Articles

Below is a gallery of current NSF articles. These are provided as a free resource to help individuals and families live safer, healthier lives. Select any of the links to view a copy of the full article.

Food

Food Safety is a Shared Responsibility

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses strike 48 million or one out of six Americans each year. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now building a new system of food safety oversight to better protect U.S. food supplies. READ MORE

How to Safely Adopt a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

You may think that going gluten-free is just another fad diet, but it’s actually a necessity for managing very real and serous health issues that many Americans face, including celiac disease, gluten sensitivities and gluten intolerance. READ MORE


Healthy Home/Healthy Living

Can’t Afford to Be Sick? Teach Proper Handwashing

Sick time is not just a problem for adults. Each year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What’s the answer? READ MORE

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips

Have you ever wondered if the traditional cleaning products you are using are safe for the environment? How about all of the new products entering the market that claim to be "green" or "natural," or claim to be made from "all natural ingredients?" How can you tell what’s really true? READ MORE


Supplements

Certified Supplements Help Professional and Student Athletes Play it Safe

With the growing popularity of supplements, athletes at all levels are concerned about the potential presence of banned substances in supplements. Learn what you can do to play it safe if you choose to use dietary or sport supplements. READ MORE

Before Buying Dietary Supplements, Follow This Advice

The dietary supplements industry—which includes everything from multivitamins and fish oil to zinc and joint supplements—has grown rapidly over the last decide. But not all supplements on the market are created equally. What should you consider when purchasing a supplement? READ MORE

Improving Your Game Without Hurting Your Health

Student athletes are understandably concerned about performing their best. And while a healthy diet, regular exercise and practice are enough for some, others choose to take supplements in hopes of improving their game. While not all dietary or sports supplements may pose a problem, some could contain banned substances or compounds designed to mimic a banned substance. With so many supplements on the market, how do you weed out the good from the bad? READ MORE

Energy Drinks Are Not Sodas or Sports Drinks: Consume Carefully

In recent years energy drinks have enjoyed a surge in popularity, but there’s still some controversy over the safety and suitability of these products for daily use, and many people do not realize the danger that some can pose. READ MORE


Water

Choosing Bottled Water Wisely

An important aspect of any exercise program is staying hydrated. Since bottled water easily accommodates the active lifestyle of today’s families, these products are an obvious choice when heading to the gym, soccer field or any other sports-related activity. But are there really any differences between the various brands and types of bottled water? READ MORE

What’s in Your Drinking Water

Water quality is a concern to all of us today regardless of where we live. Fortunately, people who receive drinking water from a municipal source are able to access free information about local water quality conditions simply by contacting their local water utility and asking for an annual water quality report. Also known as Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs), these reports can help you make an educated decision about the type of drinking water your family consumes. READ MORE

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