Lifestyle, fitness and nutrition

Mastering the principles of positive thinking

You can learn to think positively, and doing so can lead to greater self-confidence, more respect for others and achievement of your goals. The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's best-selling classic, The Power of Positive Thinking, has inspired millions of people in more than 130 countries. The principles it teaches are as timely today as [...]

Overweight kids often shunned, bullied

Preteens who are overweight are often bullied or excluded from social activities, increasing their likelihood of anxiety and emotional problems, researchers say. Efforts to prevent or ease emotional distress among overweight students must address these negative and discriminatory behaviors, according to the authors of a new study. "The widespread misconception is that anyone who is [...]

Kids with gay or lesbian parents do just fine

A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say.Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. [...]

Understanding the stress/health connection

Stress exists in your mind but it's also evident in your stomach, heart, muscles and even your toes. "In fact, stress may affect every cell in your body," says M. Ronald Glaser, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University Medical School. During stressful times, your body produces various chemicals, including cortisol, an immune-suppressing hormone. The [...]

Losing weight at work

Losing weight may be tricky when you have a challenging career. Consider the many potential saboteurs: having little time to exercise, eating out frequently for business events, and facing the constant temptation of cookie trays. Your weight is controlled by the number of calories you eat balanced against the number of calories you use. To [...]

You can choose a healthy life

Each year, two out of every three deaths in the United States are caused by cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke. That figure could be significantly reduced if Americans made healthier food choices, got more exercise, and stopped smoking, according to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association. In fact, these [...]

Mindfulness-based approach could help you stay slim

A weight-loss therapy that focuses on personal values and "mindful" decision-making may help people shed more pounds, a new clinical trial suggests.Over one year, people who received the therapy lost more than 13 percent of their initial weight, on average. To put that into perspective, current behavioral therapies typically help people drop 5 percent to [...]

U.S. high school kids abandoning sweetened sodas

There's good news when it comes to American teens' diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, researchers say. A 2017 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while just over a third of kids in grades 9 through 12 drank a sweetened beverage each [...]