4/24/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 17
What makes a community healthy – or not? And how can a community with significant health challenges improve? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation spends a lot of time thinking about these questions.
Every year for the past six years, the New Jersey-based foundation has compiled its “County Health Rankings,” an incredibly detailed report with health snapshots of every county in the United States.
The rankings are based on a wide variety of factors affecting the . . .
4/17/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 16
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” declared Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived nearly 2,500 years ago and is considered the father of modern medicine.
If Hippocrates were to visit present day America, he’d surely be dazzled by our array of medical advances and astounded at our immense variety of foods. But after seeing how many diseases are caused by poor diets, he’d probably be more convinced than ever about food being . . .
4/10/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 15
Believe it or not, our woods, fields, meadows, lawns and gardens are finally greening up, and it’s time for New Jersey’s “hibernators” to stretch their legs and get outdoors again!
There’s no better – or more economical – path to health and fitness than getting out on New Jersey’s trails. In addition to building muscles and improving heart health, a walk, run or bike ride in nature lifts depression and boosts feelings of . . .
4/3/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 14
Ever seen “plastic soup” on a restaurant menu or store shelf? Let’s hope not!
Plastic soup is the decidedly unappetizing term for plastic pollution in our waters. You wouldn’t deliberately consume plastic soup … but you may already be without knowing it.
How? Tiny, non-biodegradable plastic particles known as microbeads have become insidious and invisible polluters of our waters.
The size of a grain of sand – and often much smaller . . .