Media Mash: Seal flu, Zumba injuries, food trucks & moon landings


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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.


  • Stress isn’t all bad. Here are 11 reasons why it’s actually good for you. [Huffington Post]


  • Food trucks across America have been taking street meat (and vegetarian dishes) to a new level by taking a healthy, innovative, sustainable and gourmet approach to standard street fare. Find out if one of the 26 healthiest food trucks in America is parked in your city. [Greatist]


  • Not just for drinking anymore, green tea can offer 20 other unusual uses. Undereye dark circle reducer? We’ll try it. [EcoSalon]



  • Ever notice how weight-loss ads targeting women tend to say things like “Now I’m the person I always wanted to be,” or “When I look in the mirror, I see the real me?” Men’s weight-loss ads, though, take the attitude of “You can do this” rather than “I’ll have an identity crisis if I’m not my ideal weight.” Find out how weight-loss companies prey on women’s greatest fears. [The Stir]



  • Think anxiety, depression and loneliness are nothing to worry about? Even mild forms of psychological distress can lead to an early death. [ABC News]


  • Guys, take note: A smaller waistline can mean better performance in the sack. [Daily Mail]


  • One small step for the Chinese. China to make first-ever moon landing in 2013. [io9]



  • From the 7-foot-3-inch basketball player Zhang Zhaoxu to the 66-pound (66!!) Japanese gymnast Asuka Teramoto, it’s clear Olympic athletes range in sizes. Where does your body type fit in? Plug in your info and find out how you measure up. [BBC]


  • Ever hear of the seal flu? Scientists says it may pose a threat to humans. [Huffington Post]


  • There’s been a rising number of Zumba injuries. Here are 10 ways to avoid them. [Consumer Reports]