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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.

News You Should Use: Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer; Big Base, Great Workout; Fun Reduces Eating; Train Your Brain to Eat Healthier; All Diets Work; Walks for Sitting; Freshman Women Can Eat Healthier

Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer; Big Base, Great Workout; Fun Reduces Eating; Train Your Brain to Eat Healthier; All Diets Work; Walks for Sitting; Freshman Women Can Eat Healthier   read
Sleep, Your Body Position, Reading In Bed, and other Problems that Cause Body Pain

Sleep, Your Body Position, Reading In Bed, and other Problems that Cause Body Pain

Recently, I was able to catch up with an expert on physical therapy and dance, Colorado-based Mieke Scripps. She studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin while performing in the modern dance troop Li Chiao-Ping Dance. After her dance career, she received her doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University and then worked as a physical therapist for the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Juilliard School and on many Broadway shows.   read
How to Avoid Body Pain From Work  (Your Desk, Chair, Slumping)

How to Avoid Body Pain From Work (Your Desk, Chair, Slumping)

Recently, I was able to catch up with an expert on physical therapy and dance, Colorado-based Mieke Scripps. She studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin while performing in the modern dance troop Li Chiao-Ping Dance. After her dance career, she received her doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University and then worked as a physical therapist for the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Juilliard School and on many Broadway shows. Mieke found that yoga was an effective and safe complementary movement therapy to improve stability and strength while also increasing flexibility. She has recently relocated to Colorado and is integrating physical therapy with her expertise in yoga training for the Colorado Ballet Academy and in her own private practice. I was able to do an extensive three-part email interview with Dr. Scripps.   read
 Self-Audit Series.  Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 2

Self-Audit Series. Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 2

This is part two or your Nutrition Checkup - use the following to audit your eating behavior. Medical Checkups. Dental checkups. Car tune-ups. Home repairs. Anything that's worth taking care of needs periodic maintenance work - sometimes even a whole makeover. Your nutritional status is no different. Remember the old adage, "You are what you eat?" Well, it holds true in more ways than one. What you eat affects not only factors such as your weight, disease prevention and disease reversal, but also your energy level and sense of well-being. Even if you know what you should be eating, that knowledge doesn't always translate into action.   read
Self-Audit Series.  Time for a Nutrition Check-Up? Part 1

Self-Audit Series. Time for a Nutrition Check-Up? Part 1

Medical Checkups. Dental checkups. Car tune-ups. Home repairs. Anything that’s worth taking care of needs periodic maintenance work — sometimes even a whole makeover. Your nutritional status is no different. Remember the old adage, “You are what you eat?” Well, it holds true in more ways than one. What you eat affects not only factors such as your weight, disease prevention and disease reversal, but also your energy level and sense of well-being. Even if you know what you should be eating, that knowledge doesn’t always translate into action.   read
Summer Drink Recipes 2014 with Calories and Exercise Equivalents

Summer Drink Recipes 2014 with Calories and Exercise Equivalents

Here are several lower-calorie 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, here you go.   read
Nutrition and Diet Questions Answered

Nutrition and Diet Questions Answered

Taking Control of Overeating; Combating Loneliness While Getting Healthy; The Skinny on Your BMI   read
BBQ Foods and the Summer Activities (Exercise Equivalents) to Burn Off Those Calories

BBQ Foods and the Summer Activities (Exercise Equivalents) to Burn Off Those Calories

Here are a few popular summer barbecue foods and what they “cost” in terms of activity.   read
 Dining Out “Cheat Sheet”

Dining Out “Cheat Sheet”

Nearly 45 percent of all food spending is for food consumption outside the home, and most people eat out at about five times per week. With that mind, it’s probably a good idea to eat a bit healthier ­ here are a few tips.   read
Cheap Dieting:  How to Eat Healthy For Less Money

Cheap Dieting: How to Eat Healthy For Less Money

Many people mistakenly believe healthy eating comes with unhealthy food bills, but truth be told, a diet packed with vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains can be surprisingly affordable. Pick and choose from these tips to get more nutritional bang for your buck.   read
News You Should Use: More Protein; Avoid Prediabetes;  Skinny Politicians; Olive Oil; No Sugar; Sports Drinks = Bad Behavior; Don’t Tell Kids It’s Good and Fountain of Youth

News You Should Use: More Protein; Avoid Prediabetes; Skinny Politicians; Olive Oil; No Sugar; Sports Drinks = Bad Behavior; Don’t Tell Kids It’s Good and Fountain of Youth

Equally Distribute Your Protein Intake Throughout the Day; Avoid Prediabetes; Skinny Politicians Win; Olive Oil and Salad; No Sugar; Sports Drinks = Bad Behavior; Don’t Tell Kids It’s Good For Them and Fountain of Youth? (Photo curtsey of State of NJ)   read
How to be Your Own Nutritionist

How to be Your Own Nutritionist

Can't afford to go to a nutritionist? Here is the next best thing -- be you're own nutritionist!   read
Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Great apps, websites, and videos   read
Diet Detective: Spring Recipes 2014

Diet Detective: Spring Recipes 2014

Healthy spring recipes from top chefs!!   read
Spring Health Tips 2014

Spring Health Tips 2014

Finally!!! It's spring. What a winter, especially for those in the northeast US. What follows are several very interesting tips.   read
Diet Detective: News You Should Use: Get TV Out!; Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts, Happy Weight; Diet Soda Ding

Diet Detective: News You Should Use: Get TV Out!; Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts, Happy Weight; Diet Soda Ding

Get The TV Out of Your Child’s Bedroom!; Size Does Matter When It Comes To Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts Lead To Fewer Calories; Diet Drinks Get Another Ding; Even Very Young Kids Need Sleep To Stay Healthy and Eat Less; Beer May Reduce Harmful Substances in Grilled Meat; Seven Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily Save You   read