Healthy Thursday: Dental Care in the United States


My question is why isn't Dental Care free in the United States? We are supposedly the richest nation on earth with the best 'health care available' for everyone. More like, the U.S. has the 'best health care' for anyone rich enough to afford it. Like many on Social Security and Medicare, there isn't a whole … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: Dental Care in the United States

Healthy Thursday: What is a Healthy Goal?


You've decided to start living healthier, that's great!  So, now what?  What do you do?  Do you do radical changes, tossing out all your food, buying instead tofu and quinoa? Get up before dawn, run ten miles before the kids get up for school? Join a gym and start wildly lifting the barbels, because you've … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: What is a Healthy Goal?

Coffee can lessen the pain of exercise


Cup of Coffee Caffeine eases aftereffects of athletic exertion, new study suggests Let’s hear it for Coffee!!! HOORAH!!!   That cup of coffee that many gym rats, bikers and runners swill before a workout does more than energize them. It kills some of the pain of athletic exertion, a new study suggests. And it works … Continue reading Coffee can lessen the pain of exercise

Protein: Are You Getting Enough?


Meats and Protein Nutrition facts labels prominently display information about protein. But of the three macronutrients in food – protein, fat, and carbohydrates — protein may be the one most of us know least about. How much protein do you need to stay healthy? What’s the best source of protein?   Protein requirements are complicated because … Continue reading Protein: Are You Getting Enough?

Five ways to boost your metabolism


barbell Five easy ways to helpyour metabolism speed up. Exercise more. When you walk, run, or lift weights, you increase the energy required of your body, which raises your metabolism then, and for hours afterward.   Work out with weights. During weight training, muscle tissue is stressed; afterward, it’s repaired — which raises metabolism.   … Continue reading Five ways to boost your metabolism

Forget low-fat — calories count more in dieting


Salad Key to weight loss really is limiting and burning off calories, researcher says Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn’t matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years.   However, participants had trouble staying with … Continue reading Forget low-fat — calories count more in dieting

“How can we tackle my 10-year-old’s weight problem?”


Jumprope Great Q&A from Diet and Fitness Expert Dr. Melina Jampolis, Physician Nutrition Specialist: My 10-year-old daughter struggles with her weight. We have been told by our family doctor that she is “off the charts” on weight. She is currently 4 feet 6 and weighs 105 pounds. We walk 2-3 miles several times per week; … Continue reading “How can we tackle my 10-year-old’s weight problem?”

The key to weight loss? Calories.


Calorie Scale Some previous studies have found that low carbohydrate diets like Atkins work better than a traditional low-fat diet. But the new research found that the key to losing weight boiled down to a basic rule — calories in, calories out.     “The hidden secret is it doesn’t matter if you focus on … Continue reading The key to weight loss? Calories.

Dietary Recommendations from MyPyramid.gov


My Pyramid Great general recommendations from THE USDA’s MyPyramid.gov. Discuss with your health care provider first before starting any change in diet or exercise. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT To maintain body weight in a healthy range, balance calories from foods and beverages with calories expended. To prevent gradual weight gain over time, make small decreases in food … Continue reading Dietary Recommendations from MyPyramid.gov

Nutrition After Cancer Treatment


Butterbur Most eating-related side effects of cancer treatments go away after the treatment ends. Sometimes side effects such as poor appetite, dry mouth, change in taste or smell,trouble swallowing, or significant weight loss may last for some time. If this happens to you, talk to your health care team and work out a plan to … Continue reading Nutrition After Cancer Treatment