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What Happens When Stress Gets the Better of You

While much research has been done on the health effects of stress, surprisingly little is known about what happens when people are no longer able to cope with the challenges life throws at them. Yet, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a phenomenon commonly known as ‘burnout’ affects ever-growing parts of the population.

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Food and Wine Pairing Made Perfectly Simple

Too much ado is sometimes being made about matching the right wines with specific foods, which can be intimidating and unnecessarily off-putting. Some critics say there is a ridiculous amount of snobbery around wine to begin with, and all the talk of what goes with what is no exception. While there may be some truth to that, it is also a fact that a well-chosen wine does indeed have the ability to enhance the enjoyment of almost any dining experience.

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Not One ‘Plus Size’ Fits All

When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place. Only one such study has recently been published, and the results are eye-opening.

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Why I Recommend Eating More Whole Grains

I recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the food and nutrition non-profit organization Oldways and the Whole Grains Council. Of course, the conference was something of a pep rally for whole grains, and that was fine with me. I eat them routinely, and think the case for doing so is very strong.

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Restaurant Food, a Likely Culprit in Spreading Heart Disease Among Younger Adults, Study Finds

Eating out is generally considered a pleasurable experience, not least because of its convenience. Busy lifestyles as well as lack of cooking skills and amenities make it an easy choice for many working-age adults to let others take care of their nutritional needs. Unfortunately, not being in charge of your own food preparation can prove hazardous for your health in the long run.

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Is Your Job Making You Fat?

When I first started working as a registered dietitian, I gained 10 pounds in just a few short months. I was surprised, and a bit embarrassed. After all, considering my profession, I should know better, right? Even worse, my office is smack in the middle of a fitness center. So just what the heck was going on, why was I packing on extra weight? My eating habits hadn’t changed, and I was probably working out even a little more than before. But then it hit me: The pounds I was accumulating were a direct result of my new job.

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Look Back Once in a While – With Gratitude

All therapy is about change. Whether someone seeks professional advice or follows a self-help program, the underlying assumption is always that something is wrong and needs fixing. In my line of work, as a health counselor, it’s usually about diet, exercise, stress management, sleep, etc. that could be improved upon. But when I find myself coaching clients how to overcome their shortcomings, I often wonder why there is so little attention being paid to what is right and works well in their lives already.

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Growing Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Between Nations

April 7 is World Health Day, an annual event sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote greater awareness of global health issues. Conferences and activities all over the world address diverse topics like life expectancy, infant mortality, spread of diseases, access to clean drinking water, healthcare infrastructure, to mention a few. One of the findings is that the gap between the richest and poorest parts of the world in terms of health status and longevity remains wide and may not significantly narrow in the foreseeable future.

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