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Health & Wellness

BMI—Why It Exists and How to Calculate It

By On November 21, 2017

Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a tool physicians and researchers use to quickly identify individuals who suffer from obesity or near obesity.… Read More

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Health & Wellness

Weight Loss Show Reality TV: What’s the Hook?

By On February 24, 2016

The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that more than one-third of the U.S. population is obese. It is a major health concern that is nearly always trending in the media,… Read More

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Global Health Communication

Pura Vida: Living Longer and Healthier in Costa Rica

By On February 11, 2016

Health care costs are 10 times higher in the United States than in Costa Rica. And what do these lower health care costs get you? Well, apparently, a longer life span.… Read More

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Health & Wellness

Healthy Options at Fast Food Restaurants

By On December 10, 2015

If you DO find yourself with fast food as your only option, wouldn’t it be nice to know which food choices you can make that are the healthiest for you? There are… Read More

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Health & Wellness

Physicians-Nutritionists Collaboration Key to Addressing Obesity Epidemic

By On December 3, 2015

Obesity continues to be an ongoing public health issue. More than one third, or about 78.6 million, of the U.S. adult population is obese. Obesity accounts for 10 percent, or about… Read More

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Exercise

#Commit2Ten and #GimmeFive Campaigns Offer Resources to Help You be Healthier

By On October 16, 2015

Two campaigns (#Commit2Ten and #GimmeFive) offer great ways to become physically active without requiring you to put in a lot of time to get you started.… Read More

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Nutrition

Portion Distortion “Normalizes” Larger Portions

By On May 8, 2015

Have you ever been served a meal at a restaurant and been in shock by the amount of food delivered to your table? You’re not alone. Over the past 40 years, portion… Read More

Body Shaming

Multicultural Series: Part Three – Fat Shaming in Indian Culture

By On December 12, 2014

Indian families are known to discuss weight commonly upon greeting. It’s one of the first things they discuss upon arrival: weight, education, and/or money. For the purposes of this post, let’s focus… Read More

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Health Communication

My HealthCom Journey Series: Part Three

By On November 10, 2014

I never meant to be a health writer. I was one of the lucky kids who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up. I knew beyond a doubt… Read More

Pregnancy
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month

Advocacy for Lesser Known Disease Often Comes from Personal Experience

By On September 25, 2014

Some health observances garner a lot of attention. We often see them promoted by celebrities in television commercials, print ads and radio spots. Other health observances, meanwhile are lesser known to the… Read More