How One Mom is Promoting a Healthy Body Image


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A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

'Having the perfect body isn't all it's cracked up to be': Mother-of-three hits back at Fit Mom for promoting unhealthy beauty ideals Daily Mail
We shared the story of fitness blogger Maria Kang a couple of months ago on SparkPeople Radio. She's the fitness blogger who posted a pic of herself in a sports bra and shorts with her kids and the caption "what's your excuse?" Now, another mother of three has a must-read response.

F.D.A. Questions Safety of Antibacterial Soaps NYT
The F.D.A. has issued an ultimatum to soap makers: Prove antibacterial ingredients work or take them out of products. Do you use antibacterial soap and other products?

Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment USA Today
The most wonderful time of year is often the most stressful. Find out how to reduce bad stress and feel more joy during the holidays. Do the holidays stress you out? How do you cope?

Tis the Seasoning: How Herbs and Spices Can Help You Live Better
Herbs and spices do more than add flavor. Find out how your favorite seasonal seasonings might also boost your health--and get the scoop on common pairings. What is your favorite herb or spice?

Why Are You Sitting? Do This Calorie-Crushing Chair Workout FitSugar
Get up on your feet and use your chair for one heckuva workout! Do you ever use household objects or furniture for a creative workout?

Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit Bloomberg
Scientists have found that yoga and other mind-body practices can help turn genes that control stress and immunity off and on. Would you take up a meditation or yoga if you knew it would help your health?

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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  • 5
    Bout time the FDA did something about the antibacterial soaps. I also won't use them, because of concerns about resistant bacteria.

    The comments on the body image blog are really sad. - 12/23/2013   12:13:50 PM
  • 4
    This is my favorite blog post that goes head-to-head on all dimensions against Maria Kang ... it should strike a chord with those SparkPeople who are not into "Strong is the new Skinny" ...

    My Not-So-Typical Before and After Fitness Journey
    by Rosalyn Fung on Huffington Post, written October 28, 2013

    Personally, I feel that "skinny just is ..." and, unlike Charles Dickens in "A Tale of Two Cities" has in his opening sentence, whatever is, is not always right ... - 12/22/2013   12:41:52 PM
    Great blog. - 12/22/2013   8:44:53 AM
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    Wonderful story about body image! That one is a MUST read! - 12/21/2013   7:42:37 PM
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    As a biologist, I'm very happy to see the FDA finally take a stronger stand on antibiotic soaps. I've been concerned about the proliferation of everyday antibiotic use for years, including their use in so many household products and widespread use in livestock, because of their potential role in the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. I won't have those products in my house, and avoid using them altogether. A good washing with soap and warm water is best for cleaning hands (or when not possible, some alcohol-based hand sanitizer). Why use chemicals when unnecessary and potentially harmful? - 12/21/2013   12:13:39 PM

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