Healthy Behaviors

A Pre-Workout Snack is OK

Don’t feel guilty about snacking right before you hit the gym: a big meal is a bad idea, but a little fuel in your belly could make the difference between a good and bad workout, experts say. DailyBurn reported Sept. 15 that dietician Cynthia Sass says that the closer you eat to a workout, the […]

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For Better Wellness, Walk or Bike to Work

Stress levels are 13 percent lower among people who walk or bike to work than among those who drive, according to British researchers. LiveScience reported Sept. 15 that the findings were drawn from surveys of more than 18,000 commuters in England. Well-being was shown to improve when drivers switched to biking or walking to work. […]

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Exercise May Build Better Students

Young students had better reading and math skills when they were more active at recess and took part in organized sports, respectively, according to a study of Finnish schoolchildren. HealthDay News reported Sept. 11 that researchers who studied children in grades 1-3 found that the association between exercise and academic performance was especially strong among […]

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Activity Patterns Linked to Education

You don’t have to go to college to learn that exercise is good for you; in fact, people without a college degree get more exercise than those who went to college, the San Francisco Gate reported Sept. 3. People with a college degree are more likely to be active on Saturdays and Sundays than during […]

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Avoid the Post Workout Binge

Do you feel the urge to reward yourself with a treat after you work out? An occasional indulgence is OK, but binging on food after exercise can defeat the purpose of all that sweaty activity. Fox News reported Sept. 11 on some strategies you can use to make sure your post-workout treats don’t get out […]

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Exercise Can Offset Some Soda Dangers

If you want to indulge in an occasional can of Coke, here’s how to do it relatively guilt-free: go take a walk of at least 12,000 steps. The New York Times reported Sept. 10 that the fructose used to sweeten most brands of soda is known to increase diabetes risk and weight gain. However, researchers […]

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Diabetics Unaware of Sodium Risks

People with diabetes are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, but few restrict their intake of sodium — a known contributor to high blood pressure and stroke. Reuters reported Sept. 9 that Australian researchers who surveyed people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes found that only one in three knew that salt contains sodium, […]

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How to Lose a Pound a Week, 500 Calories at a Time

Cutting 500 calories per day from your diet can lose you a pound in a week; Fox News reported Sept. 9 on five easy ways you can trim your calorie intake, including: eat a cup of high-fiber cereal with half a cup of raspberries rather than a bagel for breakfast leave a quarter of what’s […]

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Most Americans Ban Smoking in Homes

Eight out of 10 U.S. households prohibit indoor smoking, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s almost double the percentage of two decades ago, the Associated Press reported Sept. 4. Even in homes where an adult smoker lives, about half don’t allow indoor smoking, up from about one in 10 […]

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Healthy (or Unhealthy) Eating Patterns Set Early

If you want your kids to love healthy foods the time to start developing their palate is during infancy, a new study says. The New York Times reported Sept. 2 that eating patterns developed before age 1 can persist well into childhood. “Our early taste preferences, particularly for fruits and vegetables, and on the flip side […]

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