Health

12:29pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

Corporations Offer Help In Trimming The Waist

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 5:04 pm

To encourage healthy choices, Dow's corporate cafeteria features color-coded utensils. Healthy foods like broccoli, spinach and beets have green handles. Yellow handles mean caution, and red is for temptations like bacon bits and high-fat dressing.

Jennifer Ludden NPR

8:15am

Thu October 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

High-Tech Shoes Aim To Stop Wandering Alzheimer's Patients

There's a GPS tracker hidden inside this mild-mannered shoe.

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Shoes that make the news often look funny.

Whether they're touting health benefits like those toning shoes that didn't quite pan out or the glove-like footwear being marketed as the anti-shoe.

But some GPS-enabled shoes designed to help keep track of people with Alzheimer's, look exactly like some shoes already popular with the elderly.

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3:20am

Mon October 24, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Enrollment Comes Sooner This Year

The open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries is under way earlier this year β€” one of many upcoming changes.

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If you're a senior on Medicare β€” or an adult child responsible for a senior on Medicare β€” here's something you should know: The annual "open enrollment" period for joining or changing prescription drug or private health plans is already under way.

"It's much earlier this year. It started on Oct. 15, and it's going to stop on Dec. 7," says Nancy Metcalf, a senior editor and health expert at Consumer Reports. "So you have your window right now."

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1:22pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Health

Udall Pushes to Ensure Flexibility in School Meal Programs

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An amendment that would give schools more flexibility in deciding what constitutes nutritious meals for children has been included in the agriculture appropriations bill. Colorado Senator Mark Udall offered the amendment after USDA officials proposed limits on starchy vegetables that schools can serve.

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1:22pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Health

FDA Cites Cantaloupe Packing Facility in Listeria Outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration is reporting that conditions in Jensen Farms’ cantaloupe packing facility led to a listeria outbreak that has killed 25 and sickened 123 people.

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