Special Reports

How to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

…and how to make them stick. The secret? Understanding your habits and the dual drivers of your behavior.

Are Fish-Oil Pills Right for You? The latest findings on fish-oil supplements may be...

A furry of new research on fsh-oil supplements is raising eyebrows as well as questions about just how miraculous those omega-3 fatty acids really are. Live long, stay strong, say the ads for fsh-oil pills, touting not only omega-3s familiar heart-health benefts but also mental and cellular protection. But recent clinical trials have reminded nutrition scientists that, after all, the strongest data linking omega-3s and reduced cardiovascular risk come from observational studies: Overall, people who eat more fsh have lower rates of heart disease. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, points out, however, that people who eat more fsh also tend to be more physically active, less likely to smoke and to eat a healthier diet in general, including more fruits and vegetables and probably less meat and cheese. Should the fsh oils alone get the credit for healthier hearts-or are omega-3s only part of the story?

Time for a Reality Check on Going Gluten-Free

Unless you have celiac disease, avoiding gluten might actually make you less healthy by missing out on important nutrients.

What You Can Do About Arthritis Arthritis pain is on the rise and science...

A rthritis is increasingly affecting our daily lives-and new research fnd- ings seem to dash any hopes that the most popular supplements thought to combat arthritis do any good. Yet amidst this gloomy picture, scientists are discovering clues to how you might make a difference against arthritis by smart choices in your diet.

7 Surprising Findings About Exercise and Your Health

Even the experts sometimes need a little nudge to get exercising. Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, director of Tufts John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity

Give Your Pantry a Nutrition Makeover23 healthy ideas to have at the ready for...

G It might seem glamorous to pick up the fixings for each days meals at the market that same day, whip- ping up healthy gourmet meals from fresh ingredients like characters do in romantic comedies. But lets face it: In the real world, sometimes dinner comes out of a can or a box. The easi- est meals to make are those assembled from foods readily at hand-such as the contents of your kitchen pantry. But if your pantry is stocked with canned goods high in sodium and packaged foods packed with refined grains and added sugars, those meals you throw together could throw your healthy- eating plans for a loop.

Food and Your Mood New research focuses on how what you eat affects how...

Maybe its not just the sunny climate, dazzling blue sea and bountiful beaches that make people living around the Mediterranean more cheerful. Prior research has shown that the lifetime prevalence of mental disorders is lower in Mediter - ranean countries than in northern Europe. Now a new Spanish study suggests that part of the explanation might be the so-called Mediterranean diet.

11 Healthy Foods to Try in 2011 Resolve to expand your diet by discovering-or...

T he start of a new year marks the perfect opportunity to revisit familiar menu routines and jump- start healthy eating patterns. Adding a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your plate will not only boost overall nutrition in your diet, but also broaden your culinary horizons. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, emphasizes the importance of trying new foods in broadening diet variety: Dont get too caught up in trying to eat more of any one particular fruit or vegetable than another. Instead, work on expanding your palate by in- corporating some foods you dont rou- tinely eat. Were very fortunate today to have such a variety of affordable fruits and vegetables available year-round, so we should take advantage of that.

Where Is Your Sodium Coming From?

From bread to soups, pasta dishes to poultry, the answers might surprise you.
Heres how to shake your hidden salt.
Pancreatic cancer, on the rise in the United States, may be deterred by maintaining adequate vitamin D status

Sit or Get Fit?

New research makes the choice clearer than ever: Physical activity is key to living healthier longer, while inactivity shortens your life. If you need a push to get off the couch, a flurry of new research should provide plenty of motivation. The findings about the negative effects of inactivity and the benefits of physical activity couldnt be more stark: Sitting too much is dangerous for your health, while getting fit helps protect everything from your waistline to your brain