The weird new risk to your waistlineRemember when the biggest threat in the school cafeteria was having your lunch money stolen? These days, the biggest threat to kids may be the lunch money itself.
According to a new Cornell University study in the journal Obesity, kids buy more healthy food when they pay in cash, and much more junk food when they pay with debit cards.
"When they have the debit card rather than the cash, we know that it causes them to think about it slightly differently," says David Just, PhD, lead study author and professor at the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. Debit cards give kids access to a pool of funds--$150 at once, let's say, instead of the daily $5 that parents might give them for lunch. That leaves a lot of room to purchase more unhealthy à la carte items like cookies and chips.
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Among the 2,314 public school students studied, the
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The weird new risk to your waistlineRemember when the biggest threat in the school cafeteria was having your lunch money stolen? These days, the biggest threat to kids may be the lunch money itself.Read More »from Is Your Wallet Making You Fat?
Meet your new fitness friend These easy-to-use gadgets track how much you move, eat, and sleep--providing real-time stats and analysis so you can make smarter lifestyle choices. When you see how simple tweaks like sitting less and taking a lunchtime lap around the office have big payoffs, you'll be motivated to improve your score day after day.Read More »from Top 3 Fitness Trackers for Weight Loss
Your Challenge: Log at least 10,000 steps a day, the doctor-recommended goal for optimal health. (Sound daunting? Here are 25 crazy-simple ways to add just 10 minutes of exercise into your busy day.)
JAWBONE UP ($130; jawbone.com )
The UP seamlessly becomes part of your everyday life, thanks to its extralong battery life (10 days) and sleek design. For extra motivation, use the app to keep an eye on the activity levels of friends who also have the tracker (more on how that improves your workout, here).
How to use it: Wear all day around your wrist; just remove if taking a swim.
Fun feature: The smart alarm wakes you up at the optimal time of your sleep cycle so you're
Slashing salt is a start--but to truly take control, try these surprising science-backed tricksWhen your blood pressure creeps into the danger zone, how do you deal? Let us guess: You start with dietary tweaks, like cutting back on sodium, and if that doesn't work, you add another med to your morning routine. If that sounds familiar, you may be setting your heart up for trouble: It's tough to stick to diet-based strategies for BP control, and drugs are a pricey back-up plan, according to a new American Heart Association study review.Read More »from 7 Weird Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
The good news: There are plenty of out-of-the-box ways to bring your numbers down. While these aren't giving you license to abandon your healthy eating habits or doctor-prescribed meds, these tips are license to enjoy life--and lower your BP while doing it.
Seek the sun
Doesn't a sunny day just warm your heart? Turns out, it may keep it healthy, too. In a new study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that people exposed to UV rays experienced a significant drop in blood pressure--even before their vitamin D production kicked in. The
Habits that help Mr. Whiskers stay lively and healthyWrinkles. Gray hair. A tendency to randomly yell, "Get off my lawn!" It's obvious when your human friends start aging, but signs are subtler for your dog or cat--and often can be easily missed.Read More »from 4 Ways to Help Your Aging Pet Living Longer
First, forget this: "Animals age 7 years for each human year." Larger dogs reach seniorhood when they're just 6; most dogs and cats are there by age 10. After that, older dogs and cats age 4 to 8 years for every year that humans age. "Many senior dogs and cats silently suffer painful osteoarthritis or have diabetes, failing kidneys, or cognitive decline," says Robin Downing, DVM, hospital director of the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor, CO. Here's help for your aging pet:
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Be alert to aging clues. Excessive thirst or unexpected weight gain or loss can signal age-related disease, says Mark Epstein, DVM, medical director of the TotalBond Veterinary Hospital in Gastonia, NC. Check weekly for other clues: Sniff your pet's
8 healthy habits that start with good intentions--but can end in disasterMistakes that set you backRead More »from When Dieting and Exercise Hurt You
It's hard not to get excited when you finally make the decision to get in shape. And who wouldn't be tempted to speed things up with an extra workout here, eliminating certain foods there? Understandable, sure, but definitely not wise: Overdoing exercise, especially after a hiatus, can cause serious injuries, and drastically cutting calories can make you irritable, forgetful, and may even age you.
Here's why too much of a good thing can be a bad thing--and how to strike a healthy balance to still get the results you want.
Mistake: You drastically cut fat, carbs, or calories
Why it's bad: Your skin, hair, and nails will suffer--and so will your mood.
When you cut calories, you deprive yourself of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration, and overall skin tone and texture, explains David E. Bank, MD, FAAD, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. "The skin also requires essential fatty
Smarter ways to keep you satisfiedSalty. Crunchy. Savory. Creamy. Sweet. No matter what kind of tooth you've got, we've got a snack that's guaranteed to hit the spot. Bonus: All of our delicious options are full of filling protein or fiber, under 200 calories, and GMO-free!Read More »from 25 Snacks that Kill Cravings
Curry Roasted Chickpeas
Heat 1½ tsp olive oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ½ c rinsed, drained, and dried Eden Organic No Salt Added Chickpeas (thumbs-up for their BPA-free cans). Cook 5 to 7 minutes, flipping frequently. Toss with ½ tsp curry powder and a generous pinch each of cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and sea salt.
WHY IT'S SMART: A combo of 7 g protein and 6 g fiber spells serious staying power, keeping you fuller longer.
Peanut-Pretzel Trail Mix
Combine 8 broken mini pretzel twists and 1 Tbsp each peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried currants.
Can't get enough peanut butter? Here are 8 simple smoothies featuring the good stuff.
Crackers With Black Olive Tapenade
Pulse 8 pitted kalamata olives, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp
Easy adjustments to stay pain free--and look 5 pounds thinnerIf your back aches after a long commute or you get a stiff neck from working at the computer, bad posture may be to blame. "Unfortunately, people ignore proper posture until they have some pain," says Gregory Thielman, PT, an assistant professor of physical therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.Read More »from 6 Quick Posture Fixes
Good posture isn't about keeping your spine ramrod straight--no one can do that 100% of the time. Instead, it's important to know what proper alignment (of your head, shoulders, hips, and knees) feels like so you can self-correct when your body starts getting out of whack.
Make these quick posture fixes to stop slouching and prevent pain. (Bonus: Proper posture can make you look 5 pounds slimmer!)
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When you stand
Do: Check your stance by standing in front of a mirror. Facing sideways, line up your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. Notice how your body feels when it's aligned correctly.
Don't: Round your shoulders, arch
Here's how to beat your biggest fear Long before we get our first pimple, budding breasts remind us that we're women in training. We love them, we hate them. We want them to grow bigger, we wish they'd stop growing, we wonder why this one is smaller/bigger/rounder/flatter than the other, why men are staring at them--and why they're not.Read More »from 10 Ways to Stop Breast Cancer
No matter how conflicted we may be, breasts are part of our female identity, which may be why, for most of us, having breast cancer is our biggest fear. We're more afraid of it than we are of heart disease, which is 10 times more likely to be what sends us to the great beyond.
Yet fewer women get breast cancer, and fewer die from it, than ever before. "Cancer is not an inevitability. Women have more control over the disease than they think," says Margaret I. Cuomo, MD, a Prevention contributor and the author of A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention. "Everything we do from the moment we wake--from what we eat and drink to whether or not we
Are you sabotaging your healthy efforts with these mistakes?When workouts backfire
By Linda Melone, CSCS
Exercise's anti-gravity effect on your body provides more than enough incentive to hit the gym (hello, perky posterior!). But it only works if you do it correctly-too much of one thing and not enough of another can actually add years to your body.
We talked to the pros to single out the most common exercise habits that age you, and what to do instead.Mistake: You never take a break
If you're tired all the time and feel achy and sore, you may not be allowing your body enough time to heal between workouts, which can age you, says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and director of exercise physiology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
"In your teens and 20s, it took approximately 18 hours to repair muscle fibers affected by a workout, but this increases to 36 hours in your 40s or older," he says. Using those same muscles before they're completelyRead More »from 10 Exercise Habits that Age You
To perform your best, you need gas in the tank. Here are the best ways to fuel your fitness.Instructor Kristin Kenney frequently wraps up her intense sessions at Revolve, an indoor cycling studio with locations in New York City and Washington, D.C., with this advice: "OK, class is over-go make sure you eat to recover." And then she's met with a line of puzzled students, wondering what exactly they should choose for their post-exercise nosh. "It's really funny--but it's such a common question," she says.Read More »from 20 Perfect Workout Snacks
If you're part of the confused post-exercising masses, we've got you covered. Here, Kenney and Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, a sports nutrition expert in Washington, D.C., dish up their favorite power foods. Whether you eat before or after your workout, you should aim for up to 45 grams of carbs to provide energy, and 6 to 15 grams of protein to build muscle.
Here are the 20 best workout snacks to keep you fueled and energized. For more delicious recipes, sign up for the free Prevention Recipe Of The Day newsletter!
Dates and peanut butter
Slice open pitted Medjool dates (a