January 2018 Issue
How to Stay Calm and Cool
by Lisa Marshall
Whether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association's 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is "the lowest point in the nation's history" and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation's future (including its healthcare, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress.
How They Differ from Health-Store Supplements
by Linda Sechrist
terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have
been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and
they have a higher price tag. One common example: protein powdered
meal-replacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand,
as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their
products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises
the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing
for proof of ingredients.
Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives
by Avery Mack
Grocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily.
Keep Moving to Stay Fit
by Kathleen Barnes
We have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers.
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