September 9: Weekly Health Round Up

Fitbit’s First Ever Waterproof Fitness Tracker

Picking out the best fitness tracker can be a mind-boggling decision. Now everyone wants a piece of the action, requiring the old standbys like Fitbit and Jawbone to up their game. On Monday, Fitbit - which leads the US market in activity trackers with seven different devices - launched its new Flex 2, the brand’s first “swim-proof” tracker. Together with the other newly launched Charge 2, the Flex 2 marks Fitbit’s latest attempt to add some muscle and versatility to its calorie-counting lineup. Visit The Verge to check out Fitbit’s new innovative fitness tracker. Who knows, it could be your next big purchase.

Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps Being Banned in U.S.

It’s official; store shelves will be scrubbed clean of antibacterial hand and body soaps that contain certain ingredients. On Friday, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final ruling that bans soaps that contain one or more of 19 specific ingredients, such as triclosan, because the chemicals can be absorbed through the skin. According to a 2004 study referenced in Scientific American 75 percent of Americans have triclosan present in their urine. Although there is no definite evidence of danger to humans, the fact is, these soaps might do more harm than good.

Go Green – Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

For years the great outdoors has been  considered the ultimate playground. The evidence is now beginning to uncover what most of us have known since we were children - that there is no better place to exercise than nature’s gym. Research has uncovered a range of benefits from exercising outdoors compared to at the gym, whether that’s running, hiking, rock climbing or biking. A number of recent studies have demonstrated psychological benefits of ‘Green Exercise’ leading to significantly greater improvements in mental well-being. Alive.com says, “as long as you are interacting with nature it will leave you feeling refreshed, re-energized, and focused.” So, get outside!

What the Healthiest Diets Around the Globe Have in Common

Back in 2010, trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak did research for his book – The 5 Factor World Diet - to find the healthiest countries around the world. His goal was to learn more about what made these global meals extra nutritious and beneficial to the many different lifestyles. The Huffington Post provides a list of the world's healthiest diets. Although they have their own unique twists, many of these healthy eating habits have a lot in common, such as active lifestyles, seasonal foods, to sharing meals that are often focused on community or family events. Check it out!