January 22: Weekly Health Roundup

Why It's Not Too Late To Make A New Year's Resolution

January’s almost over and there’s a good chance that many of our readers have made, and then broken, a New Year’s resolution or two. But take heart – it’s never too late to jump back on that wagon. NPR has a list of tips and tricks to setting and keeping your resolutions during any part of the year. Go check it out, via NPR

Don’t Be Swayed By Independent Restaurants When Cutting Calories

After chain restaurants were forced to post calorie counts on their food, many thought the smaller restaurants – with no requirement to post nutritional information – may be a healthier option. Unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss. Many of the smaller restaurants serve equally unhealthy dishes. Nutritionists still recommend eating a majority of your meals at home when trying to eat healthy, via CNN

Long Term Health Effects of Flint Water Crisis

The effects of lead-contaminated water is now a top concern for the residents of Flint, Michigan. Dean of Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Philip Landrigan, has come forward saying that “there’s a real danger that the injury is going to be permanent and lifelong…[causing] some degree of brain damage to at least some of the children who have been exposed”. President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint so we’re hoping that the problem will get sorted very soon, via CBS News

Chipotle Offers Paid Sick Days to Prevent Illness Spread

After multiple scandals rocked the chain over the past few months, Chipotle is scrambling to reclaim some of its reputation by promising paid sick leave to employees in the hopes of keeping illness out of their stores. We think it’s a good start, but we’ll have to see how the rest of their improvements shake out in 2016, via Eater

Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now

Americans are getting a lot more bang for their buck, in terms of years on this earth that is. According to a new federal report, “the more than 72,000 Americans who have celebrated 100 birthdays or more are now surviving longer”. It’s not all good news though. Alzheimer deaths are up and heart disease is still the leading cause of death, via U.S. News

Time to Weigh In

What resolutions did you make? Have you kept them? Do you tend to think that restaurant dishes without nutritional information are healthier than those with calories posted? Are you still an avid fan of Chipotle or have their recent scandals made you wary? Share your thoughts in the comments below!