The Doctors and SELF magazine explore the healthiest – and unhealthiest – cities in America to bring you the best tips from across the country!
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Healthiest Cities in America
1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Bethesda, Maryland
3. San Francisco, California
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
5. Boston, Massachusetts
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Editor-in-chief of SELF, Lucy Danziger, reveals what city has the healthiest eaters in America: Santa Barbara, California!
Santa Barbara has 80 percent fewer fast food restaurants per capita than the average U.S. city, which influences its residents’ healthy eating habits.
“Here’s the truth, though,” Lucy says. “No matter how much [unhealthy food is] available, our behavior is the most important thing. If the average [person] is eating 32 [servings of] fruits and vegetables per week, [people in Santa Barbara eat] 36. That’s not that much more. That’s one more serving a day, and all of us can do that.”
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears visits Santa Barbara to find out how residents get so much produce into their diet, and how to eat fresh without breaking the bank!
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Whether it’s mountain biking, kayaking, hiking or cross-country skiing, E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork is always on the move. It’s no surprise that his hometown of Denver, Colorado is the most active in the U.S.
“What I love about people in Colorado is that the outdoors is their gym,” Dr. Travis says. “There’s so many different things to do, you can never get bored.”
Find out how you can incorporate the outdoors into your fitness routine, so you can stay healthy no matter where you live!
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Approximately 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with the flu every year, and a person’s bodyweight may be to blame.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how your weight can affect the efficacy of the flu vaccine.
“[It’s] just another reason why you don’t want to get overweight,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. “You’re carrying all that extra weight, [and] you’re just working your body harder in different ways. In this case, we’re talking about the immune system that suffers.”
• Surviving flu season
• How to fight against the flu
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Coffee and Painkillers?
One non-fat latte and a … Vicodin? An Orange County, California doctor was recently indicted on charges of dealing dangerous prescription drugs at a popular coffee chain.
“How did we get to this point?” Dr. Travis asks. “It’s inexcusable. The reason 2 million [Americans] are addicted to [prescription] painkillers [is because] someone has to prescribe them. The great majority are being prescribed by doctors who aren’t selling them at [coffee shops].”
Addiction to opiods, the most commonly abused painkillers, has tripled in the last decade.
“If you go to the doctor – and this is a pet peeve of mine – and you’ve sprained your ankle, there are plenty of opportunities where you’ll get a prescription for opiod medicine,” Dr. Travis says. “But I am not going to prescribe you 50 Oxycontin for an ankle sprain, because the only thing that can happen are bad things.
“Understand, these are dangerous medicines, and it’s easy to become addicted to them, so be careful,” Dr. Travis adds.
Painkiller Addiction Warning Signs
• Dramatic mood swings
• Change in sleep patterns
• Changes in social behavior
• Increased sensitivity to sights, sounds and emotions
• New confusion and/or forgetfulness
• Seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors
“We’re all in this together,” Dr. Travis says. “If you’re suffering from this, we’re not blaming you. We’re just saying get out there and seek help before this can really take you down a line you can never get off of. These drugs can be deadly.”