Mediterranean diet named best overall diet for sixth straight year “For the sixth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has been named the best overall diet by nutritional experts from U.S. News & World Report, the company announced. According to the American Heart Association, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes a variety of nutrients rather than one food group, including olive oil as a primary fat source, fish, fruits, dairy products, eggs, nuts, legumes, whole grains and vegetables, which can help to reduce CVD risk factors.” This Year, We’re Going to Get Fitness Right. Join Us. “In 2023, we’re trying to understand how working out can achieve one incredibly simple goal: feeling good.” Gut microbes can boost the motivation to exercise “Some species of gut-dwelling bacteria activate nerves in the gut to promote the desire to exercise, according to a study in mice that was led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine. The study is published in Nature and reveals the gut-to-brain pathway that explains why some bacteria boost exercise performance.” Regular aerobic exercise reduces depression in teens “A team of researchers at the University of Hong Kong, working with one colleague from Sun Yat Sen University in China and another from Georgia State University in the U.S., has found that regular aerobic exercise can reduce symptoms in teens found to be suffering from depression.” Food as Medicine: How Providers Are Connecting Patients to Essential Nutrition “Of all the tools available to modern medicine, the most potent intervention is sometimes the simplest: food. Food as medicine programs, often in concert with electronic health records (EHRs) and other data sources, are helping healthcare providers improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases, especially diabetes.” Shamanism: what you need to know about the fastest-growing ‘religion’ in England and Wales “According to the latest census, an unlikely “religion” is growing in popularity across England and Wales: shamanism. Just 650 people said they subscribed to the belief system in 2011, but that figure has increased more than tenfold over the past decade to 8,000 people in 2022. This makes shamanism the countries’ fastest-growing religion. So what exactly is it?” Food Choices That Impact Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes “Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common diseases Americans live with. The latest figures show about 11 percent of the population has type 2 diabetes and an additional 96 million American adults have prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.” 25 Wellness Resolutions That Have Nothing to Do With Dieting or Weight Loss “I know New Year’s resolutions are somewhat controversial, but generally speaking, I’m a fan. I love the idea of taking a little time to think about what you want out of life right now—and what’s no longer serving you—and taking meaningful action to get it. On the other hand, I feel extremely bummed out by the fact that resolutions have become synonymous with “health,” and “health” has become synonymous with diet and weight loss.”