Yearly Archives: 2011

New Year’s Resolution — I will NOT diet!

Yes, that’s right.  I would suggest that you make a New Year’s Resolution NOT to diet ever again.  Diets don’t work because they don’t help you develop a way of eating that is sustainable and enjoyable.  The diet might work to help you lose weight while you’re doing it (although frankly I never was able

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

So, to add to my last post about needing to stop sitting, please watch the following 10 minute video.  My favorite line in the video is “Exercise is a medicine.”   In this well-produced segment, exercise is supported as the most important thing you can do for your health and it doesn’t require a lot of

Is your life worth one minute of your time? Stand up while you’re reading the rest of this message.

More and more research is demonstrating how devastating it is to sit for extended periods of time. recently reported on findings that sitting for long stretches of time without getting up increases your cancer risk—particularly for breast and colon cancer.   “The longer you sit, the higher your risk,” says Neville Owen, Ph.D., the author

Addicted to food… hear the “flavorists” tell you why

If you want to hear the food industry admit they are trying to addict people to food, watch the CBS 60 minutes episode that aired on Sunday, November 27.  Here is the website (go to the second story at 16 minutes into the episode (you also have to listen to 3 ads, but it’s worth

Do Not Rinse Your Turkey!!!

And other Thanksgiving food rules for every day By Michelle Forman, Senior Media Specialist, APHL. First published on theAPHL Public Health LabLog. Reposted with permission. Nov. 22, 2011 Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and friends, enjoy the fall harvest, and to stuff our faces full of delicious food. No matter your specific traditions,

Put on those walking shoes – Exercise can affect your genetic pre-disposition to be overweight!

I was just having the conversation with a colleague about the effect of genetics on being overweight or obese and puzzling about the implications this has for weight loss treatment.  Two days later, as if in response to our query, the paper runs a story about this very topic. The “obesity gene,” otherwise known as

Take the “craving” challenge!!

This is an addendum to an earlier post I wrote entitled “Riding the Urge.”  In the post I described Alan Marlatt’s metaphor of “urge surfing” as a way of staying present with the intensity of craving without needing to act on it.  He actually suggested that you picture the urge as an ocean wave and

BEWARE: Mindfulness may change the way you eat forever!!

I had a funny moment this week when a volunteer who has worked with me for about a year now said that this (mindful eating) stuff had finally had an effect.   She told the story of how she had gone to the Student Center to buy a piece of pizza and how she was really

More $5 meal ideas.

The Slow Food Movement has had people blogging on their website about how they accomplished the $5 meal challenge. Please check out their page for sharing recipe ideas (and pictures) here: and let your own creativity about meal planning grow and prosper.  When I looked a little further for $5 meals I came across the $5

The move to charge an extra tax on unhealthy food!

On ABC News this week Olivia Katrandjian reported that “Denmark has introduced what’s believed to be the world’s first fat food tax, applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats, in an effort to combat obesity and heart disease.” Apparently that sent shock waves through the Danish culture and the Danes