Healthy Behaviors

How to Make Fish Even Healthier

Fish in general is a good dietary choice — but deep-fried fish and chips really isn’t. Health reported Oct. 30 on five ways to make your fish as healthy as possible, including: Use healthier fats: cook with olive oil, or add avocado or nuts to your dish, for example. Add herbs and spices for flavor […]

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Visiting the Hospital? Wash Your Hands!

Do you wash your hands before and after visiting the hospital? Research shows that few patients do so, Reuters reported Oct. 23. Researchers found that less than one-third of patients washed their hands after using the bathroom, and that hand sanitizers were only rarely used by patients and visitors entering or leaving hospital rooms. Specifically, […]

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Make Your Home a True Sanctuary from Allergens

Tempted to hide inside during allergy season? Cocooning yourself indoors might actually make your allergies worse, Fox News reported Oct. 28. Pets and clothing can easily carry pollen, dust, bacteria and other allergens into the house, so if you don’t take steps to keep this stuff out, you’ll just be trapping yourself inside an unhealthy […]

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Evanston, Ill., Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

The tobacco industry could lose $2 billion annually if every U.S. state raised its legal tobacco-purchase age from 18 to 21, as some communities have, the Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 28. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has been encouraging — with some success — the adoption of age-21 tobacco laws at the city and […]

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Nutrition Facts Labels of Limited Value

Federal Nutrition Facts labels can only go so far in informing consumers about the healthfulness of what they eat, and the system has been open to manipulation by food manufacturers, the New York Times reported Oct. 26. In short, said David Kessler, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Although the numbers can […]

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Tobacco Company Bans Workplace Smoking

Workers employed by one of the biggest U.S. tobacco companies, Reynolds America, will no longer be permitted to smoke in the office, NBC News reported Oct. 24. Smoking traditional cigarettes will be banned in offices, hallways, conference rooms, and elevators, but still permitted in designated smoking rooms. However, Reynolds employees will still be allowed to […]

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How to Keep a Lid on the Halloween Bucket

Halloween candy is an anticipated holiday indulgence, but there are some ways you can keep your kids’ sugar splurge under control. Fox News reported Oct. 25 on some good “tricks” to keep a lid on Halloween “treats,” including: Try substitute treats like caramel covered grapes, nuts, or trail mix. Have your kids eat a healthy […]

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Trendy Milks May Leave Kids Short on Vitamin D

Almond, soy and other alternatives to cow’s milk may be healthier choices for some, but kids who drink these products are more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, Canadian researchers say. The New York Times reported Oct. 23 that a study found that children who drank these alternative milks in place of cow’s milk […]

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Long Term Decline in Trans Fat Consumption in U.S.

Greater consumer knowledge and voluntary cutbacks by food manufacturers may be behind a one-third reduction in trans-fat consumption in the U.S. between 1980 and 2009, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Reuters reported Oct. 23 that the findings were based on data from the Minnesota Heart Study, which includes information on the dietary […]

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Pumpkins are Jack Full ‘o Goodness

Pumpkins are pretty great when it comes to nutritional value. CNN reported Oct. 21 that the health benefits of pumpkins include: low in calories and high in filling fiber contains beta-carotene, converted to Vitamin A in the body for improved vision and skin beauty has lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that also help in eye health […]

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