More than 291,000 Iowans, about 10% of the population, hit the pavement during the statewide "Start Somewhere Walk" last Friday. Officials say more than 2,300 groups and thousands of individuals walked simultaneously in the 1-kilometer event aimed at raising awareness of a five-year effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.
Overweight or obese people who drank water or diet beverages in place of at least two caloric drinks each day were more likely to lose 5% of their body weight, compared with those who were told only to make healthy choices, according to University of North Carolina researchers. The study found people who substituted water saw more improvements in blood pressure and fasting glucose than the control group.
Regular exercise appeared as effective as relaxation therapy or the drug topiramate in preventing migraines, according to a study of Swedish women published in Cephalalgia. The data showed topiramate reduced pain intensity better than exercise or relaxation, but the non-drug options had no adverse events and the exercise group increased their oxygen intake, said lead researcher Dr. Emma Varkey.
Nutrition experts warn against putting children and teens on diets or in diet programs if health is not an issue. Arizona State University registered dietitian Melinda Johnson says the act of dieting itself can lead to further weight problems. A whole-family approach to healthy eating and a balanced diet is best, experts say, focusing on diet quality and modest changes, such as substituting water or nonfat milk for soda or juice.
Raw-food cafes are increasingly popular in New York City, particularly juice bars offering "green juices" packed with celery, cucumber, parsley or kale. Once a niche community, raw-food restauranteurs have seen their vegan menus and juice bars become popular with a more mainstream clientele.