Home Special Reports

Special Reports

Small Amounts of Physical Activity Can Have Big Benefits

For ideal health and physical well-being, it’s recommended each week adults aim to do a total of two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity). Even if you don’t meet this physical activity target, considerable research has demonstrated any activity is better than none. Why Move More? “We are beginning […]

Easy, Flavorful, 
Exciting Veggies

The research is clear: eating more whole or minimally processed plants is better for our health. Knowing how to easily make foods like vegetables taste great can help you consume more of these health-promoting options in place of less healthful choices. Building Flavor. Most U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended intake of vegetables. When we […]

Is it Dementia, or Aging?

When are lapses in memory a cause for concern, and when are they simply a frustrating inconvenience? If you have noticed changes in the cognitive abilities of yourself or someone you know, getting a proper diagnosis is important. What is Dementia? Dementia refers to a decline in a person’s memory and other cognitive abilities that […]

What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the U.S. and around the globe. Worldwide, there are nearly a million new cases diagnosed every year. In honor of National Men’s Health Month, let’s take a closer look at how diet and lifestyle choices may help reduce risk for this common condition. The […]

Eating for the Environment in Five Simple Steps

The food choices you make can have a real impact on the environment. Growing crops and raising animals for food creates about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for about 70 percent of all freshwater use the vast majority of tropical deforestation. On top of that, food waste and packaging have […]

Your Amazing Digestive System

“It’s remarkable what happens to food after you’ve swallowed it,” says Andrew Plaut, MD, gastroenterologist at Tufts Medical Center and author of Know Your Gut: Straight Talk on Digestive Problems from a Gastrointestinal Physician. “Your digestive system knows what to do with everything you send its way, from whole grains and vegetables to bagels or […]
Trillions of microbes live in our bodies, most in the lower part of our gut. Scientists are just beginning to understand the complex and important role they play in our health—and how the dietary choices we make can influence their makeup.

Your Microbial Partners: The Gut Microbiome and Your Health

We share our bodies with trillions of microorganisms. This community of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites is known as the microbiota. “Previous estimates have...
Many questions remain regarding the usefulness and safety of most dietary supplements. Get the facts before you buy.

Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know

More than half of American adults take dietary supplements—oral products containing at least one vitamin, mineral, herb or other botanical, amino acid, or enzyme—in...
There is a seemingly endless supply of supplements marketed to combat aging. So far, there is no good evidence any of them work.

Anti-Aging Dietary Supplements: Fact vs. Marketing Fiction

Our quest for the fountain of youth is a big business. It has been estimated that the anti-aging products market in the U.S. was...
We get vitamin D from sun exposure and a few foods (fatty fish, mushrooms, egg yolk, and fortified milk and juices).

Vitamin D and Your Health: Unanswered Questions

If you take supplements in an effort to raise your blood levels of vitamin D, protect your bone health, or boost your immune system,...