Health Education Articles

How Does the Weight Watchers Program Work?

Weight Watchers helped millions of people lose weight since the early 1960s. The weight loss plan they use has changed over that time — in a good way! Most of the changes in their weight loss program have been designed to make the plan easier to follow so members stick with it and learn a sustainable...
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Screening and Preventing Lung Cancer

Of all the cancer deaths in the United States, lung cancer remains one of the most deadly—for both men and women. Sadly, it is one of the easiest to prevent. There are many known carcinogens and the surgeon general issues warnings on dangerous products. But, you may still wonder how does cancer start?...
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Understanding What Causes of Heartburn

Heartburn is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with your heart. While it may feel like you are having a heart attack, it is really an acid attack in your stomach. Stomach acid, which irritates the lining of the esophagus, is the cause of heartburn and discomfort. What is heartburn? The lower...
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Understanding the Different Weight Loss Surgery Types

The type of weight loss surgery that you choose depends upon a variety of factors including your current health, doctor recommendations, and your ultimate weight loss goals. While there are different types of weight loss surgeries, there are two main forms of surgery — restrictive and malabsorptive/restrictive....
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12 Weight Loss Myths: Don’t Destroy Your Diet with Misinformation

With millions of people desperately seeking to lose weight, what is a person to believe as to what is true and myth about weight loss? There are so many products, and so many diets out there, what can you really believe in? We will explore weight loss myths and facts in the following paragraphs. Here...
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New nutritional requirements could be on menu for school meals

The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program should adopt a new set of nutrient targets and standards for menu planning, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The recommended targets and standards would update and improve the programs’ abilities to meet children’s...
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How Important is Family History to Childhood Obesity?

If we want to finally figure out a solution to the growing problem of obesity among children in America, we first have to understand the causes of childhood obesity. Naturally, people tend to look at a child’s family for clues. Does family history and genetics contribute to a child’s weight? Let’s...
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Smoking: Metabolic damage and the Risk of Diabetes

Smoking used to be socially acceptable. Remember the Marlboro Man? Smoking was thought of as cool, rugged, and sexy. Virginia Slims won their campaign and made smoking cigarettes fashionable for women, as well. In reality, smoking has always been detrimental to our health. It’s now common knowledge...
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What is Causing Your Back Pain?

What is causing your back pain? Just about everyone can agree; when your back hurts, your world seems to come to a screeching halt. It affects everything that you do from that point on. You can put a broken arm in a sling, but you can’t put your back in a sling and continue with your day. Back...
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What is Metabolic Syndrome? Know the Risk Factors

You probably have heard about diabetes, but most likely haven’t heard the term ?metabolic syndrome.? This is an important term to understand as it can be an indicator of potential diabetes risk. We are all concerned about metabolism. It refers to the way that the body burns nutrients for fuel....
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