Media Mash: Fitness playgrounds, cinnamon challenge & diet clichés


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Photo credit: Gary Tramontina, New York Times

Photo credit: Gary Tramontina, New York Times

HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.



  • Swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon within 60 seconds without water may sound like your idea of fun, but please stop. A new report shows that the “cinnamon challenge” has led to an increase in poison control center calls and hospitalizations. [Huffington Post]


  • If cellphone makers would simply make their products more repairable, it would reduce the environmental impact by 40%, engineers say. [Tech News Daily]


  • Bad news for everyone whose college years resembled the toga party scene in “Animal House.” A new study finds that four years of binge drinking can raise your risk of heart disease. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Sounds can help your memory as you sleep as long as they’re in sync with your brain’s slow oscillation rhythm. [Nature World News]


  • If you’re having feelings of dread, you may find relief in a common, yet surprising, pain reliever: Tylenol. [Time Healthland]


  • Remember when your mom made you “clean your plate or no dessert?” Well, researchers are finding that putting food pressure on children can lead to negative consequences. [CNN]


  • If exercising was as fun as a day at the playground, wouldn’t we all participate enthusiastically? That dream is now a reality. [New York Times]


  • We bet you’ve heard one too many diet clichés. This nutritionist hates them and debunks five common clichés here. [Health]


  • “Eat healthy. This message brought to you by McDonald’s.” The fast food behemoth is sponsoring the annual meetings of multiple states’ dietetic associations. Makes a lot of sense. [Facebook]


  • The number of dietary supplements recalled because they contained dangerous drugs is downright frightening. [National Public Radio]


  • Slate opened our eyes to seven spectacular places saved by the environmental movement. What a great tribute to Earth Day! [Slate]


  • New York City is trying to overtake California as the nation’s biggest leader in the recycling movement. It’s opening a massive recycling plant in Brooklyn this summer. [Scientific American]