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How communities foster healthy lifestyles

Communities across America that are getting involved to promote healthy lifestyles. For example, Summerville, MA began a program, Shape Up Summerville, which at first targeted elementary school children, 44% of whom were overweight. With grants from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and philanthropic groups, the researchers had schools replace french fries, candy, […]

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Know your risk for heart disease before taking statins

Know your risk for heart disease  before taking statins

A study published last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that there was an increased risk of diabetes in patients taking statins to lower cholesterol levels. This occurred mostly in patients who were taking high doses of statins. In the study, 6.4% of women who didn’t use statins developed diabetes during the eight to […]

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Teaching thinking before drinking: How sodas in school spell trouble for our kids

Given the number of children who are overweight or obese, I wasn’t surprised when the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children be screened for high cholesterol beginning as early as 9 to 11 years of age. It’s not surprising because the health consequences of high cholesterol — such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer […]

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More Than Just A Balanced Meal: Why It’s Important To Start Your Kids’ Day With A Healthy Meal

Did you know that one in three children who graduate from elementary school are either overweight or obese? And, not surprisingly, many of these overweight graduates go on to become overweight adults. Obesity is such a public health menace that it’s now being called “the new smoking”; if something isn’t done soon, our kids will […]

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It’s the Sugar that Makes Apple Juice Scary for Most Parents

Ever since Dr. Oz’s show on the arsenic content in apple juice, everybody’s talking about the dangers of this sweet fruit juice. But it’s not the trace amount of arsenic that we should be worried about — it’s the sugar and calories. Did you know a glass of apple juice — or orange or grape […]

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