Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:10 am
Nearly a third of all Mexicans are obese, putting Mexico at the top of the list of overweight nations — ahead of the United States.
In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers are taking aim at consumer's pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.
10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits. Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system. His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise. And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents. He’ll relate some remarkable moments.
Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 2:22 pm
Lots of people think of fish as brain food. And there's good reason.
Many kinds of fish — think salmon, sardines, tuna — contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a class of polyunsaturated fat, which have been shown to fight inflammation and improve the function of our neurons.
08/19/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with health writer Jo Robinson. Her latest book discusses of nutrition, and the eons of time when humans subsisted on wild flora and fauna. Her latest book is EATING ON THE WILD SIDE: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. After generations of breeding more palatable fruits and vegetables, much of their original nutritional clout has been diluted. Robinson has tips to reclaim the nutrients and flavors lost.
And ever since the Alameda County study in California back in the 1960s linked breakfast — along with a host of other habits — to a longer lifespan, there's been a societal push towards breaking the fast.
Who's going to be more successful at selling health insurance to young men this fall: NBA MVP LeBron James, NFL rookie of the year Robert Griffin III, or Mom? If officials at the Department of Health and Human Services get their way, all may be drafted.
04/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States. The society urges a reduction or elimination of meat-based diets, for both health and ethical reasons. Many school districts add more fruits and veggies in lunchroom fare, and offer “Meatless Mondays.” Miami-Dade & Broward schools are participants.
Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:14 am
In the village of Corozal in Honduras, men ready boats for fishing excursions and boys play soccer on a beach lined with thatched huts.
On a sandy lot next to the town's main street, two teenage boys begin playing drums while women sing. For centuries, this has been the signature sound of celebration for the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people on the Atlantic coast of Central America. Now this music has an additional purpose: to prevent HIV.
Standing outside the gates of Ultra Music Festival, an audiologist and her colleague are staring at their sound level meters. The devices track the decibel level of the atmosphere, giving us some unsettling clues as to how safe the environment is for your ears.
After an extended buildup, the beat finally drops. As the fans go crazy, the bass starts to pump. Even a few hundred feet from the stage, casual conversation is strained.
03/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the common problems of snoring and sleep apnea. Airway blockage is the root cause of both, and can incur considerable health problems. It can also have ramifications for frazzled sleep partners. We’ll speak with Dr. Howell Goldberg, who prescribes dental remedies . . . and of course, take your calls. That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.