Discover America's best hometowns—and what you can learn from themPeople who live on the Greek island of Ikaria are three times more likely to reach age 90 than the rest of us--they work hard, eat well, nap, have plenty of sex, and "just forget to die," as one resident told a researcher. They're living proof that where you call home can predict how healthy and happy you'll be. There are pockets of good health and contentment on our shores, too. We know: We painstakingly evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness, and well-being to find the healthiest, happiest cities in America.
We explored the glorious: from access to green space and concert halls to number of farmers' markets (not to mention the inclination to eat five fruits and veggies a day). We looked at the grim: disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates, even FBI crime statistics. After some high-level number-crunching, we came up with the top 10 hometowns (and 15 other great contenders) you may want to call your own. But don't
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Discover America's best hometowns—and what you can learn from themPeople who live on the Greek island of Ikaria are three times more likely to reach age 90 than the rest of us--they work hard, eat well, nap, have plenty of sex, and "just forget to die," as one resident told a researcher. They're living proof that where you call home can predict how healthy and happy you'll be. There are pockets of good health and contentment on our shores, too. We know: We painstakingly evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness, and well-being to find the healthiest, happiest cities in America.Read More »from 10 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America
You're losing, you're still losing, you can't believe how well this is working! Then, the scale comes to a screeching halt. We've all been there: the dreaded weight loss plateau. While plateaus are normal--according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, weight loss typically halts after six months--they're also completely bustable. Power through that plateau and get back on track today with these simple tips.Read More »from 4 Ways to Prevent a Weight Loss Plateau
PLUS: Check out these 25 Best Weight-Loss Tips Of All Time for painless ideas that really work.
Change it up
If your weight loss is in a rut, chances are so are you. "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting," says Prevention fitness advisor Chris Freytag. Try that kickboxing class you've always wanted, enlist a friend (and her new route) on your nightly walk, or make meatless Monday a three-day phase this week. Trick your body into working a little harder, and you'll burn more calories.
Check your portions
Spoiler alert: You're not going to be hungry after you read this When it comes to trends, some fads are over in the blink of an eye, while others withstand the test of time. Here's hoping that these culinary crazes meet the same fate as sky-high shoulder pads and teased bangs--forever in the past. Our health depends on it.Read More »from 10 Most Dangerous Food Trends
1. Gross-ery store staples
As far as pizza toppings go, there's one ingredient that no one likes to see on their pie-and no, we're not talking about anchovies. We're referring to phthalates. Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston recently examined 72 supermarket staples and discovered traces of the chemical in several groceries, including prepackaged pizza, meats, and beverages. While the levels of the toxins still fall under what the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe, scientists are alarmed that this toxic compound is making its way into our diet at all. How did these chemicals leech into our dinner in the first place? Lead investigator, Arnold Schecter, MD, believes plastic
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
The latest lessons about your fish, from a new reportHow much do you know about that glassy-eyed swimmer staring back at you from its grocery store bed of ice? Well, it's white, it's dead, and it's about to be dinner. But would you even know what type it is without looking at its "Hi, my name is Alaska pollock" nametag?Read More »from 4 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Fish
The truth is, most of us know nothing about the fish we buy. And that's not all our fault: Even if we did know a thing or two about Alaska pollock, it might just be a fraudster fish, according to a new report by Oceana.
PLUS: Not all fish are healthy. Here are 12 Fish You Should Never, Ever Eat
Oceana, an ocean conservancy group, has been studying seafood fraud for years. One of their recent studies found that 55% of fish from sushi restaurants in California were mislabeled as the wrong species, substituted with a cheaper type. (Every "snapper" claim tested was found to be fraudulent.) And across the nation, they found that one-third of seafood is mislabeled. Why? For starters, there's real economic incentive for
Ridiculously bad diet advice you need to ditchYou know you can't believe everything you read. And still, you haven't eaten an egg yolk since the 90s, and you can't touch a French fry without being saddled with guilt. Oh, and don't even get us started on the whole don't-eat-after-8-PM-or-else mentality. Let's set the record straight once and for all by calling out these 15 worst diet tips-and offering up smart food rules to follow instead.Read More »from 15 Worst Diet Tips, Ever!
1. Fat makes you fat.
Why that's BS: It depends on the type of fats you're eating, says Tricia Psota, RD, a nutritionist based in Washington D.C. "Fats in chips, cookies, and greasy foods can increase cholesterol and your risk for certain diseases. But good fats, like nuts, avocados, and salmon, protect your heart and support your overall health." And when paired with a healthy diet, the right fats can help keep you from being, well, fat, adds Sharon Palmer, RD, author of The Plant-Powered Diet.
TRY THIS: Healthy Fats That Make You Skinny
2. Stop snacking to lose weight.
Why that's BS: Eating
Here are the top trends worth your sweatFitness has always been a little silly, when you think about it. In history, we would throw rocks as far as possible or hold a big stick and try to hit another guy off of a horse. Now it's glow-stick Zumba on surfboards with dogs. OK, not quite-but we do continue to find new, fun, creative ways to move our bodies. At the IDEA World Fitness Convention this past weekend, we saw and tried the most inventive, coolest workouts around. Here are eight of our favorites.Read More »from 8 Weird New Workout Trends
PLUS: What do you want to work on-your belly, thighs, arms, all of the above? We've put together the 5 Best Workouts For Each Part Of Your Body.
1. Drum fitness
Pound medicine balls, the floor, and your sticks in the air during aerobic drumming classes like Drums Alive and Pound. The classes combine rhythmic drumming with traditional moves like squats, lunges, and sit-ups, for an arm-focused full-body workout. All through IDEA, the instructors at Drums Alive were gathering crowds with their drumming demonstrations.
Try it if:
Warning: This column contains information that may make you feel, momentarily, like a negligent pet owner. Quick quiz: When you see your dog racing down a sun-drenched beach or your cat napping peacefully in a sunny window, what's your reaction? If it's "Aw, look, she's so happy," it's time to retrain--yourself. Some pets that frolic or nap in the sunshine are at risk of sunburn and solar-induced cancer.Read More »from 6 Ways to Protect Your Pet from Skin Cancer
You might be thinking that you've never heard of a pet being stricken by skin cancer. So just how big a deal is this? The surprising facts: About 33% of tumors in dogs start in the skin, and about one-third of those are malignant. Some 25% of all feline cancers are skin cancers, says Brenda Phillips, DVM, an oncologist at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. Not counting basal cell tumors, it's estimated that 75% of feline skin tumors are malignant.
RELATED: 3 Pet Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Dog breeds with pale skin and thin hair, such as white boxers, Italian
How to eat well when you're short on time and optionsHey, girl, we won't tell, but where do you like to cheat on your diet? Let us guess: steamy sessions with French fries in the car? Furtive licks of a Frostys during your 4 pm crash? It's only human. Sometimes, you just don't have access to health food, and in the moment, a double-chalupa'ed-McWhopper might not sound like a bad idea. Luckily, help is here. These 10 delicious (and, believe it or not, nutritious) meals will help keep you honest in the face of deep-fried temptation.Read More »from 10 Surprisingly Healthy Fast Food Meals
PLUS: Discover how to eat right even when eating out with these 400-Calorie Restaurant Meals.
Chipotle: Barbacoa And Guacamole Salad
Here's an awesome little secret: You can eat 100% GMO free at Chipotle. When the company decided to disclose their ingredients online this summer, they went an extra step further and became the first to list foods containing GMOs in its online menu. Unfortunately, most of their corn and soy contains GMOs, which is par for the course since these are the two most common
No calorie counting, no food groups to avoid—just you enjoying each and every bite while the weight melts off. Sound too good to be true? Read on.When was the last time you reveled in the sensation of a chocolate truffle melting across your tongue or the sweet taste of a sunripened strawberry? When did you last brush the crumbs of a gooey cinnamon bun off your lap without a sliver of guilt or an ounce of remorse? If you've been struggling to lose the weight that's slowly crept on, your answer is probably "rarely" or "never." But what if you could indulge in your favorite foods all the time-without a single thought for how many calories, grams of fat, or carbs they contain-and still lose weight?Read More »from 7 Ways to Actually Enjoy Losing Weight
Jena la Flamme, a weight loss expert in New York City, has a refreshing and delightful theory that you can do just that. The secret: Learn to work with your body's innate, biological need for pleasure.
RELATED: Happiness is just 2 minutes away with these 14 Mood-Boosting Tricks.
Indeed, science has shown that the desire for pleasure is embedded in our DNA and causes us to seek out the feel-good sensation multiple times a day. "Evolution
Whether or not you should you tell herRead More »from Not a Fan of Your Friend's Boyfriend?
By Kiera Aaron, Prevention
Not his #1 Fan?
If this headline inspires an image of your friend's Anthony Weiner-like boyfriend, you're in the right place.
While many of us may look at Huma Abedin and think: How is she putting up with this!?!?, chances are we've all seen a loved one date someone sketchy. "But it's even worse when someone we care about is in a relationship we see as unhealthy," says Holly Parker, PhD, and psychology professor at Harvard University. Here's how to address the situation.
Don't bash the boyfriend…directly
Sure, he's rude, disrespectful, and you trust him less than the ingredients in a fast-food burger. But saying this upfront will only make her defensive. "It will come off as judgmental, and she'll automatically point out positive qualities in order to protect herself," says Dr. Parker.
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Focus on how she feels
Keep the lines of communication open and