Make the Most of National Public Health Week 2017

You made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy in 2017. Now, three months in, you’ve put more cake in your body than miles on your running shoes. You’re not alone, but instead of getting a friend to join in your fitness journey, how about the whole United States? 

This week is National Public Health Week, which is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the country. Take action this week by making healthier choices, hitting the gym, or spending time being active outside. 

To help get you started, we’ve rounded up some diet and exercise articles that will get you in the mood to take back your fitness routine. 

Eat Like a Basketball Player

Ever wonder what gives basketball players that extra oomph? It’s not some out-there exercise routine, nor is it a secret diet consisting of foods you’ve never heard of. In fact, if you want to eat like basketball players do, just look in your pantry. Read the story from ESPN The Magazine

A Look at Your Body Chemistry

If you’re eating healthy and exercising, but still aren’t able to drop those pounds, blame your body chemistry. And that’s how the company Habit can help: It personalizes a nutrition plan for you, based on your metabolism. Read the story from Bloomberg Businessweek.

Read the Labels

A new study reveals that marketing phrases like “low-fat” and “low-sugar” don’t reflect the actual nutritional quality in a given product. Read the story from Mic.

You should be eating foods that are whole grain and whole wheat. But finding those foods is tougher than you think. The Atlantic is here to help.

A Nod To Blending

Blending food sounds like something you do for babies, but it could actually trick your stomach into feeling full for longer. The Atlantic explains how that works

Brain Games

Until now, doctors have relied on medicine to help slow Alzheimer’s disease down. But a new aggressive treatment can help stop it before it even begins. Read the story from Newsweek

Rise and Shine

There’s something to be said about being a morning person. You can accomplish a lot before lunch, provided you got enough sleep the night before. That’s easier said than done, of course, so some experts have weighed in on how to do just that. Read the story from TIME

Exercise Really Works

If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed. Read the story from TIME

As a Last Resort, Use Your Imagination

If you can’t find time to hit the gym or tie on those running shoes, try picturing yourself getting stronger. Scientists say it can actually work. Read the story from Nautilus