Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mixed Messages on Obesity from Media

Obesity among children is a problem in the United States. While many health organizations are promoting healthy meals and exercise, it seems that kids are getting mixed messages from movies.  Many animated and live action movies “glamorize” unhealthy eating practices and inactivity by showing characters watching television, playing computers and video games, and eating unhealthy […]

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The Myth of Healthy Obesity

When discussing health and mortality, many health advocates support the notion of “healthy obesity” or “benign obesity,”  which describes people who are obese but do not have the risk factors that accompany obesity, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.  However, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine disproves the fact that […]

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Avoid Being a Holiday Heifer

The holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is an exciting and fun-filled time of year.  The holidays are filled with family, celebration, excitement, and joy; however, they can also be filled with increased commitments, less free time, stress, and an overabundance of food and alcohol.  As a result, many individuals find themselves skipping workouts, eating […]

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Supplement of the Month: Valerian

What is valerian and where is it found? Valerian is an herb that comes from the root of the valerian plant. It is sold as a nutritional supplement. It comes in capsules or tablets, but it is also incorporated into teas and tinctures. What are the benefits of valerian? Valerian is used as a sedative, anticonvulsant, pain […]

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