January 7, 2014

Also Ranks #2 in Melanoma

1 Florida: More Tanning Spas Than McDonald’s

The latest evidence that indoor tanning is reaching epidemic proportions comes from dermatologists at the University of Miami, who report that even in Florida, called the Sunshine State in honor of its preponderately fair weather, there are 1,261 indoor tanning facilities. That works out to 1.5 salons for every McDonald's, two salons for every CVS pharmacy, and a salon for every 15,000 people in the state. The indoor tanning boom concerns health professionals because of the many studies linking it to skin cancer. Tan-crazy Florida has the country's second-highest melanoma rate, for example, and the rate among girls and young women, who comprise more than half the salon customer base, has more than doubled since the mid-1980s. The tanning-cancer link is strongest among under-35s.

More at Miamiherald.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: CA Bans Tanning Beds for Users under 18

Tags: Indoor Tanning, Florida Tanning Salons, Tanning Salons and Melanoma, Indoor Tanning and Skin Cancer, Growth in Indoor Tanning

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Green Labels for Lean Meats

2 Traffic Light Colors Increase Healthy Choices

A traffic-light food label system helped hospital cafeteria customers make better food choices, found researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The two-year study, published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, included red, yellow or green labels for foods available for purchase. Fruits, vegetables and lean protein sources received green labels, and junk food had red labels. The cafeteria was also redesigned to display more healthy foods at eye level. Researchers found that food items with a green label sold at a 12 percent higher rate than before the labels were introduced. Sales of items with a red label dropped 20 percent during the study, and sales the unhealthiest beverages dropped 39 percent.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dark Chocolate, Red Wine May Kill Cancer Tumors

Tags: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Food Labels, Traffic Light Colors, Encouraging Healthy Food Choices, Hospital Cafeteria Food, Junk Food Label

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