Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » The 10 Leading Health Stories of 2013

The 10 Leading Health Stories of 2013


Looking back on 2013, I can’t honestly say if we are any healthier this year than we were in past years. But I do believe (for the most part) the web and social media are putting more and better quality health, fitness, and nutrition information at the fingertips of readers than every before, and ActiveBeat.com is proud to be a part of this positive trend.

This past year, we covered a flurry of new and re-emerging health ailments, food recalls, innovative health technologies, and health conditions made even more real by larger than life Hollywood celebrities.

Let’s take a look at the leading health stories of 2013…

10.  Questionable Expiration Dates

So exactly how much food were we wasting before an NRDC-Harvard report alerted us to premature expiration dates? For instance, “best before” dates on eggs are often marked 5 days prior to actual expiration on the carton. The report revealed the shocking truth of food waste, with approximately 90-percent of North Americans tossing food early due to expiration confusion. Turns out those “best before” dates are mostly an indication of freshness—not of complete food spoilage.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • Possible Signs of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
    If you constantly feel run down and can't seem to find that extra step, you may have what some experts call adrenal fatigue syndrome.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Breathe Through These 6 Health Indicators Linked to the Diaphragm
    The website of Dr. Ginger Garner explains that your diaphragm "measures mere millimeters in thickness," but it has sweeping influence over bodily systems that can "ultimately...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Common Causes of Swollen Feet
    We've all been there before when our feet get a little puffy and swollen. It will most likely occur after sitting through a long flight, during pregnancy, or being on your feet all...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Household Items that May be Negatively Impacting your Health
    Whether they list warnings on the label or not, some common household products may be doing harm to the health of you and your family.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Nail Fungus Facts You Should Know
    Nail fungus (onychomycosis), which affects the toenails in particular, is a big reason why many Americans keep their socks on with their sandals (we assume this, there's no medical...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Surprising Health Problems Revealed by a Simple Blood Test
    The last time your doctor sent you for a blood test it was likely to rule out a nutrient or hormonal deficiency or to diagnose high cholesterol.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Reasons to Sing Your Heart Out for Health
    Do you sing your heart out whenever a favorite song comes on the radio? Or do you reserve belting out a ditty to the shower or confines of your car?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
    We all live within our comfort zones to some degree by doing things that are familiar to us as well as relatively easy.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Homegrown Vegetables & Herbs with Serious Health Advantages
    Growing your own vegetables and herbs has many health advantages. You don’t need to use pesticides, plus homegrown means they're fresh and taste better than store bought because...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Read Up: 6 Fantastic Health Benefits for Book Worms
    I hear you; it’s tough to pick up a book after a long day. Many of us (myself included) would rather zone out to a sitcom marathon on Netflix and forget about our troubles.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Connect to These 7 Tips for Social Wellness Month
    These days, it seems the word "social" means jumping in front of a smartphone or computer to engage in social media. However, there are benefits to real human contact.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Surprising Ways Sun Affects our Bodies
    The sun—without it, living things on earth wouldn't exist. The light and heat from the big ball of fire in the sky sets the stage for our planet's livable conditions.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Beverages to Avoid on a Hot, Summer Day
    It's HOT outside! But before you reach for a favorite soda, iced coffee, or beer to help quench your thirst and cool down, consider that not all drinks are considered equal on a...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Reasons to Love your Pajamas
    It's one of the last things we do before we go to bed is put on pajamas (or pyjamas, depending on your preferred spelling).
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Cool Tips to Survive the End of Summer Blues
    The weather is cooling off a couple of degrees in some states (although it's still quite summery outside).
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice