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Obesity Rates Keep Rising for U.S. Adults

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same hasn't held true for children, a new government report finds. Obesity among adults increased to about 40 percent in 2015-2016, up from 34 percent in 2007-2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. That means two of every five adults now ...

AHA: The Heart-Healthy Way to Dye Those Easter Eggs

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Put a twist on making colorful eggs this season that is to dye for. Add pigment to eggshells this Easter holiday in an old-fashioned, natural way by using fruits and vegetables. Plus, if you offer up the produce to eat while you're at it, it will be making a healthy choice for your family. Fruit and veggies provide nutrients, reduce the risks ...

AHA: Weight-Loss Surgery Helps the Hearts of Very Obese Teens, Too

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Bariatric surgery in severely obese teenagers could lower their risk of heart attack and stroke by about 40 to 50 percent – and could maintain that lower risk for at least five years, a new study shows. Researchers found the benefits of the stomach-reduction surgery could overcome major concerns that go with it, such as the risks of the ...

The Benefits of Moving More

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – In the battle of the bulge, it's not just getting exercise that matters – what you do when you're not formally working out counts, too. Research shows that even getting 30 minutes of focused exercise a day may not be enough to ward off health woes if most of your leisure time is spent sitting. Whether you're watching TV, reading or enjoying family game night, being ...

Another Downside of Weight Gain: Toenail Fungus

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – Piling on pounds is bad for your health from head to toe. So say Korean researchers, who report that unhealthy weight gain ups a person's odds for disfiguring toenail fungal infections. In fact, people who are statistically obese have more than double the rate of the infection, known as onychomycosis, compared to slim people, the study of nearly 9 million adults found. ...

Even Short Bursts of Activity Can Boost Long-Term Health

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – Simply climbing a single set of stairs, walking around the block or taking a three-minute jog can improve a middle-aged person's health, even when such activity is spread across the day, new research suggests. After tracking the activity habits and health of more than 4,800 adults 40 years old and up for four years, researchers concluded that short bursts of activity add ...

Sugary Sodas Linked Again to Increased Heart Risks

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WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Would that ice cold soda be as tempting if you knew that it might shorten your life? New research found that adults over 45 who drank an average of 24 ounces or more of sugar-sweetened beverages every day had more than double the risk of dying from heart disease over a 6-year study period than those who averaged an ounce or less of sugar-sweetened beverages daily. The ...

AHA: Astronauts Need Extra Exercise and Calories in Space

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WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) – It takes physical activity to stay heart-healthy on Earth and even more to stay healthy in space. The lack of gravity in space causes hearts to slightly expand and work differently, said NASA astronaut and geophysicist A.J. "Drew" Feustel, who is scheduled to take off for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Wednesday. The ...

Health Tip: Help Your School Develop a Wellness Policy

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-- A wellness policy is a written document that helps guide a school's approach to nutrition and physical activity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Including nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages sold on campus during the school day. Including policies for foods made available for classroom parties. Including policies to prevent companies that do not meet ...

The Top Calorie-Burning Exercises

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THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – When you're trying to lose weight, cutting calories counts. But so does burning them off with exercise. Exercise is also key to maintaining weight loss and being heart healthy, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Here are the maximum calorie burners, minute for minute. At the top of the list are running at 8 miles per hour (mph) and jumping rope. Tae ...

Want to Live Longer? Eating a Little Less Might Do the Trick

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THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Putting just a bit less on your dinner plate each day might be key to a longer life, preliminary research suggests. People who reduced their caloric intake by just 15 percent over two years experienced a significant decrease in their metabolism, according to a small clinical trial. These folks also saw improvements in biomarkers associated with slower aging and longer ...

Health Tip: How You May Benefit From a Standing Desk

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-- Standing desks are the fastest-growing employee benefit in the United States, recent research from the Society for Human Resource Management finds. A standing desk allows you to either stand up or sit while you work at your desk. It can be as simple and inexpensive as placing your computer monitor on top of a box or a stack of books, or it can be as elaborate and pricey as a customized ...

Cutting Out Late Night Calories

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TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Losing weight comes down to eating fewer calories than you burn. But beyond that basic rule, studies done at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., show that when you eat those calories could have an effect on your weight and your health. Unlike our ancestors who went to sleep at a reasonable hour, people today often burn the midnight oil. If you're also snacking well ...

Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Waist Size Tied to Autism Risk

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TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – The pre-pregnancy width of a woman's waist – but not whether or not she is actually obese – may be tied to autism risk in her children, new research suggests. What's behind the association remains unclear, the researchers said. But it could lie in the fat-induced activity of inflammatory chemicals known as cytokines, which are "known to be involved in the development ...

Majority of U.S. Adults Have Poor Heart Health: Study

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MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – America's heart health went from bad to worse between 1988 and 2014, a new report warns. That means roughly 60 percent of whites, 75 percent of Mexican Americans and 85 percent of black Americans are going through life today with subpar heart health. At first glance, the study seems to offer some good news: A long-standing gap in heart health between white and black ...

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