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FVRx, Generosity, Sleep & More

The 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% .. read more

Teff, Food Labels, the Village Effect & More

Just when we mastered the art of cooking quinoa, there’s a new supergrain on the table: teff. Teff is versatile, gluten-free and high in fiber and protein—you may know it as the main ingredient in injera, the bread that’s a staple in Ethiopian food. Unlike quinoa, teff also contains albumin, the primary protein in blood plasma, making it .. read more

Instinct vs. Analysis, a Human Shock Collar, a Feel-Good Story & More

If you have to make a choice, do you go with your head or your gut? New research suggests that instinct might actually trump analysis when it comes to making the best decision. Check out this interview with Psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer, who has dedicated his career to figuring out how, when and why we get things right. Watch one woman’s .. read more

Mindful Meditation, Gluten, Allergies & More

Mindful meditation has long been seen as a great way to reduce stress, but a new study shows that it actually does have a direct relationship to the stress hormone cortisol. This research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California is the first to show a direct relation between resting cortisol and scores on any type of .. read more

Antibiotics, a $3 Microscope, the 5-Second Rule & More: What We’re Reading

After the release of last week’s  Gallup Well-Being poll, why Americans are getting fatter remains a hot topic. We talk a lot about the need for healthy eating and an active lifestyle, and maintain that both of those things are important to overall health and well-being. But, new reports show that other factors may be contributing .. read more

Obesity by State, Big Yoga News & More: What We’re Reading

Many of us know that yoga feels good, but new research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that yoga can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is associated with heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Among other findings, blood tests showed that for participants doing yoga, all three markers for inflammation dropped by 10 to 15% after three .. read more

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

Look around you; look at your friends, family members and co-workers. A landmark study about how obesity spreads found that whether they live near or far, friends and family have a huge influence on your life. They influence your thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and even your weight. We know that colds and flus are contagious—but weight .. read more

How Do You Measure Fitness?

Recently, I attended a health fair where my job was to offer to take participants’ body fat measurements. Needless to say, I wasn’t the most popular person at the event! People would walk up, say hello and then when I asked if they would like to know their number, most laughed and said, “No way!” .. read more

What We’re Reading

Employee health is a hot topic this week. A new study found what we see in action every day at EHS—behavior change is more likely in employee populations that receive coaching. The pilot study conducted by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University found that employees enrolled .. read more

What We’re Reading

It’s been a big week in health news, and two articles are starting lots of conversations. The first, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food from the New York Times Magazine, starts like a thriller: “On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis .. read more

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