Must-Reads: Do You Live in One of the Healthiest States?

You may be healthy, but is your state? New data shows whether or not where you live measures up. Plus, a new ad campaign from Nike spotlights the everyday athletes that inspire us to move. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.

How Much Game Does Your State Have?

We know you’ve got game, but does your state? If you live in New England, the answer is probably yes, according to data from Retale, a mobile shopping app. Three states from this region rank among the “sportiest” in the nation. The company looked at stats like how often individuals work out, or play team sports, in addition to data on how many Olympic medals each state can claim. If you’re addicted to CrossFit, you might want to move out West. Wyoming, Colorado and Utah rank in the top three for number of “boxes” per capita.

Plus, not only does Vermont have sports for both summer and winter enthusiasts, but it also has more Olympic gold medals per one million inhabitants than any other state in the country. Who’s down for training camp in the Green Mountain State? (Retale)

“Better for It” With Nike

We’ve all struggled to find workout motivation and self-confidence. The truth is that there are far more ordinary people (like you!) out there sweating every day than there are fitness models doing the same. Nike’s new ad campaign “Better for It” is a softer version of their usual “Just Do It.” It shows real women addressing — and busting through — insecurities, like the fear of not being able to finish a race. (Nike)

Must-Reads: Do You Live in One of the Healthiest States?

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Are Kind Bars Only Kind of Healthy?

When given the choice between a bar and say, a bag of chips, the bar is usually the healthier choice. But if you’re used to grabbing a Kind bar, you might want to look twice at the label. At least four of the brand’s offerings violated the Food and Drug Administration’s “healthy” labeling requirements — requiring them to take that word off their packaging. The bars all have saturated fat levels above one gram, which is what the FDA considers healthy. However, the company points out that those grams of fat come from nuts — which have many nutritional benefits. (Bloomberg)

Must-Reads: Do You Live in One of the Healthiest States?

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The Weird Thing That Might Be Affecting Your Weight

Here’s something you never thought to look for in your food: nickel. According to a new study, some women who are overweight or obese are significantly more likely to be allergic to the metal than the general population. In the study of 87 women with a BMI of 32 (considered obese), 60 percent were affected by the allergy. Researchers then put the women on a normal-calorie diet that restricted foods with higher concentrations of nickel, which can be found in whole grains, legumes, cocoa and some vegetables. The result: Over six months, 56 percent of the women lost more than five percent of their body fat. Nickel has also been linked with high levels of inflammation. (Wall Street Journal)

Must-Reads: Do You Live in One of the Healthiest States?

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Don’t Lie to Yourself

If someone were to ask you right now how healthy your diet was, how would you answer? The bad news: you’re probably underestimating the calories you’re consuming; the good news: you’re not alone. A study from Harvard Medical School showed that 25 percent of people underestimate the amount of calories in their meal by 500. You can overcome this self-bias by starting with mindful eating — and these other tips. (Daily HIIT)

Must-Reads: Do You Live in One of the Healthiest States?

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This Treadmill Keeps Up With You

The treadmill can suck if you don’t have an awesome workout ready. It’s also not nearly as effective as outdoor running, since you don’t have the benefit of constantly changing your pace. But a new treadmill being developed at Ohio State University imitates outdoor running by adjusting the speed of the belt to match your pace. As you speed up, so does the machine, using a sonar device to track distance and movement. You can’t run on it yet, though, as it’s still in development, patent pending. Don’t worry — it’s faceplant-proof (we hope). (Shape)