October 2013

Monthly Archives

  • Your health-related phone app likely doesn’t work

    Most of the health apps you can purchase do little or nothing to improve your health, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. “More than 90% of the apps scored less than 40 out of 100 in functionality,  which the scientists assessed using 25 screening factors such as how well the instructions […]
  • If you’re sick, stay home

    Almost 90 percent of people went to work when they were under the weather, according to a recent survey. “Their reasoning? They don’t want to fall behind. Nearly half — 45 percent — said an ever-growing workload convinced them commuting in was the right decision, according to the survey. It’s not that they don’t know it’s […]
  • Don’t let alcohol sabotage your diet

    You’ve stuck to your diet and exercise all through the work week, so what can a few alcoholic drinks on the weekend hurt? If it’s not the right kind of drinks you, you can easily drink over 1,000 calories in a night. You can still imbibe, but just keep a couple things in mind. Slim down […]
  • The toll commuting takes on your health

    Study after study supports that your long commute is making your more unhealthy. “Suburban sprawl ‘has taken a huge toll on our health,’ wrote Ms. Gallagher, an editor at Fortune magazine. ‘Research has been piling up that establishes a link between the spread of sprawl and the rise of obesity in our country. Researchers have also […]
  • For healthy teeth, eat these foods

    Everyone knows that acidic or sugary foods are bad for your teeth, but did you know that there are foods that are actually prevent cavities and tooth decay. Try these: “Low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt (avoid varieties with lots of added sugar) are classic calcium-rich choices. Cheese is especially beneficial because it contains casein, a protein […]
  • The trick to eating healthier at a restaurant

    Who you dine with influences what you eat more than you may expect, according to a new study. “‘The big takeaway from this research is that people were happier if they were making similar choices to those sitting around them,’ study author Brenna Ellison, an economist at the U of I, said in a statement. “If […]
  • Break these workout habits

    Having trouble getting over a workout plateau? ABC News explores 8 workout habits that may be hindering you. Skip the elliptical: “I’m not a fan of the elliptical. Not only is it the most boring piece of equipment in the gym, it is also extremely ineffective. First off, the elliptical doesn’t use a natural body motion to […]
  • So what’s your excuse for not running the marathon?

    Ok, so not everyone can run a marathon.  But you may be surprised by some of the people who’ve completed a marathon, including the oldest woman: “Gladys Burrill completed the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii in December 2010 in just under 10 hours. She was 92 years and 19 days old. ‘It’s so important to think positive,’ […]
  • Load up on lutein to improve eyesight

    A new study shows adding more lutein, often found in green leafy vegetables, can help improve your night vision. “In the study, people who consumed daily lutein supplements over the course of a year improved their sharpness of vision, contrast sensitivity, and sensitivity to glare—all markers that can result in better nighttime driving. “Lutein is […]
  • Ruining a perfectly good superfood

    You may have the best intentions when trying to eat healthier, but often we make healthy foods unhealthy by how we prepare them. For one, stop frying sweet potatoes: “It’s easy to think opting for sweet potato over regular fries is automatically a more nutritious move. And while it’s true that sweets offer some extra […]