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Monday Dec 22

Health

Bargaining For Our Health

Monday, 22 December 2014 06:17

Health-conscious often make trade-offs to fit healthy habits into their day.

 

Taking the time to fix a healthy meal or snack may be a good move towards achieving one’s health goals, but keep in mind that food preparation may be cutting into your exercise time, say researchers from Ohio State University. Whether study participants were men, women, married, single, and whether they were parents or had no children, the findings were consistent: a ten-minute increase in food preparation meant a higher likelihood of cutting ten minutes from one’s workout.

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Paging Dr. Google

Monday, 22 December 2014 06:17

Why are more people turning to the Internet than to their doctors? 

A shift in demographics and rising health care costs have contributed to an increase in the number of people searching online for medical information before consulting their doctors.

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Feed Your Mind

Monday, 22 December 2014 06:17

National wellbeing survey reveals possible ties between food, mental health and obesity.

Hawaii has again topped the list of U.S. states in which residents experience the greatest level of overall wellbeing, while West Virginia places last on the list, Gallup found when polling U.S. residents about their emotional, physical and mental conditions. West Virginians also had the lowest score on the Physical Health Index, and the state reports the highest obesity rate in the nation, the poll found.  Colorado, which reports the lowest obesity rate in the U.S., scored the highest on the Physical Health Index, and scored just behind Hawaii in terms of overall wellbeing.

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Superstorm Sandy’s Hidden Health Costs

Monday, 22 December 2014 06:17

Stressed Sandy survivors engage in unhealthy habits, taking personal and societal toll.

 

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While demodirt.com recently covered the psychological devastation that sufferers of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy have endured, a new Gallup poll indicates that in addition to the emotional and mental toll the disaster has taken, survivors have been engaging in unhealthy habits that could have short- and long-term consequences on their physical and mental health. Survivors report that they engage in little to no exercise—many Americans report lack of exercise in the winter months, but Sandy survivors’ numbers in this category double the national average— as well as have increased their smoking rate while decreasing their intake of healthy versus unhealthy foods. Despite expert advice that increased exercise and healthy eating help combat the negative effects of stress, survivors find a number of obstacles to maximize healthy habits, and pervasive anxiety and depression have made it challenging to abandon smoking and other substance abuse in the aftermath of this disaster. 

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Sandy Syndrome

Monday, 22 December 2014 06:17

Depression, worry and anger increase in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Residents in areas most affected by the fall 2012 Superstorm Sandy—said to have caused damage totaling over $71.3 billion—are continuing to suffer from the emotional costs, says a Gallup poll measuring rates of depression before and after Sandy.

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