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Harvard Public Health Review: The Key to Changing Individual Health Behavior

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What is health behavior and how are we influenced by it? According to Wikipedia, "health behavior refers to a person's beliefs and actions regarding their health and well-being". In knowing that our health behaviors are directly linked to how we lead our lives and what lifestyles we choose, how healthy are we anyway? It may matter to some -- but not everyone -- this is where education, motivation and social support come in to play.
Simply put, positive health behaviors assist with the promotion of disease prevention, and certainly that means the promotion of healthier lifestyle behavior choices. It has been found by further research into health behavior that additional influencers are right in front of us -- our physical and social environment. This research which can be found by reading the article, also suggests that by modifying our environment, a great determinant to making effective, healthy behavior change is more likely to happen. How can a promotion of "red…

Doctor says you have prediabetes? What to do....

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The article posted here contains note-worthy information on ways to prevent getting that warning call from your doctor -- you have pre-diabetes! What can you do about it? Quite a bit actually. We already know that almost 90 million Americans may have prediabetes and don't even know it!

Some helpful things to do to keep you from getting to the point of prediabetes doesn't take a huge amount of effort either -- think of small baby steps that are "doable" as opposed to something insurmountable.

A few things to start with would be to not eliminate carbs all together, but switch from simple carbs to complex ones. Simple carbs are more of the processed, sugary foods that have little to no nutritional value. Think about when you go to the grocery store as well -- shopping the perimeter of the grocery store contains more of your healthy foods as opposed to the middle aisles. One can think of the middle aisles as being more processed foods generally. 

Complex carbs are a good to…

The Wall Street Journal: Food Section Articles

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I simply could not decide which article to choose from in this week's Wall Street Journal. There is a whole section of important topics with regard to food in yesterday's WSJ edition that is recommended reading. So, which should I choose? The rosemary potato salad with sliced bell peppers or the crumbly apple crisp? How about all of it!

All of the articles with attached links below are current hot topics that weigh heavily on the minds of many people, including myself. In "The Next Hot Trends in Food", learn more about Moringa Trees or Regenerative Grazing or Consumer-Friendly products or New Plant Waters. Check out the link above.

Other articles in this section include The Supermarkets' Best Weapon: Produce or Big Bets on No Frills which describes a German deep-discount grocery chain that is reaching wealthier areas in the United States.

What's Behind the Commodities Glut describes how the boom-bust production cycle has encompassed areas throughout the globe.

6 Bedtime Habits to Help You Lose Weight

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So many times we may be doing all the right things in order to lose weight -- eating right, portion-sized meals, drinking water throughout the day and exercising at least **150 minutes per week. But, are we sleeping enough? A few good tweaks to what you are already doing could make all the difference! So get your zzzz's in and if its too difficult, ask your doctor for recommendations.
**(By the way, the Department of Health & Human Services recommends aerobic activity at least 150 minutes a week. That encompasses moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity).
There are 6 Bedtime Habits that will help with weight loss...
(1) Have dairy before bed. Apparently, "dairy is chock-full of casein, a slow-to-digest form of protein that keeps exercisers' muscles fueled with amino acids, so they can build lean mass all night long".
(2) Great news on this front. According to Rebecca Scott, Ph.D., "…

10 of the Best Nutrients to Help Boost Your Mood

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It seems that depression has become quite commonplace in society. The sad thing is that depression can affect just about anybody --- kids included. There can be various causes from chronic illness to not getting enough sleep and even the foods that we eat. It really does take some effort to eat well by eating whole foods whenever possible, as well as proper water hydration.

Exercise is a given, but that is only part of the equation. So, some ways to combat depression could be as simple as including good foods in our diet -- nutrients that enable our bodies to function properly and efficiently.

Some of the 10 best nutrients to include in our diets to help boost our moods include:

(1) Tryptophan: Serotonin (a chemical neurotransitter found in the brain) which is a component part of the amino acid tryptophan is found in many foods. A lack of enough tryptophan in the diet can be associated with depression.

Foods containing tryptophan include: yogurt, milk, eggs, peanuts, bananas, poultry …

9 Ways Technology is Improving Workplace Wellness

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Obesity rates are definitely sky-high, along with diabetes, heart disease and other lifestyle-related chronic diseases; but, along with these statistics, there are some wellness issues being addressed. That is a really good thing, wouldn't you say?

The Wall Street Journal is covering a story on how McDonald's is losing the burger war, there is an upswing in healthier fast food take out and alas, we are even seeing how technology is improving workplace wellness. There is no doubt that technology is here to stay and it is rapidly growing in ways that can be a benefit to society. For starters, learn about the 9 Ways that Technology is making its mark on workplace health and wellness.

(1) Increased productivity: Many employees (12%) from a variety of companies are now wearing wearable technology like Fitbits, Jawbone and Apple Watch.

(2) By using wearables like Fitbit, employees have access to tracking their own health and can even be provided with a host of valuable biometric dat…

WSJ: J&J: Insulin Pump Vulnerable to Hacking

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As anyone can well imagine, the statistics of Diabetes in this country (let alone the world) is extremely high. There is now an "alert" or warning to insulin pump users -- mostly, Type 1 diabetes users -- regarding the potential consequences of using the J&J's OneTouch Ping Insulin Pump System. 

Hackers who apparently are close enough to these insulin pump users can some how use their own advanced technology to get the unencrypted radio signal that the device produces to program the pump.
While the Chief Medical Officer of J&J's diabetes-care business unit says that the warning to patient safety for these diabetes insulin pump users is quite low, a looming distrust from other medical companies has led to an increasing concern of potential medical pitfalls that can occur due to cyber hacking. 
Such concerns of cyber hacking has even drawn the attention of the Food and Drug Administration which has been working on addressing medical device vulnerabilities. 
It …