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Health Tip: Biking Safely

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-- Biking is a great way to stay in shape, save gas and reduce pollution. But the estimated 80 million cyclists sharing the road with vehicles often face a host of hazards, says the National Safety Council. To stay safe, the NSC recommends: Become familiar with traffic laws. Ride single-file in the direction of traffic. Use hand signals when turning. Never hitch onto cars. Wear bright clothing....

More Reasons to Follow the Mediterranean Diet

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MONDAY, March 25, 2019 – More and more research supports the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, the way of eating followed by people who live in countries around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece and Italy. Various studies have indicated that it may help ward off Alzheimer's disease and other changes related to thinking and memory. It may also reduce your odds of getting type 2...

AHA News: Which Diet Keeps Your Heart Healthy?

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MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Diet doesn't have to be a four-letter word. Most of the time, a diet implies weight loss and comes loaded with restrictions and perhaps even plans that aren't very healthy. But new recommendations released recently by a team of health experts refer to diet with a different goal in mind: preventing heart disease and stroke. "We see a lot...

Want to Stay Trim? Don't Eat in the Evening, Study Finds

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 23, 2019 – Maybe you rush around with work and activities during the day, then settle in for a large, relaxing meal in the evening. But new research says the later in the day you eat, the more weight you're likely to pack on. That's the takeaway from a week-long study involving 31 overweight and obese patients, mostly women. "We evaluated meal and sleep timing in patients with...

Fewer Excess Pounds May Mean Fewer Migraines

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SATURDAY, March 23, 2019 – For people who carry too much weight and suffer from migraines, dropping some pounds might help ease their pain, new research shows. "When people lose weight, the number of days per month with migraine decreases, as does pain severity and headache attack duration," said lead researcher Dr. Claudio Pagano. He is associate professor of internal medicine at the University...

AHA News: Is the New 'Fasting' Diet Trend Healthy?

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Tipping the scales at 233 pounds, Charles Joy realized he needed to make some changes. The 28-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native already had tried many diet plans to varying degrees of success. In 2013, he lost more than 100 pounds through exercise and diet. But afterward, his weight slowly began to creep back up. In 2017, Joy decided...

How to Help Your Kids Achieve a Healthy Weight

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 – Obesity can lead to physical, social and emotional struggles for kids, so parents need to help their children maintain a healthy weight, experts say. "Children with obesity are more likely than their classmates to be teased or bullied and to suffer from low self-esteem, social isolation and depression," said Dr. Alka Sood, a family medicine physician with Penn State...

Stretches to Strengthen Your Core

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THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 – Ever had a bad spasm from bending down to pick up your child or tie your shoes? Keeping your core muscles – the workhorses that stabilize your spine – flexible with a stretching routine can help prevent this common occurrence and protect your back in general. The Pelvic Tilt targets your lower back and your abdominals. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet about...

AHA News: Culture, Paycheck, Neighborhood Key to Your Heart's Health

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THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Eating a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise and watching your weight can help lower risk for heart disease and stroke. But environmental and cultural factors also make a difference. So can how much you make for a living, especially if it barely brings in enough to pay for housing, groceries or the electricity bill. Social...

Health Tip: Diet Myths and Facts

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Navigating weight loss information can be daunting. Many popular beliefs are only partly true, MedlinePlus says. MedlinePlus debunked a few common myths: MYTH: "No-fat" or "low-fat" foods help you lose weight. FACT: Many no-fat and low-fat foods have added sugar and salt, and more calories. MYTH: Fasting will help you lose weight quickly. FACT: Fasting is not usually healthy. People who fast...

Health Tip: Six Steps to a Healthier Life

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Any person can make modest changes to live a healthier life, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. The six tips the AHA suggests are: Control cholesterol. Reduce blood sugar. Get active. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop smoking.

Drinks to Help You Kick Your Soda Habit

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – Are you a sugary soda junkie? If you're ready to kick the habit, know that the answer isn't diet sodas. Following up on research that calls the safety of these artificially sweetened drinks into question is a February study published in the journal Stroke that found for women after menopause, drinking more than one diet soda a day was associated with an increased risk...

The Benefits of a Home Rowing Machine

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – Rowing is often called the best aerobic exercise because it offers a total body workout and is low-impact. Rowing involves performing a continuous motion with focused coordination between the arms and the legs. If you've never rowed a boat or paddled a canoe before, it may take some time to get the hang of it, but the fitness benefits are worth time spent on the...

Nix That TV in Your 4-Year-Old's Bedroom

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – Thinking about a TV for your young child? Based on new evidence, you might want to reconsider that. Preschoolers who had a TV in their bedroom were at increased risk for poor eating habits, overweight/obesity and social/emotional struggles in their teens, Canadian researchers say. "The early years are a critical period in a child's development," said study author Linda...

Nix That TV in Your 4-Year-Old's Bedroom

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – Thinking about a TV for your young child? Based on new evidence, you might want to reconsider that. Preschoolers who had a TV in their bedroom were at increased risk for poor eating habits, overweight/obesity and social/emotional struggles in their teens, Canadian researchers say. "The early years are a critical period in a child's development," said study author Linda...

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