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Do wet heads catch colds?

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True or False: Going outside with a wet head will make you catch a cold.

By Carolyn Hauck on January 22, 2015

“Don’t go outside with a wet head!” Sound familiar? Most of us have been warned against leaving the house in winter with a wet head since we were children. The belief is that we will catch a cold if we do. But does this myth stack up against the scientific evidence?

We asked Dr. Saha on...

Is MSG bad for you?

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True or False: MSG is bad for you

By Carolyn Hauck on January 15, 2015

A short history of MSG: Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda discovered MSG (monosodium glutamate) in 1908 when he wanted to know what gave dashi, a popular Japanese soup base, its delicious flavor. His research led him to the seaweed found in the broth, and his experiments with the seaweed...

Screen time limits: not just for kids

By Carolyn Hauck on January 13, 2015

If you’re a parent, you likely hear a lot about limiting screen time. From 2 hours a week to keeping the screen time limited to 3 hours a day, there’s a lot of differing opinions – both from parenting experts and doctors.

The American Pediatrics Association recommends no screen time for...

Detoxing in the new year

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2015 Health Tips: Detoxing isn't on the list

By Carolyn Hauck on January 08, 2015

Planning on detoxing in early 2015? You might want to think again. Touted by some dieticians, nutritionists and fanatics, detoxing has become a near New Year phenomenon, and there’s now a multi-million dollar industry of cleansing and detoxing products to support the movement. As you may well...

keeping your new year's resolution

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Planning your New Year's Resolution

By Jessica Klimczak on December 23, 2014

The New Year brings new opportunities to change your life and make new promises to yourself and others. It is estimated that over 40% of the US population commits to resolutions at the end of every year in hopes of improving certain areas of their life in the...

True or False: Olive Oil

By Jessica Klimczak on December 04, 2014

True or False: Olive oil goes rancid after a month on the counter.

Because of its healthy fat content and delicious flavor, olive oil has become the preferred oil in many households; but does it go rancid sooner than we realize?

In order for olive oil to stay fresh, it should...

Thanksgiving foods - pumpkin pie, stuffing, etc

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Leftover Safety: Making the Thanksgiving Meal Last

By Jessica Klimczak on December 02, 2014

For many of us, leftovers sit in our refrigerators filled with our good intentions of finishing them—saving us money, time, and most of all, waste. But in reality they sit waiting until they’re finally returned to the garbage disposal or compost.

But the Thanksgiving meal? That’s the one...

Sad girl

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Don’t let it get you down.

By CoachJenK on November 26, 2014

It’s that time of year again…clocks have turned back, less daylight, less time, or so it feels, and cold, dreary days are upon us.  These changes can cause a case of the “winter blues,” or more pricelessly, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) According the American Psychiatric...

Movember Madness - Helping Raise Awareness for Men’s Health

By Jessica on November 03, 2014

It officially feels like the beginning of the holidays. Fall wreaths, cans of pumpkin and cinnamon sticks fill store shelves in preparation for one of the most filling holidays of the year - Thanksgiving. In addition to these festive products, you may begin to notice a large number of...

Calorie Counting App

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Is it Good for You? The Calorie Counting Debate.

By Jessica on September 23, 2014

Nowadays we are bombarded with the newest health fad, eating trend or dieting gimmick and it is borderline impossible to know if the claims and promises made are anything more than clever marketing. One health claim, which some may say is the oldest in the book, is calorie counting but...