RCE Personal Health and Finance Quiz Can Guide Your New Year’s Resolutions

Barbara O'Neill.

Barbara O’Neill.

Each year, almost half of Americans develop New Year’s resolutions to improve different aspects of their lives. Often these resolutions involve health and personal finances. Specific examples include saving money, reducing debt, losing weight, quitting smoking and increased physical activity.

According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2014 were: 1. lose weight, 2. get organized, 3. spend less, save more, 4. enjoy life to the fullest and 5. stay fit and healthy. Three of these top five resolutions (#1, #3, and #5) directly involve health and personal finances while the other two (#2 and #4) are indirectly related (e.g., organized people are likely to keep their finances on track and healthy and financially secure people are able to live life to the fullest). [Read more…]

Adapting to Shifts in Marine Species Due to Climate Change Research Available on New Website

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky

During the past 18 months, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution Malin Pinsky has published two papers documenting and exploring the implications of the trend of marine species shifting to cooler waters as a result of climate change. He and his team have found that the shift northward is happening at different rates among the species not because of their biological differences but due to the rate and direction of climate change in their waters. A new website has been created with the data behind this research available to explain how the ecology, business and economics of sport and commercial fishing are connected to the effects of global warming and the difficulty in adapting to the resulting changes. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Climate change driving fish north, Rutgers research shows

What fishermen have seen for years has now been confirmed- and mapped – by a group of Rutgers researchers, that warmer ocean waters have caused fish to seek their ideal temperatures farther north… Last week, the Rutgers team released data and charts to the public showing more than 60 species and how they migrated over the last 40 years. The average drift northward is 0.7 of a degree latitude, and 15 meters deeper in the water, Pinsky’s work found. "We’re seeing a trend of many species shifting northward and shifting deeper," said Malin Pinsky, a marine biologist leading the Rutgers team. "It is a sea change – and it affects fisheries quite a bit."

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Food industry coalition seeks balanced dietary guidance

A coalition of 18 food organizations, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the American Bakers Association, has formed the "Back to Balance Coalition," which aims to promote balanced, practical and achievable dietary guidance. The coalition on Dec. 9 also released results from an October 2014 survey of 300 registered dietitians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants…"Historically, we’ve seen shifts in dietary recommendations that have led to conflicting messages and confusion," said Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., R.N., a professor of nutrition at Rutgers University. "These recommendations often have little to do with what Americans really eat, nor do they consider what working families could achieve given today’s time and economic pressures."

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Rutgers Research Professor: State Needs to Invest in Infrastructure

The infrastructure that carries water to your tap is aging and in need of repair. Groups including New Jersey Clean Water Council, New Jersey Future and the American Society for Civil Engineers worry utilities aren’t keeping up with necessary maintenance to water infrastructure…Rutgers research professor Dr. Daniel Van Abs told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that New Jersey is not paying the full cost for proper water infrastructure. “Basically what it means that we’re not paying the full cost for our water,” said Van Abs. “We’re paying rates that are lower than what it really requires to maintain our water systems.”

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