Posts Categorized: Wellness

Body Image Problems Start Early

Conflicting messages about body image are in the news again. This week, a reality TV star’s Instagram post showed her wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. The image prompted conflicting responses. Some took the photo as an innocent, playful act between mother and daughter. Others considered it a dysfunctional interpretation of the 40-something celebrity’s body image… Read more »

Corn-Tomato Sauté for Meatless Monday

This dish features two fresh vegetables that are so plentiful this time of year: Corn has a bad rap for providing few nutritional benefits. In reality, corn provides nearly 10% of the recommended daily value of folate, thiamin, phosphorus, Vitamin C and magnesium, according to the USDA. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate,… Read more »

9 Ways to Nurture a Healthy Body Image

A major clothing retailer recently added a women’s size XXXS (or 000—three zeroes) to its racks, fueling discussion of “vanity sizing” and the challenges of a negative body image. Many studies link body-image dissatisfaction and eating disorders with exposure to mass media’s “thin ideal,” according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Yet a positive body… Read more »

Skin Damage: A Permanent Reminder of Days in the Sun

If you think tanned skin gives you “a healthy glow,” think again. Enough exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from any source, natural or otherwise, causes skin damage–such as skin cancer and premature aging–in anyone. I’ve seen signs of aging and skin cancer in patients as young as their 20s. Tanning salons do not prevent skin… Read more »

Take Pulse to Lower Cholesterol

A daily pulse can significantly reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol) levels and lower the risk of heart disease, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. But don’t press two fingers to your wrist just yet. In this case, pulse means beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils—also called legumes. Consuming one serving a day of… Read more »

Healthy Eating: There’s an App for That

Get the low-down on healthy eating and the best tools to help you do it next Wednesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for Healthy Eating in the Digital Age: There’s an App for That. We’ll discuss good-for-you food choices plus nutrition facts and myths. Then we’ll explore some of the best… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »

Caregivers Keep Each Other Afloat

Many members of the “sandwich generation” play a balancing act with work, family and aging parents who need caregivers. Usually, looking after parents affected by dementia and other health problems is thrust upon one daughter (or occasionally a son) without discussion or choice. Then the adult child must scramble for solutions. Caring for parents whose… Read more »

7 Ways to Avoid Harm from Pool Chemicals

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a summer safety challenge right under our noses–pool chemicals. While these products help to keep germs from multiplying in home and public pool water, the wrong kind of handling or storage can—and does—cause serious damage. Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly… Read more »

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »