Wed March 26, 2014

Colorado Is No Poster Child For Perfect Health

Colorado may be a mecca for outdoor activity, but the state still has room to improve when it comes to health
Tyler Hitchcock Creative Commons/Flickr

Coloradans famously enjoy a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking and biking to rafting, rock climbing, and skiing. Despite being healthier than almost every other state, Colorado still has room to improve – especially when it comes to children’s well-being.

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Thu March 20, 2014
The Salt

French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:11 am

Oh, these look good! But how much the fries hurt your waistline depends not only on how many you eat but also your DNA.
angela n./Flickr

When it comes to fried foods, sometimes I feel cursed.

My husband can eat as many spicy, crispy chicken sandwiches as he wants and never gain a pound. But for me, just smelling the chicken fryer seems to expand my waistline.

Now doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health show what we've all suspected: Some people do indeed pay a higher price for indulging in French fries and Tater Tots. And we have Mom and Dad to blame for it.

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Wed March 5, 2014

Hey Colorado, You’re Looking A Little Heavy

Colorado is now the second least obese state in the nation.
Credit Gallup

Since 2010 Colorado has consistently topped lists as having the slimmest population in the country. Not anymore.

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Wed February 5, 2014
The Salt

Ladies: Good Bacteria In Yogurt May Be Good For Waistlines, Too

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 11:49 am

A probiotic commonly found in yogurt seems to help women lose more weight and fat, a recent study finds. But you still have to eat healthy to see an effect.

Ladies, if that Super Bowl Sunday pitch from '90s heartthrob John Stamos didn't leave you craving more yogurt, here's some science that might do the trick: There's tantalizing new research suggesting that some friendly bacteria commonly found in yogurts may help women shed more weight while on a diet and keep it off.

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Fri January 24, 2014
The Salt

Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity?

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 5:07 pm

Choose wisely: What Mom eats during pregnancy can set the stage for obesity in her baby.
Meg Vogel NPR

Moms-to-be are often reminded that they're eating for two. It's tempting to take this as an excuse to go for that extra scoop of the ice cream. (Believe me, I've been there.)

But a solid body of research suggests that expectant mothers should be walking away with the opposite message: Pregnancy should be a time to double-down on healthful eating if you want to avoid setting up your unborn child for a lifetime of wrestling with obesity.

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