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Newsroom Happy Birthday MyPlate! – (May 30, 2012) MyPlate celebrates its first birthday as we look back on its growth and success. New resources are available to make your next celebration a happy and healthy one. SuperTracker – (Dec 22, 2011) USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack launches the state-of-the-art interactive SuperTracker just in time to help Americans keep their New Year's resolutions to improve their health. MiPlato – (Sept 30, 2011) USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and White House Chef Sam Kass unveil MiPlato , the Spanish-language version of MyPlate .

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Healthy Superfoods - Recipes for 7 Healthy Superfoods Dried licorice root may fight tooth decay, new research has found. But if you're not a fan, these foods can also help keep teeth, gums, and breath healthy, says Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., of NYU College of Dentistry: Yogurt. The lactic acid may ward off periodontal disease, but skip the sugary varieties. Sugar-free gum and hard candies. These promote saliva flow and also help fight cavities. Ten Worst and Best Foods - StumbleUpon Do you want to know the best super foods to eat, for your better health? How to eat right by knowing — with candid and reliable information — what foods to eat regularly, so you are empowered to improve your overall health? Do you ever ask yourself “What should I eat?” Or “How can I choose a healthier diet?”

Heal Your Heart; Heal Your Life We are all familiar with saying such as “Slow down or you’ll have a heart attack,” or “He died of a broken heart.” Well, it turns out there is some truth in these metaphors. Scientists are now finding out that chronic stress can literally break your heart, while compassion and mindful breathing may help to heal it. Stephen Porges, a psychophysiologist and Professor at the University of Illonois at Chicago has proposed a Polyvagal Theory that ties our unconscious perceptions of threat and safety to heart rate rhythm and the ability to regulate physiological arousal.

Shift work leads to poor diet The poor diet of shift workers should be considered as a new occupational health hazard, a new study has claimed. The new editorial draws on previous work, which showed an association between an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and rotating patterns of shift work in nurses in the U.S. Shift work is now a very common pattern of work in both the developed and developing world, with around 15-20 percent of the working population in Europe and the U.S. engaged in shift work.

The Ten Most Underreported Health Stories of 2011 Sickening inequality, climbing cholera, drug resistant bugs, and more. 'Sucker punched': On World AIDS Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a major funding cut. Photo of AIDS patient LJ at ECWA Evangel Hospital, Jos, Nigeria, by Mike Blyth on Flickr, Creative Commons licensed. The Fatty Truth – Fast Foods in the US Obesity is a prevalent problem in the United States, and is believed to contribute to over 300,000 deaths each year in this country alone. It can lead to health problems as varied as diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks, so it is no wonder that fatty foods, such as those served at fast food restaurants, have attracted the attention of health officials. At least four million Americans work in the fast food industry, feeding about a quarter of the population from 300,000 restaurants each day. Fast food is big business; last year, the industry earned $178 billion. Even the average cuisine at fast food restaurants provides a disproportionate amount of calories, fat, and sodium when compared to the recommended daily allowance, or RDA. A Big Mac value meal contains 1,230 calories, compared to an RDA of 2,000, 48 grams of fat, and 1,330 mg of sodium.

Mom sues Nutella on behalf of consumers nationwide - Mankato attachment parenting A California mother has filed a class action lawsuit against Nutella, claiming that she was misled by the company into thinking the chocolate hazelnut spread was healthy. Athena Hohenberg filed the suit last week, claiming breach of warranty and violation of California laws on false advertising and unfair competition. In the suit, she demands that the company cease its dishonest marketing techniques, launch a corrective ad campaign, "restore the amounts by which Ferrero was unjustly enriched" and destroy its images with the misleading information. The lawsuit seeks damages for Hohenberg and any consumer who purchased Nutella since January, 2000. Schedule: Why You Must Experiment with Your Eating and Sleep Schedule Having a prevention mindset can help you to be fit, flexible and happy. Here are four pillars of disease prevention that can help you to take your health to the next level. Should you choose your next hometown – and your next house – years before you actually need it?

Stacy Stowers - StumbleUpon There’s a very good reason why it’s called the Happy Shake! Though this creamy blend tastes like a delicious dessert, it’s chock-full of spinach, berries and super happy foods, like raw chocolate and maca. The Happy Shake is a meal replacement. It’s a key place to start when trying to lose excess weight, increase energy levels, and get healthier and happier. Food Nutrition Facts - Healthy Living Tips at WomansDay Every child has heard the healthy-eating mantra "You are what you eat." But there may be a closer resemblance between good-for-you grub and your body than you thought. We found 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for—for example, brain-boosting walnuts actually look like a brain. Coincidence? Maybe. Though these healthy foods are beneficial to the whole body, the list below is a fun reminder of what to eat to target specific areas.

?p=1754#.TwsCTaYxBMY Kale is the most beautiful deep green vegetable, packed with nutrients and phytochemicals, that most people never eat. And really c’mon, it’s just big leaves, how exciting and appetizing is that? But aha! DHA not found to help infants or new mothers - Mankato attachment parenting DHA supplements have been touted as natural remedies to avoid postpartum depression and as a means of improving babies' cognitive and language skills, but a study released today found no benefit in any of these areas for babies or their mothers. The study, which appears in the October 20 issue of JAMA, was conducted in five Australian maternity hospitals and included over 2,000 women. Women received DHA-rich fish oil capsules (providing 800 mg/d of DHA) or matched vegetable oil capsules without DHA during their pregnancies, from study entry to birth. The women began the study when they were less than 21 weeks pregnant.