Saturday, January 30, 2010

72-Year-Old Jane Fonda to Release New Workout DVDs

Source: The Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

Who says you're too old to work out? Ask Jane Fonda and she'll tell you there's no such thing! As a follow up to her original fitness DVDs released nearly 30 years ago, 72-year old Fonda will use her fame to illustrate that that physical activity and fitness are important for all age groups. According her a post on her blog, the actress has said that her DVDs “will target an audience that has been left out: MY age group and the boomers,".

Back in the 80's, Fonda started quite the fitness video empire - racking up an astounding 22 titles in total - including her iconic original video which sold 17 million copies and became the best-selling home video ever. While she may not be donning her pastel Lycra outfit this time (or is she?), Fonda still looks incredible for her age, despite having osteoarthritis, a titanium hip and having undergone a recent knee-replacement.

Hey, if the woman can still find a way to stay in shape despite her physical setbacks, I think it's a great message to send out to others in around her age group - and so does she, stating "I want to get to people who have stopped working out, or never did, or … I can’t wait."

Find out more about this story by reading the article "Jane Fonda's spandex comeback: Sweating for the oldies" from the Globe and Mail (Jan. 27, 2010).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Take Magnesium to Boost Your Brain and Memory

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in almost all bodily systems. It's needed to maintain normal muscle and nerve function through protein synthesis, keep your heart healthy and strong by maintaining normal blood pressure, support a healthy immune system, keep bones strong and it's been shown to help manage diabetes through it's ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Since it's involved in maintaining normal nerve function, it follows, therefore, that magnesium is also good for the brain.

According to a new study from the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, Magnesium helps boost brain power. In animal studies, supplemental levels of magnesium were shown to enhance many forms of learning and memory. One of the researchers said "Our findings suggest that elevating brain magnesium content via increasing magnesium intake might be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities,".

The current RDA for magnesium for adult females is 320 mg per day, and for males it's 420 mg per day, but the researchers note that the levels they're recommending are higher than what can be achieved through diet. Nevertheless, some great dietary sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, peas, nuts and seeds (especially almonds and cashews), whole grains, and fish like halibut. No surprise that these are also foods commonly consumed in the Mediterranean diet!

Find out more about this study by reading the article "Magnesium Supplement Helps Boost Brainpower" from Science Daily (Jan. 27, 2010).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Coming Soon: New "Gimmick-Free" Pill to Battle Obesity

Source: Science Daily (Summary By NIM)

Every so often, sure enough, somebody comes up with an idea for a 'revolutionary' new weight loss pill, but so far, there is no such thing. Now, Researchers in Montreal think they might have it, and the kicker is, it's based on simple science.

The new pill will be composed of leptin - an appetite-suppressing hormone that is sent into the blood stream when we eat, telling us we're full. In previous studies, mice deprived of leptin ended up eating so much that they became extremely obese and could barely move around. According to one of the researchers "Taken orally, such a pill would provide obese people with the sensation of being full. They would eat less and in turn lose weight,".

Testing is scheduled to begin sometime this year.

Find out more about this promising new development in the article "Gimmick-Free Weight-Loss Pill in the Works" from Science Daily (Jan. 25, 2010)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Your iPod Could Ruin Your Hearing at the Gym

Source: Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

Cranking your iPod up loud at the gym can help get you motivated and focused, allowing you to burn off extra calories, but at what consequence to your hearing? Well - while you get a wicked workout, so do your ears.

A new study from the University of Alberta suggests that thanks to those crappy ear buds, your iPod might be making you deaf. According to Bill Hodgetts, an assistant professor in the department of speech pathology and audiology, “You want to listen to your music to pump you up, but in order to do that you’ve got to actually drown out the background noise,”.

The study found that a large percentage of gym-goers who listen to music during exercise actually crank the tunes too loud, putting them at risk of hearing loss. Many study participants listened to their music at an average of 92 decibels during their workouts, well above safe listening levels.

So, what do you need to do, then, if you want to drown out the grunting and grinding at the gym without making it permanent? Just get yourself a decent set of ear buds! The good, noise-cancelling kind aren't that expensive these days. Besides, whatever the price, isn't it worth saving your hearing?

Check out the rest of the article called "Ears get overworked by iPods at the gym, study finds", from the Globe and mail (Jan. 21, 2010).

Higher Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Lower Colon Cancer Risk

Source: ScienceDaily (Summary by NIM)

Higher amounts of vitamin D circulating in the blood appear to be protective against colon cancer, according to a large study from Europe. The researchers found that those individuals with the highest levels had up to a 40% lower risk of developing the disease over a 6 year period.

The researchers offer a word of caution that it's not clear what the risks are, if any from consuming high levels of vitamin D in supplement form. It's also not known whether supplements are necessary if people reach certain levels through a healthy diet and exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is the only nutrient that requires exposure to UV radiation from the sun in order to be produced naturally in the body.

The daily intake recommendations for vitamin D intake that were set up years ago took into account at least 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun per day, but that may not be the case today with the use of sunscreen and so on. Not to mention, it's a proven fact that us Canadians do not produce enough vitamin D for 6 months of the year - we're just too far north - meaning that we
have to supplement our diets. Many groups are recommending intakes that are 2-3 times the DRI's set out by Health Canada but research as to exactly how much is inconclusive.

The authors of this study noted that the current recommendations for preventing colorectal cancer include exercising, not smoking, reducing obesity and abdominal fat, and limiting consumption of alcohol and red and processed meats.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Risk of Colon Cancer" from ScienceDaily (Jan. 22, 2010).

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another Reason to Eat an Apple a Day

Source: ScienceDaily (Summary by NIM)

You've likely heard of probiotics and prebiotics, which are normally associated with foods such as yogurt or certain vegetables (like the inulin found Jerusalem artichokes), but new research is suggesting that perhaps apples may also be beneficial to our friendly gut bacteria.

Prebiotics are relatively newer to the consumer market. Whereas probiotics are the live friendly bacteria themselves, prebiotics are nutrients that help the friendly gut bacteria survive and replicate. This is precisely where apples come into play. Microbiologists from the National Food Institute at the University of Denmark found that when they fed mice a diet rich in apples and apple products, there was a much higher percentage of friendly bacteria found in their intestinal tracts versus mice that were fed a control diet.

According to one of the researchers, "In our study we found that rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had increased amounts of certain bacteria that may improve intestinal health,". Even though these results were found in mice, the results are promising to humans and may help explain the old adage 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'!

Find out more about this study by checking out the article called "Friendly Bacteria Love the Humble Apple" from Science Daily (Jan. 20, 2010).

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Half a Teaspoon Less Salt Could Save Thousands of Lives

Source: Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

It's probably the most simple solution I can think of to so many health problems. No, I'm talking about quitting smoking or losing weight, although doing this results in a benefit to the health care system that is just as significant. I'm talking about cutting out a measly 1/2 a teaspoon of salt per day from your diet. Is it really that hard?

According to new research from the US, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, cutting a mere 1,200 mg of sodium from one's diet could prevent up to 120,000 new cases of coronary heart disease, 66,000 strokes and 99,000 heart attacks.

Even though these findings are based on a US population, Canadians sure love their salt, too - and just as much! While Americans consume around 3,400 mg of sodium per day, Canadians are estimated to consume about 3,100 mg per day. Both figures are significant if you consider that the upper limit for sodium intake is actually 2,300 mg per day. In Canada, it's estimated that that reducing sodium intake to recommended levels could prevent up to 17,000 cases of stroke, heart attack or heart failure each year.

Find out more about how sodium affects you by reading the article "Half a teaspoon less salt a day could save 100,000 lives, study finds"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sticking to Your Diet is a Mental Game

Source: ScienceDaily (Summary by NIM)

Despite doing everything right and being committed to losing weight, research has shown that there's one extra, pivotal point of consideration that might be hampering your success.

No, it's not willpower - you can be totally dedicated to the cause, but if you perceive a diet as being complicated, complex or difficult to follow, you're that much more likely to ditch it. You got it - that magic ingretient is 'ease'. Thanks to cognitive scientists at Indiana University and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, we have further evidence that the easier or less complex a diet is, the more likely you'll stick to it.

After comparing the dieting behaviours of women on two completely different diets, the researchers found that "For people on a more complex diet that involves keeping track of quantities and items eaten, their subjective impression of the difficulty of the diet can lead them to give up on it,". This is true regardless of how willing individuals are to stick with the plan, and how they perceive themselves to be capable of following it. The researchers went on to say "Even if you believe you can succeed, thinking that the diet is cognitively complex can undermine your efforts,".

Find out more about this phenomemon by reading the article "Sticking to Diets Is About More Than Willpower -- Complexity Matters" from ScienceDaily (Jan. 15, 2010).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blame Your Kitchen For Unwanted Weight

Source: MSNBC (Summary by NIM)

Do you feel that you are a healthy eater, but for some reason you just can't lose that stubborn weight? Your kitchen might be to blame, according to researchers.

Even if you're eating all the world's healthiest foods, several factors centered around your kitchen may contribute to excess calorie consumption, and - you guessed it - weight gain. 'Healthy' foods, in themselves, don't make you lose weight. It's all about calories in the end and here's why your kitchen may be making you fat.

1. Your plates look like platters. Research has shown that the larger your plate is, the more food you will cover it with - and eat. In addition, we're hard-wired to want to finish what's on our plate - it gives us a sense of satisfaction - so using a smaller plate and finishing everything on it will still lead to the same sensation, minus LOTS of calories.

2. Your cutlery is massive. Yes, even the size of your utensils matter. Think about it - the smaller they are, the less you can fit on your fork, spoon, whatever, at any given time. This slows down eating, allows ample time for signals of fullness and satisfaction to reach your brain, allowing you to down fewer calories by the time you realize you're full.

3. Your glassware is short and stubby - and you will be too. It's true - research has shown that the taller and skinnier your glassware is, the more you realize how much you're actually drinking. One serving may look like two in a tall glass, whereas in a short one, two servings may look like one. Our brains respond to the height of the glass.

4. Your pantry is supersized. Sure, you might be saving lots of dough at costco when you shop in bulk, but it's a fact - the more food you have at home, the more you're going to eat. With an abundance of food, there's no need to ration or portion meals properly, plus certain foods may spoil more quickly, so you'll eat them before they do. If there's a lot of that food, those are just extra calories waiting to stick to your ribs.

5. Your kitchen is the hub of your home. Here's where you have your family pow-wows, take care of your finances, watch TV and kick your feet up - and get fat. The more time you spend in your kitchen, the more food you're going to eat. Period. Do your paperwork in the office, gather your family in the family room, watch TV and relax elsewhere. You should eat meals in the kitchen, where you will focus on each bite, instead of being distracted by what else your doing. Out of sight, out of mind, as they say. And switch the lights off when you're out of the kitchen to tell your brain 'the kitchen is closed, it's not meal time'.

Check out more tips in the article called "Your kitchen may be making you fat" from MSNBC (Jan. 17, 2010)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Cancer Protection: Study

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Ask medical professionals and scientists what the healthiest foods in the world are, and their response will likely be unanimous: fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, whole grains, lean protein and fish. Why? Well, the reasons are numerous, but a new study adds another 'plus' to this way of eating - cancer protection. Stomach cancer, to be more precise.

This new, large study out of Europe compiled data from 485,044 men and women 35 to 70 years old from 10 European countries. Each participant was given a score out of 18 to represent how closely their diet adhered to a Mediterranean style of eating. Each participant was followed for 9 years to see if anyone had developed cancer. During that time period, those who had followed the diet most closely were 33% less likely to develop cancer. Furthermore, the more closely participants adhered to the Mediterranean diet, the less likely they were to develop stomach cancer; 5% less likely with each increasing 'point' on the scale out of 18.

According to one of the researchers, "The results add to the evidence for the role of the Mediterranean diet in reducing cancer risk and add further support for the need to continue to promote the Mediterranean diet in areas where it is disappearing," .

Find out more about this study in the article called "Mediterranean diet protects against stomach cancer" from Reuters Health (Jan. 15, 2010).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Turn to Shopping to Burn Calories

Burn off that Big Mac Yes, it's true - according to a new study, the average woman burns 385 calories per week just by walking around and shopping!

Think of all the stuff you have to carry and how much time is actually spent during each excursion - it adds up. The study goes on to state that all that walking adds up to a whopping 154 miles per year - for a total of 48,000 calories burned! No wonder those shopping trips can be so exhausting!

The researchers estimated that walking at an average speed of 3 mph for 3 hours could burn upwards of 500 calories, depending on your weight. Now you have something to tell all those nay-sayers - shopping is good for your health!

Find out more fun facts about shopping as exercise by reading the article "Shop till you drop! How the average woman burns 48,000 calories a year" from the Daily Mail (Jan. 15, 2010).

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sleeping In Won't Make Up for Chronic Sleep Loss: Study

Source: (Summary by NIM)

Think hitting that snooze button or catching a few extra hours of Z's on Saturday will be enough to make up for the sleep you missed all week? Think again. A new study has shown that an ongoing deficit of sleep is not that easy to shake off.

I'm sure many of us can speak from experience in that an ongoing lack of sleep, meaning 4-7 hours per night, hampers performance and the ability to stay alert. In fact, according to the study, the longer you stay awake through the normal sleep cycle i.e. at night time, the more quickly performance starts to deteriorate. Ever tried pulling an all-nighter or writing a report late at night? Guilty! Not a good idea. In fact, the researchers have added that the effects of sleep loss are cumulative and may even pose a safety risk in the workplace.

When it comes to acute sleep loss - that is staying awake for 24 hours one time - lead researcher Dr. Daniel Cohen of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital said “We know that staying awake 24 hours in a row impairs performance to a level comparable to a blood-alcohol content beyond the legal limit to drive,”. On the bright side, the researchers found that the effects of acute sleep loss may be remedied with one good night's sleep, however this is not the case with chronic sleep loss. In fact, even 3 good night's sleep may not be enough.

Find out why you should make sleep a priority by reading the article "Sleeping in? Don’t be fooled – you're still tired: study" from (Jan. 13, 2010).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fat Around the Bum and Thighs May Be Protective

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Having extra fat on the body may be a sign of poor health and can increase your risk of a number of diseases. Take excess fat on the abdomen, for example - studies have shown that individuals of an 'apple' shape are more likely to die of heart disease or stroke. But it now appears that fat stored on a particular region of the body may be an exception to this rule. A new study has found that fat localized on the thighs and bum may actually serve a protective purpose and may prolong life in some individuals.

Scientists have long been baffled as to why individuals of a 'pear' shape - leaner up top but heavier on the bottom - seem to be protected from the ailments that those of an 'apple' shape are prone to. According to KonstantinosManolopoulos of Britain's University of Oxford, "It is the protective role of lower body, that is, gluteofemoral fat, that is striking,".

The study points to a number of ways that bum and thigh fat is protective. For one, this area seems to store excess fatty acids from the diet, effectively trapping them from floating around and damaging other parts of the body such as blood vessels, the heart and liver. In addition, 'pears' also have also demonstrated lower levels of inflammatory cytokines, which are chemicals that are mobilized during infection and can play a role in heart disease and diabetes when they are inappropriately active. Furthermore, leg fat may produce more hormones that affect hunger and appetite.

Read more about this study in the article called "Why those fat thighs may help you live longer" from Reuters Health (Jan. 12, 2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Obesity Beats Smoking as Greatest Health Risk

Source: (Summary by NIM)

Obesity has finally beat out smoking as the biggest risk to North Americans' Health, a new study has found.

For years, smoking has been the number one health risk in North America, but in the last 15 years, thanks to anti-smoking campaigns, new legislations and other factors, smoking has slowly declined, while obesity has risen steadily. In fact, it seems more and more that various factors and influences are increasingly available to fuel this obesity epidemic, rather than put an end to it.

Back in 2008, the overall health risk for obesity caught up to smoking, and, according to Haomiao Jia, the lead author of the study and a Columbia University biostatistics expert,"It's getting worse and worse each year."

To find out more about the findings of this study, check out the article called "Obesity tops tobacco as biggest health threat" from (Jan. 6, 2010).

Monday, January 11, 2010

Health Experts Slam Megan Fox for Vinegar Detox Claims

Source: OK! Magazine Online (Summary by NIM)

Health experts including dietitians and nutritionists have been quick to condemn Megan Fox for claiming that shots of vinegar are the key to keeping her thin.

According to Fox, vinegar shots help detoxify and clean out her system since she is 'too lazy' to exercise and has a 'really big sweet tooth'. Along with Fox, singer Fergie of the black eyed peas also does vinegar shots, and has stated that "For some reason I've noticed a difference on my stomach."

Despite these claims, there is no evidence that there are any health benefits to consuming large amounts of vinegar. Vinegar is great on salads, but shooting back acid to try to shed a few pounds is not a sound solution, nor is it recommended by health professionals.

Find out more about Megan's 'diet secret' in the article called "Megan Fox slammed by health experts for vinegar diet recommendation" (Jan. 8, 2010).

Friday, January 8, 2010

Healthy Bone Mass in Girls May Be Supported By Fat

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

It has long been known that in women, having too low of a body fat percentage can affect bone density, increasing the risk of future osteoporosis. Now, a new study has discovered that in young girls, fat mass in a key factor in the formation of bone.

The researchers in the study measured the cortical bone mass (the hard outer layer of bone) of 4,005 girls and boys with an average age of 15.5 years. What they found was that the more fat mass girls had, the greater their bone density was. The effect in girls was 70% greater than that in boys - for boys, muscle mass appears to have a greater influence on bone density.

According to
study lead author Jonathan Tobias, of the University of Bristol in England, "Fat mass in girls during puberty may have a long-term impact on bone health as they grow into adulthood. Excessive reduction in fat mass could have adverse effects on the developing skeleton particularly in girls, leading to an increased risk of osteoporosis later in life,"

Find out more about this study in the article called "
Fat May Help Build Bone Mass in Girls" from Health Day (Jan. 5, 2010).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Taco Bell Launches "Drive-Thru Diet"

Source: ABC News (Summary by NIM)

As we enter a new decade and start off a new year, many of us have resolved to get healthy and lose weight by starting some diet or another, or by joining a gym. But in probably the strangest way to entice customers to down their tacos and burritos, Taco Bell has kicked off 2010 by introducing their new "Drive-Thru Diet" to help Americans get healthy. Yes, as messed up as that sounds, it's really happening.

According to their website, and as you may have already deduced, Taco Bell states that "the Drive-Thru-Diet is not a weight-loss program. For a healthier lifestyle, pay attention to total calorie and fat intake and regular exercise." followed by "Not a low calorie food.". The chain claims that their "Fresco" menu is a lower calorie alternative to the 'real deal', if you will, with 7 items under 9 grams of fat.....and enough sodium to kill a horse!

Just as Subway enlisted Jared as their spokesperson, Taco Bell has followed suit and hired Christine Dougherty who claims to have lost 54 pounds over two years eating at Taco Bell. Check out this video and tell me if you're buying this.

To find out more about this ridiculous 'diet', read the article called "Taco Bell's Counterintuitive Diet" from ABC News (Jan. 6, 2009).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pomegranates May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

With so many health benefits, it's no surprise that pomegranates have become increasingly popular in the past few years - you'll find their seeds sprinkled over salads and pomegranate juices in every grocery store or smoothie bar thanks to their potent health-promoting phytochemicals. Now, thanks to new research from U.S., there's even more reason to enjoy the goodness of pomegranates.

According to new findings published in Cancer Prevention Research, certain phytochemicalsaromatase, which converts androgen to estrogen. Aromatase is thought to be a key player in breast cancer - many women who have previously battled breast cancer take medicines called aromatase inhibitors (or AI's) to keep estrogen from feeding tumors.

Maybe now, thanks to this research, a more natural solution can be found in pomegranates. The researchers caution, however, that as yet, the compounds found in pomegranates are not a good enough replacement for AI's, stating "We do not recommend people start taking this as a replacement for the AI's," and "They (pomegranate compounds) are not as potent as the real drugs so we think that the interest probably is more on the prevention end rather than in a therapeutic purpose."

Find out more about the pomegranate-breast cancer link by reading the article "Pomegranate compounds may ease breast cancer risk" from Reuters Health (Jan. 5, 2010).
found in pomegranates can block an enzyme called

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Many Unaware of Waistline Fat Risk

Source: BBC News (Summary by NIM)

In a survey of 12,000 Europeans, approximately 90% were unaware that a thick waistline signals a number of health hazards including an increased risk of type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

Many previous studies have shown that excess fat around the waist is a strong indicator of a buildup of fat on the internal organs, called visceral fat. Visceral fat cannot be seen or felt, but poses some serious health risks. Only about 25% of the participants in the European study even realized that being overweight poses any health risks at all.

According to professor Steve Field, chair of the Royal College of GPs,"It is the weight around your belly which really does the harm." He also went on to say that "A lot of these things take a while to get into people's heads especially as there has been so much focus on weight and body mass index." And finally, "I'm not surprised at the findings because it will take more than a few academic papers to really change people's minds."

To find out more, check out the article "Many ignorant on 'waist fat' risk" from BBC News (Jan. 4, 2010).

Monday, January 4, 2010

Study: High Fat Diets Lead to Colon Inflammation

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

The Western Diet has been linked to a number of diseases and illnesses. In this diet, many critical nutrients are omitted, whereas other non-essential nutrients are consumed in excess. Case in point: most Westerners consume an excess of fat and not nearly enough vitamin D, calcium or fibre.

In order to investigate the connection between the Western diet and colorectal cancer, the third most prevalent form of cancer in the US, a group of researchers out of Rockefeller University decided to put mice on a high-fat, Western style diet and see what happens. In these mice, the Researchers found an increase in oxidative stress and intestinal inflammation, possibly leading to tumour formation and carcinogenic processes.

According to Peter Holt, a senior research associate in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism at Rockefeller,"There is convincing evidence that increased intake of red meat, processed meat and alcohol can increase risk of colorectal cancer, whereas greater consumption of dietary fiber, milk and calcium might decrease risk,"

To find out more about this new study, check out the article called "High Fat Diet Increases Inflammation in the Mouse Colon" from Science Daily (Jan. 2, 2010).

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year: Resolutions You Can Stick To

Source: USA Today (Summary by NIM)

As we come to the end of a decade, many of us will take this unique opportunity to kick off 2010 the healthy way by investing in new goals and habits. New Year's Day will be a fresh new start and a time to make some resolutions for the year ahead.

Courtesy of some health experts, here are some resolutions you can actually stick to:

1. Schedule your workout time - just the same way that you would schedule an important meeting. Working out can be a great stress reliever, actually boosting your productivity and helping you sleep better at night.

2. Be true to you - your goals are just that: yours. Get healthy on your own terms, whether it's by dancing, walking, taking cooking classes etc. If you love what you're doing, you'll stick to your goals more closely.

3. Get motivated - join a team, participate in group exercise, get your family on board or post up a photo that you want to work towards. The more motivation you have, the more fun working out will be.

4. Work out in smaller intervals - studies have shown it's better to do more, smaller workouts rather than a few huge ones per week. Sneak in a 30-minute walk each day, for example, and you'll start noticing big results.

5. Stop making excuses - that's enough. Yes, you're busy and time is scarce, but it's what you choose to do with your time that matters. Choose health and happiness and you'll never look back. You can reach your goals if you set your mind to it - just look around at how many amazing success stories are out there! You can be next!!

And remember, a glass or two of champagne may actually be good for your health, so clink those glasses to your good health and ring in the decade on a good note!

For more health tips, check out the article "
New Year's resolutions from the experts themselves" from USA Today (Dec. 30, 2009).