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Calories on the Menu

Trend: Part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to list calorie content information for standard menu items on their menus and menu boards. Look for this information to be available at your local chain restaurants this year.

Why It Matters: It's not all about calories, but calories are important for overall weight control.

Fit Tip: When you see this information on menu boards, use it. Realize that a typical person needs roughly 2,000 calories per day. To get a more accurate read on your personal calorie requirement see: Calorie Counter Calculator.

Digital Health

Trend: This is a fast-growing category that works on many different levels, including phone applications, health data gathering tools (e.g., Nike+ FuelBand, LINK by BodyMedia, Fitbit, Wii Fit scales, etc.) and telemedicine.

Why It Matters: An increase in digital health tools means more control of our health.

Fit Tip: Find out more by visiting the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, or check out the exhibitors online at Fitness Tech and at Digital Health.

More: 10 Best iPhone Fitness Apps for 2013

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