This Week's Healthy Headlines


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FitHits: Rockin' Bodies Need Rock!

Eating Healthy in the Face of Carnival Food

Have your say on menu labeling requirement

So Cheesy

Ask Michelle Obama About Her Campaign Against Childhood Obesity

5 Reasons You Have a Summer Cold

Workout Series: Self-Defense Moves I

Grated Raw Beet Salad

Movement therapies may reduce chronic pain

Rate of adult obesity climbs in 28 states

Australian Magazines to Carry Airbrush Warnings?


The Great Cake Debate (Five 2-ingredient Recipes!)

Which stories piqued your interest this week?

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    Loved the CAKE DEBATE. I am always looking for new ways to include a dessert that I can actually enjoy when I bring one to an event/party. THANKS!! - 7/14/2010   11:10:38 AM
    The economy sucks and unemployment is through the roof (where I live, our unemployment rate is 50%, so in reality, more people are unemployed than employed- since the rate is likely lower than reality since it does not include those who have given up on trying to find a job after being unemployed so long). And obesity rates are on the rise. Is anyone actually shocked by that?
    Haven't we known or years that obesity is highly correlated with class? When people are struggling financially, weight will follow too. - 7/13/2010   3:17:05 PM
  • 23
    The LA Times "Movement Therapies" article caught my attention but I was surprised to see "Yoga, tai chi, and qigong" called THERAPIES, despite their therapeutic effects. Shame on that reporter. Those practices are not therapy. I will not deny their therapeutic benefit or that Occupational and Physical Therapists are using them in their treatment plans, but those practices in and of themselves are NOT therapy.

    The 2-ingredient cake recipes caught my attention. I am moving away from boxed baking mixes, especially since I have pretty much moved to all whole grain baking. So that gives me an idea to ask Chef Meg for whole grain baking from scratch suggestions.

    Believe caught my attention... but the banana soft serve is getting old and tired. I can't eat bananas because of Oral Allergy Syndrome. The poem at the end, well... *shrug* just like a lot of email forwards. - 7/13/2010   12:12:35 PM
    The hungry girl cake thing made me feel ill. Cake mix and diet soda? Nasty! How exactly is that healthy? - 7/13/2010   12:09:16 PM
  • 21
    The Great Cake Debate--saved the recipes & plan to try them--sounds so simple. - 7/13/2010   7:42:50 AM
  • 20
    These are all awesome -- and I don't always say that, hahaha. I can't wait to make a cake with Greek yogurt instead of oil and water, then race down the block while listening to "We Got The Beat," before going to a carnival and NOT blowing all my calories. And I might actually send a couple of questions to Michelle Obama through that email address, on the serious side! - 7/12/2010   10:03:47 AM
    Denise, they're ALL interesting! I saved the beet salad recipe. You are to be commended for combing such solid and diverse sources to bring us this information; THANK YOU! - 7/12/2010   8:35:31 AM
  • 18
    Fit Hits gave good music suggestions
    Carnival food told us you can and how
    Workout--self defense--why not learn a good thing while doing exercise? - 7/12/2010   8:03:00 AM
    I really don't think that boxed cake mix counts as 1 ingredient - check the labels. It is really just as easy to make the cakes from scratch and then you have no trans fats, preservatives, shelf-stabilizing chemicals - but to each his or her own. - 7/12/2010   7:12:20 AM
  • 16
    The ones that appealed to me were:
    Eating Healthy in the Face of Carnival Food
    So Cheesy
    The Great Cake Debate (Five 2-ingredient Recipes!) - 7/12/2010   2:45:41 AM
  • GRANMA777
    Good reading. - 7/11/2010   10:27:09 PM
    I did the NYT beet recipe and it was excellent. Easy and quick with just the right citrus notes. Low in fat, high in taste. - 7/11/2010   9:16:04 PM
  • 13
    The article about the chronic pain and movement exercises was interesting.
    I am dealing with pain from bone mets with my stage IV breast cancer. - 7/11/2010   8:24:08 PM
  • 12
    The cakes look like they are worth a try. I also liked the movement therapies article. - 7/11/2010   7:40:13 PM
  • 11
    The beet salad I saw In TNYT, alrady going to try it. The article on movement/pain relief, interesting. I just started yoga. I have severe joint pain.
    The cake recipes, think I might try . But will have to bake a small cake, can't be sure I would not eat the whole thing if it was there. 12 pieces x 180 per slice=2,160 calories.
    So Cheesy,, some interesting recipes , hope to try them. - 7/11/2010   5:55:43 PM
  • 10
    I love the cake recipes. I will definitely try mixing up one. - 7/11/2010   5:21:20 PM
  • 9
    Great,missed the self defense move ,so went back to see it.Yes in deed in todays life not just women ,but men could benefit from it.Not all men know how to fight,plus as said it is good exercise too.As to the airbrush ,just as to most models,it is not reality by any means,thou a small amount of places put in real type people for ads but not enough is said about it.So to many people still want to be perfect in their looks .Yes both men and women,for far to many are not of the liking of selfs. Yet ,why are so many people way over weight then? Are they just of mind that if you cannt be so called beautiful ,be on the other end ,like FAT?Oh well such is life.To bad more people just plain dont lead themselfs,and as been said many times in past.Quit being followers ( sheep) in too many ways of living life. OH Well wonders never die they just fade away. - 7/11/2010   5:18:47 PM
  • 8
    The airbrush article was interesting. Most of the other ones I have read earlier this week. Oh She Glows is one of my favorite blogs! - 7/11/2010   4:39:25 PM
  • 7
    the cake debate was great.. thanks - 7/11/2010   1:37:35 PM
  • 6
    The article about movement therapies reducing pain is a definite keeper! The more you hurt, the more you focus on it, the less you move, the stiffer you get, in a vicious cycle. That's why I insist on continuing to walk and do flexibility exercises. - 7/11/2010   12:38:01 PM
  • 5
    I may try some of the cake recipes with low-sugar cake mix. Otherwise, the sugar content is still too high per serving. - 7/11/2010   12:01:48 PM
  • 4
    Thank you for posting the article about self-defense moves. These are important skills for anyone to know! - 7/11/2010   11:17:37 AM
  • 3
    I read the article on the obesity rates which climb in 28 states. It turns out that just 20 years ago the obesity rates stayed below 20 percent on all states. Its no surprise to me that the obesity rates has climbed in these states in the last 20 years. Every time you turn on the television, there is an advertisement for a new fast food sandwich. These restaurants are competing for the best sandwich. And if the eating aren't an issue, people choose to drive everywhere, or plop down on the couch and watch tv.

    Although the article specified, numbers are down from 22.3% to 21.5% in 2009 for the Washington metro area. - 7/11/2010   10:49:30 AM
    I am a big fan of australia's decision to identify airbrushing in magazines. I think when people see that every single person has been digitally altered in their magazine they will realize how pervasive and sick the constant airbrushing of already beautiful people is. - 7/11/2010   8:48:49 AM
  • 1
    I read the airbrush article. It is sad that the fashion industry has perpetuated the ideal person as being picture perfect. I point out advertisements with picture perfect teenagers who never had acne touting facial cleansers. The telly programming doesn't usually feature lots of people with weight conditions unless they're comic relief. (I know about The Biggest Loser; that show inspires people) I just want my son and students to know that they should not always believe what they see when it comes to print ads. - 7/11/2010   8:18:59 AM

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