Taiwan Considering Junk Food Tax

According to the China Post… The Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) is drafting a bill to charge special tax on food that are considered unhealthy, such as sugary drinks, candies, cakes, oily fast food, and alcohol.According to the BHP Director General Shu Ti-chiou, the proposal aims to promote a healthier eating habit. …The BHP is […]

Christine is No Jared Fogle

Methinks most people recall Jared Fogle, whose dramatic weight loss on the “Subway Diet” helped boost the fortunes of the restaurant chain.  Apparently Taco Bell is taking a leaf from the Subway book, by highlighting another dramatic weight loss story in ads for its lighter “Fresco” menu items.  Meet Christine, the spokesperson for the “Drive-Thru Diet.” As you know, […]

Champagne May Be Good For Your Heart!

Since the hubby and I are about to uncork a bopple of bubbly tonight, this study from the University of Reading is rather timely. Research from the University of Reading suggests that two glasses of Champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation. The researchers have found that drinking Champagne wine daily in moderate amounts […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Ok, that’s a rhetorical question, since I didn’t have my camera with me.  But I wish I did, as what I just saw would have been worth recording for posterity… John and I were driving home from the gym by our usual route, which always takes us past the neighborhood McDonald’s.  It was a little […]

Get More Sunshine in Your Life

Failing that, take a vitamin D supplement. It’s a little unusual to see mainstream docs actually recommending supps, but the evidence in favor of supplementing with vitamin D is piling up.  As the latest Harvard Heart Letter explains: Heart disease. Falls and broken bones. Breast and prostate cancer. Depression and memory loss. These problems seem to have nothing in […]

General Mills to Cut Sugar in Cereals Marketed to Children

Thinking of General Mills always brings this bit of satire from the Onion to mind… Surgeon General Mills Recommends Three To Five Servings Of Froot Per Day December 4, 2002 | Issue 38•45 WASHINGTON, DC—In a report submitted Monday to the Department of Health and Human Services, Surgeon General James Mills recommended that Americans consume […]

It Was a JOKE – OK???

I suppose the moral of this story is that scientists shouldn’t try to be funny… Santa Claus: A health pariah? It was a joke, folks. Have people entirely lost their sense of humor? Everywhere on Thursday and Friday (see, for example, the AP or Bloomberg) there were stories breathlessly reporting that public health expert Nathan […]

Be Smart: Get Fit!

This is true in more ways than one.  Getting/staying fit isn’t just a smart idea… according to new research, it may also make you smarter.  According to the LA Times blog “Booster Shots”: That dumb jock might be smarter than he looks December 18, 2009  For young men, the fitter you are, the better your […]

A New Year’s Gift for My Kids

This book review from NYT nutrition writer Jane Brody just caught my eye… Recipes to Set Teenagers on a Healthy Path …There is no better time than now to change this trajectory and get the nation’s youngsters on a more wholesome track. And there may be no better way to start than by consulting a […]

Offensive or Effective?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This probably goes double for graphic, gross-out pics, which is why the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene decided to use them to dissuade New Yorkers from “Pouring on the Pounds.” New Campaign Asks New Yorkers if They’re “Pouring On the Pounds” Health Department encourages consumers to choose […]