Prevention July 2021

Prevention magazine gives you healthy solutions you can really live with. Every issue delivers the latest news and trends on health, food, and nutrition, family, fitness, and more!

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a healthy look at weight loss

WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT weight loss around here lately. How should Prevention be tackling this ever-popular, ever-tricky subject in a responsible and actually helpful way? Spurred on by bold and thoughtful editor Stephanie Dolgoff, we’ve been sorting through ideas on how we can be mindful of the harmful effects of diet culture while remaining up to date on the latest research and focused on you, our reader. (One interesting story ran in May; you can still read it at Along the way, I’ve noticed something funny/not funny about weight: The wide variety of ways it can make us feel bad about ourselves is frankly impressive when you think it through. For instance, lots of people feel lousy about what they weigh, but there’s also the feeling you get…

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your health handbook

Whether your 40s are just around the corner or you are enjoying the relaxation of retirement, there are simple steps to help you live a healthier and happier life at any age! 1 PRACTICE SELF CARE It’s important to take a step back from the stress of daily life to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Put down your phone and take 20 minutes to head outside for some fresh air, meditate, journal, or just enjoy a few minutes to breathe and recharge. 2 STAY ACTIVE Daily activity is an important part of healthy aging. Take the steps instead of an elevator, go for a brisk morning walk, or schedule an hour to enjoy an activity or sport that you love. Regular exercise helps with balance, weight control, and heart health…

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pedal away

Here’s a bandwagon to hop on that can give your health a boost: biking. Bike sales skyrocketed last year as people scrambled to find new ways to spend time outdoors during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there are plenty of reasons to join the cycling craze beyond the chance to breathe in some fresh air. For starters, bike riding is a great (and fun!) form of exercise that’s easier on your joints than walking or running, and the pedaling motion gives your muscles a serious workout. If you’re able to cycle to work, you’re helping the environment. Biking also gives you the chance to soak up nature’s stress-reducing benefits (see page 68 for more on this!), not to mention that it’s the perfect way to socialize safely this…

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the power of play

Playful couples tend to be happier. That’s not so surprising, but here’s what is: There may be a biological reason for that, says new research in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Playfulness appears to activate certain hormones and light up brain circuits that promote positive feelings and emotions, which may strengthen romantic relationships and help people deal with stress, resolve conflict, and build trust. Playful behaviors studied: surprising a partner, reminiscing about or reenacting enjoyable joint experiences, and making memories.…

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boost your memory with a game

Certain video games are actually good for the brain. “Sandbox” games like Minecraft and The Sims, in which you explore and create, can help boost memory. Games in which you repeat the same types of actions, like Candy Crush, don’t have the same benefit. Sandbox games help because “goals are less well-defined and more creative,” explains Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., a neuroscientist and gaming expert. Aim for 30 minutes a day, the amount of time research shows is needed to see improvement. COUPLE, PHONE, BRAIN: GETTY IMAGES.…

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new hope for melanoma

Yale Cancer Center researchers may have discovered a new way to fight melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer. When mice received intravenous injections of a specific antibody that stimulates an immune response, almost all tumors were suppressed, according to a study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research’s annual meeting. Why is this encouraging? Delivering this type of cancer treatment via an IV is much easier than injecting it directly into the tumor during surgery, the method oncologists currently rely on. These findings may help inform new treatments for other difficult-to-treat cancers.…