Over the years on my show, I’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve given up when it comes to their weight. They’ve tried lots of different solutions, but haven’t quite found something for them. This can happen for lots of reasons, but sometimes it is nothing more than intimidation. Trying to overhaul your life overnight is tough and drastic changes can be hard to maintain. Ultimately, you have to find something that you can stick with for months to come. Read more »
The Labor Day weekend is coming up, and I’m looking forward to some quality family time away from work, with a little traveling thrown in. And I’m not alone. Almost 35 million Americans traveled last Labor Day weekend, and I’m sure this year will be no different. The thing is, traveling to new places can be hard on our immune systems. It can throw our usual healthy routines out of whack and expose us to some nasty germs and dangers getting from point A to point B. I thought I’d share a few of the key rules I stick to when I travel, along with a few ways to keep you and your family safe. Read more »
I got a call alerting me that Robin Williams died, and I felt a shadow cross my heart. I loved him. I grew up watching his entire career, laughing hysterically along with the rest of the world at his endless stream of outrageous characters, his brilliant stand up and his dramatic roles. There seemed to be no end to his infinite talent. I, like many parents, had the added affinity for Robin because I was able to share his laughter with my children as they were growing up in the many kids movies in which he starred without an equal. I watched his philanthropy and saw a person with a deep understanding of the power to do good that comes as a responsibility when you are a celebrity. Read more »
I talk to patients in my practice all the time about how hard it is to stay on top of your medications. Some are on multiple medications that they take several times a day in confusing regimens. I’ve seen how tough it can be tough to keep it all straight. Fortunately, there are some ways you can set yourself up for success and the good news is, these tips work for more than just prescriptions. Read more »
New York is one of the food capitals of the world, and I’m always amazed by all the options available when I’m on my lunch break or out with my family for dinner. While these meals can be delicious, they can also do some serious damage to your diet. We’ve talked in the past about how to identify the healthiest foods when eating out. But even when we make choices with the best intentions, menus can lead us astray. A new study out this week reveals some of the subtle cues that are influencing the dishes you decide on. Here are some helpful findings from that study along with some tips about how to make the right choices when you next walk into a restaurant.
Don’t Be Fooled by Flashy Fonts
Restaurants know that your attention is drawn to anything that stands out on a menu, be it boldface choices, highlighted chef specials, or using a box to set off certain items. Researchers have found that doing this makes us more likely to buy those items and one study even found we eat more if we order house specialties or the chef’s recommendations. Beware: these items may be some of the least healthy on the menu. Think about it, how often do you see salads as the centerpiece of the menu at your local diner? Restaurants use these techniques to shift your attention to the food they want you to buy. Read more »
Summer is the time for outdoor eating and my family and I have made a habit of grilling when the weather’s nice. But the bacteria in your food love the heat as much as you do and a barbecue can turn bad if food is prepared wrong or left out for too long. Bacteria can lurk on many foods that look and smell fine, so it’s important that you know how to keep your food safe and know what to do if you or someone you know ends up with food poisoning.
Meats may be contaminated when you buy them in the store or may become contaminated in the environment, if the person preparing it doesn’t wash their hands or uses a dirty cutting board, for example. Here are some tips from buying to eating that will help to keep you and your family safe:
- Keep it clean. You should wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (I sing two “Happy Birthdays”) before touching any meat. Always make sure you’re using a clean knife and cutting board.
- Defrost it right. You should never leave meat out on the counter to defrost. Doing so makes it the perfect petri dish for bacteria to grow on. Instead, thaw meat in the fridge, cold water or the microwave.
- Cook it all the way through. The CDC recommends cooking most meats so that the temperature inside reaches 165°F. That will kill off anything harmful that might make you sick. Pick up a good meat thermometer to know if it’s hot enough.
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Nothing can make the summer heat melt away faster than a dip in the water. Whether in a pool, an ocean or a lake, my kids and I love taking a swim to cool off and get some exercise. But in the midst of the splashing and fun, it’s important to make sure that you’re keeping yourself and your family safe.
Believe it or not, about 10 people die from accidental drowning every day. One in 5 of these are children ages 14 and younger. And according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for every child who dies of drowning, there are 5 more who are treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal water-related injuries that can result in brain damage and long-term disability. Make sure that you know the simple safety tips that could save your or a loved one’s life.
Major risk factors for drowning are inability to swim, unsupervised or poorly supervised water access, failure to wear life jackets or other flotation devices, alcohol use and seizure disorders. For adults and adolescents, alcohol is involved in 70% of water-related deaths. Eighty percent of drowning victims are male, and children between ages 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates. Location matters too. Young children are most likely to die in home swimming pools, while the bathtub is a more common site for people with seizure disorders.
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Some of my best childhood memories come from summer break. Riding my bike with my friends, taking road trips with my family, building sandcastles on the beach – even just remembering those golden moments can make me feel instantly relaxed and at home. Taking advantage of the warm summer days and school break can do wonders for your family’s health. In fact, studies show taking a break with your loved ones can help you all feel closer than ever. Read more »
A barbeque, some beer and fireworks – sounds pretty good, right? With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, many of us will be dragging out our grills, gathering our friends and lighting up the sparklers. Make sure you know how to enjoy the best parts of this fun holiday while still keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Read more »
Nothing spoils a nice summer evening outside like a swarm of mosquitoes, some biting flies or a blood-sucking tick. The resulting red, itchy bites are uncomfortable enough to drive anyone crazy. But these bugs aren’t just annoying – they can also be dangerous. In fact, mosquitoes have been responsible for more human deaths than all the wars in history, combined. While most mosquitoes in the U.S. these days do not spread disease, some may spread serious illnesses like West Nile virus and various types of encephalitis. And, of course ticks can also spread diseases such as Lyme disease or babesiosis.
While bug repellents can go a long way towards fending off insects, some of them aren’t very effective or may not be doing your health any favors. Check out this guide of common bug repellents to help fend off annoying and potentially disease-causing bugs. Read more »