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Your Day in Health: November 19

Is the Nordic Diet the next big thing? Plus, more of today's essential health news.
Your Day in Health: November 19

HARVARD HEALTH BLOG: The Nordic Diet: Healthy Eating with an Eco-friendly Bent

"If you’ve never heard of the Nordic diet, you might imagine a plate of those Swedish meatballs sold at Ikea. But in fact, this eating style focuses on healthier fare, including plenty of plant-based foods that nutritionists always encourage us to eat. And while the data are limited so far, several studies suggest following a Nordic eating pattern may foster weight loss and lower blood pressure.

Nordic diet staples include whole-grain cereals such as rye, barley, and oats; berries and other fruits; vegetables (especially cabbage and root vegetables like potatoes and carrots); fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring; and legumes (beans and peas)." Read full story.

SCIENCE DAILY: Weekday Sleep Changes May Raise Risk Of Diabetes, Heart Disease

"Monday mornings could be harmful to your health. Even routine sleep changes such as waking up early for work during the week may raise the risk of developing metabolic problems such as diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study." Read full story.

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NEW YORK TIMES: Is Lying Down As Bad for You As Sitting?

"The problem is that we don’t use our legs when we sit or lie prone. Our legs and backside contain some of the largest muscles in our body, which contract robustly when we are upright. In the process, they use blood sugar to fuel themselves and stimulate the release of biochemicals that favorably affect cholesterol levels and other metabolic processes. None of that happens when we sit in a chair or lounge in bed." Read full story.

AP: House Bill Would Limit Some Calorie Labels

"Supermarkets and pizza chains would get some relief from government calorie labeling rules under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday." Read full story.

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