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FITNESS & WELLNESS


Study suggests correlation between heart health and optimism
U.S. News & World Report
People whose glasses are half-full are reportedly twice as likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review journal. “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said Rosalba Hernandez, the lead author of the study and social work professor at the University of Illinois.
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Top exercise trends for 2015 revealed in fitness tracking apps
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Americans will continue to flock to indoor cycling, interval training, group fitness classes and other calorie-burning activities in 2015, but now hi-tech devices will monitor their every waking — and sleeping — hours, fitness experts say. Consumers bought an estimated 84 million tracking devices in 2013, figures from analyst group HIS Inc showed. The gadgets are giving fitness experts new insights into the most popular trends in the industry.
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The New York Times
What’s the best way to create a habit of exercising? You are not alone, especially now, when many of us make New Year’s resolutions to be more active, which we promptly break. But there are ways to bolster your resolve, said Ryan Rhodes, a professor of behavioral medicine at the University of Victoria in British Columbia who studies exercise intention and compliance.
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DIET & NUTRITION


Top 5 diets for weight loss in 2015
CBS News
Sticking with your weight-loss resolutions this New Year may be a little easier if you choose a diet that best fits your lifestyle. U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual list of the best diet options. The magazine consulted with a panel of health experts and ranked 35 diets according to a few guidelines: the diet has to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease.
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The paleo diet: Should you eat like a caveman?
The Washington Post
The problem with modern diets is that they rely too heavily on modern, processed foods. If only we emulated the eating habits of our paleolithic predecessors, we’d be healthier and less obese. That’s the premise of popular “paleo” diets.
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3 dietary lifestyles up close: Paleo, veganism and Slow Food movement
Los Angeles Times
Lily Dayton writes: I wasn't sure what to bring to the dinner party. My hosts were not only gluten-free, they were also on the Paleolithic diet. Based on the premise that people are healthiest when they follow a diet that early humans evolved to eat, the "Paleo" diet consists of foods similar to what might have been available before agriculture — basically, plants and animals. That means no grains, no dairy and minimal processing, which ruled out most of the potluck side dishes I'd come to rely on.
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


When it comes to food, 2015 is all about going local
By Archita Datta Majumdar
As we begin 2015, more and more businesses are proudly sporting "locally grown" signs and labels. From grocery stores and delis to hotels and restaurants, food businesses are buying and serving local greens and meats to their customers. The trend is picking up quickly because not only is the produce and meat fresher and cheaper, but it is also mutually beneficial for the overall local economy.
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Higher-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death
Reuters via Yahoo Health
People who ate the most fiber were less likely to die of any cause during a recent study of nearly one million people. The finding might be explained by fiber’s potential to lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several types of cancer, researchers say.
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Study says imaginary exercise can keep muscles strong during time in a cast
The Washington Post
Have you ever broken a bone and had to immobilize a limb in a cast? Do you remember how weak your muscles were once the cast was cut off? A new study indicates that imagination can be a useful tool in retaining muscle strength despite immobilization. Brian C. Clark and colleagues from Ohio University called their study “The power of the mind: the cortex as a critical determinant of muscle strength/weakness.”
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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


Study: A balanced diet is as good as loading up on supplements
The Huffington Post
We've all heard about the widely-touted benefits of antioxidants and supplements, including promises of a long, disease-free life and longer-lasting youth. But if you're popping a handful of vitamins everyday in hopes that you'll stay forever young, you might want to listen up. A new long-term study finds that, when it comes to longevity, taking vitamin supplements is really no more helpful than eating a balanced diet.
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All those antioxidants are not helping you
Reuters via Business Insider
People who get a lot of antioxidants in their diets, or who take them in supplement form, don’t live any longer than those who just eat well overall, according to a long term study of retirees in California. Antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, are plentiful in vegetables and fruits and may help protect against cell or DNA damage — as a result, they’ve been touted for cancer prevention, heart disease prevention and warding off dementia.
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