Have a Healthier Side Dish for Thanksgiving with Green Beans

For many, Thanksgiving Day is not the day to watch calories or even think about eating veggies. But I want people to stop looking at eating healthy foods as a punishment. We should not use the holidays as an opportunity to take a break from eating healthily. If purchased fresh and prepared properly (or sometimes simply eaten raw), plant foods, like fruits, vegetables and legumes, are delicious and foods you can look forward to eating.

Think Getting 10k Steps is Enough? Walking Speed Matters Too

Maybe it’s because I’m tall or I’ve always been an active person, but I naturally walk at a pretty fast pace. And I usually find myself getting impatient when I’m walking in a crowded place and someone in front of me is walking slowly. I even get slightly annoyed when I can’t get around them.

What Southern Food is Doing to African Americans is Anything but Comforting

Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and pecan pie. These used to be a few of my favorite foods and are the staple of a traditional soul food meal.

Solving America’s Health Literacy Problem Starts Here

Most people understand being “literate” as being able to read and write your native language. But what about being “health literate”? If you’re like 88 percent of the U.S. population, you’re probably not as health literate as you should be, and this can have a negative impact on your health.

Advancements in Autism Prevention That Every Parent Should Know

I recently came across a new study about zinc and autism. This study really resonates with me because it reinforces my firm belief that getting adequate amounts of nutrients, including minerals, even in the very early stages of development, may be critical to reduce the likelihood of diseases like autism.

Sometimes Getting On the Healthy Bandwagon May Be Too Late For Your Liver

You have heard this before. A high-fat, high-sugar diet is bad for the heart and waistline. And while many people are aware that this unhealthy eating habit may also have a very harmful effect on the liver, most may not know that the damage may very well be irreversible.

Your Genes May Be The Reason You’re a Snacker

There’s no denying it. Americans like to snack. Reportedly, 94 percent snack daily. “Between 1950 and 2000, the United States became a nation of snackers. Manufacturers introduced a host of packaged snacks that catered to basic cravings for sugar, salt, and fat.

Guess What! Men Over 35 Are of Advanced Paternal Age Too

I always wondered why my mom waited until she was 46-years-old to have me. And when I became an adult, I recall asking her why she waited so long to have a child as well as whether she had any concerns about giving birth to a Down syndrome baby. Her response was, it was God’s wish and she never thought about the risk of having a child with a disorder.

Did Your Pediatrician Just Write Your Child a Prescription for Obesity?

There is a worldwide obesity epidemic, and recent data shows a significant number of children as young as five years of age and under are obese. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of overweight or obese infants and young children (aged 0 to 5 years) increased from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million in 2016.

The First Slug is the Deadliest. Man Wins Dare, But Loses Life After Eating a Slug.

College-aged Sam Ballard was just doing what many young men do - he was joking around. Back in 2010, the Australian rugby player was enjoying some red wine outside on the patio with his friends. They noticed a slug inching its way along on a table, and reportedly Sam was dared to eat the slug.

The Supply of Healthy Food is Shrinking, and It’s the Biggest Threat to Our Nation's Health

I came across this story about a remarkable, young woman named Joy Youwakim. She recently grew 20 pounds of produce, including radishes, eggplant, bell peppers, cucumbers, and cantaloupe, on top of an inactive landfill.

Staying Mentally Sharp! Another Good Reason To Manage Your Blood Pressure After 60

I do my best to keep up with the latest research about high blood pressure (hypertension), because this illness has had such an awful impact on many of my family members and friends. So, understandably, the cardiovascular risks, such as heart attacks and strokes, are all very well known to me.

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