The holiday season is an extremely difficult time to stay focused on eating healthfully, exercising regularly and improving wellness. Trust me, I understand. Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. It is indeed a tricky time. But despite the difficulties, with some thought, strategy and determination, it’s possible to survive the holidays with your wellness intact. To help you start 2017 with good health and momentum, rather than a long list of resolutions, here are some strategies for a successful—and healthy— holiday season.
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A new poll shows how older Americans fare in terms of their well-being in all 50 states. According to the poll from Gallup-Healthways, older adults living in Hawaii have the best well-being, with an average score of 67 out of 100 on the “Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2015.” Here are the top 20 best states for residents ages 55 and older, ranked according to each state’s well-being score. The rankings of all 50 states are listed at the end.
People seem to come down with a cold or the flu when the seasons change. But these dramatic temperature changes aren’t the direct cause of these illnesses, experts say. Rather, the temperature shifts permit a different group of viruses to flourish, and it’s these viruses that make people sick.
An experimental type of male birth control that involves hormone injections to lower men’s sperm count has been found to be nearly as effective as female contraceptive pills at preventing pregnancy, according to a new trial study published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Male participants in the study were given a series of hormone shots that were… View Article
Last Week PepsiCo announced it will significantly reduce the amount of sugar, sodium and fat in many of its products worldwide by 2025. The beverage and snack food giant says the change is in response to consumer’s growing demand for healthier and more nutritious foods, as well as new dietary guidelines from the World Health… View Article
Scientists have found that migraine sufferers tend to have a different mix of bacteria in their mouth and gut compared to non-migraine suffers. This increased level of bacteria potentially makes them more susceptible to the debilitating headaches due to it causing sufferers an increased sensitivity to certain foods. People who suffer from migraines often say that eating certain foods… View Article
Thirteen-month-old conjoined twin boys were successfully separated last Friday after a rare 27-hour surgery at a New York City hospital. Born conjoined at the head last September, the 13-month-old twins—Jadon and Anias McDonald— were born with a condition called craniopagus, which means they shared a portion of their skull and brain tissue. Although the McDonalds… View Article
A new study into the effectiveness of fitness trackers for weight loss found the wearable devices may not be as helpful as previously thought. And in fact, they may even have the opposite effect. In the new report published September 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh… View Article
This past Thursday was the official first day of autumn, and with the turning of the seasons comes the return of one of America’s favorite fall drink — Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Since first introducing the beverage nearly 13 years ago, the Pumpkin Spice Latte still remains Starbucks most popular seasonal beverage. Forbes estimated that… View Article
Amid an intensifying national debate over the rising cost of medications, a bipartisan group of Senate and House members introduced a bill last Thursday that would require drug makers to justify any price increase of more than 10 percent and to provide a breakdown of their financials before raising the medication’s cost. Under the newly… View Article
New research reveals that the sugar industry funded studies in the early 1960s that downplayed sugar’s critical role in heart disease, while instead placing the blame on fats. This is the latest example of food and beverage makers attempting to shape public understanding of nutrition, with this recent revelation proving that a dangerous and erroneous cornerstone of… View Article
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene that appears to curb coffee consumption, suggesting that DNA may influence how much coffee someone drinks. In the study, which was published August 25 in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers asked more than 1,200 people in Italy how much coffee they drank a day and… View Article