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How the Polar Vortex Might Help You Lose Weight


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

How A Little Chill In The Air Could Help You Lose Weight NPR Shots blog
There might be a silver lining to this "polar vortex" after all: Experts say that keeping our environments slightly colder can actually help us lose weight. (As a contributing factor when combined with plenty of exercise and healthy eats, of course!)

Media Focus on Obesity May Backfire for Some Women U.S. News Health
According to a new study, women who are overweight were less likely to be able to control their eating after reading stories that portrayed overweight people in a negative way.

Google's Contact Lens and Other News You Need to Know Mashable
Watch how Google is developing a contact lens that might someday be able to help fight diabetes.

Posted 1/25/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   7,073 views
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Body Proud: 'What I Love About My Body'


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

Body Proud: "What I Love About My Body" Fitness magazine
Love this! Real women share what they love most about their bodies--and why.


Jillian Michaels's Top Get-Fit Tips Self
The celeb trainer shares her best tips for losing weight, shaping up, and staying that way.

Reforming a Picky Eater, Step One: Children Don’t Control the Family Meal NYT Motherlode blog
Dealing with a picky eater can be tough, but experts say the first step is to not let the kid reign supreme at the supper table.
Posted 1/18/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 7 comments   5,787 views
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75 Snacks Under 200 Calories


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

75 Snacks Under 200 Calories Self
Snacks are an important part of a healthy eating plan, but they can also lead to calorie overload. Here are 75 that will fill you up for 200 calories or less!
 
Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats NPR
Since 2007, major food companies have trimmed more than 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods as a way to combat childhood obesity.  But can it have any noticeable effect?

5 Fitness Feats that are Worth the Training Fit Bottomed Girls
The ever-positive Fit Bottomed Girls share five fitness goals that are within reach and worth setting for 2014.

How Being Heavy or Lean Shapes Our View of Exercise NYT Well blog
Posted 1/11/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 3 comments   4,769 views
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Does a Sweatier Workout Guarantee a Better One?


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

Is It Good to Sweat? NYT Well blog
Most of us assume that sweating is a sign of a good workout. But is it?

24 Rules For Being A Human Being In 2014 Thought Catalog
We could all use reminders to be nicer to one another. This is a great list!

7 Natural Ways to Curb Your Appetite Fit Sugar  
Forget harmful supplements and fad diets. Control your appetite and stay on track with these natural strategies.

Celebrity Cancer Diagnosis Spurs Smokers to Try to Quit NYT
When a celebrity is diagnosed with cancer, it often encourages others to quit smoking. Find out why.

6 Moves to Resize Your Butt and Thighs Self
Your butt and thighs are some of the biggest muscles in your body. Strengthen them with a half-dozen exercises.

The Best Tool for a Deeper Self-Massage Shape
A small ball you likely have in your garage or closet right now could be the secret to releasing tension and ridding your body of knots.

Lost in the Rush: How to Enjoy Every Workout Fitness magazine
Everyone has good days and bad days when it comes to exercise. Even if you aren't your fittest or fastest every time you work up a sweat, you can learn to like ever workout. Learn how.

Joy Bauer Gives Dieting Tips In 60 Seconds TODAY
Dietician and TODAY contributor Joy Bauer begins a new series, “60-Second Skinny,” in which she provides some effective dieting tips in a slim 60 seconds.

14 Things To Stop Stressing About In 2014 Huffington Post Healthy Living  
Don't we have enough to stress about in life? Here's a list of the small stuff that isn't worth stressing over.

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?
Posted 1/4/2014  11:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   3,817 views
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Increase in Liver Damage is Linked to Dietary Aids


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

Older Women May Spend Two-Thirds of Their Day Sitting HealthDay        
No matter your age or gender, this story likely will motivate you to stand up and get moving!

Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids NYT
A scary but true article about how dietary supplements and aids have led to irreversible liver damage for an increasing number of people of all ages.

7 Surprising Body Odor Causes Huffington Post Healthy Living
Feeling stinky? One of these surprising causes could be the reason.  

Posted 12/28/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 0 comments   4,654 views
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How One Mom is Promoting a Healthy Body Image


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?
Posted 12/21/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 5 comments   3,841 views
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Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think


A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think
When people tell you that it's too expensive to eat healthy, tell them that the difference in cost between a nutritious diet and an unhealthy one is just $1.50 a day per person. Do you think that's a big difference or not?  

9 Easy Tips for Emotional Balance
Do you struggle to find time to do everything you need to do--let alone what you want to do? Don't miss this list of nine easy self-care rituals that will have you feeling more relaxed and balanced, even in this harried world.

Why Your Purse Is Giving You Back Pain... And 11 Ways to Fix It
Raise your hand if your purse is so heavy that you've wondered whether carrying it counts as strength training? If you tote around a large bag, you might be at risk for back pain. The good news is that you can fix it!

Fat Jokes in Children's Movies Are A Lot More Common Than You Think
Sad but true: Even in movies aimed at children, jokes that take aim at those who are overweight are more common than you might think.
Posted 12/14/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 7 comments   6,631 views
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The Most Popular Health Headlines of 2013


Every December, we editors here at SparkPeople love digging through all of our content from the past year to see what our readers (you!) liked the most. It is so fun and rewarding to look back on what we’ve done throughout the year, and compiling this annual list helps give us a better idea of the exact kinds of topics you want to see on our site—which helps us create more high-quality and relevant content for you!

2013 was a year of healthy snacks, fun workouts, controversial health topics, and more. Check out these top 15 headlines of the year to see if there’s anything you might have missed (starting with number 1). Happy reading, and here’s to even better headlines in 2014!  
Posted 12/9/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 5 comments   14,016 views
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So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...


Perhaps our best and most thought-provoking roundup of links yet.

So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...
Huffington Post Women
A photographer shares poignant thoughts on what really matters when you step in front of a camera. Spoiler alert: It's not what you think!

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out
Wellfesto
Whether you're a mom or not, don't miss this empowering list of reasons why exercise is about so much more than aesthetics.

Modern Moms Aren't as Busy as 1960s Moms Were
The Atlantic
According to a new report, moms today are busy and feel like they don't have a moment to spare. However, most spend more time watching TV or using the Internet than they do on housework, playing with kids, and exercising combined.

Caroline Berg Eriksen, Fitness Blogger, Causes Stir With Selfie 4 Days After
Giving Birth
Huffington Post Parents  
A fitness blogger posted a pic of her postpartum belly that's so toned and flat, it's raising eyebrows. What is your reaction to stories like these?

Why a Brisk Walk Is Better
NYT
No matter the pace, walking is a good workout, but a new study says that in order to reap many of the health benefits, most of us need to pick up the pace. Slow walking just isn't going to deliver the same results.
Posted 12/7/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 11 comments   7,273 views
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This Season's 7 Hottest Healthy Gifts


If there's ever a time to wish for an extra hour (or six) in the day, it's during the holidays. In addition to our normal work, family, and home obligations, we have all those seasonal responsibilities. That can leave very little time for yourself--and lead to excess stress that can interfere with your ability to reach your goals. To help streamline your shopping experience this year--which means more "you" time for healthy habits--we're sharing some of our favorite healthy gifts of the season. We think anyone would love unwrapping one of these!
Posted 12/5/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 15 comments   10,479 views
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5 Barre Moves You Can Do at Home


A post-Thanksgiving round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
The Workout: A Woman in Nascar A neat story about a Crossfit champion and NASCAR tire changer. NYT

How to Prevent Aches and Pains For Stress-Free Travel If you're heading out for the holidays, don't miss this story! Fit Sugar

5 Barre Moves You Can Do At Home Barre classes are effective but often expensive. Learn some moves to do at home for free! Self
Posted 11/30/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   8,034 views
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The Football Workout


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

The Football Workout Football fans will love this workout! Self

Eating Nuts Tied to Fewer Cancer, Heart Disease Deaths A handful of nuts a day could be making a larger impact on your health than you realize. Reuters

Breakfast Plates around the World An interesting peek into what people eat for breakfast around the world. USA Today

13 Essential Kitchen Items For Anyone Trying To Get Healthier Want to stock your kitchen with appliances and items to make healthy eating easier? Start with this list. Mind Body Green
Posted 11/23/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   5,612 views
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One Easy Way to Stay on Track in December


Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few short days, and you might still be participating in our November #Fit2Feast challenge (WooHoo!). We know that it’s tough to stay motivated leading up to the holiday season, so congratulations for participating and making it this far already!

You might have made some good strides (hah!) with our November challenge, but we recognize that you’re probably going to need some motivation to stay on track through the busy month of December—which can easily be the hardest month of the year to stick with a healthy eating and exercise program. There always seems to be an endless barrage of feasts, family gatherings and work parties to attend! However, we’ve seen time and again how just a little bit of accountability can go a long way, no matter what the time of year (yes, even in December). And that’s why, by popular demand, we’re hosting a challenge to get you through the bulk of the winter holiday season. Welcome to our #SparkTheSeason challenge! 
Posted 11/21/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 65 comments   32,109 views
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A Pro Athlete Shows Off Her Real-Life (Un-Photoshopped) Body


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

Keeping it Real.
A fitness model and pro athlete shows you what her real body REALLY look like. Spoiler alert: Even she has cellulite. Ask Lauren Fleshman

Crayons Down. Now Dig Into That Healthful Parfait. NYT
This new program is teaching kids to love fruits and veggies even before they can spell the words.

Bust Out of Your Life Rut Fitness magazine
Bored with life? Here are six great ideas to try when you feel stuck in any area of life.

Drinking three litres of water a day took TEN YEARS off my face Mail Online
It's no secret that SparkPeople values water--we recommend you drink at least 8 cups daily. This woman found an added benefit when she started drinking more water: Her face looked 10 years younger.
Posted 11/16/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 11 comments   398,929 views
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How to Make Today Better


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

Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween? NPR
This story is fascinating! According to a recent study, kids might be happier with one really good treat rather than one good treat and another not-so-good treat. This same concept might apply to holiday gift giving.

Top Chef's Padma Dishes on Her Workout Secret Weapons Fitness magazine
The host of the popular chef showdown dishes on how she maintains her weight and slims down between seasons.  

Why Are My Hamstrings Always Tight? Fit Sugar
Do you struggle with tight hamstrings? If so, you'll want to read this!

10 Surprising Healthy Habits from Around the World Shape
From France to Japan, Ethiopia to India, get the scoop on what people around the world do to stay healthy.

5 Things You Already Did Wrong before 9 a.m. Huffington Post Healthy Living
The bad news: You might have done at least a few of these already today. The good news: It's not too late to turn things around!  

Posted 11/9/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   4,273 views
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