Media Mash: Hawaii's youngest surfers, the year in sex & worst workout habits


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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.

  • What were you doing when you were 6 years old? These photos of some of Hawaii's youngest surfers will make your jaw drop. [Huffington Post]


  • Your workout may not be as effective as you think. Here are seven bad workout habits to break right now. [CNN]

  • Expect vending machines to receive a healthy makeover soon. Under Obama’s healthcare overhaul, vending machines will need to display calorie counts for the snacks inside. [The Daily Meal]

  • According to a new study, cold-causing germs can last for months outside the human body. Um, go germs? [NY Daily News]

  • 'Tis the season for 2013 recaps, and this one recaps a year of sex and sexual politics. [Salon]

  • It may be the end of the Danish cinnamon roll as we know it, and bakers aren't happy about it. [NPR]

  • If you've ever wondered about the decision-making process of dogs, here's a helpful flowchart. We can only guess that a cat's process is far ... different. [Mashable]

  • Don't make the mistake of following some overhyped fad diet this year when trying to get back into your skinny jeans. Instead, try these 67 science-backed ways to shed pounds. [Greatist]

  • Think you can guess what the most Googled diet of 2013 was? [Refinery 29]

  • A 14-year study of European women found that a diet high in meat products was associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Just another reason to focus on those plant-based foods. [Grist]

  • This USDA chart shows that what we're buying at the grocery is drastically out of sync with dietary recommendations. [USDA]

  • The treadmill doesn't have to be boring. Follow this speed-building drop-set interval workout to burn fat next time you hit the gym. [FitSugar]