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The Checkup: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Is That Right? A Full Serving of Vegetables in Chef Boyardee

The current ad for Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli shows a kid eating a bowl of the stuff while his mom tries to prevent his dad from saying what the voice-over eventually announces: "There's a full serving of vegetables in every bowl of Chef Boyardee. Just don't tell them." The first...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Family Health , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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The Best Part of the Mediterrannean Diet

For years, we've been hearing that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest way to eat. People who to consume diets that are rich in whole grains, olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables, fish, cheese and moderate amounts of wine seem to live longer, healthier lives. But is there...

By Rob Stein  |  June 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Cardiovascular Health , Chronic Conditions , Family Health , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Is Toll House Recall a Turning Point?

(Courtesy of Business Wire/Doubletree Hotels) When I blogged the other day about Nestle's recalling its refrigerated Toll House cookie dough products, reader "Chasmosaur1" commented: You know what kills me? It is SO not hard to make Tollhouse/chocolate chip cookies. I've never understood why they prepackaged cookie dough. The most...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Family Health , Food Safety and Recalls , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Judging Fat People

Be honest: What's your first reaction when you encounter an obese person? I'm guessing it's not sympathy. Don't think the fat person doesn't notice. According to The STOP Obesity Alliance, a nonprofit organization headquartered at George Washington University, the stigma associated with being overweight or obese is enormous and has...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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A Former Monkee with Cancer

Peter Tork (center) performs with his band members in 2001. (Photo by Rich Lipski) Set aside, if you can, the initial shock of learning that Peter Tork, a former member of the pop foursome The Monkees, is 67 years old. Tork and his fellow Monkees live on in my...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Cancer  
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