Several studies have shown the human health benefits of owning pets, and the AVMA supports those conclusions. A recent study of a North Carolina company documented higher levels of employee satisfaction and relaxation, and Yale students allowed to "check out" a dog for 30 minutes during finals reported feeling soothed and reminded of home.
New York City's Healthy Bodegas Initiative has helped more than 1,000 neighborhood stores increase inventories of fresh produce and healthy foods. The Council on the Environment's Greenmarket project has joined the movement by giving bodegas refrigerators for keeping fruits, vegetables and juice.
Circuit classes that work multiple muscle groups and interval training can help people get ready for spring sports and exercises in order to avoid injury, fitness experts say. Josh Lyon of 24-Hour Fitness recommends foundational conditioning using the basics of cardio, strength, flexibility and alignment before tackling issues of performance improvement.
Several school officials in Utah say they expect some students will be reluctant this fall to try new, healthier food brought by the revised federal standards. The standards require students be given a serving of fruits and vegetables each day. "Food wasted is inevitable, I think," said Kristine Scott, head of the Ogden School District Child Nutrition Program.
The increasing cost of jet fuel is prompting a revolution in the jet engine industry. Manufacturers are developing engines designed to cut emissions, noise and fuel consumption. Meanwhile, new planes are made of composite materials, which makes them lighter and more efficient to fly.