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One in three children under the age of 5 suffers from some form of malnutrition. One in two children faces “hidden hunger” in the form of vitamin or mineral deficiency. And one in five is overweight or obese. These were three key findings in The State of the World’s Children, a report published Oct. 15 […] Read More

“Dementia from the Inside,” written from the viewpoint of Dr. Jennifer Bute, diagnosed with early-onset dementia, takes you inside dementia and describes, from a professional medical background, how to understand and help others. […] Read More

Five years into my journey with multiple myeloma, my illness has given me the opportunity to reconsider the stories that shape and misshape my identity. I’ve learned 5 new stories that nurture wholeness and meaning. […] Read More

U.S. obesity rates have more than tripled over the last 40 years among those aged 19 and younger, a new CDC report says, increasing to 18.5 percent from 5.2 percent. […] Read More

Bible study or home group meetings are part of the life of many churches between Sundays. In preparation for a shared time of prayer, group members often talk about health concerns of individuals and lift these people up to God for his grace and healing. Three observations may be made: 1. Health issues are a […] Read More

The beginning of a new year is traditionally perceived as a season for clean slates and new beginnings. Depending on your perspective, you might consider the new year as a time to turn over a new leaf, to start that post-holiday diet, to begin that exercise regimen or to generally clean up your act and […] Read More

“The ultimate [baby] boomer game today,” writes Timothy Egan, “is competitive longevity.” He was commenting in an op-ed on notable editor/writer Michael Kinsley’s self-documented struggle with Parkinson’s disease. A religious clue to the game showed up in a Washington Post article by Julie Zauzmer: “A Possible Benefit of Going to Church: A 33 Percent Chance […] Read More

My recent heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery have reminded me about the importance of caring for all of creation, including our bodies. Even with the limited exposure that I’ve had to the outdoors in recent weeks, it is apparent that spring is currently making its presence known. Jonquils are in bloom, redbuds are starting […] Read More

Nearly 25 percent of annual deaths worldwide are due to unhealthy environmental conditions, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report published March 15. “Findings confirm that 23 percent of global deaths and 26 percent of deaths among children under 5 are due to modifiable environmental factors. Heading this list are stroke, ischemic heart disease, […] Read More

A strong majority (79 percent) of U.S. citizens want e-cigarettes to be regulated, according to a Gallup poll. Sixty percent desire regulations comparable to those for tobacco cigarettes, while 19 percent seek FDA regulation at lower levels than with tobacco products. Seventeen percent of respondents want no regulation, and 4 percent expressed no opinion. E-cigarettes […] Read More