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Staying healthy over the holidays: Two UMN experts weigh in

“Just one more piece- why not? It’s the holidays!” Many of us allow ourselves one more slice of pumpkin pie, or cup of eggnog over the holidays than we typically would during other parts of the year.

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4 tips for coping with eating disorders during food-heavy holidays

Holidays can be particularly challenging for people with eating disorders, says Carol Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Peterson offers strategies to manage the mental illness during the food-centric celebrations.

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Sequencing a turkey’s genome

Health Talk took a break from Thanksgiving meal preparation yesterday to talk turkey with University of Minnesota expert Kent Reed, Ph.D.

Reed is an evolutionary biologist and animal geneticist with the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s helped sequence upwards of 90 percent of the turkey genome with the Turkey Genome Mapping Project and is now working to characterize the turkey genome’s precursor: the turkey transcriptome.

Here’s what he has to say about your holiday centerpiece…

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Combating Holiday Stress

For most people, the holidays are a time of celebration.

But for some, the holidays can also be a catalyst for increased stress levels.

During the holidays, increases in family time, financial challenges or responsibilities can be overwhelming. In addition, these stressors can be compounded as we sleep and exercise less and our food and alcohol intake climbs.

But the good news is that with a few simple tips, most people can help keep stress levels from getting the better of them this holiday season.

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