Plan for a Healthy New Year

By Caroline Shugart
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As the end of 2015 approaches, it is only natural that we evaluate our successes and failures for the year, and consider how we might change our behaviors for 2016.  Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, listed these as the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2015:  staying fit and healthy, losing weight, enjoying life to the fullest, spending less (and saving more), and spending more time with family and friends.  Any of these sound familiar? 


Concussions: What You Need to Know

By Brad Gillman
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Concussions have been discussed on the news and in sports media heavily the last few years. Now Hollywood is bringing new attention with the feature film, “Concussion” starring Will Smith. The movie follows the true story of physician Bennett Omalo, played by Smith, who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) during the autopsy of Pittsburgh Steeler’s player Mike Webster. CTE is a brain deteriorating disease that affects athletes from repeated hits to the head.

Say No to Sugary Soda

By Caroline Shugart
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It's football season, and along with the fantastic receptions and bone-jarring tackles that I’ve come to expect, there are occasions when that most desperate of all plays, the “Hail Mary pass,” is used.  You know this play.  Usually near the end of the game, and with the slimmest chance of success, the quarterback heaves the football toward the end zone, hoping that one of his teammates will catch it and win the game, a physical manifestation of a miracle.  It is a last ditch effort, plain and simple.

 

I was reminded of this play when I read that a major soda manufacturer (I’m not about to give them any free publicity by mentioning their name) was bankrolling an organization dedicated to the proposition that the obesity crisis is primarily about inactivity, and not about how much we eat and drink.