New Study Claims Junk Food Not Related To Obesity (You & Your Health)

Don’t blame candy, soda and junk food for America’s growing obesity epidemic. That’s what researchers at Cornell University just released in a new food study. From U.S. News & World Report: “While these sugary and salt-laden foods may not be good for your health, the scientists found no significant difference in how much of these foods either overweight or normal weight people consumed. The real problem, … Continue reading New Study Claims Junk Food Not Related To Obesity (You & Your Health)

Education’s Role In Improving Health (You & Your Health)

Arizona lawmakers are in special session working on a new school funding plan that would increase the education budget by $3.5 billion dollars over the next 10 years. It would also settle a long-running school funding lawsuit. According to AZcentral.com: “Republican legislative leaders, Gov. Doug Ducey and education officials agreed to the plan, which would increase K-12 funding by $3.5 billion over the next decade. It needs legislative … Continue reading Education’s Role In Improving Health (You & Your Health)

ACA Rates Rising In AZ (You & Your Health)

Arizonans who buy health insurance from the Affordable Care Act marketplace will have to dig a little deeper to buy their insurance next year. According to a story in the Arizona Republic, Arizona’s benchmark health plan will raise monthly rates 17.5 percent next year…..more than double the national average. From azcentral.com: During the first two years of the federal marketplace, Arizona’s benchmark rates were far lower than those … Continue reading ACA Rates Rising In AZ (You & Your Health)

Too Much Internet May Harm Teen Health (You & Your Health)

Staying connected is important to teens, but a new study claims too much time on the internet could lead to serious health problems. The research, in the latest issue of Journal of School Nursing, suggests that teens who spend at least 14 hours per week on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure. From Yahoo.com: This is believed to be the first study … Continue reading Too Much Internet May Harm Teen Health (You & Your Health)

Our Ancestors Lacked Sleep Too (You & Your Health)

A new study claims our ancestors didn’t get enough sleep either. The report, in Current Biology, is challenging the widely-held belief that we are wired to get eight hours of shut eye every night. From the Washington Post: Modern life’s sleep troubles — the chronic bleary-eyed state that many of us live in — have long been blamed on our industrial society. The city lights, long work hours, … Continue reading Our Ancestors Lacked Sleep Too (You & Your Health)

Tribal Obesity In Arizona (You & Your Health)

A new report says Native Americans in Arizona have the highest obesity rate in the country. Trust for America’s Health just released “The State of Obesity 2015” and that report claims 81 percent of Arizona’s Native Americans were obese or overweight in 2013. From Cronkite News: Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the … Continue reading Tribal Obesity In Arizona (You & Your Health)

30 Minutes Is Not Enough? (You & Your Health)

If you think that 30 minute workout you just finished is all you need for the day – you better think again! A new report in the journal Circulation suggests you need to double or quadruple that to really see heart health benefits. From The Washington Post: They found that those following the 30-minutes-a-day guidelines issued by the American Heart Association had “modest reductions” in heart failure … Continue reading 30 Minutes Is Not Enough? (You & Your Health)

Workplace Wellness And Privacy (You & Your Health)

On its face, workplace wellness programs seem to be a win-win. Employees are often offered benefits such as: time for exercise, on-site kitchens and eating areas, healthy food options in vending machines, “walk and talk” meetings, and financial and other incentives for participation. In return, employers might expect a healthier, more engaged workforce and to cut down on productivity losses and even health care costs. … Continue reading Workplace Wellness And Privacy (You & Your Health)

Forget Whistling….Fidget While You Work! (You & Your Health)

If you are one of those people who can’t sit still at work – here’s some great news. All that fidgeting might be good for you! A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that fidgeting might counteract the negative effects of sitting for too long. That’s right……researchers believe tapping your toes, playing drums with your pencil, and shifting from side to side … Continue reading Forget Whistling….Fidget While You Work! (You & Your Health)

Beware The Late Night Cup Of Joe (You & Your Health)

There are a lot of stories out there these days on the health benefits of drinking coffee. Your morning cup of joe is now looked at as a way to help fend off everything from cancer and Parkinson’s to liver ailments and diabetes. But….another recent study suggests drinking coffee at the ‘wrong time’ could disrupt your body’s internal clock, also known as your circadian rhythm. … Continue reading Beware The Late Night Cup Of Joe (You & Your Health)