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Complications of obesity

Obesity is not merely a cosmetic issue. Excess weight increases the risk of many diseases:

How do you measure up?

BMI and waist size are used to calculate disease risk

Portion size matters

Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a "normal" portion, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Proteins and fiber

Foods high in protein are not only healthy, they tend to be more filling and keep you full longer.

Understanding nutrition facts labels

Knowing how to read nutrition facts labels can help identify unhealthy foods and beverages.

Healthy eating can be a major behavioral change

Unhealthy eating is linked to emotional problems

A change of habit

The transtheoretical model defines five stages a person goes through to change unhealthy behavior

September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month

Eating a healthy diet is the best way to get of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Leafy greens - a powerhouse of nutrition

The darker the vegetables the higher the nutritional value

HPV viruses linked to growth in oral cancers

HPV can cause cancer of the throat, back of the tongue and tonsils

Vaccinations key to reducing HPV’s deadly strands

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in this country

Walking in Place

It’s easy to come up with excuses not to exercise. Lack of time is one excuse. The cost of gym memberships is another. Yet, there is an exercise that blows all those excuses away.

Chuck the sodium; add turmeric

Sodium, more commonly called salt, has crept into more of the foods we eat.

One garden at a time

Grow your own vegetables through Massachusetts’s Food Project’s Build-a-Garden program.