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The Checkup: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Is That Right? Rice Krispies Boost Immunity

They snap. They crackle. They pop. But do they support immunity? Kellogg's has reformulated its Rice Krispies and Cocoa Krispies cereals, fortifying them with vitamins A, C, and E and a bunch of B vitamins. The boxes and ads now tout that "each and every box" of Krispies has ingredients...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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U.S. Lifespan Hits Record High

Americans are living longer than ever, according to new government statistics. The National Center for Health Statistics released its annual report on deaths and life expectancy yesterday, with the latest data for 2007 showing that overall the average U.S. lifespan had hit a record high of 77.9 years. That's up...

By Rob Stein  |  August 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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The Seven Secrets of Highly Obese People

(Courtesy of David Zinczenko) By David Zinczenko Why do some people simply pack on the pounds effortlessly? It's not always genetics and it's not always gluttony and you can't always blame it on lack of exercise. Indeed, getting fat is often a result of some simple -- and easily...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Guest Blogger , Nutrition and Fitness  
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In Defense of Goldfish

By Cristin Dillon-Jones I am a registered dietitian and, yes, I eat Goldfish crackers. I eat them quite frequently, in fact. I also eat ice cream, pizza and French fries. What kind of a dietitian am I? I am a practical one because I know that eating the "perfect" diet...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Blogger , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Crocs in the Pool

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) No, not crocodiles. I'm talking about Crocs, the funky foam footwear that was fashionable a couple of years ago and now remains so mostly among little kids...who are apparently wearing their Crocs into swimming pools. On purpose. With their parents' permission. The summer swim...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  General Health  
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