Coca-Cola Launches a New Calorie Calculator

Reported by: The Mail (2nd Nov. 2012)

Coca-Cola has launched a new device called the ‘Work it Out Calculator’, which shows users not only how long it will take to burn off the calories contained in every can of fizzy drink but also the type of exercise that would be required to do so. After observing a 330ml can of Coca-Cola, the calculator determined that the 139 calories could be worked off by 17 minutes of jogging, 21 minutes of mowing the lawn, 32 minutes of yoga class, 45 minutes of ballroom dancing or 70 minutes of vacuuming. The world-famous soft drink company launched the device after it was found that over a third of Britons are not as active as they would like to be, with motivation cited as a key barrier. However, this move by Coca-Cola to communicate with their consumers the importance of an active lifestyle will be seen by many as a cynical PR stunt to promote themselves as a healthy brand. Read more  

Drunk & Disorderly in Hollywood

Reported by: The Mail (4th Nov. 2012)

An NHS survey has found that images of drunken celebrities falling in and out of taxis (as well as their dresses) have had a positive effect on alcohol consumption among 16-24 year olds. This decrease is partly due to young people making a conscious effort not to emulate the celebrity excesses that are regularly pictured in the media. It is noted that while the cast of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ are often caught by the paparazzi looking more than a little worse for wear, real role models, such as England footballing legend David Beckham, are never seen in the media under the influence of alcohol. Read more  

Half of Dieters Give Up After Only 1 Month

Reported by: The Mirror (5th Nov. 2012)

A survey undertaken by weight management firm Slimsticks has found that almost half of dieters cannot stomach a diet for more than a month. Around 28% of young people launch into a new diet each month and 45% of them abandon their new eating habits after just one week, despite the fact that 33% of dieters admitting that they need to lose two stones or more. With many people opting for larger portion sizes, replacing fruit with unhealthy snacks between meals and increasing their number of visits per week to high-calorie fast food establishments, the signs are there that the UK is facing an obesity epidemic that is spiralling out of control. Read more  

6 Tips for Healthy Living

Reported by: The Huffington Post US (5th Nov. 2012)

The US edition of the Huffington Post provides six helpful tips for healthy living:

Plan ahead – The more organised you are, the easier it is to make time for your health. Start by planning your meals and snacks for the week, making grocery lists and setting aside a designated day for food shopping.

Create a fitness schedule – Not only should you mark time for exercise on your calendar, but you should also make it your mission not to cancel. Juggle your other plans around your gym session and spend one hour less in bed at the weekend so that you can devote some valuable time to your fitness.

Eat regularly – Commit to eating three meals a day and plan ahead whenever you think that there will not be enough time to eat. Skipping meals robs your body of important nutrients and you will most likely end up overeating later in the day.

Get plenty of sleep – You should always aim to sleep at least seven hours every night. With Facebook, Twitter and television, there are many night-time distractions but it is important to remember that insufficient sleep makes it much harder to take care of yourself.

Be a role model – Try your hardest to incorporate exercises into activities with the children and provide them with incentives to eat healthily. When your children grow up in a healthy and active environment, the positive influence will permeate their lives.

Make time for yourself – No matter how difficult it may be, you must always try and make some time for yourself. Loved ones are very important to us all but sleep, diet and exercise still matter. Read more  

The Ultimate Brain Food

Reported by: The Sun (9th Nov. 2012)

The Silk Road Indian restaurant in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, has made the news for serving up the Asian delicacy brain masala. Originally served as a Halloween joke, the dish’s overwhelming popularity has led to it winning a permanent place on the menu. The £11.95 dish consists of lamb brain cooked with onions, tomatoes, chillies and spices, and is served with rice in a glass skull. Brain curry has been enjoyed by Indian families for generations and, although it is usually cooked rare, chef Saj Khan admits that he puts it on for a bit longer when preparing the meal for British diners. Read more