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The Checkup: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Is That Right? "Real Sugar" is Everywhere. But is it Better for You?

If, say, five years ago you had tried to sell a product by announcing it was made with "real sugar," everyone would have called you crazy. But "real sugar" and its cousin "natural sugar" have become selling points for many products these days, from Snapple to Starbucks. Snapple now offers...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 12, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Watch Out For That Monitor!

You've heard about all the health problems that can be caused by spending too many hours glued to your computer. Your back may ache from sitting in the wrong position. Your eyes can get bleary from staring at the screen all day. And you can get tendinitis or carpal tunnel...

By Rob Stein  |  June 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Prevention  | Tags: computer injuries  
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TV's Ruby Comes to Town

Ruby will continue her national walking tour Saturday, June 13, at Georgetown University. (Courtesy of the Style Network) Since November 2008, viewers of the Style Network's reality show "Ruby" have followed the weight-loss journey of Ruby Gettinger, a Savannah, Ga., resident who weighed about 500 pounds when the show...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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To Manage Your Diet, Tell Food to Say "Cheese!"

If you're trying to lose weight or even just eat more healthfully, one of the pieces of advice you'll most commonly receive is that you keep track of everything you put in your mouth. There's good reason for that: At least one major study has shown that people who regularly...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Behind Bars, Eating Less

An inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary shows his lunch tray on May 5, 2003. (AP Photo/Steve Pope) Many of us have had to alter our grocery shopping and dining habits as the tough economy has tightened our household budgets. But at least we have some say in what...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness  
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