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10 Foods to Buy Organic

Consumer Reports analyzed 12 years of data from the USDA's Pesticide Data Program to determine the risk categories (from very low to very high) for different types of produce. Because children are especially vulnerable to the effects of environmental chemicals, including pesticides, they based the risk assessment on a 3.5-year-old child. They recommended buying organic for any produce that came back in the medium or higher risk categories, which left the following foods as examples of those you should always try to buy organic.




Green Beans

Sweet Bell Peppers

Hot Peppers




Sweet Potatoes


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What are the risks of sitting too much?

 James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

One study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:

·        A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause

·        About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack

The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure.

Sitting in front of the TV isn't the only concern. Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful. What's more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn't seem to significantly offset the risk. READ MORE

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Listen to NPR interviews from the series STRESSED OUT:

Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress.Click HERE

Stress is part of the human condition, unavoidable and even necessary to a degree. But too much stress can be toxic – even disabling....Click HERE

 In our recent poll on stress in America, conducted in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, about 70 percent of those who reported experiencing a great deal of stress in the previous month also said they had trouble sleeping.....Click HERE


Stress Test Click HERE 


NEW DVD available for check out STRESS: Portrait of a Killer
Contact Barbara Pardo at yumiko.nesheim@edcc.edu