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A Must-Watch Video: The Real Bears


A day or so ago, a friends shared a video on Facebook. The preview was a photo of bears. He has kids, and I have cats, so I didn't pay much attention. Then a co-worker sent around an email about the same video. That's when I took notice. Wow!

Have you seen the video about the real bears yet? I don't want to spoil the story, but this is a must-watch video (with over 1/2 million views as of Friday morning!) for anyone who's committed to a healthier lifestyle. Take a few minutes to check out the video and then let's discuss.
Posted 10/12/2012  1:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 62 comments   11,279 views
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An Easy Way to Decrease Teen Soda Consumption


When it comes to nutritional facts and figures, everyone responds differently.  Some people like to know exact calorie counts and nutrient details when making food choices.  Others prefer visual comparisons (for example, a serving of bread is about the size of an index card.)  Researchers have found an interesting way to discourage teenage soda consumption- and it’s not by telling teens how many calories are in a serving or that one soda accounts for 11 percent of their daily recommended calories.  So what is the strategy that seems to be working? 
Posted 1/20/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 16 comments   6,821 views
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1 In 4 Teens Drink Soda Daily, Says CDC


About one in four teens in the U.S. drink soda every day, according to a new study of high-schoolers released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though water, milk and 100-percent fruit juice reigned supreme in the study, 24.3 percent of high school students said they drink a serving (a can, bottle or glass) of soda every day.  Government researchers, who looked at more than 11,000 high-schoolers, also found that 16 percent of students drink a serving of a sports drink every day. Boys were more likely than girls to report drinking soda every day, and African American teens more likely than white or Hispanic teens. Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and sports drinks can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, researchers note.

Posted 7/27/2011  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 8 comments   5,095 views
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We Tried It: Soda Stream Review


Club soda, seltzer, Perrier, San Pellegrino… I love it all. While most of my eight cups a day are plain old flat tap water, I do indulge in bubbly water whenever I can. It's just such a treat for my tongue.

I was thinking about buying an old-fashioned seltzer canister, but then I saw the Soda Stream on another blog. Bubbly water and better-for-you seltzers and sodas at home? I would be able to make bubbly water without feeling guilty for importing it from halfway around the world in a plastic bottle. I couldn't wait to check it out!
Posted 12/8/2009  5:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 135 comments   19,713 views
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Are Diet Soft Drinks Really A Better Alternative?


When you decide it's time to make a change to your diet, one of the first things a lot of people do is switch out the regular soda for diet. It saves on calories and sugar, and can still give you the caffeine boost and beverage variety you're looking for. But some recent studies say that diet drinks might not be much better for your health.

A 2007 study from Boston University found that both sugar sodas and diet drinks boost the risk of metabolic syndrome- a collection of risk factors that increase your risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Another study, published in the journal Circulation, found the risk of developing metabolic syndrome was 34 percent higher among those who drank one can of diet soda a day compared with those who drank none. Keep in mind that these studies show an association between diet soda and metabolic syndrome. They don't necessarily say that drinking diet soda will lead you to develop the condition.
Posted 8/11/2009  2:08:30 PM By: Jen Mueller : 434 comments   58,395 views
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Should You Be Drinking Vitamin Enhanced Water?




Eating a balanced diet every day is the best way to make sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

A multivitamin can be helpful in providing some "insurance" for those days when your food choices aren't the best.

Water regulates every function of our body, flushes out waste and toxins and transports nutrients. Since our bodies contain about 70% water, it is really important to drink water daily.

So what about the combination of vitamins and water together?


Posted 6/11/2009  6:44:44 AM By: Tanya Jolliffe : 178 comments   17,713 views
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Would a Soda Tax Help Fight the Fat?


With the increase in obesity rates among young people and adults, policy makers are always looking for ways to discourage the excess consumption of unhealthy foods. One idea that's getting been getting attention in recent months is food taxes. According to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine, "Even if one quarter of the calories consumed from sugared beverages are replaced by other food, the decrease in consumption would lead to an estimated reduction of 8000 calories per person per year — slightly more than 2 lb each year for the average person."
Posted 4/17/2009  6:13:12 AM By: Jen Mueller : 352 comments   8,136 views
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Drinking a 20 Ounce Beverage Daily=26 Extra Pounds a Year


Want to know the easiest way to drop a few pounds? Stop drinking sugary beverages, according to a recent study.

In a study of 810 adults from across the States, researchers found that liquid calories are a bigger problem than food when it comes to weight gain and weight loss.

Think that one can of cola, vanilla venti latte or fruit punch sports drink everyday isn't going to affect your waistline? Think again, the study found.
Posted 4/13/2009  3:10:53 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 189 comments   13,590 views
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In the News: FDA Rules on Stevia, Diet Coke Plus


In the last few days before the administration changes hands, the FDA has been hard at work making changes.

Here are two of the most interesting rulings:
Posted 1/7/2009  6:27:18 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 247 comments   15,649 views
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Should We Impose an "Obesity Tax" on Soft Drinks?


Times are tough, and governments, like families, are having a hard time balancing their budgets. New York Gov. David Paterson this week unveiled a plan that would bring $404 million to the state, which is facing a $15 billion deficit this year and next.

As part of his $121 billion budget for 2009, the governor wants to enact an "obesity tax."
Posted 12/19/2008  3:43:23 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 376 comments   8,369 views
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Recession Eating: Save Money by Moving Away from Soda


Have you ever looked at your grocery bill to see how much you spend on soda or diet soda each trip? Take a look and then multiply that number by the number of times you shop each month. Now take that amount and multiply it by 12 to give you a ball park figure of how much you spend on soda/diet soda each year. Are you surprised by the number? Are there options to save you some money?
Posted 12/1/2008  10:00:07 AM By: Tanya Jolliffe : 200 comments   9,100 views
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Zero Waste? What do you think?


So, yesterday I hauled all my empty bottles, cans, and newspapers off to the local recycling center. It took me three round trips on my bike and about two hours, so I was feeling quite virtuous and proud of myself. Until I got home and ran across this email in my inbox:

Celebrate Zero Waste Day.

According to these people, my valiant efforts may be part of the problem, not part of the solution....
Posted 11/13/2008  12:15:41 PM By: Dean Anderson : 122 comments   4,712 views
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Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks NOT a Good Idea...


It’s Friday night, you’re tired after a long, hard week, but you really want to go out with your friends and do a little partying. The solution: mix your alcohol with an “energy” drink like Red Bull or Monster. It’s the new way to have your alcohol but stay awake and party all night, too.

Not a good idea, according to 11 State Attorneys General, including California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who recently announced an agreement with Anheuser-Busch Inc. that requires the company to discontinue production of all alcoholic energy drinks (AEDs), including its two current brands -- Tilt and Bud Extra. Similar negotiations are going on with Miller Brewing Company.
Posted 10/28/2008  4:56:48 PM By: Dean Anderson : 81 comments   29,209 views
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Olympic-Themed Fast Food and Soda Commercials


There have been a lot of great commercials airing along with the 2008 Beijing Olympics…including a lot for fast food and soda.
Posted 8/20/2008  1:17:25 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 86 comments   5,914 views
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