Label Me a Label Watcher

Whoa. While daydreaming on the walk to class I just realized that I posted two consecutive “good for you news” posts about new labeling systems. To prove to you that labeling is not the only thing I’m reading about in interesting health-related news, here are a few other articles worth checking out… According to new research, aerobic exercise may be able to help you learn. And try huffing and puffing in a way that ...continue reading

This Photo May Be Harmful to Your Health

French politicians are taking on media images and hoping to mandate “warning labels” similar to those of cigarette packages, the UK’s Telegraph reports. This is a particularly interesting idea to me since I am embarking on a large research project about the power of media images of the body and current trends in image manipulation. Personally, I LOVED to see this more “average” sized woman (Lizzi Miller) in ...continue reading

Thigh It!

Want to tighten and tone your hips and thighs? Who doesn’t?!? All you need to try this fun move is a light to medium resistance band. Tie the band around your ankles with the knot near one end of the band (picture 1) so you can pull up and grab the other end while standing. Keep the circled band around your ankles/lower calves (picture 2) while you take four wide side steps (picture 3) one direction (right) then four wide side ...continue reading

STL Eats

In the town that invented toasted ravioli, churns out gallon after gallon of Ted Drewes rich frozen custard and racks up countless bottles of Anheuser-Busch beers, is it possible to grab a “healthful bite?” Well if the options are available, you know I would find them! While visiting my sister right before school started back up, we saw the Mary Poppins musical at Fox Theatre, walked around Forest Park (see picture below) and ...continue reading

Drama on the Froot Loops Front

Activists are “circulating” an online petition about Froot Loops being classified as a Smart Choice (see previous post) when they are made up of 41 percent sugar. Check out the controversy at ...continue reading

A Smart Choice?

A new labeling system is stirring up controversy among food science and obesity researchers and it’s hitting your grocery store shelves now. The New York Times introduced the program and the debate earlier this month. Click here to read “For Your Health, Froot Loops.” So why do we need another labeling system about nutritional content of food when we already have the facts on the side of the box? The president of the ...continue reading