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“5-A-Day” rule backed by Swedish study

An extensive Swedish study found a direct correlation between the ‘5-a-day’ fruit and vegetable recommendation and a longer life. According to the study, those who had at least the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables tended to live a longer life than those who did not. Of the men and women that participated in […]

4 ways to stay healthy this summer (and still enjoy the summer weather)

Summer is in full swing and with it comes a host of great outdoor activities. However, this sunny season also opens the door to some serious health risks if you’re not careful. Here are some ways to keep your body safe this summer, while still enjoying the wonderful weather. Stay Hydrated A relatively simple, yet […]

Couch to 5K: Week one

I did it! With a little bit of perseverance and a lot of dragging from my partner in crime Clifford, I made it through week one of the Couch to 5k program. Break Down: The brisk five minute walk in the beginning was no problem because I am used to walking with Clifford every morning. […]

U.S. smoking rate drops to 18 percent

The nation’s smoking rate for adults has dipped to 18 percent after a seven year stall, according to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The new report is from a survey of about 35,000 U.S. adults, in which participants were asked to identify themselves as smokers if they had smoked more […]

AMA declares obesity a disease

The nation’s largest physicians group, the American Medical Association (AMA) has officially declared obesity a disease. Supporters of the disease classification believe this decision could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment by spurring health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services and getting doctors to pay more attention to the condition. Opponents […]

Exercise reduces breast cancer: New evidence

New research may give young women another reason to hit the gym, take up a summer fitness activity or sign up for a 5k walk/run. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows that regular aerobic activity appears to protect young women from breast cancer by changing the way women’s bodies […]

Stay Cool While Exercising in the Heat

It’s not unusual to see athletes pouring water over their heads after a workout, but does it offer any benefits to the body? Researchers at California State University conducted a study to find if there are any actual benefits to pouring water over one’s head during a hot workout. Researchers gathered 10 well-trained athletes, fitted […]

New York’s Ban on Trans-fat Makes for Healthier Fast Food

Could fast food become a little healthier? Turns out New York’s ban on trans-fat is lowering consumption of the fat linked to heart disease. In 2007, the New York City Board of Health adopted a regulation that forced restaurants to reduce the use of artificial trans-fat to no more than 0.5 grams per serving. They […]

Health Regulations Push Schools to Serve Healthier Lunches

For the first time in over a decade, stricter health regulations have pushed schools to offer healthier lunch choices for students. Options will include more servings of fruit and vegetables and overall less saturated fat content. Many school systems are also increasing the number of dishes that incorporate vegetarian and whole grain options. The recent […]

15 Year Old Invents Cancer Detection Tool, Wins Intel S&E Fair

Jack Andraka, a 15 year old Maryland high school student, recently won the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his work on cancer identification technology. His winning project was an early detection test that can be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. We got a chance to ask him about […]