Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

The Treacherous Quest for Healthy Fats

February 10, 2017 — Whether you’re reading consumer or scientific literature these days, healthy fats are a hot topic. The problem is that you’ll run into the quite a bit of conflicting information. The history is tortured. And unfortunately, even as science resolves some issues, others keep cropping up. For nearly 30 years, nutrition guidelines emphasized low-fat and low […]

Clean Eating, Dirty Reputation

February 3, 2017 — Clean eating, it seems, is earning a bit of a dirty reputation. This popular meme has grown out of the even more popular idea of healthy eating. Cambridge scientist Giles Yeo examined a range of clean eating fads for a BBC Horizons film. With the gentle persistence of a real scientist, Yeo takes apart inflated […]

Get Happy, Get Healthy, Get Moving

January 29, 2017 — A new study in PLoS One points once again to a simple way to get happy and get healthy. Find joy in an active life. Researchers from the University of Cambridge wrote a smartphone app. More than 10,000 people downloaded and used it to keep track of their moods and lifestyle choices. Accelerometers in the phones […]

The Best Time to Start Moving? Now

January 11, 2017 — We confess. Sometimes, all the perfect specimens wandering through our lives in fitness togs can be a bit intimidating. But perfect is not the enemy of good. And moving – safely, in ways we enjoy – is one thing that is almost always good. Just getting up out of a chair and walking a bit […]

Health Claims: Marketing Tool for Premium Food Brands?

January 7, 2017 — Have you ever wondered about the real purpose of health claims for food? If so, then have a look at this study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Kelly Haws and colleagues studied consumer beliefs about the health benefits of different foods at different prices. In five experiments, the authors found consistent evidence that people believe more expensive products […]

Comfort, Joy, and Health for the Coming Year

December 25, 2016 — A few days ago, we asked and you answered: what should we wish for in the coming year? We had no idea what to expect but you came through with a delightful range of perspectives on comfort, joy, and health from all around the world. Five themes were evident. You can see them on the […]

What’s Your Health Wish for the New Year?

December 21, 2016 — This year is coming to an end and a new year is coming up fast. If you’re lucky, things are slowing down and you have some time to reflect on the past year and the year ahead. You and thousands of your friends who take the time to read our offerings here at ConscienHealth are an […]

Fitness on the Way to Becoming a Vital Sign

December 2, 2016 — It’s about time. A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association recommends that “at a minimum, all adults should have CRF (cardiorespiratory fitness) estimated each year” during health exams. The rationale is pretty compelling: A growing body of epidemiological and clinical evidence demonstrates not only that CRF is a potentially stronger predictor of mortality than established […]

Forget the Health Sites, Dolly Has Better Health Advice

November 22, 2016 — You might think a magazine or website devoted to health is the best place to look for health advice. But unfortunately, you would be wrong about that. A new study of the health advice in popular Australian magazines concludes: Australian magazines, especially those with health in the title, generally presented poor quality, unreliable health advice. Teen […]

Guest Post: Finding a Way for Healthier Generations

November 9, 2016 — Recently in JAMA, Bill Dietz and colleagues outline a three-part recommendation to address the long-term consequences of preventable chronic health conditions. They focus, rightly, on smoking and tobacco, physical activity, and nutrition as components of the two leading causes of preventable suffering and premature death. These are important recommendations for healthier generations. We see strengths in […]