly what you don’t want.

Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Disease
Orange County Register, Gina Kolata (The New York Times) (February 26, 2013)
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.

Really? Timing of Meals Affects Weight Loss
New York Times, Anahad O'Connor (February 4, 2013)
In The New England Journal of Medicine last week, a prominent researcher noted that much of the conventional wisdom about weight loss has little basis in science. Is your waistline affected by when you eat, or is a calorie always just a calorie whenever you eat it? To seasoned dieters, the claim that eating late can spell trouble is nothing new. But the idea has lacked evidence from credible human studies. Most of the research to date has shown that eating late is linked to weight gain.

Obesity Myths Exposed: Can Sex Really Help Shed the Pounds?
The Daily News, Associated Press (January 31, 2013)
Fact or fiction? Sex burns a lot of calories. Snacking or skipping breakfast is bad. School gym classes make a big difference in kids' weight. All are myths or at least presumptions that may not be true, say researchers who reviewed the science behind some widely held obesity beliefs and found it lacking. Their report in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine says dogma and fallacies are detracting from real solutions to the nation's weight problems.

Obesity Grows Everywhere
Orange County Register, Dallas Morning News (January 27, 2013)
Clogged arteries and sedentary lifestyles have replaced germs as the world's leading killers. Where hunger once held much of the world in its grip, the 1.6 billion overweight and obese now outnumber the malnourished by nearly 2-to-1.  The United States clearly has a weight problem. The World Health Organization says a third of American adults were obese in 2008, and 69.4 percent were overweight.

Calorie Bombs Wins 'Awards'
Orange County Register, Landon Hall (January 24, 2013)
The average adult should consume about 2,000 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day. Eating just one meal on a public advocacy group's new Xtreme Eating Awards list would wreck that diet in an instant.

Hard to Resist
Orange County Register, Helena Oliviero (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) (January 10, 2013)
Forget fancy workout gear. One of the hottest trends of 2013 suggests you need nothing more than your own body weight. Body weight training includes back-to-basics exercises — pushups, planks, pullups, squats and more — and using the body as resistance is a leading trend this year. A survey recently released by the American College of Sports Medicine says among fitness trends, body weight training appears in the top 10 for the first time.

Your Medical Chart Could Include Exercise Minutes
Orange County Register, Lindsey Tanner (AP) (January 7, 2013)
Some patients may not be aware that research shows physical inactivity is riskier than high blood pressure, obesity and other health risks people know they should avoid. As recently as November a government-led study concluded that people who routinely exercise live longer than others, even if they're overweight.

Shaping a Habit
Orange County Register, Julie Deardorff (Chicago Tribune) (January 3, 2013)
Establishing new fitness habits isn't easy. Habits – unlike resolutions – last. The behaviors become wired so deeply into our brains that they occur without thinking, possibly freeing up the old noodle for other matters. And though habits take longer to establish and change, they are worth the patience and work.

The Best Move
Orange County Register, James Fell (Chicago Tribune) (December 27, 2012)
What if you have Type 2 diabetes? The first step is to optimize medications to jump-start treatment quickly, said Dr. Tim Church, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. And it's never too late to cut back on sugar intake, but it turns out that exercise is a much more critical component of fighting this life-threatening condition.

Taking a Stand for Better Health
Orange County Register, Steve Lohr (New York Times) (December 24, 2012)
The health studies that conclude that people should sit less, and get up and move around more, have always struck me as fitting into the “well, duh” category.

But a closer look at the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: The health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they're not sitting down. That point was reiterated recently in two studies, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine and in Diabetologia, a journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.


Fifty Ways to Live to 100
Daily Mail, Louise Atkinson (December 11, 2012)
Live on a hill, read a magazine upside down and 48 other ways to live longer

How Did We Get So Fat?
San Diego Union-Tribune, Scott Laffee (November 26, 2012)
We eat too much. We eat badly. We don’t get enough exercise.

WalkStyles, Inc. Announces Agreement with Johns Hopkins HealthCare
Sacramento Bee, PRNewswire Press Release (November 26, 2012)


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/26/5011277/walkstyles-inc-announces-agreement.html#storylink=cpy
Health care experts from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System along with health care faculty from The Johns Hopkins University are developing and writing health content including an information module called the Johns Hopkins Wellness Corner(sm), which features timely and topical interactive online chats, monthly video blog posts, and video commentaries for WalkStyles, Inc. 

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/26/5011277/walkstyles-inc-announces-agreement.html#storylink=cpy


Good Night's Sleep Key to Good Health
San Diego Union Tribune, Sally Mathiesen (November 20, 2012)
Patterns may change as we age, but the overall amount needed remains the same.

Weight Gain During the Holidays Is Hard to Undo
The Seattle Post, Timi Gustafson RD (November 14, 2012)
Millions of Americans will again become heavier over the holidays. For many it’s an experience as reoccurring as the Season itself. It seems almost inevitable that we overeat too often and exercise too little this time of the year. While the resulting weight gain is not always dramatic, getting rid off the extra pounds afterwards can be a real challenge.

Study: Looking Old May Be a Sign of Heart Risks
USA Today, Associated Press (November 6, 2012)
Want a clue to your risk of heart disease? Look in the mirror. People who look old — with receding hairlines, bald heads, creases near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids — have a greater chance of developing heart disease than younger-looking people the same age, new research suggests.

Belly Fat Most Harmful, Study Says
Orange County Register, Meredith Cohn (The Baltimore Sun) (October 31, 2012)
Someone with a lot of belly fat has a higher risk of death than those who are obese, a new study suggests. “We knew from previous research that central obesity is bad, but what is new in this research is that the distribution of the fat is very important even in people with a normal weight,” Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, senior author on the study and a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement. “This group has the highest death rate, even higher than those who are considered obese based on BMI. From a public health perspective, this is a significant finding.”

Try This: Bringing Fluidity Back
Los Angles Times, Melinda Fulmer (October 27, 2012)
Sitting in front of a computer all day can take a toll on the back. This flowing sequence helps to restore the mobility and ease to your spine using some of the same stretches your pets use. Do it in the middle of the afternoon when you need to release stiffness and get energized.

Hiking With Kids
Chicago Tribune, Deborah Way (McClatchy Newspapers) (October 17, 2012)
Hiking is a wonderful way to reconnect with your family. Not only are you getting exercise, you're also getting away from the distractions of TV and computers. It's satisfying to watch your children's eyes refocus on the world around them. But if the prospect of persuading your kids to walk anywhere, let alone in the wilderness, seems daunting, don't worry. These ideas can make the experience fun and low-stress.

7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise
U.S. News & World Report HEALTH; Deborah Kotz, Angela Haupt (October 10, 2012)
Think exercise is all about toned abs and weight loss? It also makes you happier and smarter. "Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning," says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey.

Do Exercise Programs Help Children Stay Fit?
New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds (October 3, 2012)
Getting children to be more physically active seems as if it should be so simple. Just enroll them in classes and programs during school or afterward that are filled with games, sports and other activities. Although the benefit of the guided activity sessions is unclear, what is clear is  that active children are much more likely to be active adults and that physically active children also are far less likely to be overweight. A convincing, if separate body of scientific evidence has shown that the most physically active and fit children are generally the least heavy.

Weight Loss Isn't About Fads and Hype
Orange County Register, Barbara Quinn (Monterey County Herald) (September 19, 2012)
Don't believe in magic. There is no secret formula or food that will make weight fall off your body without effort. Be especially careful if a diet plan eliminates an entire food group, such as fruit or grains. Pay attention to calories. They really do count. It doesn't make sense, for instance, to avoid a 100-calorie baked potato in favor of a 900-calorie steak.

Get Busy and Move
Orange County Register, Jane Glenn Haas (September 11, 2012)
Dr. Mike Moreno, is a general practitioner with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Moreno is also the author of “The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging,” just released by Simon and Schuster. He says to stop aging, go back to the basics. “There's more technology available today than there ever has been,” Moreno said. “But people are also more unhealthy than they ever have been. “The basics are something we all learn. We know it means being active and running around. Technology has enhanced our lives but also created a sedentary environment.”

Keep Workout Fresh and Healthy
San Diego Union-Tribune, Dr. Jan Fronek (September 4, 2012)
Starting an exercise routine, or resuming one after a long hiatus, can be difficult, especially after an injury. Vigorous physical activity is a must for cardiovascular and overall health. But muscles and tendons can’t go from 0 to 60 overnight. Good conditioning is a gradual process.

Calorie Limits Don't Extend Life Span but Might Keep You Healthier
Los Angeles Times, Rosie Mestel (August 30, 2012)
This could be considered encouraging, "In the ideal scenario, we'd stay healthy to a relatively decent age and then we'd suddenly fall over at the appropriate time. That would be a good thing. What we don't want is people living longer and longer in worse and worse health."

What's a Successful Weight Losers' Secret?
Orange County Register, Ellen Warren (Chicago Tribune) (August 22, 2012)
“There's hope for all those people who have tried to lose weight and have not achieved long-term success,” says J. Graham Thomas, who has studied the habits of “successful losers” through the National Weight Control Registry at Brown University Medical School ( nwcr.ws).Writing in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal, Thomas boiled it down to “Seven Habits of Successful Weight Loss Maintainers.”

Nutrition Program Steers Detroit Kids Toward Healthy Decisions
The Detroit News, Mark Hicks (August 20, 2012)
This summer, Tiffany Stockman has been working out her mind and body. Through iCount/KidsCount, a wellness outreach program aimed at helping youths improve their lives with healthier decisions, the Detroiter, 13, and some 250 other area youngsters each week counted their footsteps, exercised and learned the benefits of nutritious foods


Take a Stand, Literally, for Your Longevity
Orange County Register, Jane Glenn Haas (July 25, 2012)
Have you ever thought of sitting as a disease? As an activity, or lack of activity, that shortens your life?
A new study says sitting fewer than three hours a day would add two years to the life of most Americans.
And the study – published in the online medical journal BMJ Open – also found that American life expectancy could be extended by 1.38 years if TV viewing was limited to fewer than two hours a day.


Don’t Underestimate Impact of a Pet on Health, Well Being
San Diego Union-Tribune, Lori Delagrammatikas & Janice Yuwiler (July 2, 2012)
Did you know that Mom’s cat, Uncle Gene’s dog, even your elderly neighbor’s fish offer significant health benefits for their owners? It’s true. Pets enhance health in oh-so-many ways. Fifteen to 30 minutes with a pet – even watching fish – decreases cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, and increases serotonin, a chemical associated with well-being. These physical changes actually improve mood and reduce stress

High-Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Risks
New York Times, Nicholas Bakalar (July 2, 2012)
A low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a large study in Swedish women. The study, published in the journal BMJ, was based on a random sample of 43,396 women ages 30 to 49, each of whom completed a dietary questionnaire. The researchers used the data to create a 20-point scale, with higher scores indicating a lower ratio of carbohydrates to protein.

Know your BMI: Docs urged to screen for obesity
Orange County Register, Lauren Neergaard (AP Medical Writer) (June 26, 2012)
Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you're overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have begun calling it a vital sign, as crucial to monitor as blood pressure.

Sold on the Feeling, if Not the Benefits to Health
New York Times, Gina Kolata (June 18, 2012)
Almost everyone has gotten the message that exercise is important for health. Yet most who start exercise programs stop. Perhaps, researchers say, the way to persuade more people to exercise is to study those rare individuals who love it. What makes someone a committed exerciser? And how motivating are the much vaunted improvements to health?

Baby Steps
Orange County Register, Courtney Perkes (June 13, 2012)
Health writer Gretchen Reynolds describes America as the “most sedentary society that has ever existed.”
And she's suggesting that designation can be reversed with as little as a 20-minute walk every day. Reynolds, who writes the popular column Phys Ed in The New York Times, is the author of the new book “The First 20 Minutes.” She covers research showing that the greatest benefits from exercise occur at the beginning of activity and that small amounts of movement are enough to dramatically improve health.


Take a Hike!
Orange County Register, Suki Reed (June 11, 2012)
The healing properties of nature have long been recognized by past generations and are being rediscovered by modern science.

Does Exercise Raise Heart Risk in Healthy People?
San Diego Union-Tribune, Gary Robbins (May 31, 2012)
We need to keep in mind that there is no "one size fits all" for anything---nutrition, medications, or exercise. But any negatives of exercise in a small number of people (which are not serious) are greatly overshadowed by overriding benefit.

He Touts Weight Training for the Brain
Orange County Register, Jane Glenn Haas (May 23, 2012)
What if you spent a week eating the right diet, exercising and stimulating your brain with fun-to-do mind games?mHow about adding some stress-reduction techniques? What if you did all this and, at the end of the week, got proof your brain was healthier? And suppose you saw these benefits no matter what age you started – 40, 60, even 80?

Diabetes on the Rise Among Teenagers
New York Times, Roni Caryn Labin (May 21, 2012)
Nearly one in four American adolescents may be on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or could already be diabetic, representing a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence among children ages 12 to 19 since a decade ago, when it was estimated that fewer than one in 10 were at risk for or had diabetes, according to a new study.

Healthy Eating Can Cost Less, Study Finds
Orange County Register, Sam Hananel (May 17, 2012)
An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.

42% of American Adults Will be Obese by 2030, Study Says
Los Angeles Times, Melissa Healey (May 8, 2012)
The ranks of obese Americans are expected to swell even further in the coming years, rising from 36% of the adult population today to 42% by 2030, experts said Monday. Kicking off a government-led conference on the public health ramifications of all those expanding waistlines, the authors of a new report estimated that the cost of treating those additional obese people for diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions would add up to nearly $550 billion over the next two decades.


Study Warns of Teen-diabetes Outcome
Orange County Register, Alicia Chang (April 30, 2012)
New research sends a stark warning to overweight teens: If you develop diabetes, you'll have a very tough time keeping it under control. A major study, released Sunday, tested several ways to manage blood sugar in teens newly diagnosed with diabetes and found that nearly half of them failed within a few years and 1 in 5 suffered serious complications. The results spell trouble for a nation facing rising rates of “diabesity” – Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity. The message is clear: Prevention is everything.

Cancer Society Urges Diet and Exercise for Survivors
Orange County Register, Mike Stobbe (April 27, 2012)
A cancer diagnosis often inspires people to exercise and eat healthier. Now the experts say there's strong evidence that both habits may help prevent the disease from coming back.

Weight Loss Tip for Moms: Be a Kid Again!
Orange County Register (April 19, 2012)
When you were a kid, exercise was natural throughout the day because you were having fun outside. Just because we are adults doesn't mean we can't indulge in some outdoor fun with the kiddos, while toning muscles and burning calories.

How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain
New York Times Magazine, Gretchen Reynolds (April 18, 2012)
For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship.

Weight Loss Study: Fads Not as Helpful as Exercising, Eating Less
Chicago Tribune, Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster (April 10, 2012)
Nearly two-thirds of Americans who are obese try to lose weight, and about 40% of them actually succeed. How did they do it? The old-school way: By eating less, exercising more and switching to more healthful foods, according to a new study.

Walking Can Offset the Tendency to Become Obese
Los Angeles Times, Shari Roan (March 20, 2012)
So you have fat genes, huh? OK, but your genes aren’t your destiny. A new study shows that people who are genetically prone to obesity can offset that influence by half by walking briskly one hour a day.

Can Lifestyle Changes Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia, Melissa Repko (March 9, 2012)
The artice is not saying you can guarantee you'll never get Alzheimer's disease, but what it is saying is there is a possibility that we can delay the onset of symptoms through the healthy lifestyle approach.

Getting Fat but Staying Fit?
New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds (March 7, 2012)
Does being physically fit counteract some of the undesirable health consequences of being overweight? That question, of pressing interest to those of us who exercise while carrying a few extra pounds, prompted an important new study that focused on aerobic fitness and weight swings.

No Pain, But Still a Gain
Orange County Register, Ellen Warren (February 29, 2012)
You've got to love a fitness expert whose exercise mantra is “make it short and sweet.”
How short? Twenty minutes, three times a week. But even less at first. For those of us who are, shall we say, exercise-averse, this is magical.


Staying Slim Over Long Term
Orange County Register (February 22, 2012)
Forget all the latest fads, gimmicks and “miracle” diets. The only way to lose weight – and keep it off – is to eat less and exercise more. It's not complicated, but it does require discipline.

Job Corps Students use 'ICount to' Stay Healthy
Ottumwa Courier, Cindy Toopes (February 18, 2012)
They know how to count and they do it everywhere on the Job Corps campus at Ottumwa Airport.
ICount is a health and wellness program that’s part of the everyday life at Job Corps.


Nutrition: Options Play a Role in Healthier Choices
New York Times, Nicholas Bakalar (February 13, 2012)
Some studies have shown that calorie labels at fast-food restaurants have little effect on consumption, so scientists at Duke University tried something different.

Love Your Heart
Orange County Register, Molly Zisk (February 8, 2012)
It's estimated that 80 million American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease. You can greatly reduce your risk through lifestyle changes, and in some case, medication. While some risk factors, such as genetics cannot be changed, the article lists the ones you can control.

For Weight Loss, Cutting Back on Calories Matters Most
Seattle Times, Timi Gustafson RD (February 5, 2012)
People who swear by a particular diet to lose weight may be fooling themselves, according to a recent study by scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There is no real evidence that low-carb, low-fat or high-protein diets make as big a difference as overall calorie reduction when it comes to weight loss, according to Dr. George Bray who worked on the study.

US Obesity Epidemic Shows No Hint of Shrinking
Deseret News, Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press (January 18, 2012)
America's obesity epidemic is proving to be as stubborn as those maddening love handles, and shows no sign of reversing course. More than one-third of adults and almost 17 percent of children were obese in 2009-2010, echoing results since 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week.

Gyms Often Alienate the Obese
Los Angels Times, Julie Deardorff (Chicago Tribune) (January 16, 2012)
Overweight clients often feel they don't fit in at health clubs. Some new gyms are trying to address that. One gym user says she quit going to her health club in part because she sensed she didn't fit in. People always seemed to be staring at — and silently judging — her 280-pound body.

First Steps to a 'New You'
Orange County Register, David Whiting (January 10, 2012)
It's less than two weeks into the New Year, and chances are that you've promised yourself better fitness in 2012 or at least you're thinking about such a promise. Perhaps you've decided to put things off until after the Valentine's Day chocolate. Then again, maybe you'll start on the new you after the Easter candy. Of course, there's also the awesome Memorial Day barbecue – start after that, right? Here are tips to help you get or stay fit. First, set a goal......

Making Good on Fitness Resolutions
San Diego Union-Tribune, R.J. Ignelzi (January 4, 2012)
Getting in shape is probably near the top of many people’s New Year’s resolutions lists. However, for lots of folks, that’s as far as it goes – a well-intentioned aspiration that never makes it past the middle of February.
This article offers some tips to help make your fitness resolutions a reality.


One Path to a New Year of Health
Orange County Register, Suki Reed (January 2, 2012)
Getting in shape is one of the 10 most popular resolutions. Our digital conveniences have led to a more sedentary lifestyle for both young and old, resulting in health conditions that range from obesity to heart disease. Develop a routine that includes spending time outdoors, healthy exercise and good eating habits. Consistency is key to weight loss and long-term success; if life's little emergencies get in the way, don't panic. Simply get back on the path to health as soon as possible. The article highlights eight easy steps to a healthier lifestyle and new body.