Start a Smart Heart Exercise Program

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Nearly 70 percent of Americans don't get enough exercise, says the American Heart Association. Yet, inactivity remains one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Exercise is essential to heart health, but getting motivated is hard. Need some reasons to make exercise a regular habit? Exercise, along with good nutrition, can help ... Read More...

Women vs. Men: Who is more at risk for a heart attack?

risk for a heart attack

Men vs. Women. It’s the age-old comparison, but it turns out there are key differences to how each gender should approach the health of their heart. While heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for both sexes, research shows that physicians are often less aggressive in treating women, despite the fact that heart disease is ... Read More...

Hot Superfoods for 2014

avocado oil superfood

Just as you were getting used to kale and chia seeds, a new gang of superfoods is hitting the scene. Here’s what nutritionists are touting as the new superfoods and how they can benefit your health. 1.     Teff Teff is a great gluten-free grain option that’s full of calcium, vitamin C and fiber. It’s considered a “resistant ... Read More...

Will labeling food with stop and go colors prompt healthy eating behaviors?

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Over the past decade or so, several attempts have been made by states, cities and the federal government to persuade people to eat healthier. New York City, for one, banned trans fats in 2008. Now U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to follow suit and phase them out of food completely. Then there were the calorie counts on ... Read More...

Hot Fitness Classes to Kick Off 2014

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“….for auld lang syne.” As the ball dropped and the champagne glasses clinked; many cheered that they would, in fact, reach their fitness goals this year. But now that the confetti has fallen and we’ve all started settling back into our routines, getting to the gym can start to lose its luster. Here are some fresh and fun workouts ... Read More...

Conventional vs. Organic Milk: Why My Choice Is Organic

conventional vs. organic milk

I have always taught my girls that they should never judge a person by what’s on the outside, because its what’s on the inside that counts. And now, apparently, that applies to milk, too. Who knew? Years ago, I began giving my daughters organic milk because of concerns over bovine growth hormone used to stimulate milk production on ... Read More...

8 Tips For A Healthy New Year

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To stay healthy in 2014, Vitals Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Todd Rosengart, advises a new approach to your health: Be proactive rather than reactive. Some common conditions like obesity and diabetes can be prevented, and other illnesses can be dealt with easier if detected early. Below are 8 ways to stay on top of your health this year: 1. ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Don’t Diet and Stop Weighing Yourself

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Q. I’d like to lose weight, but no matter how much I exercise, the pounds won’t come off. Even worse, looking at the same number on the scale each day is driving me crazy! Help! What can I do? A. Stop weighing yourself! Getting on the scale every day (or worse, several times a day) will make you more anxious and obsessed than being ... Read More...

Air Pollution … Is It Inside Your Home?

home air pollution

As we dive deeper into winter many of us bunker down and brace for the cold weather. But by sealing up windows and doors, we can be creating a health hazard within our homes. During the winter, it’s common for air quality to become worse inside the home than it is outside. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor ... Read More...

Pediatricians to Parents: Restrict Screen Time for Kids

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Do you let your little ones watch television or have computer time? At what age did you let them start using technology on a regular basis? Did it start as a way to calm a fussy toddler? Or maybe it came to be as a way to educate your preschooler? Or maybe it just happened out of necessity in elementary school? How much is okay and how much ... Read More...