March 9, 2010

Sugary Drinks Reduced

1 Schools See Less Soda Consumption

A four-year effort to remove sugary soft drinks from public schools has paid off in a significant reduction in the consumption of such drinks at school, soft drink manufacturers say. Shipments of full-calorie soft drinks to schools dropped a staggering 95 percent from 2004 to the first half of the 2009-10 school year, thanks to an agreement between the American Beverage Association and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The number of calories shipped to schools by beverage makers has dropped 88 percent in the same time period. Full-sugar sodas account for 6.8 percent of the total of all beverages sold in schools, down from 30 percent in the 2006-7 school year. Eventually that number will be zero, but some schools haven't yet reworked their contracts.

More at Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Boring Bedrooms

2 Many Americans Too Tired for Sex

Roughly one-quarter of Americans involved in steady relationships are too tired to have sex, says a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. The study, which was not geared specifically to researching Americans’ sexual frequency, focused on different ethnic groups’ sleep habits but found that responses to questions about lack of sleep and sexual frequency were about the same, regardless of ethnicity. The study also found that one in 10 whites had received a diagnosis of insomnia whereas one in seven blacks were most likely to have sleep apnea. Approximately three out of every eight Hispanics lost sleep worrying about money, work, personal and health problems. Asian-Americans had the fewest sleepless nights saying they got a good night’s sleep a few times a week.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Fatigue, Tired, Tiredness, Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Insomnia, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Sex

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Just Relax

3 Massage Not Best Way to Ease Anxiety

While massage worked at easing the anxiety of patients who suffer from that disorder, researchers found it to be no more effective than psychotherapy, medications or simple relaxation such as lying down alone in a room while soothing music plays, says a new study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety. The study, which was conducted by Group Health Research Institute used three different treatments, including massage and simple relaxation therapy, on 68 patients who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. After several weeks of treatment, patients were asked to assess their levels of anxiety on a standard rating scale. All of the patients reported that their symptoms decreased by about 40 percent at the end of treatment.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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