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Practical indicators encourage habit changes more than calorific value

Practical indicators encourage habit changes more than calorific value

The Affordable Care Act includes laws to help the public know the nutritional value of the food they buy. Consequently, larger chain restaurants will be required to indicate the calories count next to items on their menus. However, a study published yesterday suggests that this may not be the best way to encourage healthier eating habits. [More]
Study: More interventions needed for people with severe mental illnesses in criminal justice system

Study: More interventions needed for people with severe mental illnesses in criminal justice system

Responding to the large number of people with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system will require more than mental health services, according to a new report. [More]
Women may halve their stroke risk through healthy living, new study shows

Women may halve their stroke risk through healthy living, new study shows

Women who follow a healthy lifestyle may be cutting their risk of stroke by more than 50%, report Swedish researchers. [More]
Bioregional approach can help improve human and environmental health

Bioregional approach can help improve human and environmental health

In a paper published this week online in Global Society, researchers with University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Urban Studies and Planning Program, also at UC San Diego, present a bioregional guide that merges place-based (territorial) city planning and ecosystem management along the United States-Mexico border as way to improve human and environmental health. [More]
ADA Maryland Chapter, WellDoc collaborate to empower patients with type 2 diabetes

ADA Maryland Chapter, WellDoc collaborate to empower patients with type 2 diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Maryland Chapter and WellDoc®, a health care behavioral science and technology company, have announced the launch of a collaboration to empower people in Maryland with type 2 diabetes to take control of their diabetes by improving their day-to-day self-management. [More]
Aging healthily: an interview with Dr. Jack Watters, Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer

Aging healthily: an interview with Dr. Jack Watters, Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer

Get Old was developed by Pfizer in 2012 to challenge misperceptions about aging and foster a candid conversation around aging. Our goal for the program was to redefine what it means to “get old” and encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors to age the way they want. [More]
UTHealth receives $1.5M grant from FEMA to improve volunteer firefighters' nutrition

UTHealth receives $1.5M grant from FEMA to improve volunteer firefighters' nutrition

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to test the effectiveness of an online health and wellness program intended to improve volunteer firefighters' nutrition and fitness and reduce their risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease. [More]
Scientists identify gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms

Scientists identify gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms

Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms. [More]
Childhood cancer survivors do not adhere to ACS' guidelines on healthy eating

Childhood cancer survivors do not adhere to ACS' guidelines on healthy eating

Having survived cancer as a child does not necessarily have a ripple effect that makes people lead a healthier lifestyle once they grow up. [More]
Wellness coaching improves quality of life, mood and perceived stress

Wellness coaching improves quality of life, mood and perceived stress

Wellness coaching has become an increasingly prevalent strategy to help individuals improve their health and well-being. Recently, wellness coaching was found to improve quality of life, mood and perceived stress, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. [More]
OAC, YMCA of Central Florida partner to educate public about obesity, health and wellness

OAC, YMCA of Central Florida partner to educate public about obesity, health and wellness

Today, the Obesity Action Coalition and the YMCA of Central Florida are proud to announce an exciting new partnership aimed at educating the public about obesity, health and wellness and much more. With synergistic missions focused on overall health, the partnership is a proactive step forward to help the more than 93 million Americans impacted by the disease of obesity. [More]
Study suggests healthy diet, sleep and exercise can mitigate negative impacts of stress

Study suggests healthy diet, sleep and exercise can mitigate negative impacts of stress

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of life's stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well. [More]
Kidney donors often face pointless post-donation hurdles when seeking life insurance

Kidney donors often face pointless post-donation hurdles when seeking life insurance

Healthy living kidney donors often face pointless post-donation hurdles when seeking or changing health or life insurance, according to results of a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. [More]
Consuming fresh avocado with tomatoes or carrots enhances provitamin A absorption

Consuming fresh avocado with tomatoes or carrots enhances provitamin A absorption

Consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced provitamin A carotenoid (alpha- and beta-carotene) absorption and conversion of these carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A, according to new research (1) published in The Journal of Nutrition. [More]
State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. [More]
Wayne State researchers to study how exposures to stressors impact human health in Detroit

Wayne State researchers to study how exposures to stressors impact human health in Detroit

With over $2.4 million in new federal funding, Wayne State University researchers, regional collaborators at Henry Ford Health System, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, and community partners will study how exposures to stressors that are prevalent in the urban industrialized environment — both chemical and non-chemical — impact human health in Detroit and beyond. [More]
AADE recommends easy-to-follow tips for diabetes management

AADE recommends easy-to-follow tips for diabetes management

"You have Type 2 diabetes." When you deliver this news to patients, many are surprised, even shocked. Research shows some are so busy processing this unwelcome information, they have a difficult time focusing on what you are saying - and about a fourth of them wonder whether it's even true. [More]
UnitedHealthcare and IRONKIDS join forces to motivate young people to lead healthy lifestyles

UnitedHealthcare and IRONKIDS join forces to motivate young people to lead healthy lifestyles

UnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS® for the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Kansas Fun Run to inspire and motivate young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles. [More]
World No Tobacco Day: Apunipima to hold educational events in Cape York

World No Tobacco Day: Apunipima to hold educational events in Cape York

Apunipima is holding events across 10 Cape York communities this week to celebrate World No Tobacco Day which falls on May 31. [More]

Healthy eating in schools requires workforce education according to research produced by Sheffield Hallam University

The whole school workforce should be educated in food, nutrition and healthy eating, if the government's School Food Plan is to be a success, according to research produced by Sheffield Hallam University's new Institute of Education. [More]