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Milk research examines the intersection among consumer culture, agriculture, and public health

Posted February 28, 2014

The granddaughter of a Midwestern dairy farmer, Kendra Smith-Howard spent her summers scooping ice cream cones for Uncle Bob’s Homemade Ice Cream. But as a college student, she pursued greater adventures – working as a park ranger in Montana’s Glacier National Park, and teaching and studying in places as far away as Indonesia.

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Move to the Music: Autism Sees Benefits of Dance Therapy

Posted February 27, 2014

Dance is an amazing therapy style that has benefited all, from the obese children to those with autism. It makes us get up, move the body, enjoy the exercise and make new friends. Dances have long been the medium for human relationships, from the classic waltz to the modern hip-hop and R&B.

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What are the health benefits of tomatoes?

Posted February 23, 2014

Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt that a tomato is a nutrient-dense, super-food that most people should be eating more of. The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene.

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Dreaming may be significant for mental health

Posted February 23, 2014

Dreaming is a significant phenomenon which has been surrounded by a great deal of conjecture about it’s value for mental health. We often like to think of dreaming as a sort of mental catharsis which helps us to deal in a more stable manner with our life. It often appears that people who remember their dreams are calmer and happier, as if their dreams are helping them to resolve conflicts and confront the complexities of life with more composure.

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Rewarding relationships important for healthy aging: How loneliness harms health

Posted February 23, 2014

Researchers have found loneliness boosts the chances of dying almost as much as poverty for older adults. Loneliness from lack of rewarding social connections can raise the chances of premature death 14 percent according to findings presented at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago.

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Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term

Posted February 20, 2014

The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warn environmental scientists. This is because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat, they say. Despite the fact that some of these chemicals are regulated, people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives. And far too little is known about their long term impact.

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European study reinforces importance of eating breakfast for children’s health

Posted February 20, 2014

The message that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is familiar to many of us. And now a European study of Cypriot children has revealed that choosing the right kind of breakfast each morning can have a direct impact on their weight and overall health.

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Keep yourself, your pets and your home healthier with apple cider vinegar

Posted February 16, 2014

Apple cider vinegar is an age-old remedy that has a surprising number of uses, and while ewhole books have been written on this amazing remedy, many of us are still unaware of just how usful apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be.

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Health and fitness habits ‘influence health over next two decades’

Posted February 16, 2014

New research from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany suggests that our health and fitness habits can predict the outcome of our overall fitness and health almost 20 years later. This is according to a study published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

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How your mindset about the future may impact your eating habits

Posted February 14, 2014

Emotional eating is something we’re all familiar with. Maybe you had had a rough week at work and all you want on Friday night is to plop down and watch a movie with a giant bowl of buttery popcorn. Maybe you’re a student stressed about a big exam and you’re munching on candy as you study. Or maybe your child’s birthday party is coming up and you’ve bought an ice cream cake to serve a small army to celebrate. Happy or sad, up or down, there’s a plethora of media in the world that tells us our moods often dictate the foods we choose to eat.

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