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The Checkup: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Is That Right? Crystal Light Makes Women Drink More Water

Ads for Crystal Light low-calorie powdered drink mixes say that "Women who use Crystal Light drink 20 percent more water." (They don't say more than whom, but we're to understand they mean more than women who don't use the product.) But what else are you getting with that water? Some...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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CDC: Childhood Obesity Epidemic Slowing

The epidemic of obesity among American children appears to be slowing, federal health officials are reporting today. An analysis of data collected nationally about low-income preschool-aged children ages two to four years old found the prevalence of obesity increased from 12.4 percent in 1998 to 14.5 percent in 2003, but...

By Rob Stein  |  July 23, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Obesity  | Tags: cdc, childhood obesity, childhood type-2 diabetes  
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Cure For Childhood Insomnia?

Here's yet another reason to encourage your kids to put away the video games and get outside for some real physical activity: It will help them fall asleep more easily and sleep better, according to new research out today. In fact, every hour on the couch translates to about three...

By Rob Stein  |  July 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood , Teens  | Tags: children falling asleep, insomnia, kids and video games, sendentary activity  
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Should the Surgeon General be Slender?

Regina Benjamin is President Obama's nominee for surgeon general. (Photo By Marvin Joseph) By all accounts, Regina Benjamin is a smart, accomplished person, a caring and skilled physician and a real go-getter. Yet, by all appearances, she also is overweight. Does that make her a poor choice for the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Space-Age Snacks

My reminiscences surrounding the 40th anniversary of man's landing on the moon inevitably include longings for the original Space Food Sticks, those pencil-thin treats that we ate because, well, they were made for astronauts. Turns out those sticks, which came in a handful of flavors including chocolate and peanut butter...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Cash-Strapped Adults Curb Smoking, Drinking

The current economic slump may have caused many of us to drop our gym memberships and made it more challenging for us to eat healthfully. But the impact on our health may not be all bad: According to a recent Pew survey, young adults are skimping on cigarettes and alcohol...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , General Health  
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