In Case You Missed It (1/4/16)

Paul Rogers, New York Times

Paul Rogers, New York Times

Happy New Year! I have not posted in a couple of weeks because I think the holiday season is a really important time to focus on friends and family. First, my husband, the pups, and I spent a wonderful week with my in-laws. Then, the following week, we spent some QT with my side of the family. We rung in the new year with some awesome friends and can't wait to celebrate my 30th birthday with everybody. You read that right – I just turned thirty. My emotions are a mix of confidence, dread, and excitement about the decade that lies ahead. Here's to an enriching next chapter!

New Year's Resolutions & Trends:

Food & Diet:

Fitness:

Science & Technology:

Policy:

  • Many See I.R.S. Penalties as More Affordable Than Insurance – The ACA did some great things, most notably preventing insurers from discriminating against individuals with preexisting medical conditions. However, if the main goals were to enable all Americans to afford and encourage them to maintain health insurance, the legislation’s success is still unclear. The so-called “healthy holdouts” seem to be undermining the affordability aspect of the plan. As the penalties for not having insurance continue to increase, we’ll see if the holdouts cave and premiums subside. 
  • ‘What can we do better?’ Trying to make the nation’s food system safer in 2016. Try to eat mostly homemade meals made with local, organic, unprocessed, plant-based ingredients in order to decrease your chances of eating contaminated food. 
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