Skin Smarts

Changes to the skin are among the most visible signs of aging. These occur over time for a variety of reasons, such as heredity, smoking, sun exposure, stress, obesity, gravity and even sleep position. Throughout our lives, our skin regenerates approximately every 27 days. But as we age, we sweat less, leading to increased dryness. … Read More

Motivate Your Kids to Move

To shrink the growing problem of childhood obesity, parents need to inspire kids to be more active. That’s easier said than done. “Kids have to ‘own’ the desire to move,” says Eileen Kennedy, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Fit Youth Program. How can you promote greater physical activity without nagging, monitoring, begging or lecturing? Ask, … Read More

Alcohol Abuse May Increase After Bariatric Surgery

For treating severe obesity, bariatric surgery has been considered a front runner, offering a fix that works with results that last. Despite this, a new study finds a surprising and alarming trend: a high prevalence of alcohol abuse among bariatric surgery patients, especially in the second year after surgery. Leslie Heinberg, Ph.D., did not take … Read More

New Rules for School Lunches

School lunches subsidized by the federal government will now be getting a whole lot healthier, according to new rules. A few of the changes: Pizza will be made with healthier ingredients, entire meals will have calorie caps, and most trans fats will be banned. Sodium will gradually decrease over a 10-year period. Milk will have … Read More

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Eating Too Much Sugar? Tame Your Sweet Tooth

By guest expert Melissa Ohlson, MS, RD, LD Did you know that the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar each day? That’s 335 calories with zero nutritional value. So it’s no surprise that the American Heart Association (AHA) offers guidelines urging Americans to limit their intake of added sugars — sugars or syrups added … Read More

An Epidemic Weight Problem in the U.S.

Data from National Health and Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that obesity has reached staggering proportions in the United States, affecting one in three adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents. And we know that the state of Mississippi tips the scale with the heaviest people in … Read More