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Childhood Obesity:  64 Calories a Day

A new study shows that kids need to cut 64 calories a day to reverse the obesity trend currently happening to our children in America. What does 64 calories amount to?  Here's two examples:  1/4 of an oatmeal raisin cliff bar or four ounces of apple juice.  The 64 calories is what is needed to be reduced to meet government goals for slashing obesity by 2020.

What happens if we don't cut those 64 calories a day? Well, the average child would be 4 pounds heavier than children from 2007-08 according to a study done at Columbia University. That

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Health News, Weight Loss

3 Ways to Help You Learn to Love Running

Picture this:  it's 7:00 a.m., your alarm is going off, and you all you want to do is hit the snooze button, just one more time. (Really you're thinking 3 more times.) Does this sound like you? For many, it is just plain hard to wake up in the morning to go for a run, or even after work, because we work hard and feel we need the break.

What's the easiest way to learn to love running:  just doing it consistently!

According to a new study in the Journal of

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Exercise, Health News, Weight Loss

Documentary Time:  Forks Over Knives

Maybe many of you have already seen this movie, since it has been out for almost a year, but it just came up on our radar a few months ago. We love documentaries, and what a better one than Forks Over Knives, which showcases the benefits of a plant-based, whole foods diet. This documentary is careful not to use the word "vegan," knowing that many associate vegans with more than just stringent eating. Many get flashes of hippies, PETA protestors, and who knows what else.

But in reality, Forks Over Knives is pushing a vegan diet, just

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Health News

What is your County Health Ranking?

Curious to know whether or not your county is considered healthy? The 2012 County Health Rankings came out, where you can find out how your county compared to the rest of the state or the entire country. They look at factors such as exercise, obesity, smoking, sexually transmitted diseases, and much more.

Find out if your county is healthy! Click the first picture below.

                     

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Health News

7 Things to Know About Asian Takeout

Many of us maintain healthy eating, but every once in a while we deserve a treat. Asian takeout has gotten a bad reputation as high-calorie, high-sodium, and overall a poor choice for those watching their weight. While there are some meals that are high in sodium and calories, there are also options that won't break your calorie-limiting bank. Below are seven tips about what to avoid and good choices when getting Asian takeout.

1. Edamame isn't low-cal always - Edamame is traditionally a good choice, as it has few calories, when it is steamed. However, some

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Bad Foods, Diet and Nutrition, Health News

When are People Happiest?

A new survey conducted found that people aren't at their happiest until age 33. A study by Friends Reunited, a British social-networking site, found that 70% of respondents over the age of 40 claimed they were not truly happy until they reached 33.

Why age 33? At age 33, there has been enough time to shake-off naive childhood and teenager dreams and thoughts, without losing energy and enthusiasm of their youth. Our innocence has been lost, but there is still hope and a "can-do" attitude that helps us set aspirational goals and believe that we still have much to achieve. Roughly 16% of

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Health News, Mental Health

Walking Everyday CAN Make a Difference

 

New research reported at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting on Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism in San Diego, shows that walking briskly everyday can reduce your chance of becoming obese on a genetic level. Walking an hour a day can reduce the weight-promoting effect of certain genes by 50%, while watching TV a few hours a day does just the opposite.

 

The study involved more than 12,000 men and women enrolled in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which track

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Exercise, Health News

5 “Lifesaving” Tests

There seems to be a lot of tests that doctors want you to take, but which ones are really important to your health, and which ones may not be completely necessary.  A seminal study by the Rand Corporation found that patients who had the most screenings over 5 years were no healthier than those given less medical attention. Here are 5 from Men's Health that could be lifesavers.

1. Cardiac CT Angiography - 3-D images allow radiologists to give you your heart artery calcium score, which measures

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Health Concerns, Health News, The Five

Food Safety - Imported Foods

There is a decent chance that part of your lunch and dinner comes from outside your home country, especially for those living outside the U.S. Food imports to the U.S. grew to $86 billion in 2010 from $41 billion in 1999. Most of that came in fruits and vegetables — think of all the produce that now flows into the U.S. from Central and South America. However, new data shows that fish farms from outside the U.S. is providing about 85% of the seafood we eat. Including fruits, vegetables, fish, and spices, about 16% of our food comes from outside the

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Health News

7 Lazy Ways to Ramp up your Health

Let's face it, we don't always want to go to the gym, eat the salad everyday, or forgo that delicious cheesecake when we are out to eat. Never fear, here are 7 ways that you can help improve your health without putting in the extra effort.

1. Eat Protein to Ward Off Weight Gain - You may not have to stress so much about cutting calories. Instead, eat more protein, as it keeps you feeling fuller longer than carbohydrates or fat. Foods rich in protein are also filled with zinc and B vitamins, both of which strengthen

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Posted by cborgers on June 10, 2012 | Categories: Diet and Nutrition, Exercise, Health News, Weight Loss

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