Statement from the National Honey Board

“The National Honey Board is always upset to hear reports of adulteration in honey. Honey is one of nature’s most natural products, made by bees, and with no additives or preservatives of any kind. Consumers have every right to expect that they are getting pure honey, which is why reducing the incidence of adulteration in honey is a top priority for the honey industry. The National Honey Board continues to work with the industry to preserve the purity of our product and to educate regulators and law enforcement agencies about this issue. The vast majority of United States beekeepers, honey importers, and honey packers are all working together to eradicate bad actors from our industry.”

- Margaret Lombard, CEO of the National Honey Board 

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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