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To Count or Not to Count... That's the Question!

To Count or Not to Count... That's the Question!

To count or not to count… that is the question!  The answer is not to count!  Count what you ask?  CALORIES!!

It was announced recently by David Kirchoff, President of Weight Watchers, the world’s largest diet company, “Calorie counting has become unhelpful. When we have a 100-calorie apple in one hand and a 100-calorie pack of cookies in the other, and we view them as being 'the same' because the calories are the same, it says everything that needs to be said about the limitations of just using calories in guiding food choices."

Kirchoff and Weight Watchers have eliminated the company's popular "Points" system, which encouraged dieters to lose weight by eating any foods as long as they kept the portions small.

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk this St. Patrick’s Day

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk this St. Patrick’s Day

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Organic Living... it's worth it!

Organic Living... it's worth it!

Organic Living – Is there REALLY a difference between organically grown and conventionally grown foods?  What is conventionally grown food?  It seems that everyone wonders what the answers to these questions are - so you’re not alone!
 
**YES!  There’s definitely a difference between organically grown food and conventionally grown food.  Conventionally grown food is just a fancy name for the ‘regular’ food that you buy at the grocery store with no specifications on the package about it being organic.  To be legally labeled “Certified Organic,” the farms need to be free of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides for a given amount of time.  This amount of time depends on the organic classification that the farm has.  Essentially what this means is that there is nothing added to help the food grow faster, grow larger or fill your body with harmful toxins.  That’s right… harmful toxins

Blue Shield kicking off groundbreaking health study in El Dorado Hills

Blue Shield kicking off groundbreaking health study in El Dorado Hills

Blue Shield of California is kicking off a groundbreaking study this month to learn more about effective ways to increase non-exercise physical activity. 

During Heart Health Month roughly 240 Blue Shield employees will simultaneously walk and work on walkstations, which are treadmills with integrated computers and phones. This will happen twice a week over the course of 90 days, starting mid February.  

Of the 240 employees about 100 employees at the company's El Dorado Hills campus are participating. 

In addition to utilizing the walkstation, participants will be asked to complete surveys and take screenings prior to the study commencing, at the mid-point and end of the study. Researchers from UC Berkeley and Harvard will be studying the impact of different incentives on healthy behaviors.