Wellness Wire

Video games get heart healthy

You Might Wanna Rethink That Hot Dog
New research shows that regularly consuming the sodium and nitrate preservatives in processed meat—think bacon, sausage, or deli meats—increases the risk of heart disease by 42 percent and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 19 percent. [Sciencedaily.com]

Virtual Baseball Better Than The Real Thing?
The American Heart Association’s Healthy Check logo will soon appear on Nintendo Wii video game systems. But not everyone agrees “exergaming” deserves the AHA’s stamp of approval over the real deal. [Abcnews.com]

Can’t Sleep, But You Don’t Know Why?
With 40 million Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders, it’s no surprise that people are trying to understand them. Check out this Q & A as one journalist attempts to get to the bottom of her own insomnia. [TIME.com]

— research by Jillian Skrocki