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What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You

Bad Sugar

Soda has been a major target in the debate over sugar and its role in the obesity crisis. But high levels of added sugars can be found in many seemingly healthful foods, from yogurts to energy bars and even whole-grain bread. Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times A new movie called “That Sugar Film” seeks to educate consumers about the hazards of consuming too much added sugar, which can be found in an estimated 80 percent of all supermarket foods. The new documentary stars an Australian actor-director, Damon Gameau, who modeled his movie after “Super Size Me,” the 2004 film that followed Morgan Spurlock as he consumed an all-McDonald’s diet for 30 days. 

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$153,000 Snake Bite Bill Shows Just How Broken the System Is

Broken Health Care System

Earlier this month a guy named Todd Fassler was bitten by a rattlesnake in San Diego, KGTV San Diego reports. In itself this isn't terribly unusual — the CDC estimates that roughly 7,000 to 8,000 people a year get bitten by a venomous snake in the United States. And somewhere between five and six people die from these bites each year.

What raised eyebrows, though, was Fassler's hospital bill — all $153,000 of it. KGTV reporter Dan Haggerty shared it on Twitter.

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Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease

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Good news for runners: A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease - whether you plod along or go at race speed.

Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived.

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Eat Healthier 101

Eating Healthy

Proper nutrition and living a healthier lifestyle is always a hot topic, especially as we age. Fad diets come and go, but here are many tried and true methods for eating healthier, and living a healthier lifestyle. While what I will share with you is nothing new, it sometimes gets lost in the midst of today's quick fix and fad diets.

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