Exercise Trumps Brain Games in Keeping Our Minds Intact It turns out that musclehead who kicked sand in the nerd's face was really just sending him a positive health message. Well if you follow researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland  who find that exercise has more benefit than traditional "mental stimulating activities" on countering the effects of age on our brains. Women Who Give Up Smoking Extend Lives by 10 Years "Quitting smoking works. And the sooner, the better."  It's a theme that warrants repeating – this time by Rachel Huxley, a University of Minnesota professor, in reaction to a study of more than one million women smokers in the United Kingdom. Smoking Bans Drive Down Heart Attack […]

If you were looking to create a succesful video, there is a formula that almost always guarantees success. Create an animated film featuring cute and cuddly animals (in this case, polar bears), combine with a catchy theme song sung by a chart-topping musician (enter Jason Mraz) and top off with the direction of an industry heavyweight (advertising superstar Alex Bogusky). Only this isn't the latest feature film from Hollywood. It is instead a stark protest against the evils of sugar, specifically the soda industry. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myxwCEGcBYc] This video should prove to be an interesting study on the importance of how health-related information is delivered to today's consumers. It is safe to say that nearly all consumers know the negative impact consuming large […]

For the first time in history, children today are projected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.  Physical inactivity is linked to hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs as well as more premature deaths worldwide (5.5 million annually) than smoking. Young people are 32 percent less active than their parents and grandparents, and by 2030, that number will be closer to 50 percent. Though they may sound like scare tactics or headlines for shock value, these are just a few of the simple facts – some of which are tremendously sobering – that Nike, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education present as a "call to […]

When Stanford University recently published a study examining the nutritional advantages of organic foods – or possible lack thereof – the media and blogosphere lit up with a firestorm of bold proclamations. "Organic Food No More Nutritious than Non-Organic Study Finds" "Stanford Study Underscores Benefits of Organic Foods Beyond Nutrition" "Debunking the Debunkers of Organic Foods" As the press ran with the study and the subsequent reactions, one thing became clear: It achieved little clarity as it pertains to what's best for the consumer. But maybe that's a good thing. The passionate confusion over what the study actually determined (focusing on negligible differences in nutrient content) underscored that well-being – be it through nutrition, exercise, the environment in which we […]

How the U.S. Healthcare System Wastes $750 Billion Annually The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently estimated that the country loses some $750 billion annually to medical fraud, inefficiencies, and other siphons in the health-care system. The system is broken, but perhaps the fix lies with individuals having greater financial skin in the game and driving the industry towards a more efficient system that serves the needs of consumers. Exercise Apps Don’t Always Work Out Fitness, nutrition and health-focused apps continue to gain in popularity, but just how effective are they? A recent study by Brigham Young University examined over 100 popular apps and rated them on their ability to facilitate actual behavior change in the users lifestyle. The results showed most apps were […]

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