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UPDATED: This article is updated from an article that appeared on HelpingYouCare® on December 31, 2013. Happy New Year! Now is the exhilarating time for a new beginning — the time to make New Years resolutions for the coming . . . → Read More: Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions – for Caregivers and Seniors
The American Medical Association (AMA), the largest and primary professional organization of medical doctors in the U.S., passed a resolution at their annual meeting on June 18, officially declaring that obesity shall be recognized as a disease. The AMA . . . → Read More: AMA Votes to Recognize Obesity as a Disease
A new study by researchers at Texas Christian University (TCU) has found that out of a group of 300 study participants, those ordering from a menu that displayed the amount of exercise needed to burn off the calories in . . . → Read More: Displaying Exercise Needed to Burn Off Foods Helps People Cut Calories Consumed, New Study Finds
In a HealthBeat message and podcast issued on April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pronounced that “Your health is going digital. Health applications on the go are becoming more available.” The message describes new . . . → Read More: HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help You Stay Healthy
Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports
“The symptoms of thyroid diseases are so wide-ranging—affecting your mood, energy, body temperature, weight, heart, and more—that it may be difficult to get the correct diagnosis right away,” according to the authors of a recent Special Health Report on . . . → Read More: Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports
New research reported in the February 4 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, has found that, “Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, . . . → Read More: Baby Boomers Not as Healthy as Their Parents, New Research Finds
Weight-Loss Myths and Facts Identified by New Research Paper Cast in Doubt by Financial Disclosures of Researchers
In a new research paper published January 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the University of Alabama claim that “using internet searches of popular media and scientific literature,” they have identified 7 myths, 6 “unproven . . . → Read More: Weight-Loss Myths and Facts Identified by New Research Paper Cast in Doubt by Financial Disclosures of Researchers
A new study conducted by researchers in Spain and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University found that out of 420 middle-aged dieters in Spain, those who ate a late lunch (lunch being the largest . . . → Read More: Late Meal Time for Largest Meal of the Day May Delay Weight Loss, New Research Finds
A new study conducted by doctors at Yale University School of Medicine and published in the January 2 issue of JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, has found evidence suggesting that consuming fructose affects regions of the . . . → Read More: Fructose Affects Brain Chemistry in Ways that Lead to Obesity, New Study Suggests
George Stephanopoulos interviewed Dr. Oz, who offered tips on how to avoid putting on weight during the Holidays. According to Stephanopoulos, over 50% of people gain 2 or more pounds over the Holidays, and 10% of people gain 5 . . . → Read More: Tips to Keep the Holiday Pounds Off
Dr. Oz explains that losing just ten pounds is a good step to reducing heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. His weight loss action steps include: A high fiber breakfast Snacks smaller than a fist No food within 3 hours . . . → Read More: Some Helpful Advice on Losing Weight
HelpingYouCare® (.com and .org), a comprehensive resource for family caregivers and their senior loved ones, has launched a new resource page in its Wellness Section on Weight Loss/ Maintaining a Healthy Weight. The new resource page includes hundreds of . . . → Read More: HelpingYouCare® Launches New Wellness Resource on Weight Loss/ Maintaining a Healthy Weight
A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has measured the effect that getting enough exercise can have on life expectancy, and the even greater effect that combining enough exercise with maintaining a normal body . . . → Read More: Enough Exercise + Normal Weight May Add Up To 7.2 Years to Your Life, New NIH Study Finds
The CDC has launched Sortable Stats 2.0 – a new online database of health indicators and behavioral risk factors that is sortable by state or region, by demographics, by health condition, and in various other ways. The interactive database, . . . → Read More: CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region
A new report issued September 18, 2012 projects that if current trends continue, in 39 U.S. States more than 50% of adults could be obese by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, and all . . . → Read More: More than 50% Obesity in 39 States by 2030, New F as in Fat Report Projects
A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology has found that 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise training are as good as, and even slightly more effective than, 60 minutes to achieve the same loss of weight . . . → Read More: To Lose Weight, 30 Minutes of Daily Exercise as Good as 60 Minutes, New Study Finds
A study by scientists in Australia has found that seniors who clipped on a pedometer nearly doubled the time they spent walking each week. The study, by Gregory S. Kolt, Ph.D., head of the School of Science and Health, . . . → Read More: Wearing a Pedometer Can Help You Walk More, Study Finds
As part of its national mission to promote public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is providing an educational program for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off. On its website, . . . → Read More: CDC Teaches that Healthy Weight is a Lifestyle – Not Just a Diet
A new study published July 16 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has isolated three specific behaviors or strategies that were associated with the greatest success in losing weight among a group of overweight or . . . → Read More: Study Finds Three Best Strategies to Lose Weight
The U.S. Government provides multiple free health publications on Exercise, Diet and Weight Management. These publications can be downloaded free of charge from Be Active Your Way – Consumer Booklet for Adults – By the U.S. Department of Health . . . → Read More: US Government Provides Free Publications on Exercise, Diet and Weight Management
A new Harvard Health Letter reports that a recent study by scientists at Harvard Medical School has discovered a previously unknown natural hormone in muscle cells that is produced by exercise. The new hormone, which the scientists called “Irisin,” . . . → Read More: Study Discovers Hormone Produced by Exercise that Helps Burn Fat and Prevent Diabetes
A new study conducted on mice by researchers at the University of Iowa, found that ursolic acid, a compound found in apple peels, may help build muscle and fight obesity, glucose intolerance (characteristic of diabetes), and fatty liver disease. . . . → Read More: Compound in Apples May Help Build Muscles & Fight Obesity and Diabetes, New Study Suggests
During a session at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Robert Pretlow of the Research Institute, eHealth International in Seattle, Washington, presented evidence suggesting that social networking and new smart phone . . . → Read More: Smart Phone Apps & Social Networking Help Lose Weight, Evidence Suggests
A new HBO documentary, The Weight of The Nation, produced by John Hoffman in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explores the costs and causes of the well-publicized obesity epidemic that is plaguing America and its health . . . → Read More: New HBO Documentary, The Weight of The Nation, Explores Causes, Costs of Obesity
Several new studies and reports have been published recently documenting the high costs of obesity to America and Americans. According to these new research findings, obesity adds $190 Billion per year to health care costs, which is over 20% . . . → Read More: New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America
As part of Diabetes Alert Day, March 27, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) posted updated information on Diabetes’ diagnosis and prevention on its website. This includes a Quiz (below), which the CDC invites you . . . → Read More: Are You At Risk for Diabetes? CDC Provides Quiz to Help You Find Out
Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., Chairman of Preventive Medicine from the Mayo Clinic, explains how modest changes in lifestyle habits can help you lose weight and improve your health. Watch . . . → Read More: Losing Weight Through Modest Changes in Lifestyle Habits
The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new “Holiday Healthy Eating Guide,” with tips for consumers on how to navigate the Holidays – usually a heavy-eating season – in a way that is healthy for your heart, blood . . . → Read More: American Heart Association Publishes New Holiday Healthy Eating Guide
A new study of 14,345 adult men, published in Circulation, a Journal of the American Heart Association, found that improving physical fitness lowered risk of death, both from cardiovascular disease and from all causes, even after controlling for body . . . → Read More: Fitness More Important Than Body Weight in Reducing Death Risk
On Wednesday, September 14, Harvard Health Publications revealed a new Healthy Eating Plate icon developed by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health with Harvard Health Publications, which the Harvard scientists say is intended to provide a simple . . . → Read More: Harvard Proposes Its Own Healthy Eating Plate Instead of USDA’s MyPlate
A new study published by The Lancet medical journal shows adults under a Weight Watchers program lost around twice as much weight as people receiving standard care. The study, led by Dr Susan Jebb, UK Medical Research Council (MRC) . . . → Read More: New Study Finds a Commercial Weight Loss Program More Effective Than Standard Care Programs
A new study has found that each of five healthy lifestyle factors incrementally lowered one’s risk of getting diabetes by an additional 31% to 39% in a large 11-year study of approximately 207,000 men and women aged 50 to . . . → Read More: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Incrementally Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed Decision Memorandum on August 31, 2011, recommending that seniors who have Medicare Part A or Part B should be covered for an obesity screening, dietary assessment, and, . . . → Read More: Medicare Recommends Coverage of Seniors for Intense Obesity Counseling
To help you establish and maintain a healthy diet, the American Heart Association now provides a number of resources and Tools for Healthier Eating. From the American Heart Association Among the “Tools for Healthier Eating” provided by the American . . . → Read More: Smart Diet Tips & Tools
A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) highlights the importance of watching the calories in the drinks you consume, in order to combat overweight and obesity, lose weight, and maintain a healthy diet. . . . → Read More: Sodas and Lattes: More Calories Than You Think, CDC Reports
In this second in a two-part series, HelpingYouCare™ reports on two new scientific papers published in The Lancet medical journal, which focus on solving the global obesity epidemic. One of these new studies clarifies our understanding of how people . . . → Read More: How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?
In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and . . . → Read More: Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as part of its StreamingHealth video series, has recently produced a video examining the obesity epidemic in America, what has caused it, what it means for the U.S., and what . . . → Read More: The Obesity Epidemic: What it Means for America & What Can Be Done About It
A recent study conducted by Dr. Edward List, a scientist at Ohio University, and colleagues found that yo-yo dieting (repeatedly gaining and losing weight) “was indeed healthier than remaining obese.” The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) . . . → Read More: Is Yo-Yo Dieting Bad for You?
New statistics show an alarming increase in type 2 diabetes of pandemic proportions worldwide, which is linked to the continuing, dramatic increase in obesity now being widely reported in the U.S. and worldwide. Addressing this worldwide “diabetes pandemic,” a . . . → Read More: Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps
A new report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), shows that 68% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and adult . . . → Read More: New Report Shows Americans Getting Fatter; Serious Health & Policy Concerns
Based on three long-term studies conducted on 120,877 adult men and women who were followed for periods of 12 to 20 years, scientists at Harvard have isolated a list of foods and other lifestyle factors most and least associated . . . → Read More: Which Foods Are Linked to Highest Weight Gain Every 4 Years?
A new study conducted on 8,534 twin individuals in Sweden has found that those who were obese in midlife were 288% more likely to develop dementia in later life, and even those who were merely overweight in midlife were . . . → Read More: Obesity and Even Overweight in Mid-Life Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
Recent studies have found that both weight loss and walking exercise may improve or preserve memory. Weight Loss A new study led by John Gunstad, associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers . . . → Read More: Weight Loss and Walking Exercise Improve Memory, Studies Find
A new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has found that the prevalence of obesity among adults in the United States is significantly higher than among adults in Canada. In addition, over a . . . → Read More: New Study Finds U.S. Adults Significantly More Obese than Canadians
If you have a family history of diabetes, are obese, are over age 45 and get little or no exercise, or belong to certain racial or ethnic groups you may be at risk. Take a simple quiz provided by . . . → Read More: Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?
Arthritis is a common condition that affects one in six Americans. To learn basic facts about arthritis, click the link below to take a tutorial provided by the Patient Education Institute of the U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institutes . . . → Read More: Arthritis Tutorial
Use this Calculate Your BMI – Standard BMI . . . → Read More: Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on January 31, 2011. This is the 7th edition of the . . . → Read More: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Issued by USDA and HHS
Aim for a Healthy Weight, A 48 page booklet by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Overweight increases your risks to the following disease: ■ High blood . . . → Read More: Aim for a Healthy Weight
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