3 Ways Men Can Focus On Their Health

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During Men's Health Month, check out the three areas of your health that you can focus on and make a change: eating well, exercising, and checking in with the doctor. Share these tips with your friends and family members to encourage them to make their health a priority.Eating Right Proper nutrition affects more than just your everyday health. It ... Read More...

Skin Cancer Types & Stages Explained

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Skin cancer is an alarmingly prevalent and persistent disease today — the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than with breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life. The cases behind those ... Read More...

How to Help When a Friend is Facing Cancer

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When someone we love is diagnosed with cancer, we immediately feel moved to help or offer our support in some way, but often get stuck knowing just what to do. We fear doing or saying the wrong thing, worry about giving the family space and sometimes end up doing nothing because we’re just not sure what will be helpful during such a stressful ... Read More...

7 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

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Staying healthy during the colder months isn’t just about washing your hands and avoiding your sick coworkers. Whether it’s keeping warm or being active, there are a many things you can do to ensure you get through winter happy and healthy. Here are 7 tips to help you have your healthiest winter yet. 1. Wear protective clothing: The key ... Read More...

Extreme Sports: Tips from Vitals Employees

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With the New York City Marathon coming up on Sunday, we've asked some of our fitness-centric employees to share their endurance training tips and stories. Gina Larson-Stoller For me, the key is consistency. I try to put in a set number of miles per week to keep up my fitness. Of course, myrunning partner keeps me honest, making sure I get out ... Read More...

Summer Camp Preparation Checklist (Are You Actually Ready for the Good Times?)

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“Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?” If you're a fan of Bill Murray and the 1979 comedy classic Meatballs, you'll associate this musical question with the hi-jinks of the 'North Star' summer camp crew. But being "ready" for summer camp isn't just about mentally preparing your children to be away from ... Read More...

Toughing Out Sports Injuries: When to See a Doctor

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  Phil West is an author, father, and soccer fan living in Austin Texas. He just finished travelling the United States where he watched all 64 World Cup matches in a different city each day. He will be documenting his experiences in a book, and you can read more at his blog, We Want The World. It was my first soccer game out from a ... Read More...

The Strange and Wonderful Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LARD performs at the Livingston Manner Trout Parade 2014

We all know that fish is heart-healthy, but sometimes it's also good for a laugh. Recently, I was in upstate New York to attend the 11th annual Trout Parade, an obscure annual parade designed to tout the trout. My friends have a summer home there, and the unique event has become something of a yearly tradition for us. This flamboyantly fishy ... Read More...

What’s Your Medical IQ? Survey Says…

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  Americans have a pretty high perception of their medical IQ. When surveyed, 42% of respondents said their medical IQ was probably in the top 80th to 100th percentile. In practice, however, the hubris doesn't line up with the results. Many Americans do not know basic information about their doctor's training. During our survey, 66% of ... Read More...

How To Manage Summer Sports Injuries

Men running through the woods. Summer Sports Safety. Injury Prevention.

Summer’s the season in which “weekend warrior” reaches a whole new level. Full-time athletes take to the outdoors to become part-time athletes, be it on the golf course, the tennis court, the pool or the beach. But far too often, summer sports enthusiasts take to the links, the court or the water without adequate preparation or equipment and ... Read More...