In many households, children’s health is practically on life support. The heart rate slows a little more with each passing day as fruit punch and French fries comprise kids’ daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. For some optimists, a bill that recently passed the Senate jolted this nutrition flat-liner to a healthy pace. To me, though, it’s just putting a small Band-Aid on a major problem.

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Fill in the blank: Tens of thousands of kids can benefit from ____________. Did you say vitamins? Exercise? Nutritious meals, perhaps? Well, if you were on the panel of doctors who published a piece in Pediatrics last month, your answer would have been “drugs.” Surprised? Sadly, I’m not.

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According to a recent study, people who have lost their jobs in this tough economy are often depressed. That’s a no-brainer, but here’s something that isn’t: individuals that have several friends and family members who are also jobless are less likely to be depressed. Plus, they are often less gung-ho about finding a new job. Why? It’s the social norm; there is no incentive for change.

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What’s hot on the restaurant scene are big, bold flavors, which increasingly means crossing paths with the food police’s latest bandit: sodium.

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There are so many ways consumers are getting information about health that they look to you, not as a salesperson, but as an information specialist.

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Industry members will never forget the day they learned Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.  

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For years, “Table for two, non-smoking” has been part of the regular vernacular for restaurant goers.

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There’s a little voice inside us that edits what we say before we say it—sometimes softer than we’d like.

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Should 2009 be forgot and never brought to mind, like the days of Auld Lang Syne?

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Nothing reveals a person’s true stripes faster than his/her reaction to the news of a health problem. 
 

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