Heart-healthy lifestyles can spread through social networks

December 16, 2013

Heart-healthy lifestyles can be contagious to your family and friends. In a late-breaking clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013, people in social networks who received an intervention to tackle their weight problems together lost an average 6½ pounds more and trimmed an extra 1¼ inches from their waists compared with […]

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The upside of peer pressure: social networks help kids exercise more

May 30, 2012

May 28, 2012, TIME By Alice Park Peer pressure can be a powerful force, and sometimes a positive one. For example, hanging out with active peers may lead kids to exercise more, making a child’s social network a potential vehicle for promoting healthy habits and reducing obesity.

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