• Setting the Mood for Smaller Meals

    September 16, 2012

    A change in fast-food restaurant ambience can affect the amount of food consumed by customers, an unusual study has found. Researchers decorated a section of a Hardee’s restaurant in Champaign, Ill., with indirect lighting, soft music, white tablecloths, even candles on the tables. The room was soundproofed, isolated from the loud music and bright lights of ...

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  • The do's and don'ts of running

    September 15, 2012

    NEW YORK — Are modern men and women born to run, or must our 21st century bodies be carefully cross-trained to stay fit and healthy? When it comes to care and training of the modern distance runner, expert opinions are mixed. Jay Dicharry, author of the new book “Anatomy for Runners,” believes that to be a better ...

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  • Weight Loss Surgery Cuts Diabetes Risk

    September 13, 2012

    Weight loss surgery is twice as effective as lifestyle changes at preventing type 2 diabetes in people who are obese, a new study found. The Swedish study followed more than 3,400 obese men and women, roughly half of whom had bariatric surgery, for up to 15 years. It found that bariatric surgery reduced the risk of ...

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  • Eat Your Fruits and Veggies … Safely!

    September 12, 2012

    Fruits and vegetables are packed with important nutrients needed for good overall health and should be a vital part of your diet. To prevent foodborne illness with your produce, consider taking these few basic steps. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling produce. Wash produce thoroughly with water before eating, ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Benefits Not Just Patients, But Their Family Members Too

    September 11, 2012

    Obese family members of an obese patient who underwent bariatric surgery lose an average of 22 pounds (10 kgs) within a year of the operation, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine reported in Archives of Surgery this week. The authors explained that bariatric surgery encouraged family members, and not just the patient, to adopt ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Benefits May Outweigh Risks

    September 10, 2012

    Severely obese adults may reap significant health benefits from bariatric surgery, including reduced heart risks. And rewards of the weight loss procedure may outweigh risks, according to a new scientific statement. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association is the first to focus solely on bariatric surgery and cardiac risk factors, says lead author Paul ...

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  • Three simple weight-loss strategies that work

    September 9, 2012

    Cutting back on calories is the cornerstone of any successful weight-loss plan, but as dieters can attest, that’s easier said than done. So it’s encouraging to learn that three simple strategies can provide a boost: Eat regular meals, write down everything you eat, and avoid restaurants and takeout at lunchtime. These three habits were each linked to ...

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  • How to buy healthy food on a tight budget

    September 8, 2012

    It’s hard to argue with a $1 double cheeseburger. Perhaps that’s why so many believe that eating healthy is expensive. The myth has become so pervasive that everyone from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to health care providers is attempting to dispel it. Now the Environmental Working Group is joining in. The EWG has combined forces with ...

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  • Healthy Weight – it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!

    September 7, 2012

    A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them, choosing a balanced diet or eating plan. So how do you choose a healthy eating plan? Let’s begin by defining what a healthy eating plan is. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy eating plan: Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and ...

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  • Weight Loss Surgery Recovery

    September 6, 2012

    Recovery from weight loss surgery requires both a short-term plan and a long-term plan. To manage the effects of morbid obesity and bariatric surgery, your post-weight loss surgery care plan may involve several different types of health care professionals, who will work together to help ensure your overall health, manage your food addiction and provide ...

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