Media mash: Produce prescriptions, sexist videos & healthy potato salad


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HellaWella’s media mash is a new 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.


  • Why are the U.S. Olympic Trials so close to the London Games? Our athletes need more recoup time! [Wall Street Journal]


  • Do hipsters, crazy aunts, smug businessmen and cat lovers deserve to die? This new ad campaign is using controversial messaging to bring awareness to a major health issue. [Yahoo]


  • Tea doesn’t have to be confined to a mug. This article shows you how to cook with it. [Healthy Eats]


  • Think again before skipping on meals. It could be making you fat. [New York Times]


  • Food as the cure: Washington, D.C., clinic offers families with obese children fruit and veggie prescriptions. [Washington Post]



  • Drink your coffee in moderation and you could be helping your heart. [Medical News Today]


  • NPR breaks down the stats on what it takes to make a quarter-pound hamburger. (Spoiler: It includes 52.8 gallons of water and 1,036 BTUs of fossil fuel energy, among other things.) [National Public Radio]


  • Since we spend so much time prepping and washing in the bathroom, it might be about time to freshen the place up a bit. [BrightNest]


  • Is your July Fourth menu sorely lacking? Why not try eggplant Parmesan pizza, plum-walnut crumble or strawberry-coconut daiquiris? [Eating Well]


  • We’re not so sure superfoods even exist. But we do believe in healthy eating, and these days, black is in. [Everyday Health]


  • The European Union has pulled the plug on its incredibly sexist video “Science: It’s A Girl Thing!” Of course that wasn’t before it went viral and can still be seen on YouTube. Let’s just hope that influential young girls haven’t been exposed to this stupidity. [Time]


  • A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association proves what many others have already said: A Mediterranean style diet is the best for keeping the weight off. Now how about something we don’t know? [Time]


  • We usually avoid potato salads like the plague since they’re typically smothered in mayo, but this recipe roundup found healthy versions of both potato salad and pasta salad. [Eating Well]



  • Sea levels are rising faster on the U.S. East Coast than anywhere else in the world, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which could mean big trouble for such cities as New York and Boston if action isn’t taken. [The Bunsen Burner]