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Health/Wellness

Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family
Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family's diet balanced.
 
6 steps to control your blood pressure
The results of a simple blood pressure test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke or heart attack.
 
7 simple spring cleaning steps pack a powerful punch against indoor allergens
A few powerful spring cleaning steps can help you combat indoor inanimate allergens, so you can breathe happy, even when spring allergens make their way into your home.
 
Is your child eating kid-friendly foods that support overall health and wellness?
Smart ways parents can get kids to eat healthier foods.
 
Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
Children's health concern: Did you know every minute poison control answers a call about kids getting into medicine? Here's what you need to know about this growing problem and how to prevent it.
 
What will we do for great food? The answers may surprise you [Infographic]
Learn what people are willing to do in the name of a great meal. Read their answers and see if you agree.
 
Kick-start kids' summer with shoe-shopping tips for parents
When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up strong. Are you aware of the important role foot health plays in a child's overall development?
 
Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
Spring cleaning can be problematic for asthma sufferers. Learn what you can do to protect yourself during this season.
 
Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. The trick is to identify ingredients that make for easy trades, like milk, yogurt and cheese.
 
Diagnosed with kidney disease? Diet can help delay, prevent kidney failure
Chronic kidney disease affects one in 10 Americans age 20 or older, according to the CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Managing the disease through diet and other lifestyle changes can help people delay or even prevent the most serious consequence of kidney disease: kidney failure.
 
Former all-star short stop and professional baseball coach Larry Bowa discusses his painful case of shingles
What disease is so intense it can cause a former professional athlete to experience the worst pain he has ever felt? Learn more about the shingles and who's at risk.
 
Beyond sound: Hearing loss linked to other health issues (Infographic)
Recognizing and treating hearing loss is an important aspect of overall health and wellness.
 
5 surprising facts about baby boomers - including one that could save your life
Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic among baby boomers. Here's what boomers should know about detecting and treating this potentially deadly disease.
 
10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile. Consider these tips.
 
Stepping out for spring? People with diabetes should check their feet first
For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, remember these important steps to ensure your feet are in shape.
 
Health care industry experiencing new demands for nurses
Nursing careers are going to continue experiencing high growth through 2022. Many careers are very patient involved, but other nursing careers may be managerial instead.
 
National Infant Immunization Week 2014
Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed to the elimination or near-elimination of some diseases in the United States, like polio. But today, rates of some diseases are increasing and could continue to do so if vaccination rates decrease.
 
Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
Too many distractions are keeping American's awake way later into the night. These tips help a person to relax in time for a good night of slumber.
 
Dentist Dr. Debra Glassman on the Acid Truth
Dentist Dr. Debra Glassman answers a question about teeth sensitivity related to a diet filled with fruits.
 
Creating connections with children who have Autism
At its heart, autism is a disorder that affects human interactions. Families and caregivers are finding new ways to connect with children who have autism.
 
What would Harvey Cushing say about Cushing's disease today?
Cushing's disease has made significant progress since the 1930s, however, there is still much that needs to be done regarding diagnosis.
 
Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
Baby boomers facing the big decision of when to take Social Security retirement shouldn't overlook the importance of signing up for Medicare at age 65. Find out the three crucial times for baby boomers to review their Medicare options and why it's a great idea to do so.
 
Pump it up: Ways to grow the personal trainer profession
Americans are using personal trainers in a proactive approach to their personal health and well-being. There are opportunities in the fitness industry to ensure personal trainers concentrate on health and well-being for their clients.
 
Tips and tricks for healthy and tasty food substitutions from culinary experts
To be inspired and jazz up any meal time, take cues from culinary experts about clever substitutions for commonly used foods.
 
Clean up the way you clean this spring - 7 tips to keep your home asthma-friendly this season
 
Eye-opening facts about aging eyes and vision problems
Most Americans know that vision problems begin to increase as they age. What they may not realize is that reduced vision is also linked to a higher frequency of falls, injuries and depression. Here are some facts and tips for maintaining eye health and vision while aging gracefully.
 
Hearing loss affects all generations [Infographic]
Untreated hearing loss can lead to health and employment issues. Learn more about how it affects more than one in every six Americans.
 
Taking a graceful approach to aging in place [Infographic]
 
Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
Fear is a normal reaction when you've just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you're facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it's important to face your concern by becoming informed about your condition and all treatment options.
 
Exercise those ears: Simple ways to keep your hearing in shape
There are actions people can take that can help maintain the ability to process and understand speech when communicating with others. The following list of healthy hearing practices may help prevent or reduce hearing loss in adults and children and help maintain hearing fitness.
 
A healthier home makes for happier families
If you've ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you're like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what's in your home. Here are four tricks to help reduce your risk for headaches, fatigue, allergies, respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and other serious long-term conditions, and make your home healthier.
 
Migraine and headache management: Sufferers still need new treatment options
One of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide, the impact of headaches and migraine is undeniable. More than 36 million Americans routinely put their lives on hold and miss precious moments with their loved ones because of migraine pain, according to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF). Not only does it disrupt your personal life, but severe headaches and migraines can be debilitating in your professional life, too.
 
Through the art of makeup, people with rare pituitary disorders now have unique resources to help address common physical and emotional changes
Makeup tips can help people with Cushing's disease and Acromegaly address facial feature challenges caused by these pituitary disorders.
 
Dermatologist approved skin care trends for a naturally glowing look
Looking to achieve naturally glowing skin, but have no clue where to begin? You are not alone. With today's deluge of complex beauty treatments and seemingly endless beauty aisles, it's time to simplify. Dr. Ellen Marmur, author of Simple Skin Beauty and spokesperson for Dove Advance Care Deodorant, helps us cut through the clutter with these dermatologist approved skin care trends.
 
Psoriatic arthritis: a distinct complex disease [Infographic]
 
Prepping your meals for more nutrients
Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels.
 
Sodium truths: Americans are eating the right amount of salt
Contrary to popular belief, the average American eats just the right amount of salt. In fact every single population throughout the world, regardless of location, state of development, culture and cuisine, all ingest a similar amount of salt when compared to the U.S. average. It doesn't matter if people get their salt from packaged or restaurants foods or add it in themselves, the amount stays fairly constant.
 
Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
Keep safety in mind before you start to dig for your landscaping project this spring and summer. Use these tips to be sure you know where all utilities are located prior to digging.
 
Dueling with dry skin? Why honey is the bee's knees, head to toe
While winter gets the rap for being hard on skin, the truth is dry, itchy, flaky skin can occur in any season, and all over your body. When you're looking for an effective, time-trusted treatment for dry skin, it's hard to beat the moisturizing power of honey. No beauty ingredient has been around longer or provides more natural nourishment, head to toe.
 
Shedding for the wedding
Summer is often synonymous with wedding season. For most of us, wedding season means looking forward to drinking, dancing and cake. But for the bride (and groom), it means tightening, toning and trimming to get in shape before the big day.
 
Inspect home fencing to ensure your home's safety and security
Fences are important for keeping children and pets safe. Take the time this spring to inspect your fences, gates and gate hardware for signs of rust or other damage.
 
Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children's physical, emotional and intellectual development. Here are some ideas to help make outside activity part of your family's regular routine.
 
Gluten free 101: What you need to know
You've probably been hearing a lot about gluten. Maybe a friend has gone gluten-free or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease or been advised to avoid gluten. So, what exactly is gluten? Is it something you should give up too?
 
Ask the Pharmacist: Expert advice for managing ADHD medications
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is no longer just a condition impacting school-aged boys. In fact, ADHD diagnosis rates are exploding among the adult population - climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent for those ages 26-34. Here's what you need to know about this startling statistic and growing condition.
 
New moms guide to going back to work
Going back to work for new moms can be challenging. Learning to balance work and family while facing many new stressors can be overwhelming. Here are tips and tricks on how new moms can acclimate back into to the working world.
 
Mental health beats out bikini bodies for reasons to get fit
 
Feed body and soul by giving your next Italian meal a nutritious twist
It is said that Italian food nourishes the body and soul by celebrating fresh ingredients prepared with love. Using care when selecting ingredients for your next Italian meal can be the difference between heavier fare and something family members can feel good about, especially at a time when many are striving to eat more nutritious foods. With some simple adjustments, such as switching to lean ground turkey in recipes that call for ground beef, it's easy to eat well without sacrificing taste.
 
Health alert: Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes and don't know it?
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S., and 7 million do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
 
Teens need annual checkups, too
During cold, flu, and allergy seasons, sick teens and their parents are more likely to make time to see the doctor. However, these visits tend to focus on a specific illness rather than the teen's general health and well-being. Annual checkups, on the other hand, can provide an opportunity for teens and their doctors to discuss important health topics, such as weight, sexual health, vaccines and stress-related conditions.
 
Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature's renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It's officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don't forget about one area critical to your health and happiness: your medicine cabinet.
 
Boomers who take action now may enjoy better brain health, research shows
Baby boomers often think of 50 as the new 40. This is especially true in 2014 as the last members of the think-young generation reach the half-century mark. Yet with an unprecedented life expectancy - 78.7 years - for the youngest of the boomers, it is more important than ever to incorporate healthy habits to keep your mind beautiful during the second half of life.
 
Five things you should know about spring allergies
April's showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months.
 
Stay active as you age
Getting older can be a challenge. Staying on top of your health and fitness goals often becomes more difficult as you try to find enough time in the day to balance the schedules of work and life, and taking care of others. Improper nutrition, joint and muscle soreness and inactivity are additional challenges. Here are three simple tips to overcoming these challenges to continue living a healthy, active lifestyle.
 
Achieving personal harmony and balance during Colon Cancer Awareness Month
What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared to tell his family, friends and co-workers.
 
Add your health to your spring cleaning to-do list
Spring is a season for dusting, washing and polishing the home, cleaning up the yard of any winter debris and even cleaning the storage on the computer or laptop. Spring also should be a time to clean up your health - adding small habits to your lifestyle that can result in big changes to your well-being.
 
Boomers: 5 daily tactics to defy aging in 10 minutes or less
Determined, vivacious, passionate - a lot of words describe America's estimated 78 million baby boomers. This spirited group is redefining their golden years, staying active by working, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors. They know that in order to live life to the fullest, they must make their health a priority, and many are dramatically affecting their personal well-being with a few key activities that take 10 minutes or less a day to complete.
 
Spring into health with these tasty snack recipes
Healthy food that also tastes good is always in vogue and now it's getting a spring makeover.
 
Spotlighting a rare and often silent form of kidney cancer
Twice as common in men as it is in women, kidney cancer is often a silent threat since many people do not experience symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Early detection can greatly increase a person's chance of survival, underscoring the need for further awareness and education.
 
Medical Reserve: Expand your healing heart and your professional potential
For many, medicine isn't just a job, it's a mission. As a health care professional, you know how rewarding caring for others can be. In the world of Navy Health Care, you can continue your everyday practice - even as you move beyond the routine.
 
Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis
For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help out there. Having a conversation with your rheumatologist is a start to getting the care you need.
 
Shape up for surgery: Tips to improve your health, safety and outcome
More than 50 million surgeries occur every year and patient safety is always the top priority for surgeons or physician anesthesiologists involved in medical care. If you're scheduled for surgery and have weeks or even months to prepare, important actions to improve your health, such as exercising and eating right, can help make surgery as safe as possible. They will also decrease your chances of complications and help you get back on your feet faster.
 
Is it really possible for kids to like whole grains?
We know. Whole grains are good for us, offering fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. But can they really be tasty enough for our kids to enjoy? And how do we add them to more of our meals? The answers may be as close as your nearest elementary, middle or high school. Schools across the country are introducing whole grain breads, pastas, rice, pizzas and tortillas.
 
High fashion shines a spotlight on colon cancer
Blue is the new black. It is also the national color for colorectal cancer education. Who better to talk about the cancer than Carmen Marc Valvo. He is one of the nation's top designers. And he also has had the disease.
 
Avoid sickness by using a four-step process to eliminate germs
All across the country this winter Americans have braced themselves for one polar vortex after another and many regions are experiencing their coldest temperatures in more than 20 years. This undesirable weather is driving adults and children alike indoors, where viruses and germs are spreading like wildfire.
 
Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This year, international Rare Disease Day will be held Feb. 28.
 
First-of-its-kind survey offers rare glimpse of those living with and caring for pancreatic cancer
"You have pancreatic cancer" might be one of the most frightening statements a person can hear from their doctor. Unlike other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is rarely caught before it is in an advanced stage and has spread, and the median life expectancy after diagnosis with advanced or metastatic disease is only approximately three to six months.
 
Seasons change, so do asthma triggers
Across the country, 25 million Americans are living with asthma. As the winter months come to an end and the spring makes its arrival, the change in seasons can be problematic for adults and children with asthma. It's important for asthma patients to understand the triggers of each season to prepare for symptoms as the temperature changes.
 
Small tumor, major consequences: an acromegaly patient's journey
Paula Van Nostrand, a fit, health-conscious 34-year-old woman was training for her first triathlon when her life was placed on a trajectory no one saw coming. She began experiencing unexplainable symptoms but ultimately attributed them to her training.
 
Traveling? Check out these tips on how to stay healthy
As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel. Being away from our routines - and our own kitchens - can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating while traveling with limited time and restaurant choices is often the hardest part of keeping up with a healthy diet. Here are some tips to help you eat healthy while on the road.
 
Sleep better together - how to slumber as a couple
Tossing, turning, snoring, thrashing, blanket yanking - it's amazing anybody who shares a bed ever gets any sleep. If your loved one is keeping you up, you're definitely not alone.
 
Ask the Pharmacist: Should women worry about osteoporosis?
The "silent thief," more commonly known as osteoporosis, impacts 10 million Americans, with millions more suffering from low bone density. Osteoporosis is a progressive, degenerative disease that occurs when bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone, weakening the bone and increasing the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. In fact, up to one in four men and one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
 
Cool season skin care: Leading dermatologist shares easy-to-implement skin care tips rooted in moisturization
Women across the country, whether based in the snow belt or Sunshine State, notice and feel the effects of cold weather and climate shifts on skin. Plus, 2014 is turning out to be one of the harshest winters to date thanks to the Polar Vortex - a combination of record-setting snowfall and plunging temperatures. Harsh winds, precipitation, dry heat and temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on skin, making the cooler months an ideal time to map out a skin care routine that is rooted in moisturization.
 
Wake up to why you might be tired all the time
With busy schedules, it's inevitable to feel sleepy once in a while. But habitually falling asleep during the day while watching TV, reading a book, or in the middle of having a conversation could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.
 
Five tips for a lifetime of healthy vision
Vision plays an important role in daily life - every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. Are you taking important steps to ensure the health of your eyes for years to come?
 
Rare moms join together to bring attention to rare diseases
Every parent knows that caring for young children can wear you down to the bone. But imagine what that would be like if your child's life was at risk every waking minute. That's just a normal day for Sarah Yang, whose daughter Madilyn was born prematurely in 2011, with a rare disease called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). The disease prevents her from breathing on her own if she falls asleep. Rare Disease Day brings attention to the challenges and difficulties faced by people living with rare diseases and is celebrated every year February 28.
 
Joining together to face rare diseases
Living with or caring for someone with a rare disease can be challenging as symptoms of these diseases are often misunderstood, misleading or misinterpreted, and as a result, people affected by uncommon illnesses are sometimes left feeling discouraged, frustrated and isolated. To help recognize those impacted by rare diseases and the challenges they face, on or around February 28, 2014, events will be held across the globe to drive awareness, build support, highlight medical advances and look toward the future for the rare disease community.
 
There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones, illness is not one of them
You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother's quilt, or dad's love of books - but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor's visit.
 
Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring
Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night - it can be dangerous to your health. Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the throat without any trouble. But as muscles relax during sleep, the upper airway can become partially blocked, causing the soft tissue in the throat to vibrate and creating the cumbersome noise that is snoring. Loud and frequent snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep illness. Over time, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, diabetes, heart disease and more.
 
Hosting a bridal, baby or graduation party? Clever food shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
It's that time of year - bridal showers, baby showers and graduation parties are likely dotting your calendar. If you're the lucky host of one of these milestone events, you might feel excitement paired with a bit of trepidation as you start the party-planning process. The good news is, there are some simple ways to be the "hostess with the mostest" and limit stress at the same time.
 
Women's style: Expert advice for dressing and feeling more confident
A variety of factors play into a confident appearance, but many women are unaware of simple ways they can come across as more poised and self-assured every day. Bobbie Thomas, national style expert and author of The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow, shares her advice on quick and easy ways to look and feel more confident.
 
Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing
As a private pilot and frequent commercial passenger, John Walkup's hearing worsened over a number of years. But during one memorable airline flight, he suddenly lost most of his hearing, leading to enormous life changes.
 
Road salt supplies crucial to winter safety
Each winter drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter.
 
How patients can impact the future of cancer care and actively participate in their cancer journey
More than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society, with more than half a million Americans expected to die from it. While we have seen significant advances in cancer treatment over the past several years, the medical and scientific communities continue to strive to identify new and improved treatment approaches.
 
Make TV safety part of your childproofing plan: Don't overlook TV tip-over risks
Have a new flat panel TV? Where will you put your older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV? For many families, when a new TV comes into the home, the old bulky TV often moves to a child's room, basement or other location where it could pose a serious safety hazard.
 
Misconceptions exposed - multivitamins and nutritional supplements
How often do you eat a cup of sauteed spinach? How about three servings of fatty fish, like salmon, per week? Probably not very often, but those are examples of foods and portions that are packed with the recommended amounts of essential nutrients. Research shows that Americans aren't making the nutrition grade and, therefore, can lack important vitamins and minerals like folic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K and even vitamin C.
 
Jump on your bike to help Stop Diabetes
Whether you do it to boost your health and fitness, balance your lifestyle or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling has many benefits. Some ride down rocky trails or up burly hills, some ride for sport and some ride just for fun or to get around. But everyone can take advantage of the healthy benefits of cycling.
 
Enjoy the taste of eating right with healthy, tasty snacks
While health is a main concern for many Americans, the majority are still choosing food based on taste rather than nutrition. This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is hoping to change perceptions and shed light on the fact that healthy food can taste good by promoting the theme: Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month.
 
Is it better to look good or feel good? Both, when you're pondering pedicures
Whether you're getting ready for a romantic evening out, or looking ahead to when sandal days are back again, treating your feet to a pedicure can help you look and feel your best - as long as you keep foot health front of mind.
 
Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes
Navigating the world of diabetes care can be overwhelming, whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed or are living with diabetes. Where do you turn for help?
 
Save a life: learn the signs, symptoms of lung cancer
A worrisome cough that just won't go away might send you to the doctor, and rightly so. A cough that keeps getting worse could be a sign of lung cancer, or several other serious health issues. But there are other less-obvious signs and symptoms of lung cancer, and paying attention to them could save your life or that of a loved one.
 
Caring for winter skin
As the largest organ of the body, the skin should be well cared for and protected. Winter can pose a host of challenges for those who typically experience dry skin at this time of year. Between dropping and fluctuating temperatures and low humidity, it is easy for skin to feel the negative effects of the season.
 
Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year
The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year and only one in six of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a habit and if the results aren't coming, giving up becomes easy. This year, instead of giving up on your resolution, stay motivated and push through.
 
Boomers embrace technology to facilitate more graceful aging
Generation X and Millennials get credit for being the most tech-savvy generations, but a growing group of baby boomers are demonstrating that the generation gap has nothing to do with digital know-how. Folks 50 and older are embracing technology to help them age more gracefully than ever.
 
Top men's grooming experts offer tips for surviving the harsh winter weather
Most guys spend very little time paying attention to personal grooming and, as the winter months roll in, this can have a direct impact not just on how they look, but how they feel. To help men stay one step ahead in the grooming game, Dove Men+Care has a panel of men's grooming experts to offer five simple tips every guy can follow this winter:
 
Rice is nice: Five fun things you didn't know about this great grain
You've had it fried, boiled and "puddinged." You've savored it in many varieties, including long-grain brown and white. So you think you know rice? Think again - when it comes to a versatile, nutritionally valuable complex carbohydrate, rice is a stand-out in the world of great grains.
 
Take a fresh approach to better eating habits
The first step to improving your eating habits is simple: When it comes to meals, always include fresh ingredients. Fresh foods make meals taste better, and they can provide more of the nutrients that fuel your body and support your immune system.
 
Protect your eyes year-round from UV exposure
Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they're at a sunny park, watching a football game, or simply driving to work.
 
Flip-flops and snow don't mix: Winter foot-health advice
The holidays are over, but most regions of the country face a few more months of winter. Whether you're slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill and muddy conditions in the south, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long. You'll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives.
 
Medicare Advantage at risk for seniors and disabled
Nearly 15 million seniors and people with disabilities are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in this country. That number adds up to almost one third of the total Medicare population.
 
Could depression be affecting your job?
Did you know that one in 10 people struggle with depression? Depression can consist of a range of symptoms and it can also impact every aspect of a person's life including social, family, personal and work/school life. Depression affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act, and affects people during their prime working years.
 
Fusion teas to super seaweed: top food trends to watch in 2014
Culinary creativity doesn't require you to be a highly trained chef, and you don't have to be a dedicated "foodie" to spice things up in the kitchen. It's easy to find inspiration in the hottest culinary trends emerging for 2014.
 
How to shop for dental insurance
Dental health is essential to overall health, affecting everything from our hearts to our mental well-being. Yet despite ample research that underscores the importance of taking care of our teeth, millions of Americans never go to the dentist. A lack of dental insurance is one of the top reasons Americans don't keep up with their dental care.
 
Ditch the New Year's resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution
The New Year's resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success. In fact, 92 percent of those who set a resolution fall short of keeping it. This year, kick those New Year's resolutions to the curb and revamp your lifestyle with a well-balanced eating revolution. What does this mean? Make small - and flavorful - changes to your daily routine to help you reach your goals and become a better you throughout the year. The following tips include new ways to prepare meals for every season, allowing you to boost your energy and make better choices without sacrificing taste.
 
What you don't know about pain can hurt you
You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it's to stop what you're doing. ("Ouch, that stove is hot!") That's why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at times, pain also can be intolerable, becoming constant and negatively impacting your quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, it's important to learn the best way to treat it.
 
Boomers: Are you living with a silent killer inside you?
Eating well, exercise, sleep - these are all things we can control when it comes to our health. But unfortunately, some health-related things are out of sight, and therefore, often out of mind. Hidden health issues can escalate for years before becoming potentially life-threatening. And when they do surface, it might be too late.
 
Heart attack proof: How to give yourself a cardiac makeover
It's not cancer, accidents or even old age - the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. The good news is that this killer is highly preventable and controllable. By taking the right steps and working closely with your doctor, you can help prevent heart attack and stroke at any age.
 
The cancer you've never heard of
Facing a diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be terrifying for anyone. And that fear can be compounded when the diagnosis is aMTC - a rare form of advanced thyroid cancer that has spread beyond the thyroid. While there is no cure for aMTC, treatments are available to help patients.
 
Pamper your feet, now, in preparation for sandal season
Right now the last thing you probably have on your mind is the condition of your feet. But time passes quickly. Before you know it, the temps will be rising, and you'll be digging in the back of your closet for sandals. Will your feet be ready for their reintroduction to society?
 
Snack like a pro on game day
Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian for the New England Patriots, and Bryan Snyder, the team nutrition manager for the Denver Broncos, may be rivals on the field, but when it comes to nutrition, they agree on one thing: pistachios are an ideal snack, whether you're a professional athlete or an armchair spectator.
 
Three health issues women shouldn't (and don't have to) put up with
Women often endure health issues in silence, especially if the problem is embarrassing, affects only them and doesn't pose a serious health risk. Yet issues that appear minor and personal can have a major impact on a woman's quality of life - and ultimately on the lives of those around her.
 
Top 10 bone and joint health resolutions in 2014
 
Home-field advantage for the big-game party? Don't forget to have a food safety game plan in place
You've seen it time and time again. Your favorite football team is trailing late in the game with the ball not far inside the opponent's territory. It's what's commonly referred to as "four-down territory." Attempting a field goal is either a long shot or doesn't garner enough points to win the game. The best option is to "go for it" on fourth down. As the saying goes, the future is now.
 
Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change - whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods - is more achievable than you think. It's important to think positively, stay focused, and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal.
 
A fitness revolution for your New Year's resolution
It is the time of year when resolutions are made, but that does not have to mean the beginning of broken promises. It should not be a surprise that fitness goals are among the top New Year's resolution for men. Gyms are flowing with new members in the beginning of the year, but within a few weeks many men will return to their sedentary lifestyle. One reason that people abandon their fitness routine is that working out at the gym can be irritating. Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant wants to help men overcome irritation in 2014 and has partnered with fitness and motivational lifestyle expert, Dai Manuel, to offer these tips to help men stay on track toward their fitness goals.
 
Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions?
America's baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you're committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, and you may not be aware of the most important topics to discuss with your doctor.
 
Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall.
 
Time to talk about HPV
Four out of five women are likely to be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives, although most will never know it. Using a condom won't always prevent it. And it's the cause of virtually every case of cervical cancer. Yet a woman who finds out she has an HPV infection is not likely to tell even her closest friends.
 
Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
The new year is here and it's time to tackle your resolutions! You've set your goal, and now is the time to take action. Following a few simple tips can help you kick start your healthy habits and inspire you to achieve your goals this year.
 
The no-fail solution for keeping healthy-eating resolutions
New Year's resolutions are good things - unless you set yourself up for failure with grand, ultimately unachievable goals. Rather than frustrate yourself with overwhelming changes, try making smaller ones that will positively impact your life and encourage other healthier decisions throughout the year.
 
Three tools to make your active New Year's resolution stick
Each year, getting fit is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions that people make and break, according to Time Magazine. Although people start out with good intentions, finding the will power to stick with a fitness routine is more difficult than many anticipate. In fact, research shows that 60 percent of gym memberships purchased during the January rush go unused.
 
New year, new holistic skincare routine
The new year is an ideal time to set goals surrounding personal health, fitness and wellness. As many goal-setters know, setting realistic resolutions that one can keep is a challenge, but taking a holistic approach to health - which includes everything from skincare and diet to working out and maintaining a balanced lifestyle - ensures that resolutions turn into results.
 
Accomplish your weight management goals this year
The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means moving into a new home or a new city. And the new year for many people is a time to begin managing their weight.
 
How Well Do You Know the Flu?
About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year.
 
Using your Health Insurance Marketplace coverage on Jan. 1, 2014
With the start of the new year, millions of Americans will have access to health coverage for the first time or have improved coverage because of the health care law. There are steps you can take now to ensure you have access to coverage beginning Jan. 1.
 
Eating well at any age: How to fuel your mind, body and soul
It's common knowledge that children should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, consuming all the nutrients needed to grow up strong. Many adults don't know that it's just as crucial to continue those healthy habits throughout adulthood and well into the "golden years." Regardless of age, we should all make nutritious and sensible choices to promote peak physical and mental performance.
 
Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyberbullying
As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials.
 
Give the gift of hope this holiday season
For most, childhood is a time of innocence. It is a time when wonder and excitement exist around every corner. Children view the world as an open book of infinite possibilities where they can be or do anything they want, limited only by their imagination.For children battling a life-threatening illness, childhood takes on a very different feel. Hospital stays, doctor visits and intrusive procedures replace playgrounds, activities and field trips. The usually carefree approach to each day gets tainted by concerns about health and the future. Learn how you can make a difference.
 
Easy tips to stick to your healthy living New Year's resolutions
This year, instead of making a promise to lose weight, make small but impactful changes to the way you eat to ensure you reach your resolution goal.
 
Staying happy and healthy this season the active way
The holidays are a time to share joy and happiness with loved ones. Yet with long lines, holiday parties and traveling, this time of year can really be exhausting. Add in the cold weather and other everyday stresses and you will find staying happy and healthy during the holidays can be downright impossible.
 
Winter sports safety gear evolves with plastics
Just what does it take to excel in winter sports? Practice, practice, practice - plus modern safety gear to help protect against injury.
 
Exciting ways to stay motivated and get fit this year
This is the time of year when many people set a weight loss goal and pledge to begin living a healthier life. Enrolling in a fitness program is a popular means of accomplishing a weight loss goal. But while many people are successful with their exercise programs, others fail because they quit the program before they can reap the benefits.
 
Want a shot at a healthy future? Protect yourself at any age
The best approach to health is a proactive one, and that means getting an annual checkup and staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. But many adults don't visit a doctor unless they feel ill, nor do they think about vaccination as part of their routine, preventive health care. This leaves them needlessly vulnerable to illnesses that can cause severe health complications or even death.
 
The nation's most deadly disease
Few people understand just how much a threat cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease, can be. Consider this: heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and accidents combined. While heart disease is truly dangerous, in many instances the disease is preventable.
 
Health story of the year: salt is vindicated
An ever increasing body of academic research is showing that the current level of salt Americans consume is not only perfectly healthy but that adopting low-salt recommendations will actually harm people. The most recent example of this is a review of all available research on salt and health by the Institute for Medicine (IOM).
 
Indulge in skin-loving winter foods for a healthy self - inside and out
Have you effectively "winterized" your home for the season? Plunging temperatures call for more than just cozy sweaters, boots and coats - they can also challenge daily eating and wellness routines, which can negatively impact skin. A personal regimen that effectively combines diet (chock-full of fresh, in-season foods), exercise, skincare and wellness this winter can be a powerful tool in achieving a glowing, healthy-looking appearance.
 
The 'preventive medicine' to help protect financial health when you're seriously injured, ill or unable to work
If injury or illness left you unable to work - even for a short time - would your financial health be at risk? Fifty-nine percent of U.S. workers said their financial resources would last 12 weeks or less without a paycheck. But many workers have access to the "preventive medicine" designed to help protect their financial health - in the form of employer-sponsored benefits.
 
Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
Metastatic breast cancer - also referred to as stage IV breast cancer - occurs when breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Approximately 159,000 women in the U.S. are living with MBC, and this number is projected to increase to more than 164,000 by the year 2015. Since there is generally no cure for MBC, many women focus on living well with the condition while integrating continuous treatment into their lives.
 
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