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Food carts may soon get a letter grade

on 05/28/2017 - 02:22 pm

That street hot dog could soon come with a grade of A, B or C along with the mustard and sauerkraut. The City Council Health Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring the Health Department to post sanitary grades for food carts, just like it does for restaurants. Street food vendors already get inspected and are subject to fines. But unlike eateries, they don’t have to display the results. “Everyone who handles food should be subject to the same rules,” said City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Queens), the bill’s sponsor. “People have a right to know if the [eating] conditions are really sanitary.” Food carts may soon get a letter grade - New York Post
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Bronx Community College hosts 39th annual Roscoe C. Brown Run the Bronx Today

on 05/20/2017 - 04:22 pm

Bronx Community College served as a race track for its 39th annual Dr. Roscoe C. Bronx Community College hosts 39th annual Roscoe C. Brown Run the Bronx on Saturday, May 6
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Monte Study: Train System Loaded With Fatty Food Ads

on 03/20/2017 - 11:47 am

There is a new fight against obesity and it is not against food itself. While fast food may be the main culprit behind poor health, a recent study published by Montefiore Health System found unhealthy food ads are placed in low-income communities where nutritional challenges abound. The Bronx has brought in the wrong kind of attention from advertisers, according to the study conducted by Sean Lucan, M.D., M.P.H., attending physician, for Montefiore Health System’s Family and Social Medicine Department. He and colleagues from Albert Einstein College of Medicine found ads promoting candy, chips, sugary cereals and frozen pizza ads on display more so than healthy food ads at Bronx subway stations. While healthy food was not outright advertised, there were pictures of healthy produce and display ads for the New York City Department of Education’s Summer Food Program. The Bronx remains the unhealthiest borough in New York City and is consistently linked to high rates of diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol. According to County Health Rankings and Road, which tracks health trends by county, 29 percent of the borough’s population suffers from obesity the most when compared to the rest of the city. Ads containing alcoholic beverages were placed in communities with a higher percentage of children and outnumbered food ads as a whole. Monte Study: Train System Loaded With Fatty Food Ads
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9 unexpected tips that’ll help you finally get some sleep

on 03/18/2017 - 06:26 pm

Did you clock eight hours last night? Probably not, if you’re among the 1 in 3 Americans that don’t get enough sleep, according to a February 2016 CDC study. So if you’re not getting some serious shut eye, hit the pillow with these tips from experts, editors and everyone in between. 1. Cool down Cranking up the fan or the air con might cost you a bit, but it works to lower your body temperature and help you drift off. You may think that a warm, cozy room is where it’s at for good sleep but it’s actually a colder room that makes it easier to slip off to dreamland. The perfect temp? Between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, according to research. 2. Slink into some silk Try switching your cotton pillowcase for silk. “Silk contains a natural protein that assists in regulating your body temperature, helping you get off to sleep,” says co-founder of the The Goodnight Co, Shea Morrison. And if it’s allergies keeping you awake, the fibres are tightly woven, working to repel live allergens like bed mites, dust and pollen, meaning you can rest easy. 3. Sleep outside Pack the car and go camping. US researchers from the University of Colorado found a couple days in the great outdoors can reset your circadian rhythm and help you get more sleep. How? Being exposed to increased light during the day and a lack of light after dark plays a role in realigning your circadian clock, the internal system that tells your body when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up. If you’re not into braving the wild, start by trying to increase your exposure to natural light during the day and decrease the amount of electric light you see at night. 4. Get warm You know that feeling when you can’t get to sleep on a hot night? Blame your core body temperature. According to Dr. Andrew Rochford, having a hot bath or a hot shower just before bed is the trick. “Even though you’re artificially raising your body temperature, when you get out and you get into bed your body temp still has to come down to normal, which makes you feel sleepy.” With research by Koala finding 21% of us describe our sleep as poor, but only 3% try having a bath before bed, it’s worth a shot. 5. Scroll back Stressing about that email you sent keeping you awake? Try replaying your day in reverse. Rewind through what you ate for dinner, the commute home from work, what happened this morning, etc. It sounds counterintuitive, but the mental effort of remembering every single thing you did that day can make you sleepy. 6. Breathe easy Counting sheep is done, it’s all about the 4-7-8 technique now. This yoga-inspired breathing trick helps you fall asleep by acting as a natural tranquiliser for the nervous system. It involves a lot of heavy breathing, which moves more oxygen into the body, thus relaxing the parasympathetic nervous system. Here’s how: rest your tongue gently on the ridge of tissue behind your upper front teeth, then inhale quietly for a count of four through your nose, hold your breath for a count of seven, and then exhale with a whooshing sound for a count of eight through your mouth (it works a treat for our Video Editor, Jane, too.) 7. Tense up Tensing up may seem counterproductive, but a little progressive muscle relaxation can do the trick. Hop into bed, get comfortable and start focusing on your feet. Curl your toes, hold for a few seconds and uncurl. Then move up to your calves, then your thighs, your hands, and so on. Repeat this movement to help relax any tension you’re holding on to. 8. Lounge out Sometimes a change of scenery is as good as a hotel holiday. If you’ve been lying there for more than 20 minutes, get out bed and go to another room. Sleeping on the lounge is a flatmate faux pas, but if it does the trick, then you can apologise to them later (which our entertainment editor, Hannah, often does.) 9. Avoid pre-snooze booze A glass of red wine (or three) might help you drop off, but it doesn’t necessarily equal rested sleep, says Dr Amy Reynolds. “While it may seem like you fall asleep quickly when you’ve had a few drinks, alcohol disrupts your sleep overnight and is more likely to make you feel unrefreshed in the morning,” she warns. Got it. 9 unexpected tips that’ll help you finally get some sleep
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3 ways to get cardio workouts that feels good as running

on 03/18/2017 - 05:17 pm

It's cheap, it's easy and there's nothing quite like that post-run feeling of euphoria and accomplishment. It sends your heart into overdrive and really works every part of your body. Running is also the absolute worst.1. Biking. Stationary, in a class or outside, riding a bike is not as super simple as running, but you really get your heartrate up — and fast. It's got almost as good ROI, especially if you take a spinning class. You can even spin from home with a service like the super popular Peloton. 2. Walking. No, seriously. Celine Desgranges, group fitness instructor and personal trainer at New York Health and Racquet Club, recommends setting your treadmill at an incline, not holding on to the handle bars and then busting it to a killer playlist. "It's amazing to see how comparable it can be to running," she says. Just to get you started: Ellie Goulding's "Burn," blink-182's "Man Overboard," and "Toxic" by Britney Spears do it for me. 3. Swimming. It's arguably the most annoying of these options (bathing suits, wet hair — amirite?), but if you have the time and access, it's great. Water aerobics can strengthen your legs and exhaust you in a weird sweating-in-a-pool kind of way. If you haven't ever "run" in the pool, give it a shot. It's kind of trancey and a real workout. Non-running cardio workouts that feel almost exactly as good as running
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Studying brains of spellers can help scientists improve tests

on 03/18/2017 - 05:11 pm

Are great spellers made or born? And how can we tell? And why does it matter? Scientists have long given second-class treatment to the study of the relationship between spelling and the brain, preferring instead to focus on reading in efforts to better understand literacy and communication. But now, some researchers are working hard to probe the question: What makes a human being really good at spelling? And just as pressing: What makes a person really bad at spelling? Studying brains of spellers can help scientists improve tests
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This is why you're always bloated — 7 ways to end it

on 03/15/2017 - 02:28 pm

If your bloating starts to affect the quality of your life, though, it may be time to see a doctor. “The majority of cases [of bloating] are benign and nothing to worry about,” Shatnawei said. “But there is a chance that this may be signaling an underlying problem.” Additional symptoms, such as pain in the abdomen, weight loss, or blood in the stool, can all signify a serious underlying issue that requires further medical investigation, Shatnawei said. In these cases, make an appointment with your physician. Still, for the normal — but uncomfortable — bouts of bloating, there are some steps you can take to feel better. Fox News asked Shatnawei and dietitian Kimberly Gomer about their tips to reduce bloating: 1. Cut down on the carbs — including sugar “High carbs are the most common contributor to gas production,” Shatnawei said. Foods like wheat, potatoes, starches, and sugar — especially in excess — can all lead to more bloating. Try to avoid a diet high in sugar and stick with healthy, unprocessed foods, he advised. 2. Avoid cruciferous vegetables Shatnawei noted that foods such as cabbage, onions, broccoli and Brussels sprouts can all contribute to bloating. Gomer agreed, adding that often the raw forms of these vegetables lead to more gas production than the cooked versions. 3. Treat the underlying cause Patients may be bloated because they are constipated, or if they have an overgrowth of bacteria, Shatnawei said. He noted that over-the-counter medications or certain lifestyle changes — including upping fluid intake or exercising — can help remedy this. Another possibility? Lactose intolerance: Gomer told Fox News that many of us start losing an important enzyme, lactase, as we get older, which then makes it harder for us to digest lactose in milk products, leading to bloating, gas and diarrhea. Try cutting dairy and see if you feel better, she advised. 4. Slow down and chew your food “If you don’t chew your food well, you don’t digest well,” Gomer said. Try slowing down as you eat. 5. Avoid carbonated beverages Carbonated beverages are another culprit: Shatnawei noted that these can also lead to bloating. Cut back and make sure to drink enough water. 6. Toss the gum Just as eating too quickly can lead to swallowing air, so can chewing gum. Avoid gum, especially the sugar-free kind, Shatnawei said. 7. Keep experimenting Keep experimenting with your diet in order to determine what works best for you. “That’s the whole art of nutrition,” Gomer said. “We take all these principles and do all that detective work to find out: What are your symptoms, what makes it worse, what makes it better?” Look at your whole diet and lifestyle, she advised, to see what could be aggravating you. This is why you're always bloated — and how to end it - New York Post
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Organic food isn't all it's cracked up to be

on 03/14/2017 - 07:41 pm

Organic food isn't all it's cracked up to beThe study also pointed out that reviews disagree on whether organic food offers “a significant difference in nutrient content” compared to conventional crops. While one benefit was found to be unequivocal — reduced contamination from pesticides — the ...Organic is a single part of a sustainable food system, and only works in certain contexts: studyFoodNavigator.comEating organic food 'won't save the planet' – and it's not great for you ... Organic food isn't all it's cracked up to be - New York Post
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Gwyneth Paltrow could be hazardous to your health

on 03/14/2017 - 06:48 pm

I’ve identified a major cause of societal overspending, oversharing and under eating, followed by yo-yo bingeing and purging, a potentially destructive scourge that could cost the masses their bank accounts, waistlines, health and minds: Gwyneth Paltrow. Now more than ever, the Hollywood golden girl and lifestyle guru, 44, as well as her very wrong, ill-informed and undereducated ilk, matter. The diva of the ghastly lifestyle and e-commerce website Goop, purveyor of the $15,000 gold-plated Inez personal vibrator that, in all likelihood, gets the job done no more efficiently than cheaper models do, recently boasted in Women’s Health magazine, which published her bunk without criticism or dissent, that she rid her body of parasites (what?) by subsisting for eight straight days and nights on a diet of raw goat’s milk. Yuck. But is Paltrow merely begging folks to join her in the embarrassing gassiness that one gastroenterologist told the website Stat is bound to result from the lactose-heavy starvation ritual? Or is she harboring a more sinister plan for world domination? “Celebrity culture can be dangerous, make no mistake,’’ Professor Timothy Caulfield, 53, who teaches health law and science policy at the University of Alberta in Canada, told me. Gwyneth Paltrow could be hazardous to your health - New York Post
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Why I stayed flat after breast cancer

on 03/14/2017 - 06:47 pm

More women are deciding to “go flat” after breast-cancer surgery instead of having reconstruction or wearing prosthetics. Melanie Testa, a 47-year-old artist, textile designer and craft-book author from Carroll Gardens, tells BETHANY KANDEL why she decided to go breastless after a double mastectomy — and how she became an accidental activist. Riding the elevator to the ninth floor in a nondescript lower Manhattan loft building, I put on my brave face. I am as nervous as it gets. I’m going to pose nude and post it on the Internet. Photographer Charise Isis quickly puts me at ease with stories about other women she has shot for her Grace project, a series of portraits of breast-cancer survivors who’ve had mastectomies. She leads me through a guided meditation to calm me. Then she turns to set up her camera and I drop my clothes. I put my hands on my hips, lift my chin, and take a deep breath. Click, click, click. I am proud, yet scared. “Are you ready to let the world see you like that?” I wonder. Prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, I never could have imagined posing nude, let alone posting those photos online. I was shy about my 34DD breasts. I didn’t like the attention they brought. No more. Now, I’m comfortable as a “flattie.” Instead of using baggy clothes to conceal my figure, I wear plunging necklines to accentuate my lithe, svelte shape. On Jan. 10, 2011, doctors discovered a lump in my right breast during a mammogram. I was shocked. I was only 41, had no family history, I ate healthy and never smoked. It was Stage 3 cancer, but the prognosis was good if I followed all the protocols. I immediately started six rounds of chemo over the next four months and scheduled surgery, followed by 28 days of radiation. My breast surgeon made me see a psychiatrist to make sure I was of sound mind, and ensure that I wouldn’t regret having my healthy breast removed, too. Why I stayed flat after breast cancer - New York Post
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