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Each week, Dr. Charles Platkin, public health advocate, investigates timely topics in health, nutrition, food, and fitness.  Dr. Platkin's nationally syndicated health column called "Diet Detective," appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and other media outlets.

Glossary of Food Terms (A – Z)

Glossary of Food Terms (A – Z)

Following is an overview of terms that are frequently used on food labels.   read

Summer Food Safety Tips You Need for Grilling, Picnicking and Outdoor Eating

Not to scare you, but according to the CDC there are approximately 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually that’s 1 in 6 Americans.   read

How to Use and Apply the latest Research (July 2015)

New Dad’s Gain Weight; Facebook Self-Esteem Body-Weight Issues for Some Women; Do you Love Sweet Foods? It might be Genetic; Not So Good News for the Obese; High Levels of Saturated Fat Can De-Motivate You   read

Self-Assessment Checklist

In order to lose weight and keep it off, healthy behaviors need to become part of your life. See which habits and behaviors you have incorporated into your life to help you reach your weight loss goals. Check those statements that you feel are true for you.   read
Healthy Summer Recipes Part 2 (2015)

Healthy Summer Recipes Part 2 (2015)

Great summer recipes for healthy living!   read
Healthy Summer Recipes / Part 1, (2015)

Healthy Summer Recipes / Part 1, (2015)

Wonderful healthy recipes for Summer 2015   read
Fast-Food and Coffee Shop Summer Drinks 2015

Fast-Food and Coffee Shop Summer Drinks 2015

We are thirstier during the summer - that's for sure. Make sure your splurges are worthy. Take a look at Diet Detective’s Guide to Fast-Food and Coffee Shop Summer Drinks 2015   read
Latest Research Translated (June 2015)

Latest Research Translated (June 2015)

Reduce Weight, Reduce Asthma; Skip Meals, Gain Weight; Chinese Herb Fights Inflammation and Maybe Obesity; Exercise and Pregnancy; Modeling Healthy Eating   read
Summer Drink Recipes 2015

Summer Drink Recipes 2015

Here are several drinks to help quench your summer thirst and fill your belly. Keep in mind that seltzer, unsweetened iced tea and water are real low-calorie alternatives, but in case you're looking for a few others drinks and would like to know how much they cost in terms of calories and exercise equivalents, here you go.   read
Interview with Nutrition and Fitness Expert Samantha Heller

Interview with Nutrition and Fitness Expert Samantha Heller

Samantha Heller is a powerhouse, a rock star of nutrition. Just tune into her radio show, Health and Nutrition, on SiriusXM's DOCTOR Radio, which airs live every Friday from 12-2 p.m. ET.   read
Is The Food In Your Fridge or Freezer Dangerous? Find out!

Is The Food In Your Fridge or Freezer Dangerous? Find out!

The Mystery of How Long Food Lasts, and Whether or not It Can Still Be Eaten   read
Salad Greens: Arugula, Romaine, Radicchio and Mache

Salad Greens: Arugula, Romaine, Radicchio and Mache

More than just fancy lettuce, these greens are refreshing, filling, extraordinarily low in calories, and provide much-needed nutrients. Here are a few “green” health and purchasing tips from some top foodies to use on your next trip to the supermarket or farmers’ market.   read
Texting Reminders to Eat Healthy

Texting Reminders to Eat Healthy

I think we all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and exercising more. The problem is that when we're in that moment, trying to make the “right” decision, many of us drop the ball. But what if there were ways to have someone tap you on the shoulder or give you a quick glance or nudge to remind you to stay on course­almost as if your current self were telling your future self what to do in the moment. Impossible you say?   read
Self-Talk and Affirmations

Self-Talk and Affirmations

Walking to Yourself Can Help: We all talk to ourselves. Whether you’re aware of it or not, most people’s lives are accompanied by a stream of internal dialogue. Sometimes this internal talk is not very positive. An example would be constantly telling yourself, “I can’t lose weight ­it’s just too difficult” or “I’ll never be able to get out there and walk every day” or “I can't eat at a restaurant without pigging out on the bread basket.” There are several levels of impact this has on your weight-loss goals. Mostly it can cause stress.   read
Great Abs

Great Abs

Experts disagree about the "best way" to work the abdominal muscles. Some say that these muscles are no different from any other skeletal muscles and so, theoretically, they should respond to the same stimuli.   read
Spring Clean Your Life and Get Healthy

Spring Clean Your Life and Get Healthy

Picture this: You wake up and can't find a thing to wear because your closet is a mess. Searching takes up five to 10 minutes of stress and wasted time. Stacks of mail are piled high on your kitchen counter; mounds of clothes are shoved under your bed and in your drawers; and there’s disarray everywhere you turn.   read