A few weeks ago, a paper claimed that an extra glass of wine will shorten your life. The story circled the globe in minutes. A new paper, with better methodology, concluded what we all knew: Moderate alcohol consumption can be integrated into a healthy lifestyle. It, however, won't receive nearly as much attention as the sensationalist report. Such is the power of the academic PR hype machine combined with a gullible, sensationalist press.
When healthier food choices are available, high school sporting events don't have to be the exclusive domain of burgers, fries and ice cream. Based on findings from a limited study by researchers from Cornell University and the University of Iowa, an existing desire for healthier fare should prompt concession stands to offer smarter choices.