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Diet / Health

Food Scores

In a society that likes to quantify things (think test scores in education, speed dating rubrics,  number of Facebook friends), here’s a new database that could be helpful: a food scoring system of over 80,000 products that rates foods based on factors related to nutrition and processing.  According to this New York Times article, the Environmental Working Group … Continue reading

Cardiovascular Disease / Evidence / Exercise / Health / running

Age is Just a Number: What’s Your Fitness Age?

Chronological age is but one predictor of health and longevity, and a poor one at that.  Substantial evidence suggests that aerobic fitness (otherwise known as cardiorespiratory fitness) is more indicative of disease risk and mortality, but the gold standard of measuring fitness is through a laboratory measurement we call maximal oxygen uptake (or VO2max). This involves a … Continue reading

Exercise / Health / running

Reminder: Learn (and run) the NU Hartford Marathon!

Just a reminder that we’ll be giving a Health and Fitness Symposium at the XL Center at the NU Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K this Friday from 3:30-5 during packet pickup. The symposium is free, requires no registration, and is designed to help runners learn about psychology, injury prevention and treatment, and nutrition. Stop by and see us! Health … Continue reading


To Change or Not To Change

David Brooks and Gail Collins co-write a great weekly column for the New York Times called The Conversation. Here’s an exchange about relationships from their column last Wednesday, entitled “Toasting With a Half-Full Glass”: David: I’m trying to focus on the positive these days. Somebody gave me good advice recently. The world is divided between glass-half-full … Continue reading