Health & Wellness News & Info Recap, Week Ending 3/2

While last week’s stories in the Health & Wellness News & Info recap spoke about non-GMO candy, this roundup includes plant-based foods in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines proposal. In addition, there’s been talk about how cholesterol may not be such a big health issue, as well as how the rise of iPhone and individual devices may be causing hearing risks.

Pretty Health & Wellness News & Info Recap

Clean Eating

Explaining Cold Pressed Juices
During the early morning routine, in my usual rush, I stood on my tippy toes and grabbed for my juicer and the parts came tumbling down. I caught most, but broke one integral part. So now I have a decision to make. Do I go the cheapest route and just purchase the damaged part? Or do I investigate buying another juicer? Without the use of my current one, I’ve been stocking up on the pricey, organic vegetable cold-pressed juices. My understanding is that using a cold-pressed masticating machine packs in more nutrients than my home centrifugal juicer. They also have a longer shelf life, so I could juice and store in the refrigerator for a week rather than just 24 hours.

U.S. Dietary Guidelines Proposal Complete
The committee that oversees the U.S. Dietary Guidelines sent their proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review. It includes information expected such as decreasing sugar and saturated fat intake. However, for the first time, the committee notes the importance of sustainability; foods better for the environment such as plant-based fruits/vegetables are more beneficial (higher nutrient value, lower calories) for the country. In addition, the committee mentioned that cholesterol isn’t such a big health issue. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments to the government on the advisory report by April 8, 2015.

Active Living

Under Armour & HTC Partnership: New Souped Up Fitness Tracker
Phone maker HTC announced a partnership with Under Armour at the Consumer Electronic Show this past January. And just this week, the companies revealed a new fitness tracker, the HTC grip, to rival even the most popular ones on the market. What makes this device unique is that it will record and store runs that can be saved in Under Armour’s Record database.

World Health Organization (WHO) Warns that Many Individuals are Exposed to Unsafe Sound Levels
Do you blast your iPhone to pump you up during a workout? Did you used to love attending concerts and jamming near the speakers? Studies published by the WHO claim that sound levels from personal audio devices and entertainment venues can be a health loss risk.

Non-Toxic Living

20 Ways Changing Your Space can Change Your Life
I’ve been focused on detoxifying my home by removing chemicals in my every day products. One area that also is healthy for the mind, body and soul is to reorganize your space. I don’t know much about Feng Shui but this piece from Mind, Body, Green really engaged me to improve some of our high-traffic aka cluttered spaces.


Motherhood: I’ll Love You Forever
I met Kate Crawford from this weekend at a Kids II PinkPowerMom award ceremony. She’s a dynamo, exuding life, love and such passion to help others. She created her own Mommy Bucket List after being diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Her piece on Motherhood struck a cord with me and think it will with many others.

How was your week? Any health and wellness news that sparked your interest?


  1. I love reading healthy tidbits, info, and tips. I used to read a lot but now I opt to read blogs and health magazines! LOL

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely week.

    • Caryn Sullivan

      I used to love reading magazines, too and taking in all the tidbits of information. Now we can get it daily through blogs and tweets rather than wait a month until our subscriptions arrive. :)

  2. Again, this is my favorite feature you write and I loved the personal space article. By they way, is it really important what the US dietary guidelines are anymore – does anyone follow them? Just curious your take.

    • Caryn Sullivan

      Thanks. I really enjoy this weekly post, too. It’s fun to read, write and then ponder as you have done here by presenting a great question. I do think that many people that care, read and embrace a very healthy lifestyle don’t necessarily need the guidelines to make their choices. But, it definitely helps regulate the food industry. And, if the guidelines seek no sugar, more veggies, it may also help our public school lunch programs. I do think now that many consumers are aware of all the chemicals in food, these new regulations may push big companies to focus on real foods in their products, not just chemicals. This is definitely worth a longer conversation together.

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