eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Apr. 16, 2014

7 invisible ways exercise improves your life
Upwave.com via CNN
Glance around the gym, and you'll probably see a lot of people who are exercising in an attempt to shed pounds, tone muscle and look better. But numerous research studies have uncovered many other benefits to working out — ones that aren't necessarily visible from the outside. Here, some of the awesome ways exercise can benefit your mind, body and soul.More

You should get a tax deduction for a gym membership
Slate
April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. We're missing a great opportunity to save money on U.S. healthcare expenditures and save lives from obesity-related disease: The tax code should be revised to reward preventive health.More

Are you programmed to enjoy exercise?
The New York Times
It's possible that some of us are born not to run. According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, published in The Journal of Physiology, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited. For years, scientists have been bedeviled by the question of why so few people regularly exercise when we know that we should.More

Dieters move away from calorie obsession
CBS News
The calorie counting that has for decades defined dieting is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That shift in focus is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people's favorite foods.More

Juicing: Healthy detox or diet trap?
CNN
Juicing — if you believe its avid fans — is a great way to detox the body, prevent disease and lose weight. There's something appealing about being able to blend up broccoli, kale and cucumbers and mask them with the sweet taste of strawberries. You get your vitamins without having to chow down on salad every day at lunch.More

Diet and exercise may help prevent diabetes
Reuters
Lifestyle changes made by people at high risk of diabetes appear to reduce their chance of developing the disease over the next two decades, according to a study from China. The lifestyle changes, which included diet modifications and exercise, also helped lower death rates, especially among women. The data are based on the six-year Da Qing Diabetes Prevention Study.More

7 invisible ways exercise improves your life
Upwave.com via CNN
Glance around the gym, and you'll probably see a lot of people who are exercising in an attempt to shed pounds, tone muscle and look better.More

The single most proven way to get smarter and happier
TIME
Many of the fixes for our problems aren't complex — something that's clear in the things I recommend people do every day.More

Too much running tied to shorter life span
HealthDay News via WebMD
Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.More

Multivitamins: Time to just say no?
Medscape
Vitamins and supplements: It's a growing industry, with sales of $28 billion in 2010 alone, but are they helpful or harmful? Are they a waste of precious healthcare resources that could be better spent on more beneficial therapies? Let's start with the heart. The first study was a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial that included more than 1,700 patients aged 50 years or older.More

Dietary supplement use by Americans on the rise
RedOrbit
A new study from Ipsos Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition reveals that dietary supplement use by U.S. adults is more prevalent than previous studies from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys have indicated. Ipsos conducted five years of online market research to gather the data described in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.More

18 surprising dairy-free sources of calcium
Greatist via The Huffington Post
Fun fact: Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and is found naturally in a wide variety of foods and beverages and added to many others. But whether lactose-intolerant or sick of wine and cheese parties, there's no need to rely only on dairy products for that daily dose of calcium. Here's why we should get enough calcium — and all the unexpected ways to get enough of it.More

Salt-reduction campaign led to drastic decrease in deaths from stroke, heart disease
Fox News
A nationwide campaign to reduce salt intake among people in the United Kingdom resulted in a drastic reduction in heart disease and stroke deaths among the population, the Los Angeles Times reported. In 2003, the government in the U.K. launched a widespread effort to encourage companies to gradually reduce sodium levels in processed foods. Now, a new study in the British Medical Journal is showing the impact of this public health initiative.More

Could you live for a year with no sugar?
The Boston Globe
Deborah Kotz writes: I can't imagine telling my three kids that we're banning all products with sugar: No more ice cream, candy, heck, ketchup. Well, I can imagine it, and my quick retreat from the notion after being accused of child abuse by my teens. But Eve Schaub hung tough. She imposed a "year of no sugar" rule on her two daughters ages 6 and 11 — with her husband's consent &mdahs; at least partly because she thought it was a great title for a book. More