Category: HEALTH

A Dieting Book For Six-Year Olds?

Maggie Goes on A Diet book

There is no denying that childhood obesity is an American epidemic, an epidemic that accounts for thirty-three percent of children. Ensuring that children are more active and inspired to live a healthier lifestyle is paramount but a child’s developing psyche and body image is also vital and often overlooked. Continue reading

Japan’s Increasing Cost For A Cancerous Habit

Cigarette vending machines in Tokyo, Japan.

Regular smokers in Japan are about to experience a serious hike in the cost of cigarettes. The tax hikes are not intended to be temporary either; if Health Minister Yoko Komiyama is successful the hikes will annually increase by 100 yen ($1.30). The new average for a pack of cigarettes in Japan is 700 yen ($9.13). The assumed intention behind this price increase is to act as a deterrent to smokers, smokers in 2005 cost Japan 4.3 trillion ($56 billion) in medical costs and economic loss. For many Japanese citizens higher cost for such a dangerous habit should act as a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle.

Source: News on Japan

Pears and Apples May Help Lower Stroke Risk

A new study conducted by the American Heart Association found that eating fruits with white flesh could help lower the risk of having a stroke. Some white flesh fruits are pears, apples, and bananas.

White flesh fruits have two key ingredients that reduce the likelihood of having a stroke. One is fiber, Continue reading

VIDEO: Dr. Oz Criticized For Saying There’s Arsenic In Your Apple Juice

Apple juice with 3apples
Photo Credit: “Apple juice with 3apples” by Patrick Geltinger

Popular doctor and host of “The Dr. Oz Show”, Dr. Mehmet Oz is being criticized from many, including juice manufacturers for saying on his show almost a third of the apple juice samples his show tested had higher levels of arsenic than is allowed in U.S. drinking water. Continue reading

New York Area McDonald’s To Automatically Offer Fruit In All Happy Meals

mcdonalds healthy happy meal

Starting today all McDonald’s in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will offer fruit automatically in their Happy Meals as a part of McDonald’s new “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choice”. The initiative is supposed to “help” customers make more nutrition minded choices but I’d say if you chose to go to McDonald’s the first thought on your mind wasn’t nutrition. Continue reading

Should You be Eating Broccoli For Desert?

broccolli house
Photo Credit: “I couldn’t build a tree house for my son, so I built him a broccoli house instead.” by Brock Davis

Sounds crazy? Who would eat broccoli for desert anyway? Well, I’m not advocating that you do that I just want to share a story.

One day a coworker was telling me about her daughter who spent the day with another relative acting as babysitter. When my coworker asked her daughter what she did all day and if she had fun the little girl replied: Continue reading

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