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  • Organic Labeling April 27, 2013

    HealthWise Spring 2013 DuBose1Organic food, once only available in health food stores, is now a mainstay in most grocery chains across the country. What does “organic” really mean? Are organic foods really healthier? In the United States, organic products must adhere to strict production and labeling requirements set by the U.S. ...

  • Eyes – In Focus April 27, 2013

    It is safe to assume that many readers of this newsletter put on their reading glasses first! For most of us, vision changes seem to be noticed in our 40’s. We may have first noticed difficulty reading the fine print on a label or perhaps a restaurant menu, particularly when lights ...

  • Healthy Snacks January 27, 2013

    Health Wise Winter 2013 Final DD11Just when the holiday season is over—we’re back on track with healthy eating and an exercise routine—Super Bowl Sunday arrives and often derails our best intentions. After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the day that Americans consume the most food, averaging 1,300 calories during the game ...

  • Diet Soda January 27, 2013

    Diet sodas have become a popular alternative to high-calorie, sugar-laden beverages. According to the University of Texas Health Science Center, 59% of adult Americans report drinking diet soda regularly, to assist with weight control by decreasing calories and to reduce sugar consumption. However, recent research studies now indicate that diet drinks ...

  • Brain Health and Exercise January 27, 2013

    Health Wise Winter 2013 Final DD2Everyone knows the correlation between physical activity and good health. Now, exciting new research supports the link between a physically active lifestyle and brain cognition… and even longevity! Researchers at the University of Iowa examined more than 100 studies linking exercise and brain health. These studies ...

  • Wine and Spirits – Are There Any Benefits? August 27, 2012

    Does enjoying a glass of wine or beer fit into a healthy lifestyle? Does white wine have the same heart-healthy benefits as red wine? Do “clear” alcoholic beverages equate to fewer calories? Which drinks contain the least alcohol? Up-to-the-minute facts as we know them today are delineated here. Importantly, this information ...

  • Osteoporosis – Can you avoid the break? August 27, 2012

    One in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) reports that by 2020, half of all male and female Americans over the age of 50 are likely to have osteoporosis or low bone density. Of the approximately 10 million ...

  • Skin Spots – What are they telling you? July 27, 2012

    Summer 2012 Healthwise DD FINALSummer weather means a change in our clothing to more abbreviated attire that exposes our skin, giving us the opportunity to take a better look at ourselves. Sometimes we’re surprised at what we find. Age Spots: Referred to as “sun spots” or “liver spots,” (although they have ...

  • Soy – A Healthy Protein Alternative June 27, 2012

    Soy Foods 300x199Tofu, edamame and soy milk, to name a few, are food derivatives from the soybean. Long a food staple in Asian diets, soy has gained popularity in the United States as a plant-based protein alternative to animal protein. Proteins are essential for growing and repairing the skin, muscles and ...

  • Arthritis – Cause of Aches and Pains? June 27, 2012

    The human body has a remarkable way of speaking to us. While there may be plausible explanations for certain aches and pains, such as exercise overexertion or the natural aging process, persistent painful joints may indicate a more serious health issue, such as arthritis. There are two main categories of arthritis ...