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FVRx, Generosity, Sleep & More

4663933277_84c3f2b545_zThe weight loss program FVRx prescribes fruits and vegetables, not medication, to help people lose weight—and it’s working out really well. This approach to the growing problem of obesity (especially in areas with little access to fresh foods) offers low-income families in New York an Rx for healthy foods, financial assistance, nutritional education, and monthly checkin-ins with doctors or nutritionists. Last year, 97% of children and 96% of their families ate more fruits and vegetables after joining the program, and 70% reported an increased understanding about the health benefits of fruits and veggies.

If you’re feeling great on the heels of #GivingTuesday, think about how you can be more generous all year long. Giving your time and/or money to a cause you care about or to people in need is good for your health. Two health benefits of generosity include stress reduction and lower blood pressure.

Not getting enough sleep is the new “sitting is the new smoking.” If you are one of the 1/3 of U.S. workers getting less than six hours of sleep a night, you could be putting your health at risk—and holding yourself back from success at work. Learn more about the dangers of sleep deprivation and get 10 tips for improving your habits.

The holiday season is underway and many of us are going out for meals more often. Watch this video to pick up four healthy habits that will help you make healthier choices in restaurants.

And now, because it’s Friday, spend a minute watching a baby elephant chase a dog and another watching a pigeon outsmart a cat.

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