• Researchers are finding connections between everyday chemicals and the bulging-belt-line epidemic.
    By Leah Zerbe, Rodalenews.com

    There's more to the obesity epidemic than eating too many hot wings and excess sitting. Certainly, poor food choices, particularly too much sugar and sweeteners, and a lack of exercise are major pieces of the obesity puzzle. But a landmark 2002 study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found the obesity epidemic paralleled the increase of industrial chemicals in the environment.

    Now researchers are finding that exposures to certain common endocrine-disrupting chemicals--not just lifestyle choices--could be programming us for weight gain, diabetes, and related problems. "We have to acknowledge the fact that obesity is not just about will power, that it's not just all someone's fault," says developmental biologist Retha Newbold, MS, CT, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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  • How’s this for familiar: You walk into a restaurant intending to eat healthfully, but before you know it, you’ve ordered a burger with a side of fries. Don't blame yourself just yet — the problem may not be your willpower, but the menu layout. According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people make unhealthy food choices when they read menus with low-calorie sections.

    The study found that when healthier fare is grouped together under general headers such as, “Under 550 calories” or “Low-fat meals,” diners outright ignore those choices in favor of bad-for-you dishes. “People generally want to make healthy choices, but because menus have so many options, it’s easier to dismiss an entire food category when it’s grouped together — especially the healthier section,” Jeffrey R. Parker, PhD, assistant professor of marketing at Georgia State University, tells Yahoo Shine.  

    Here’s what happens when people read menus: Due to an overload of choices, the brain

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  • Zzzzz...As our societal demands get even greater with each passing year, we find that we are "on" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This results in greater rates of insomnia, with more and more people reporting that they just can't turn off their brains at night.

    Mental over-activity is a big problem for many people, but there are some helpful techniques that might aid in quieting things down at night.

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    1. Give yourself some mental and physical wind-down time. We are so busy nowadays that there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done. As a result, many people are working (housework, schoolwork, job tasks, managing finances) up until bedtime. The problem with this is that sleep isn't simply an on/off switch. We need to unwind and dim our mind in order to set the stage for sleep. Allow for at least an hour before bedtime to be protected, relaxing, wind-down time. This can help create closure for the day and allow your brain to

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  • Sure you want to touch that?
    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    You wouldn't think of using your gym's elliptical without first wiping it down, and you've been giving anyone with the slightest of sniffles a wide berth since you could walk. But it turns out some of the most contagious things lurking about don't even involve germs--and all the hand sanitizer in the world won't keep these weird things at bay. Check out these surprisingly "catching" issues and the simple ways to protect yourself.

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    Your co-worker's crummy day
    A stressful day for your office mate may rub off on you, according to research from the journal Social Neuroscience. The study shows that even simply seeing an anxious person ups your stress hormones. "To protect yourself, take steps before and after you interact with a stressed-out person," says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, a Chicago-based psychologist.

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  • If you've been in a gym recently, you have probably seen them: fellow fitness fanatics rolling around on the floor with a foam cylinder. Have you wondered what exactly what they were doing? Foam rolling is a really important way to help protect your muscles from injury when you have been exercising.

    So if you've traded in serious couch-time for serious treadmill time, check out our foam-rolling exercises. The best part is you can even do it in front of the television--you get the benefit of the workout and the latest episode of Girls at the same time. What could be better than that?

    By Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer

    Certified personal trainers and fitness experts Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer are Co-Owners of Shred415, an instructor-led, calorie-burning, high intensity interval training class designed to target all muscle groups and guarantees the shred your body. Bonnie is the mother of two children, ages 8 and 5 and Tracy is the mother of 3 girls, ages 8, 6 and 5. They

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  • Is it just us, or does it sometimes seem like the world is full of women heading to the gym in booty-hugging yoga pants with bouncy ponytails and an I-was-born-to-work-out attitude? A girl can start to feel intimidated and give up on exercise. We won't let that happen! This frank, beginner-level Q&A is full of expert info to pump you up and get you moving. By Alyssa Shaffer, REDBOOK.


    1. I started a workout regimen and now I'm fatter. How is exercise helping if all I want to do is eat?
    First, the good news: There are benefits to exercise besides a smaller skirt size. You slash your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and dementia and get the mental-health perks. But to keep your weight in check, make sure "blood sugar levels remain steady so you don't end up famished and prone to overeat," says Heidi Skolnik, a nutritionist who has worked with the hungry New York Knicks, Giants, and Mets. Before exercising, have a snack with 15 to 25 grams of carbs (half a banana works). After

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  • Does double-dipping spread germs? And what's the deal with the five-second rule?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    Germ Facts vs. MythsGerm Facts vs. Myths

    It's hard not to be a germophobe. After all, we live in a germ-infested world. However, misinformation tends to spread faster than nasopharyngitis (a.k.a. the common cold), so we rounded up some of the most prevalent strains of viral wisdom to sort out the old wive's tales from the actual facts.


    The 5-Second Rule


    Verdict: Half-truth

    Off-the-floor eating is far from ideal, but if you act fast, it isn't that gross, statistically speaking. In a new study from Aston University, researchers dropped foods on floors and let them sit for anywhere from three to 30 seconds. Then they tested the levels of E. coli and staphylococcus aureus and found that food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it's left for longer stretches of time-no surprises there. However, both the type of food and the type of floor make a

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  • Getty Images Exciting! Will Chelsea Clinton be following in her parents' poltical footsteps?  The 34-year-old recently admitted that she wouldn’t rule out running for office, according to an interview with Fast Company. "I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives,” Clinton, who resides in New York, told the magazine after being asked about her political future. “If at some point that weren't the case, and I didn't support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators — and I'm lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know — maybe then I'd have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come to a different answer." Chelsea has hinted at a political run before, telling Buzzfeed in March, “I don’t know” when asked whether she would consider such a move. In light of ongoing speculation that her mother Hillary Clinton will also run for president in 2016, could a Clinton-Clinton ticket be in

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  • by Cheryl Wischhover

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    A few months ago Miranda Kerr announced that she uses rose-hip seed oil on her skin every night before bed. (Her organic skin care line, Kora, includes a rose-hip oil product.) If that isn't enough to convince you, Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow's facialist reportedly also uses it in her treatments. (Not to be outdone, hot Brit model David Gandy also admitted to using the oil.) So should we mere mortals try it?


    Rose-hip seed oil comes from the seeds of a rose plant found in the Andes, and according to dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad, it might just be worth some space in your medicine cabinet.

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    "Rose-hip oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids which may correct dark spots and hydrate dry skin. It may also be helpful for reducing scars and fine lines," says Ostad. "It has skin rejuvenating properties like vitamin C and lycopene and is also good for sensitive skin Read More »from Why You Should Be Using Rose-Hip Seed Oil on Your Face (Like Miranda Kerr!)
  • by Petra Guglielmetti

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    There's something about spring that always inspires me to wear a brand-new scent, but I have a confession (don't I always?). While I make a living writing about beauty, I am the opposite of a "nose." I get easily overwhelmed/overstimulated when trying on and comparing fragrances, so I often end up staying in a scent rut (or wearing none at all). So this time around, I decided to ask my friend Agnieszka Burnett, founder of the cool fragrance brand Nomaterra, for a little pep talk.


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    "For the spring, look for a fragrance that has ingredients that are uplifting, refreshing, and revitalizing. Scents with citrus notes are great; grapefruit, for example, has properties that are uplifting and detoxifying. Mandarin is another great note to look for in spring scents--it's inspiring and just what you need to put pep in your step and get that spring-cleaning and organizing done. You can also try narcotic white

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