‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Family member’s competition fuels healthy walking habits

Mar 9, 2018 • By Bill Levesque

If good health isn’t motivation enough to achieve daily walking goals, researchers say a recipe that includes a pinch of behavioral economics, a smartphone and any handy social network might get us there. Researchers led by a University of Pennsylvania scientist recently designed a simple game to see if they could induce participants to increase […]

Audio When you lose fat, where does it go?

Mar 8, 2018 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture this: Breathe in and fill those lungs — and breathe out fat. The image may be an exaggeration, but it’s not much of one. Matter is neither created nor destroyed. So, the widely held belief that fat is burned off as extra energy or heat, or is converted […]

Audio Hidden fat in fast-food healthy options

Mar 7, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’re hungry, in a hurry and you hear the siren song of a fast food eatery. Your conscience pipes up, however, so you decide to seek something healthy rather than give in to your inner carnivore. But are those innocent-sounding menu items really all that? Don’t believe the hype, […]

Audio Family meal time can give children’s long-term health a boost

Mar 6, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor families, eating together provides time for bonding and conversation after a long day. New research shows it also has physical and mental health benefits for children. Researchers at the University of Montreal looked at children who had been tracked since they were 5 months old as part of […]

Audio Canola oil may harm memory

Mar 5, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCanola oil has gained popularity because it’s among the healthier fats used for cooking. However, a new study suggests it could cause memory problems. Using mouse models, researchers found a diet rich in canola oil led to memory problems over six months — as well as weight gain. The […]

Audio Exercise for busy bees

Mar 2, 2018 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe American Heart Association recommends healthy adults get 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. When you’re balancing long hours at work and family responsibilities, carving out time for exercise may be difficult. Fortunately, recent studies show light activities reap plenty of health benefits. With that in mind, here […]

Audio Weighing pros and cons of ‘the Pill’

Mar 1, 2018 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA recent Danish study linked hormonal birth control to an increased risk of breast cancer. You may have heard about the study, as it made big headlines nationwide, making women worry their pill, patch or IUD could cause harm. However, before discontinuing your birth control, it’s important to understand […]

Audio Vanilla yogurt found to spark positive emotional response

Feb 28, 2018 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you look forward to that creamy, delicious yogurt to start your day in the morning? Researchers from the Netherlands, Austria and Finland found that low-fat, vanilla yogurt can spark feelings of happiness. As part of the study, three groups of at least 24 people were given two types […]

Audio Workers underwhelmed by employer wellness programs

Feb 27, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen companies began offering more robust employee wellness programs several years ago, they were welcomed by workers who saw them as avenues toward better health and a tangible sign that the bosses actually cared about them. These days, the bloom may be off the rose. A recent survey of […]

Audio Lose weight by sleeping? It may work

Feb 26, 2018 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLooking to shake off a few pounds? Make sure you sleep well. Studies have repeatedly found that not getting enough sleep makes it harder to lose weight and leads to weight gain. It makes sense. After all, it’s hard to exercise when you’re exhausted. Perhaps you snooze past the […]

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