10 ways to be healthier without exercising

Losing weight is at the top of the list for most resolution-making Americans this year. Unfortunately, more than half of those people will fall short of their goals within the next six months. Instead of the usual (and near impossible) “lose [...]

New research says a Mediterranean diet can lower risk of dementia

A Mediterranean diet can improve mental health, according to a September study by the University of Exeter’s Medical School. The study is the first systemic review of existing research involving the Mediterranean diet’s effect [...]

Four foods to prevent colds and flu during this winter season

Cold and flu season, which typically starts in August, is rising now until it peaks in February. So if you didn’t become ill during family gatherings over the holidays, consider yourself fortunate. The experts at Veria.com, meanwhile, are [...]

Happy New You: 5 tips for resolutions that stick

I’m a goal-setting junkie, so when New Year’s Eve rolls around, I get giddy as I pull out my pen and paper and start listing the things I’m going to do differently this year. With all of my hypothetical improvements contained [...]

10 local seasonal treats to up your holiday cheer

Hints of pumpkin, gingerbread and peppermint have started wafting out of Utah Valley’s restaurants and bakeries. Follow your nose to one of these local spots for some of our favorite holiday treats.   1. Magleby’s Fresh Oh, [...]

9 hot indoor exercise crazes and where to try them

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 80 percent of Americans don’t get enough exercise. The U.S. government recommends that adults get at a minimum of 2.5 hours of aerobic activity every week or a consecutive one hour and [...]

How to not gain weight this holiday season

Healthy eating during the holidays can be tough — especially when you’re faced with once-a-year temptations like grandma’s famous pumpkin roll or your mom’s secret-recipe stuffing. Letting yourself go for just a couple of [...]

Governor Herbert pardons turkey at Thanksgiving Point

Utah Governor Gary Herbert pardoned “Tommy Boy,” a 51-pound Norbest turkey today at Thanksgiving Point. Tommy Boy will live out the rest of his days at Thanksgiving Point. Governor Herbert said we have need to give thanks for [...]

Thankful for … restaurants

Ah, Thanksgiving — a time of family, friends, gratitude and … dirty dishes aplenty. Even for the most accomplished, kitchen-loving cooks, Thanksgiving dinner can be daunting. If you’d rather let someone else worry about the planning, [...]

Food for thought: Why we don’t eat out with our kids

For the past seven years, I’ve worked from home as a freelance writer and editor. I have three kids, so I do most of my work in my home office (read: desk in our spare room) in my yoga pants when I should probably be in bed. Occasionally, [...]

Snack attack: Helping children make healthy choices

When kids say they are starving, it may be tempting to turn to processed granola bars or sugary cereal as a quick fix. But unhealthy snacking can ruin an otherwise balanced diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [...]

Whose job is harder?

It’s 6:30 p.m., and the minute my husband walks through the door, I want to hand our baby to him like a hot potato and go hide out in the Harts Gas & Food parking lot. There I’ll sip Diet Coke and lick the frosting off the convenience [...]

One size doesn’t fit all: Finding health and beauty at every size

I wish I could lose 10 pounds. If I was a size two, I’d be happy. Someday I’ll fit into my skinny jeans again. If you’re a woman, at least one of these lines likely sounds familiar. At some point in your life, you’ve probably told yourself [...]

Because I said so: When the answer to ‘Are you pregnant?’ is ‘No’

Lately, someone has been remarking that I have my hands full almost every day. Because my baby can’t walk and my toddler often refuses to, I think people mean it in the literal sense. Everywhere I go, I end up carrying a kid in each arm. At [...]

Grandma knows best: Local 90-year-old shares tips for a happy, healthy life

According to a 2013 report from the Center for Disease Control, Utah is home to some of the healthiest seniors in the nation. Utah ranks No. 9 in nationwide life expectancy and Utah seniors have an average of 15 years of healthy life beyond [...]

Because I said so: The secret

Motherhood has done some interesting things to my body, and every day I find myself raging against the muffin top. You know, that layer of dough that spills over my waistband, despite the fact that I have 14 layers of clothing covering it at [...]

Weekday vegetarians: Tips for eating meat in moderation

So, you want to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, but you’re not ready to say goodbye to juicy burgers forever? Try “Weekday Vegetarianism” on for size. The term, coined by TreeHugger founder Graham Hill, is a rallying cry for middle-grounders [...]

Fitness: 2009 Utah Valley Magazine Fitness Challenge

Katie Kitchen- Springville I can’t believe we’re at the halfway point already! I am excited to report on my progress. Late April and early May were rough for me. I lost and gained the same five to seven pounds for almost a whole month. It [...]

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A Weighty Issue

By Natalie Hollingshead, utahvalley360.com Utahns generally don’t smoke — but we make up for it with potato salad and idleness Nine years ago, Dr. Jeffrey Smith had a visit from a patient who was suffering with moderate arthritis. She was [...]