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1. Walking Can Help Women Cut Breast Cancer Risk

This article from BBC News reviews a recent study which found that post-menopausal women who walk one hour a day can significantly decrease their risk of breast cancer. The piece quotes the American Cancer Society, saying that this is the first time walking has been specifically linked to a reduced breast cancer risk. The article also suggests there is a wide range of evidence showing that lifestyle choices influence cancer risk. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Asela Jayarathne

2. Exercise Provides Mental Health Benefits

The physical benefits exercise provides are well known, but this article from Greatist author Sophia Breene lists 13 potential mental health benefits exercisers can reap. Breene discusses how exercise can reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-confidence, creativity and memory, and leave you feeling happier. View the full article here.


3. Athletic Traits Are Desirable in Employees

Author David K. Williams explains why he believes athletes make exceptional employees in this article from Forbes. Williams compares athletic traits to those found in leaders. He lists six traits—including drive, ability to develop new skills and need for balance—that are necessary in the workplace. Williams also gives hiring tips and suggests that employers “be keen to the ways you can recognize and hire for propensity instead of for current demonstrable traits.” View the full article here.

4. Long-Accepted Nutrition Beliefs Need to Go

Author Andy Bellatti addresses registered dietician colleagues in this article from The Huffington Post, asking them to dismiss some long-accepted nutrition concepts, ideas and beliefs. Bellatti lists four of these beliefs, expressing that they “stifle growth, critical analysis and dialogue.” He explains why he thinks each of the concepts should be reevaluated, why they are not relevant in the nutrition field and how they can harm clients. View the full article here.

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5. Professional Athletes Who Endorse Junk Food Send a Mixed Message

In 2010 top U.S. athletes endorsed 62 food products, 49 of which were high in calories and low in nutritional content, according to this Reuters article. The piece reviews a study which found that when athletes endorse junk food it sends a mixed message to children. In the article, Emma Boyland, a professor from the University of Liverpool, says that when athletes promote such products, it “lends an aura of healthfulness to these foods and beverages they don’t deserve.” The piece suggests that parents talk to their kids about the purpose of marketing and advertising to decrease the impact of these ads. View the full article here.

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