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How an Obese City Lost a Million Pounds

How one city lost over a million pounds, why you should be eating chili peppers and more.

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How an Obese City Lost a Million Pounds

How one city lost over a million pounds, why you should be eating chili peppers and more.

Your Healthy Tip for the Day

The easiest way to drop a few? Eat in silence so you can pay attention to your food! A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that paying attention to your eating can aid in weight loss, while eating with a distraction (like, ahem, watching television) caused an immediate and long-term increase in eating.

SCIENCE DAILY: What’s Next in Diets: Chili Peppers

"A large percentage of the world's population—fully one third, by the World Health Organization's estimates—is currently overweight or obese. This staggering statistics has made finding ways to address obesity a top priority for many scientists around the globe, and now a group of researchers has found promise in the potential of capsaicin—the chief ingredient in chili peppers— as a diet-based supplement." Click here to read the full story.

NPR: How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds. Click here to read the full story.

NY TIMES: For the Slothful, a Race Is a One-Step Process

"The Philly 0.0 Instant Gratification Run finished a step after it started Friday night. An official time of 1 second was given to each of the estimated 350 participants, who paid $20 to $35 apiece for a T-shirt, beer, food and live music. It was a race like any other race except for, well, the actual running. Traditional races have spawned any number of novelty alternatives: obstacle courses featuring mud, fire and barbed wire; mile runs in which participants chug a beer before each of four laps around a track; color runs in which participants are showered with kaleidoscopic cornstarch. And now, inspired by a cartoon, comes the nonrun, with the motto 'All the fun, none of the commitment!'" Click here to read the full story.

AP: Supplements Industry Derides NY Attorney General's DNA Tests

"DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive 'sheep's milk' cheese that was really made from cow's milk. But can it tell if a pill touted as an energy-booster contains ginseng or is just a mix of rice powder and pine? Some scientists say yes, while industry groups and some independent experts say DNA testing alone is inadequate for analyzing botanical products that have gone through a lot of processing from leaf to tablet." Click here to read the full story.