Could ditching your couch make you healthier?  

We’ve been hearing for a while now that sitting is the new smoking— even for exercisers. And as standing desks are becoming more accessible and commonplace, we’re learning that standing all day has its problems too. But according to biomechanics expert Katy Bowman, whose new book Move Your DNA recently hit shelves, it’s not about sweating through a workout or whether you stand or sit in front of your computer. It’s about moving more like our ancestors did throughout the day, and Bowman isn’t afraid to take away creature comforts in the name of health. We’re not just talking about your desk chair anymore, but also your couch, your stroller, and even your mattress.

Travel immunizations: What to know before you go abroad

Every year more Americans travel to other countries for business, pleasure or volunteer purposes. Vaccines are recommended—and sometimes required—when you travel to some countries. Here’s what you should know to protect you, your family and your community when traveling abroad.

The Most Important Vitamin You Can Take This Winter

As a dietitian, I pretty much always take a “food first” approach when it comes to making sure our bodies are getting the nutrients they need. But there’s one vitamin that I’m constantly recommending my clients take in pill form, particularly during the cold and dark months — vitamin D. Chances are you’ve heard about…

Managing Diabetes When You’re Sick

A simple cold isn’t so simple when you have diabetes, like I do. Getting sick, even with a basic cold virus, can trigger a blood glucose emergency. Put simply, illness — any illness — messes with your blood glucose levels.

Start your day satisfied: 4 easy, filling breakfast ideas

“It’s so frustrating,” said my client last week. “I eat a healthy breakfast, but I’m always hungry again by the time I settle into work. What can I do?” This is a question that I hear over and over again in my nutrition counseling practice. And while everyone’s a little different, there are some research-proven tweaks you can try to make that morning meal stick to your ribs a little longer.

Handling the “diabetes police”: two tips

Have the diabetes police interrogated you yet? If the answer is no, and you’re newly diagnosed, expect them to bring you in for questioning sometime very soon. Just who are the diabetes police? They’re those concerned loved ones who take it upon themselves to help you monitor your health and manage your diabetes.

Here’s how to handle their interrogations without harming your relationship.

5 things you should know about the measles outbreak

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December 2014 has now spread to other states, causing alarm among parents, healthcare professionals and the general public. Health officials in the Phoenix area where the Super Bowl is being played this year have asked that anyone who has not been vaccinated for measles and may have been exposed to the virus stay home from school or work during a 21-day period.

Here’s what you should know to better protect yourself, your family and your community.