What Fear Can Do to You

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. The human species could not have survived for long without the experience of fear. The ability to identify certain events and situations as dangerous and respond appropriately is essential for our existence. But these responses are meant to be...

What Gives ‘Health Food’ A Bad Name?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Even when detrimental outcomes are in plain sight – like the ever-worsening obesity crisis – change is hard to come by and will likely be resisted. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the government’s intention to...

Exercising the Body Benefits the Mind, Too

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. While regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of healthy aging, its impact on mental health has remained less explored — until now. For these studies, researchers from the United States, Canada and Japan...

Just the Right Amount of Stress.

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Being regularly overworked and stressed out likely leads to health problems long-term, but feeling bored or having too much time on your hands can also have negative effects, a government-sponsored study from Germany on health and safety issues...

Does Outlook on Life Influence Longevity?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. That staying physically and mentally fit is important for healthy aging is old news. But how our attitudes can also influence how long we live is not as well understood. Now, a study  from England concluded that being happy, enjoying life, or...