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How Often Should You Be Eating Fish?

Sally Wadyka Consumer Reports
AMA report stresses the importance of eating fish The AHA’s new scientific advisory on fish consumption reports more evidence that seafood intake lower risks of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death—especially when the seafood replaces less healthy choices like beef or pork.



The Nutrition Source editors Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
Oats contain several components that have been proposed to exert health benefits. The FDA allows oat food labels to tout the nutritional value and health benefits of oats such as a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, weight and hunger control.


How coffee loves us back

Alvin Powell Harvard Gazette
Recent research at Harvard is just part of an emerging picture of coffee as a potentially powerful elixir against a range of ailments, from cancer to cavities


MGM Vegas Casino Workers Approve Union Contract

Michelle Rindels AP
Members of the largest local of UNITE HERE, Culinary Union local 226, along with Bartenders local 165, voted to approve a five year contract with the largest Strip employer, MGM Resorts. This is the first new contract with the gaming employer since 2007, prior to the recession. The contract includes an economic package that funds the continuation of health benefits and pension. Currently workers pay no monthly premiums for benefits.


Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers

Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
The Freelancers Union is using healthcare benefits as an organizing tool. So far it has been quite successful.


Coercive Wellness Programs Create New Headaches

Jane Slaughter Labor Notes
Employer-created wellness programs are about what workers should do on their own time, not what the employer could do to stop making them sick at work...Wellness programs are growing fast. In firms with more than 200 workers, 94 percent had such programs in 2012
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