Good posture has a bearing not just on your physical health but on your state of mind. (Have you ever seen someone project self-confidence while slouching?) Take 5 minutes to evaluate your posture when standing, sitting, or walking and make any needed corrections (here’s how to do it). Your body and mind will thank you.
Evidence continues to mount that prolonged sitting is one of the worst things you can do for your health, even if you exercise regularly. So be sure to break up long seated periods (at your desk, watching TV, on a plane) with short jaunts upright at least every hour. Research has shown that even a 5-minute walk is enough to help prevent or reduce sitting’s adverse effects.
People who wore these simple step-counting devices increased their physical activity by 2,200 to 2,500 steps a day on average, and decreased both their body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a large review published several years ago in JAMA. The pedometers were most effective if the wearer aimed for a specific goal, usually 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles).
A study that analyzed data on nearly 120,000 people collected for a more than 30-year period and which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who eat a handful of nuts every day live longer than those who don’t eat them.
Senior author Charles S. Fuchs — director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School — said, “The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29% in deaths from heart disease — the major killer of people in America. But we also saw a significant reduction — 11% — in the risk of dying from cancer.”
One moment it’s going to kill you, and the next it’s being credited for cutting your risk of getting liver cancer or Alzheimer’s. Typical sensationalism at its best. Researchers from Italy found indications that as many as 3 cups of Joe a day can reduce the liver-cancer risk by — get this — more than 50%. As for the Alzheimer’s claim, researchers at the University of South Florida conducted a study on mice and found that an unidentified ingredient in coffee interacts with the caffeine, which could explain why daily coffee intake protects against the degenerative disease.
Remove energy zappers. Skip the soda, sugary coffee and energy drinks. These foods may leave you buzzing for an hour, but will likely cause an energy crash. Quench your thirst with water, fat-free or low-fat milk, low-calorie flavored water or unsweetened tea.
An article in the Guardian about wildlife crime listed several grim statistics. Among them, “Africa could lose one-fifth of its elephants in the next decade if the continent’s poaching crisis is not stopped. By the end of September, a record 704 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa and 47 in Kenya this year. Figures showed two-thirds of forest elephants had been killed by ivory poachers in past decade.”
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Most kids between 8 and 17 name their mother as their number one role model and their father as number two, according to a 2011 study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They watch and emulate your behavior more than you may realize. In the same report, more than 70 percent of kids said, “If their parents ate healthfully at home, it would help them do the same.” Changing behaviors now, while they’re young, can set kids up for a healthy adult life.