Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories.
Healthy Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage
You’ve seen the news. You’ve seen the rainbow-colored Facebook profile pictures. Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry in every state. It was a momentous day for gay rights–especially when you consider how fast public opinion on the issue has changed–but also, for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires all insurance companies to offer the same health plans to people of all sexual orientations, but under the recent ruling, workers can now add their same-sex spouses to employer-provided health insurance plans. Read the full story on modernhealthcare.com…
Wellness Program Incentives: Fair or Unfair?
What happens when you tie financial incentives to losing weight, exercising, or lowering cholesterol? Increased participation and healthy behavior for sure, but then there’s the other side. This story shares perspectives from employees who chose not to participate in company wellness programs and paid for it in hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a year. Are incentivized programs fair, or do they cross a line? Read the full story on npr.org…
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Only 12 Percent of Pre-Diabetics Know They Have a Problem
If a patient knows he has the precursor to diabetes, he’ll probably make conscious decisions to get more exercise or eat less sugary food. But only 12 percent of pre-diabetics know and understand that they are heading for the full-blown disease. This statistic is heart-breaking, since researchers said the low number could be due to patients failing to understand that even though they don’t have diabetes now, they are not “out of the woods yet.” Our culture might be somewhat to blame for us not taking diabetes, especially Type 2, seriously. It has become the butt of many jokes, and if you don’t believe these jokes are hurtful, read this insightful post. It’s time to start looking at what diabetes really is–a serious, debilitating, life-threatening disease. By 2030, the World Health Organization estimates that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death. Read the full story on reuters.com…
First International Yoga Day Is a Beautiful Success
Thousands of yogis participated in the first annual international yoga celebration on June 21. Take a look at these gorgeous photos from around the world. Find more photos on bostonglobe.com…
Unfrosted Pop-Tarts Have More Calories Than the Frosted Ones…Wait, What?
Yes, Pop-Tarts are one of those never, ever, ever foods. But this is fascinating–it defies all logic–plus, it’s a reminder to really look at what you eat. Late one night, a sophomore at Princeton University spotted something strange on a nutritional label: unfrosted strawberry Pop-Tarts have 10 more calories per serving than the frosted kind. What gives? The student wrote a blog post about his discovery, which went viral four years later on Reddit. He never solved the mystery. But a writer from Quarz did. Do you know the answer to this junk-food riddle? Find out on qz.com…
Here Comes the Sun (Damage)
Scary evidence came from England recently: a quarter or more of skin cells found in middle-aged people have suffered sun-induced DNA damage. “While the body does a great job of repairing the damage and gets 99.9 percent of things right, every once in a while, you do get a mutation” which can lead to cancer. These new findings on sun damage are being called “a canary in coal mine.” Nobody uses sunscreen correctly, so just stay the hell out of the sun, dermatologists suggest. Read the full story on nytimes.com…
Infographic of the Week: When It Comes to Food, Timing Is Everything
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