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Health Tip: Make the Right Breakfast Choices

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-- Skipping breakfast should not be an option for kids, no matter how tired they are, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Regular meals help growing bodies and developing brains. The ideal breakfast should be a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy. The FDA suggests how to make the most of your breakfast: Don't limit yourself to traditional breakfast foods. ...

Bells, Whistles and Home Exercise Equipment

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MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 – Exercising on a budget can be as simple as buying a good pair of walking shoes. But when you want to make an investment in fitness equipment, new options can make your workouts interactive as well as high-energy. Look for exercise bikes, treadmills and ellipticals that offer pre-set workouts, often with incline adjustments and/or increases in tension, to challenge ...

Thinking of Others Makes Healthy Choices Easier

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MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 – Reminding people to eat less or exercise usually gets their back up. That's one reason why public health messages fall on deaf ears, researchers say. But investigators think they've found a better way. They suggest leaving your ego behind because it might open your mind to healthy activities that your natural defensiveness shuns. "One of the things that gets in the way ...

'Fitcations' Are a Great Way to Shape Up

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FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – From a three-day bike race to raise awareness of a charitable cause, to adventure travel abroad, you can take exercise to a brand new level on a fitness trip. With no shortage of "fitcation" options available any time of year, start with some research, either by destination or by the activity you want to explore in-depth. It might be a yoga retreat in the mountains, ...

Slaying the Couch-Potato Mindset

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MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – There's no shortage of creative excuses people come up with to stay stuck on the sofa, but three of them top the list. Here's how to hurdle the obstacles standing between you and getting in shape. "I'm too tired to exercise." Being too tired to work out is a common theme among procrastinators. And while it sounds counter-intuitive, exercise gives you more energy – it ...

Many Americans Slicing Meat From Their Diet

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MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – Is America's love affair with meat starting to lose its luster? A new survey finds that many Americans are cutting back on the amount of red and processed meat they eat – and even some poultry and fish – because they're worried about their health or their finances. Americans still eat more meat than health experts recommend. High meat consumption has negative ...

Calorie Counts on Menus May Be Trimming Americans' Waistlines

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FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – With roughly 40 percent of Americans now obese, new research finds that one strategy may be helping Americans stay slim: calorie counts on restaurant menus. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, chain restaurants with 20 or more franchises must now list a meal's calorie count on their menus and order boards. And some cities and states – including New ...

More Water, Mom? H2O Is Top Kids' Beverage in U.S.

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THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 – U.S. kids are drinking far more water than sodas and fruit drinks, health officials say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that water accounts for almost half of kids' total beverage consumption. And together, water and milk comprised about two-thirds of the beverages consumed by Americans aged 2 o 19 between 2013 and 2016. The ...

AHA: Get Your (Exer)game On to Make Screen Time Pay Off

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Parents, can't seem to tear the kids away from their screens? There are ways you won't have to – and still get them off the couch. Exergaming allows players to engage in physical activity while also participating in video games – using a video camera, an infrared sensor or other technology that tracks their movements while playing. ...

4 Habits That Lead to Better Food Choices

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – The choices you make every day, both big and small, influence your weight and your health. For instance, do you grab coffee and a donut for breakfast or opt for yogurt with fresh fruit? Understanding why you make the choices you do and how to improve those choices are important steps for weight loss. Start by making healthful foods easier to choose. The range of ...

Say No to Yo-Yo Dieting

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FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 – New to weight loss or tired of yo-yo dieting? Learning "stability skills" first may lead to greater long-term weight loss success. Many dieters regain up to 50 percent of the weight they lose within a year because they abandon the healthy lifestyle changes they made to lose the weight. According to research done at Stanford University, the answer may be to learn "forever ...

Working Workouts Into Your Life

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TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 – Weekly fitness guidelines can seem like a laundry list of to-do's that you just can't get done – 30 minutes of cardio at least five days, resistance training two or three days, and at least two flexibility sessions … each and every week. Yet each type of exercise does the body good, so it's important to find ways to meet these goals. First, recognize that an exercise p ...

Losing Weight the Online Way

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MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 – Not being able to attend face-to-face meetings doesn't mean you can't get the benefits of joining an organized diet group. All you need is an internet connection. Online diet programs let you sign in for information and motivation at any hour of the day or night. Participating in a web-based weight-loss program can be helpful in many ways – not just with weight loss, but ...

Taming Those High-Calorie Temptations

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – It's the dieter's tug-of-war: the need to lose weight versus the urge to eat high-calorie foods. Scientists say the easy availability of sweets and other treats has made the desire for them stronger over time. Couple that with a sedentary lifestyle that burns fewer and fewer calories, and battling the bulge is that much harder. To win the war, your dieting strategy has to ...

Later Breakfast, Earlier Dinner Might Help You Shed Body Fat

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THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – Could the timing of your breakfast and dinner help you eat less and lose body fat? A small, preliminary study suggests it's possible. People cut their daily calorie intake by about 25 percent when they held off on breakfast for 90 minutes and then had dinner 90 minutes earlier than usual, said senior researcher Jonathan Johnston. He is a reader in chronobiology and ...

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