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Why The Whole Foods Buyout Could Signify An Upheaval of the American Grocery Store

Why The Whole Foods Buyout Could Signify An Upheaval of the American Grocery Store

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This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com.In the great saga that is American retail, Amazon is by and far a disruptor – and we’ve seen the site that launched at the turn of the century as an online book retailer come full-circle with two brick-and-mortar bookstores in New York this year.And the next space to be disrupted? Food shopping.In what has been an expected move for some time now, Amazon announced this morning that it will add Whole Foods into its arsenal of consumer-centered properties for a whopping $ 13.7 billion. As part of the takeover, Whole Foods will remain in control of stores and the overall brand, with CEO John Mackey remaining at the helm of the grocery chain.But how long will Whole Foods, and its more than 430 grocery stores scattered through cities and subur
GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

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Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are anticipating problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed. As a result, they're considering ways to channel new financing for health insurance through existing government programs that bar the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion, according to sources familiar with the policy discussions. Those options include the Children's Health Insurance Program. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of closely held discussions about a Senate version of the health care bill. GOP aides said nothing has been resolved. Republican leaders are pressing for a Senate vote on health care, which could come before the July 4 holiday. Senate GOP leaders want their bill to bar fe...
Study: More than two billion people worldwide overweight, obese

Study: More than two billion people worldwide overweight, obese

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MONDAY, June 12, 2017 -- In a sign that the obesity epidemic has become more than just an American problem, a new study shows that 2 billion of the world's population is obese or overweight.Meanwhile, a growing number of people are dying from weight-related health problems even though they are not technically considered obese."Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting nearly one in every three people," said study author Ashkan Afshin. He's an assistant professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.Of the 4 million deaths attributed to weight in 2015, 40 percent involved people whose body mass index, BMI -- an estimate of body fat based on weight and height -- was...
Childhood obesity treatment as effective for parents without the child, study finds

Childhood obesity treatment as effective for parents without the child, study finds

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In the struggle against childhood obesity, doctors and parents have tried to engage and motivate kids to stay healthy. But a new study finds that programs aimed at parents -- without the kids -- may be just as effective a tool as therapies that include the whole family. Childhood obesity is an epidemic affecting one in three American kids who can expect to face severe consequences for life expectancy and quality as they become adults. Parents play the most significant role in establishing healthy environments and habits, so experts have welcomed them into treatment sessions with their children. This time-tested family-based model includes behavior therapy and nutrition and physical activity education for not only obese children, but also their parents. Family-based therapy is considered...
How climate change and air pollution can affect your health

How climate change and air pollution can affect your health

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President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement could have far reaching consequences on climate and fossil fuel emissions in the future. While climate change and pollution are often discussed in terms of environmental damage, they can also greatly impact public health. Under the Paris agreement, the U.S. said it would cut carbon emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and parties agree to try to hold global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above temperatures in the late 1800s. Jeffrey Shaman, director of the Climate and Health Program at the Mailman School of Public Health, pointed out that a changing climate may mean fundamental changes to human health. Acquiring and using fossil fuels "has led to the disruption of the [...