Weight Loss :: Even slight holiday weight gain can set stage for obesity, health risks

Although some Americans gain five to seven pounds with a diet of big meals and sweets between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, most people only gain a pound or two during the holidays, according to a UT Southwestern Medical Center registered dietitian.

Wal-Mart Unwraps Its Top 12 Gift Ideas

This Christmas, millions of Americans will be sending gifts to family and friends in New York, Los Angeles, and everywhere in between. With holiday shipping deadlines rapidly approaching (USPS parcel post deadline is 12/13, FedEx Ground deadline is 12/15, and UPS express mail deadline is 12/22), there are only a few days left to find the right gifts for everyone on your list that are easy to find and mail.

Health Care :: Charmin(R) Restrooms Offer the Plushest Flush in Times Square This Holiday Season

Today Charmin unveils the first ever, fully-staffed, deluxe public restrooms in New York City’s Times Square just in time for the holiday season. Doris Roberts, America’s favorite mom from TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” will inaugurate the stalls with the ceremonial “first-flush” and ribbon cutting.

Diet :: UGA professor finds that confusion about Calories is nothing new

James L. Hargrove, associate professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia, said many nutritionists aren’t even sure of the true origin of the Calorie — or why it’s supposed to be capitalized.His findings are detailed in a study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

Flu :: CDC Announces Weeklong Event to Focus on the Importance of Influenza Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the designation of the week after Thanksgiving as National Influenza Vaccination Week. This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week will run from November 27 to December 3. This event is designed to raise awareness of the importance of continuing influenza (flu) vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine through the months of November, December and beyond.