Posts Tagged by health
|January 27, 2012||Posted by Alex under Lifestyle|
It’s been on and off the table more times than I can recall, but it looks like it might actually be getting some serious consideration this time time.
That’s right, the “Soda Tax”, a proposition that would charge a penny per ounce of sugary beverage, is set to make some headways down South. (more…)
|December 28, 2011||Posted by Alex under Lifestyle|
Earlier we talked about a study that found that eating less helps improve brain functions.
Now, here’s a list of the top 5 foods that can help your mind stay active and healthy.
|December 17, 2011||Posted by Alex under Lifestyle|
A new study is looking at how physical exercise and overall fitness levels can have a positive impact on healthy, active brain functions.
According to a new study taking place between researchers from Harvard Medical School and members of the RCMP Fitness and Lifestyle division, there might in fact be a strong correlation.
|October 17, 2011||Posted by Alex under Canada|
How’s this for news: a 100 year old man recently entered and completed a 42.2 kilometer marathon in Toronto, running the distance in 8 hours.
|October 13, 2011||Posted by Alex under Canada, Lifestyle|
It looks like fruits and vegetables have another great thing going for them: they might be able to ward off heart disease better than we once thought.
According to our source, researchers from McGill and McMaster universities have been working together examining the impact that fruits and veggies can have on people with genes that are “high risk” for heart disease.
High risk genes include people who are more sensitive to salt, have a difficult time keeping normal blood pressure and people who develop hypertension.
The study took account of the diets of over 27 000 people across the globe, and split them into two groups: one with people with genes that were “high risk” and one group were they were not.
What the study showed was that the people with the “high risk” genes can actually lower their risk level below the people in the other group simply by consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The study revealed that this sort of diet can actually “turn off” the genes that would lead to future heart complications.
This is interesting because it shows that a healthy diet can play a greater role than genetics when it comes to heart disease.
Heart disease is currently one of the biggest health problems harming our society, so knowing that it’s possible to combat it simply by eating better is great.
This study also leads one to wonder how a healthy lifestyle can affect other genetic conditions. If fruits and vegetablesc an all but negate heart disease, what else can they do for us? It probably won’t hurt to find out, and add some more oranges and apples to your diet.
|October 10, 2011||Posted by Alex under Lifestyle|
For the first time in recent years, people with normal weights outnumber the people who are overweight in North America.
Health officials have been monitor the waistlines of North Americans for some time now, and this year people have finally taken it upon themselves to start slimming down en mass. As it stands, 36.6% of people are in the normal / average weight range while 35.8% of people are in the overweight category.
However, unfortunately this doesn’t mean that people with average weights are in the majority. People in the top tiered “obese” category were not included in these figures, which make up an additional 15% of the population. As well, the remainder of the population falls into the “underweight” category, which can also be a sign of worry due to poverty, malnourishment or other factors.
For purposes of the study, people with a body mass index (which judges weight to height ratios) of over 30 were considered obese, with 25 to 29.9 as overweight, 18.5 to 24.9 as normal and 18.4 or less as under weight.
Though, with a large portion of people in a healthy weight category, it does mean that people are starting to take their health into their own hands either through eating better, with exercise or both. It would be nice to see how the people who re-entered the “normal weight” category did so, so we can know what worked for them and what didn’t. Most likely it was a decent combination of the old tried and true formula of exercise and eating better.
One thing to remember regardless is how the Body Mass Index works, because it is not a perfect science. Some people are naturally larger, with wider frames, or heavier builds, than others. A tall person with a large frame could be considered “overweight” or worse while still being in decent shape. The margin of error is small, but it’s still there nevertheless.
If we should take anything from this it at least means that people are starting to take weight loss diets, exercise programs and physical awarenes to heart.