health

Coca-Cola Health Campaign Under Scrutiny

Aug 10, 2015

Coca-Cola is behind an effort to promote physical activity over calorie counting, according to a report out today by the New York Times.

The story starts in the bullpen of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks. The team was owned by actor Bing Russell – Kurt Russell’s father, who was famous for his role in the TV series Bonanza.

Two pitchers, Rob Nelson and Jim Bouton, didn’t like players’ habit of chewing tobacco – they found it disgusting. Nelson had an idea: small bits of bright pink chewing gum in a pouch – you could take as little or as much as you wanted.

The sudden death of Dave Goldberg, the husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, is still being investigated. Goldberg, who was 47, died after falling off a treadmill he was using while on vacation at a resort in Mexico. He is said to have died from head injuries, but there are reports he may have had a heart attack while using the exercise machine.

Panera Bread announced this week that it will stop using a number of artificial ingredients in its foods. John Coupland, a professor of food science at Penn State University, talks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about what these additives are, and why more and more companies have been making moves to eliminate them in foods.

Interview Highlights: John Coupland

On whether these changes will make Panera’s food healthier

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has completed its first national study on Hispanics’ health risks, disease, causes of death and access to health services. The report shows there are differences in disease and health behaviors such as smoking and drinking among U.S. Hispanics from different countries.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is wrestling with a sudden surge of teen suicides.

Seven young people have taken their lives since early December, and some fear others are being encouraged do so on Facebook – and with nooses that have been hung near kids’ homes.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new study of county health rankings lists Kingfisher County as the healthiest in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher County snagged the top ranking thanks, in part, to its low rates of smoking, child poverty and single-parent families.

It’s also seen its unemployment rate decline to 3.3 percent since 2010.

A 'Night Camp' For People With Dementia

Mar 2, 2015

For many Alzheimer’s patients, the daytime is when they get their sleep and the night hours are when they are most alert. This causes major problems for family members who need their sleep at night.

The night program at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx, New York, offers a place for people with dementia, to spend the evening dancing, doing yoga, arts and crafts and getting physical and occupational therapy overnight.

Ladybug bake sale cupcakes.
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Oklahoma education officials say students can continue to sell snack foods in schools despite concerns that the fundraisers contribute to health problems.

State Board of Education members Thursday granted schools the ability to set local exemptions to a 2010 federal law that limits the sale of foods high in sugar or salt at schools.

The board previously allowed a limited number of fundraiser exemptions per school.

Proponents say the fundraising helps communities and that health decisions should be made locally.

If you’re one of the many millions of Americans who put some version of “eat better” on your New Years resolutions list, food advertising, as well as the way your home and workplace are designed, may be working against you.

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