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The 10 Leading Health Stories of 2013


Looking back on 2013, I can’t honestly say if we are any healthier this year than we were in past years. But I do believe (for the most part) the web and social media are putting more and better quality health, fitness, and nutrition information at the fingertips of readers than every before, and ActiveBeat.com is proud to be a part of this positive trend.

This past year, we covered a flurry of new and re-emerging health ailments, food recalls, innovative health technologies, and health conditions made even more real by larger than life Hollywood celebrities.

Let’s take a look at the leading health stories of 2013…

10.  Questionable Expiration Dates

So exactly how much food were we wasting before an NRDC-Harvard report alerted us to premature expiration dates? For instance, “best before” dates on eggs are often marked 5 days prior to actual expiration on the carton. The report revealed the shocking truth of food waste, with approximately 90-percent of North Americans tossing food early due to expiration confusion. Turns out those “best before” dates are mostly an indication of freshness—not of complete food spoilage.

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