The Great Diet Debate
Will you choose more bread or more fish?
By Amy Paturel, MS, MPH
For more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has gone to great lengths to convince Americans of the benefits of consuming a diet that favors carbohydrates. Now the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid is under attack by physicians, researchers and consumers alike. In fact, recent scientific findings...
Have you set exercise goals but then given up before reaching them? Do you often set goals in your life that you ultimately don't achieve? Why is it so challenging to stay motivated? Well, people are complex and often contradictory in their actions. You may say you want to exercise regularly, yet behave in ways that directly or subtly sabotage your efforts. Use these tips fro...
25% of all trips are 1 mile or less. 75% of all trips are made by car.
Source: 1995 National Transportation Survey.
Toward a Fit Population
Move Into the Future by Inspiring the World to Fitness
By Kathie and Peter Davis
t began with a simple idea: Start a running club at the elementary school your own kids attend. Two years ago Miriam DeGrandi used her 15 years' ex...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is launching a new study to assess the effectiveness and safety of St. John’s Wort for the treatment of minor depression. The 4-year study will take place at three sites—in Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Enrollment is expected to be around 300 participants, all suffering from minor depression.
As we go to press, a new disease called “severe acute respiratory syndrome” (SARS) is frustrating public health officials worldwide. First identified in Asia, the disease rapidly spread to other areas, including Canada. By the first week of April, at least 148 cases of SARS had been diagnosed in the United States.
Cancer rates worldwide are expected to increase by 50 percent to 15 million new cases over the next 20 years, according to the newly released World Cancer Report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Part of the reason for this huge projected increase is the speed at which poor countries are adopting unhealthy Western lifestyle habits, particularly when it comes to overeating and underexercising.