A Fatter Wallet Doesn’t Mean A Thinner Waistline (You & Your Health)

This is the time of year when so many of us have resolved to lose weight, eat better, and live a healthier life. However, a new study suggests financial incentives offered to employees who meet weight loss goals do not usually work. From U.S. News & World Report: Many large U.S. companies offer reduced health insurance premiums or other financial incentives to entice workers to adopt … Continue reading A Fatter Wallet Doesn’t Mean A Thinner Waistline (You & Your Health)

Are Healthy Foods Fueling Obesity? (You & Your Health)

Good for you doesn’t mean you’re good to eat as much as you want. That’s the bottom line of a new study that suggests healthy food labels could lead people to overeat. From NewsMax Health: People often overeat food when it is considered to be ‘healthy,’ as they think it is going to be less filling. The results (of the study) showed that when a food … Continue reading Are Healthy Foods Fueling Obesity? (You & Your Health)

Obese But Fit vs Lean And Lazy (You & Your Health)

If you had to pick one or the other, which one do you think would be “better for your health?” A new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology claims you are better off being ‘lean and lazy.’ From the Washington Post: Men who weighed in in the normal range, regardless of their fitness level, appeared to have a lower risk of death as compared to those who … Continue reading Obese But Fit vs Lean And Lazy (You & Your Health)

Random Acts Of Kindness (You & Your Health)

Feeling stressed out this holiday season? A new report suggests performing small acts of kindness may lower your stress and improve your mental health. The study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, points out these random acts don’t have to be a big deal. It can be as simple as opening a door for someone, holding an elevator, or just asking someone if they need any … Continue reading Random Acts Of Kindness (You & Your Health)

Tick Tock (You & Your Health)

No more – “I’ll do it next week” or “I’ll get to it later.” The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow. You must enroll by December 15th for your coverage to begin on January 1st and you must be insured by January 31st to avoid a hefty fine. And unlike the past….the government insists there will not … Continue reading Tick Tock (You & Your Health)

Unhappy Doesn’t Mean Unhealthy (You & Your Health)

Ever hear someone say something like – “smile…..you’ll live longer.” Well, a new study at the University of Oxford claims that’s just not true. Researchers say whether you smile or frown, it has no bearing on your health. From the New York Times: “Good news for the grumpy” is one way to interpret the findings, said Sir Richard Peto, an author of the study and … Continue reading Unhappy Doesn’t Mean Unhealthy (You & Your Health)

Health Care Spending (You & Your Health)

$3 trillion dollars. That’s how much the U.S spent on health care last year according to a new report in the journal Health Affairs. That’s a jump of 5.3% over 2013. From the Wall Street Journal: Growth in U.S. health-care spending is accelerating after reaching historic lows, a pickup largely attributed to the millions of Americans who have gotten health coverage under the Affordable Care … Continue reading Health Care Spending (You & Your Health)