HUFFINGTON POST: US OBESITY RATES ARE RISING AGAIN, ESPECIALLY AMONG MINORITY WOMEN
“Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought the nation's alarming, decades-long rise in obesity had leveled off. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday that the obesity rate has climbed to nearly 38 percent of adults, up from 32 percent about a decade earlier.” Read full story.
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CNN: HOW TO GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN TO 120
“A new study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, found lower rates of heart attack, stroke and death among people with high blood pressure who brought that top number down to 120.” Read full story.
NEW YORK TIMES: TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL, TRY A FORAY INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
“A patient education booklet prepared by the Mayo Clinic points out that “people in Greece eat an average of nine servings a day of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables,” and the booklet outlines a long list of potentially healthful foods. Some examples include prunes, blueberries, red grapes, oranges, strawberries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, beets, red bell peppers, corn and eggplant.
At a minimum, Americans should strive to consume two or more servings of vegetables and two to three or more servings of fresh fruit each day. If “fresh” is not available, “fresh frozen” is the next best option.” Read full story.
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