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Activity Benefits Go Beyond Weight Loss

Activity Benefits Go Beyond Weight Loss

Impact of physical activity level is twice that of obesity.

April 2015 - If you’re looking for motivation to get up off the couch, the results of a large new European study may be just what you need to lace up those walking shoes. Even a moderate amount of exercise - the equivalent of a daily brisk 20-minute walk - was associated with significant reductions in mortality risk. Physical activity contributed to longevity independently of weight loss, and the biggest potential benefits were seen simply by going from completely sedentary to “moderately inactive.”

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New Reasons to Eat More Whole Grains and Fiber

New Reasons to Eat More Whole Grains and Fiber

Higher consumption linked to longer life, cardiovascular protection.

Take a look in your pantry. Do you see whole-grain pasta? Does the label on your bread say “100% whole wheat”? (Are you sure? Don’t be fooled by terms like “multigrain.”) Is your breakfast cereal made with whole grains?

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Blueberries Good for Your Blood Pressure and Brain

Blueberries Good for Your Blood Pressure and Brain

Scientists continue to find reasons you should get the blues.

With the domestic blueberry season about to begin, there’s no better time to celebrate the bountiful health benefits of Americans’ second-favorite berry (after strawberries). New research has linked blueberry consumption to better blood pressure, and Tufts scientists continue to explore how blueberries protect the brain.

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Fast Food: Why It Pays to Compare

Fast Food: Why It Pays to Compare

New Tufts study shows wide variability in nutrition of menu items.

Making healthy choices at fast-food restaurants remains a challenge, according to new Tufts research, but—contrary to some perceptions—it has not gotten worse. Levels of dangerous trans fats in fries have actually improved, while portion sizes, calories, sodium and saturated fat changed little between 1996 and 2013.

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Staying Highly Fit Slows Signs of Aging

Staying Highly Fit Slows Signs of Aging

Older people who are highly fit, such as recreational cyclists, are physiologically more similar to young people than to more sedentary seniors. That’s the conclusion of a new British study that sought to explore the effect of physical activity on key indicators of aging. As one scientist put it, “Being physically active makes your body function on the inside more like a young person’s.”

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Court Mostly Backs FTC vs. Pomegranate Claims

Court Mostly Backs FTC vs. Pomegranate Claims

In what may prove a landmark ruling for food and beverage health claims, a US appeals court largely upheld a Federal Trade Commission order requiring proof of promises made for a popular pomegranate-juice drink. In its original 2010 order, the FTC had challenged magazine advertisements for POM Wonderful that claimed the beverage combats heart disease and other ailments.

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Get Fit Now to Keep Your Brain Sharp Later

Get Fit Now to Keep Your Brain Sharp Later

Early fitness linked to cognitive health with agingbut its not too late.

A new study reports that the more physically fit you are when you’re younger, the more likely you are to keep your brain sharp as you get older. But there’s also good news for those who slacked off in their youth: Even starting to get more fit now might still improve your cognitive health.

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