A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison Chicago Tribune
Kevin Trudeau, who for decades fraudulently sold weight-loss books and programs via infomercials, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt. Trudeau lied about the contents of his best-selling book, The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About, which touts fad diet practices such as hCG injections. (Read Coach Nicole's blog about the hCG diet.) In addition, Trudeau had more than a dozen aliases and had used his mother's Social Security number as part of a scam.
Study: Fried food more fattening depending on genes USA Today
Fried foods aren't good for anyone, but for those with a genetic predisposition for obesity, they're even worse. Find out why. Thanks, Mom! (Just kidding!)
To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In NYT
We all know how hard it can be to rouse a teen from a warm and comfy bed before sunrise. Some schools are letting them sleep in--and allowing their developmental drive to stay up late to help them better perform.
Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There NPR The Salt
A mom who knows what it's like to feed kids while on a tight budget has published a cookbook aimed at helping people eat right--even when they are living on very little. She's now teaching low-income families how to choose and cook healthy produce. We love this cookbook!
Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover NPR The Salt
Stars--from Ben Stiller to Disney tween celebs--are shilling some unlikely products to kids: fruits and vegetables! Do you think star power will get children to embrace healthier foods?
8 inspiring tricks for becoming a more confident woman Well + Good
Who among us couldn't use a boost of confidence? This list is a great place to start. #4 is the most interesting and surprising to us. Which habit/trick are you adopting, if any? (p.s. We think you're awesome!)
Why A Sweet Tooth May Have Been An Evolutionary Advantage For Kids NPR
A few weeks ago, we shared this story, about how your sweet tooth could kill you. Now we're sharing one about how a sweet tooth might have been an evolutionary advantage, as children who sought out more calories were probably more likely to survive. It certainly doesn’t give anyone carte blanche to chow down on sugar, but it is an interesting read.
Could a treadmill desk boost your heart rate—and your career? Well + Good
SparkPeople has a treadmill desk at our HQ, and we love it. Now, we're hearing that in addition to keeping you up and active, that treadmill desk could be good for your career.
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