Diet and Exercise

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Why Do Some People Live So Long?

The CDC predicts life expectancy to grow for Americans in the next few years from 76 years old to about 85 years old.

 | Lindsey Theis and Maya Saenz

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, gestures to a poster about changes in life expectancy

Why Does U.S. Life Expectancy Rank Poorly?

Life expectancy is a key metric used to determine the heath of a country. The World Bank says it's improving around the world.

 | Lindsey Theis

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What Makes Nutrition Advice Confusing?

Newsy's Heath and Science correspondent Lindsey Theis looks into whether nutrition advice is helpful or confusing.

 | Lindsey Theis

Wendy's restaurant sign.

Wendy's Pulls Lettuce From Sandwiches Amid E. Coli Outbreak

Wendy's says the lettuce used in its salads is different and not affected by its decision to pull the lettuce from sandwiches.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A person shops for milk.

How Social Media Has Fueled The 'Clean Eating' Movement

Clean eating can mean different things for different people, but the influence of social media on diet trends is ever-changing, from gluten to dairy.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Why Do Americans Consume So Much Meat?

Whether it’s smoked, cured, barbecued, or fried — why is meat so hard for us to resist?

 | Emily Grossberg and Cat Sandoval

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Why Is The Wellness Industry Booming?

Studies show the industry may be booming, because people are looking to move on from the stress of the pandemic.

 | Emily Grossberg

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Obesity Is On The Rise Worldwide

Researchers have linked obesity with higher rates of heart and liver disease. Obesity raises one’s risk of COVID-19 and many cancers.

 | Scripps News Staff and Lindsey Theis

A woman stretches before she walks on a treadmill

Study: Number Of Daily Steps Needed For A Longer Life Varies By Age

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found the number of daily steps needed for a long life varies by age.

 | James Packard and Scripps News Staff

Joy Klineberg tosses a lemon peel into a bag to be used for composting

Composting Now Required By California Law

California has made a food recycling program mandatory, where residents have to separate compostables from the rest of the trash.

 | James Packard

A man rides his bike through San Francisco

Fitness Fanatics Use GPS Tracker To Turn Routes Into Art

Fitness fanatics are creating art while tracking their runs and bike rides on their phones, mapping their city into a masterpiece.

 | Jason Bellini

A plant-based Italian beef sandwich

Menus Get Makeovers As Alternatives To Meat Grow

Restaurants like Buona Beef in Chicago are giving their menus a makeover as diners search for more plant-based options.

 | Meg Hilling

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WRTV: Diabetic Teen Hopes To Inspire Others

The teen lost more than 100 pounds after his initial diagnosis.


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KIVI: Nonprofit Cuts Down On Food Waste One Delivery At A Time

The Idaho-based nonprofit delivers excess food to organizations in need.


A Food Rescue Hero volunteer fills up boxes of produce for delivery

Food Rescue Apps Helping To Curb Millions Of Pounds Of Waste

Food rescue groups are using apps to help connect volunteer drivers to grocers and restaurants that would otherwise throw away extra food.

 | Tyler Adkisson

A father and child buy candy at a mall

Federal Guidance Recommends Children Under 2 Avoid All Added Sugar

New nutritional guidelines recommend feeding only breast milk for babies' first six months and avoiding added sugar until children turn 2.

 | Scripps News Staff

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder meets with patient Amanda Kines-Phillips.

Weight Loss Surgeries Up During Pandemic

One of the biggest COVID risk factors is obesity. Growing numbers of obese people are now turning to surgery.

 | Lindsey Theis

A spread of Mediterranean food

Study Links Mediterranean Diet To Health Benefits In Older People

Older Europeans who ate a modified Mediterranean diet had more healthy gut bacteria than those who didn't, among other improvements.

 | Antoinette Miller

A meditation session at The Mind Gym in Centennial, Colorado.

Inside A Gym For Your Mind And Mental Health

A different type of gym is popping up that offers a variety of mindfulness options or ways to train your brain.

 | Lindsey Theis

Technology is only partially responsible for teen inactivity, WHO says.

81% Of The World's 11-To-17-Year-Olds Aren't Active Enough

The World Health Organization found 81% of adolescents worldwide aren't getting enough exercise, and that there's a gender gap for activity worldwide.

 | Lindsey Theis


New Study Links Soda Consumption To Higher Risk Of Death

​The study found people who drank two or more glasses of soda per day had a higher chance of dying from all types of ailments.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

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Ask The Experts: What's Left When There's No Good Food To Eat?

"Food swamp" is a term for communities that aren't just lacking access to good food, they're swamped with bad food choices.

 | Cliff Judy

A woman shops in the produce section at Whole Foods January 13, 2005 in New York City.

Ask The Experts: The Flaw In Calling Communities 'Food Deserts'

It's not just the stigma of calling a community a "desert." It's taking an incredibly complex problem and boiling it down to income and space.

 | Cliff Judy

Herbs on a table

Dream Jobs: Food Stylist

Food stylist Lisa Cherkasky shows Newsy's Chance Seales around her dream job.

 | Chance Seales

A farmer harvests plants

How Far Can Urban Farming Go To Solve Food Insecurity?

It's hard to calculate how many U.S. urban farms exist. A variety of factors contribute to urban farming’s measurable effects.

 | Lindsey Theis

Dairy production facility

FDA Finds So-Called 'Forever Chemicals' In US Food Supply

Unpublished findings from FDA researchers detected synthetic substances known as PFAS chemicals at some U.S. food production facilities.

 | Cristina Mutchler

University of Colorado Boulder researchers found using a breathing device for just five minutes a day can help your heart.

5 Minutes Of Deep Breathing Could Help Your Heart And Brain Function

The same process used to help wean patients off ventilators may be helpful in short workouts to improve heart and brain health.

 | Lindsey Theis

Two women workout.

What Counts As Working Out? Everything, Scientists Say

You may not have to do crunches, burpees, or even break a sweat to get a workout. Some researchers say any activity counts. But how do you count it?

 | Lindsey Theis

A woman works out at The Phoenix

Inside The Gym That Combines Sobriety And Fitness

This nonprofit gym offers free workouts to anyone 48 hours sober, and it's helped more than 20,000 people in 20 states.

 | Lindsey Theis

Bowl of raw cookie dough

CDC Warns Eating Raw Dough Could Make You Sick

The CDC warns raw cookie dough, cake mixes and batter may contain salmonella and E. coli.

 | Audrey Esther