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I graduated from high school in the 1970s – I know, that was a long time ago! Anyway, I was looking through my high school annual the other day and was surprised at what I found (on many levels, actually). This is not something I do very often. In fact, I probably haven’t looked at that book for more than 5 years.

I was struck by the group photos in the book. There were almost no overweight people in the photos! How could that be? What has changed in recent years? Studies tell us that in 2012 about 1/3 of … Read the rest

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Businesses are beginning to get the message: It is in their best interest to help employees maintain a healthy lifestyle. For a growing number of workers, healthy behavior is now being encouraged by their employer.

One great way that companies are helping is by encouraging employees to get more exercise. Companies like Domino’s Pizza and General Electric are now giving employees pedometers so they can keep track of how many steps they take each day. But it doesn’t stop there. These companies are adding financial incentives too. These companies are making employees who walk a certain number of steps eligible … Read the rest

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With the holiday season fast approaching (I know, it’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year – again!), now is a good time to think about making it a healthy one. The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and it can also be a time to celebrate your health!

The holidays also bring lots of opportunities for great tasting food. It’s also a time for lots of rich, high fat, high sugar foods. And don’t forget the overeating! According to several studies, a typical Thanksgiving dinner with “all the trimmings” can have … Read the rest

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Do you think that you won’t gain weight playing video games because you only play motion-controlled games? Think again.

A study from the University of North Carolina finds that motion-controlled games like the Nintendo Wii won’t help you lose weight, and in fact might actually contribute to weight gain by encouraging you to overeat. Study participants ate 376 more calories in snacks and drinks than they burned during an hour of play.

The news isn’t all bad, though. Playing active video games is still better than playing the more sedentary games or watching TV. All three activities actually distract your … Read the rest

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New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds strong evidence that drinking sugary drinks like soda leads to a higher risk of obesity. The study involved more than 33,000 Americans and lasted several decades. It studied the interaction between consuming sugary drinks and the genes that affect weight. The study found that drinking sugary drinks actually amplified a person’s risk for obesity.

Two other major studies found that giving children and teens calorie free alternatives to the sugary drinks they usually consume leads to less weight gain. Together, the results of these three studies strongly suggest that … Read the rest

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