Do You Need to Know Your Body Mass Index?

Body mass index, or BMI, is a common tool for estimating a person’s “fatness.” A ratio of weight to height, BMI has long been used to categorize people as either underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. People who are classified in the obese range are then divided further into three levels of severity. That said, … Read more Do You Need to Know Your Body Mass Index?

These Are the Worst U.S. Counties for Your Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute on Wednesday released their 2016 County Health Rankings, comparing counties in the United States on a number of different health measures, including smoking, injuries, exercise and obesity. The findings show how Americans’ health can vary drastically depending on their ZIP code. Click through to see some … Read more These Are the Worst U.S. Counties for Your Health

Syrian refugee chickpeas bloom in Lebanon

In a humid plastic tent in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a Syrian scientist handles the leaves of the chickpeas, lentils and wheat that may one day help fill neighbouring Syria’s post-war kitchen tables. Fawzi Souied is part of a team trying to safeguard the future of Syrian and global agriculture by recreating a seed collection stored … Read more Syrian refugee chickpeas bloom in Lebanon

In muddy Bekaa Valley camp, Jolie urges support for Syria refugees

U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie urged world powers on Tuesday to do more to end Syria’s five-year war and help the millions who have fled the conflict, as she visited refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The war has killed 250,000 people, displaced half of Syria’s population and created Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War … Read more In muddy Bekaa Valley camp, Jolie urges support for Syria refugees