Why It’s so Important to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Bel Marra Health – Devon Andre

Ever since you were a child, you were told to eat your fruits and vegetables. Maybe back then, you were a picky eater but now have grown to like them, or maybe to this day you don’t eat as much as you should. But eating fruits and vegetables isn’t something that people just nag you about – there is plenty of research to support that regular consumption of them can go a long way in supporting your health. https://www.belmarrahealth.com/why-its-so-important-to-eat-fruits-and-vegetables/

BMI is a good measure of health after all, new study finds

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A new study from the University of Bristol supports body mass index (BMI) as a useful tool for assessing obesity and health. A simple measure based on weight and height, BMI is widely used to assess if a person is of a healthy weight. But its reliability as a health measure is often criticized, as it does not distinguish fat from muscle and does not tell us where body fat is stored. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-12-bmi-good-health.html

Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

CBS News – Anderson Cooper

If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of Health, has launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. In part, scientists are trying to understand what no one currently does: how all that screen time impacts the physical structure of your kids’ brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundbreaking-study-examines-effects-of-screen-time-on-kids-60-minutes/