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(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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Fall in Love with Fashionable Crafts
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Each new season brings fresh trends in fashion and style. As you're exploring new arts and crafts ideas this year, fall in love with new looks that celebrate luxurious coziness you can wear, and embrace the outdoors with nature-inspired gifts with a masculine flair with these project ideas from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Create a Crafty Bistro at Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) This fall, toast the coming of cooler nights by gathering friends to enjoy an assortment of wines and refreshments against the backdrop of your very own Bordeaux bistro. You can recreate this simple warmth and elegance in your home with craft projects that set the mood for an evening of intimate laughter and decadent indulgence.

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Smart Snacking Tips for Better Health
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans' daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan. 

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Fashion-Forward Frames for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) While there's no magic way to transform your appearance overnight, you can freshen up your look through your eyewear. If you've worn the same glasses for years, a simple frame change can revitalize your face and style - and even take years off of you.

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Hispanics learn 'the recipe' to manage type 2 diabetes and reach their A1C goal
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know that Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes? U.S. Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, and diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death within the Hispanic community, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Sales of Lower Calorie Foods on the Rise
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) With all the options in the grocery aisle these days, consumers are gravitating toward lower-calorie foods and beverages. According to new research, 99 percent of the almost $1/2 billion in sales growth for leading consumer packaged goods for the five-year period ending December 31, 2012 came from lower-calorie foods.

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Fall Cleaning Tips to Help Rid Your Home of Autumn Allergens
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home during the drier months.

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Friday 09/12/2014
4 Tips to Start Your Day a Little Earlier
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - If you happen to be a person who just can't seem to find enough hours in the day, it might be time to get an earlier start. And, if you've already tried waking up before sunrise, only to meet a crashing halt following lunch, these four tips may help:

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Testosterone: What You Need To Know About The Most Important Male Sex Hormone
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a fact: as men age, their bodies produce less testosterone. However, some men, whose bodies make very little or no testosterone, could have a condition called hypogonadism. The effects of hypogonadism and “Low T” could be a game changer for some men.

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Recovery Due to Packaging Issue of OFF! Botanicals® Insect Repellent I (4 oz. Spritz)
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—SC Johnson has announced that it is voluntarily recovering OFF! Botanicals® Insect Repellent I (4-oz. Spritz) in a clear plastic bottle. The product was manufactured between December 2011 and April 2014.

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The Nutrients They Need
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost 80 percent of children in America don’t get the recommended number of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in their diets. The USDA says you should fill at least half your child’s plate at most meals with fruits and vegetables.

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A Fun Way To Enjoy Fruits And Vegetables
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and veggies in their daily diets, but you can help yours get the nutrients they need—and like it.

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New Approach Personalizes Weight Loss
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The most effective way to lose weight may not involve any dieting at all. That’s the word from an international group of scientists, physicians and researchers. They believe to be effective, a weight loss program must take epigenetics into account.

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Sickle Cell Disease: What You Need To Know
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sickle cell disease involves abnormally shaped red blood cells that reduce the flow of blood inside the blood vessels. It is inherited, the same way people inherit the color of their eyes, skin and hair. In the United States, it’s estimated that sickle cell disease affects up to 100,000 people, mostly African American. And while sickle cell disease causes severe pain and other complications, with the right treatment and care, it’s possible for most people with sickle cell disease to live normal, active lives. Here’s what you need to know about sickle cell disease, the populations that are most affected, and how to best manage it and stay as healthy as possible:

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Whooping Cough Cases Are On The Rise--Be Protected
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whooping cough is often thought of as a disease of the past but, unfortunately, it’s making a comeback. To provide yourself and your family with the best protection, get vaccinated against the disease.

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A Program Designed To Slow The Aging Process
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There is mounting evidence that exercise can help to reduce the risk of certain diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and arthritis. In fact, numerous studies have shown that diet and exercise can also help ward off cognitive problems and memory loss, while improving sleep and boosting mood and self-confidence.

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For A Healthy Start to the School Year, Schedule Your Preteen's Health Check-up
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Taking your preteen or teen for a health check-up or sports physical is an important part of getting them ready for the new school year. During the appointment, be sure to speak with your child’s health care professional about diseases they may be at risk for. According to William O’Neal, Jr., a Certified Physician Assistant and member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the best time to help prevent diseases is before your preteen or teen is exposed to them.

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Adults 65 And Older Should Understand Flu-Related Risks And Their Vaccination Options
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—During the 2014-2015 flu season, it’s important to remember that the single best way to prevent influenza (“the flu”) is to get an annual vaccination, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for everyone aged six months and older, with rare exception. As people age, the immune system weakens, even if they feel healthy and are active, which makes it harder to fight disease. As a result, adults aged 65 and older are more likely to catch the flu and experience complications.

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When Breathing Isn't Easy: Understanding a Fatal Lung Disease
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—For most of us, breathing is a routine action that we don't give much thought. But imagine feeling like you are suffocating every day, and you can never seem to get enough air. This is what daily life is like for the 50,000 to 70,000 people1 in the United States who are living with a fatal lung disease2 called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). While people with IPF may appear healthy, inside their lungs are deteriorating irreversibly—and they are losing the ability to breathe.

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Busting Eye Health Myths: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction?
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Everyone has heard myths about what is and isn’t good for your eye health -- from eating more carrots to limiting screen time. Unfortunately, many so-called facts are anything but factual, according to Dr. Ryan Nakamura, a VSP Vision Care optometrist. Here, he sorts fact from fiction.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
If You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems, Stop Slouching
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Remember how mom always reminded you about your posture? Turns out she was right.

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Join the Force to Fight Lung Cancer in Women
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - "Join The Force" and Help Save Lives is an initiative formed to fight lung cancer in women, which is the No. 1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE will make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Learn more at Lungforce.org.

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Don't let germs hitch a ride home from school
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As a new school year gets into full swing, parents know that along with library books, art projects and worksheets, their kids often bring home a ton of germs. As students travel on the school bus, sit in the cafeteria, and participate in classroom studies, they can pick up viruses and bacteria. By simply touching their desks and lunch tables and swapping school supplies with classmates, kids are likely to bring home germs from school, and then spread them to family members.

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Monday 09/08/2014
The Art of Barbequing
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Americans love barbequing. There's something great about inviting friends and family over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger with veggies in the backyard.

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Friday 09/05/2014
10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Some of the most serious injuries among older adults, age 65 and older, are caused by falling. More than 1.6 million older Americans end up in the emergency room or hospital because of a fall, according to the National Institutes of Health. Seniors who have broken a hip by falling can have trouble recovering and regaining mobility.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Getting Hypertension Medicine Delivered to Your Door Is Convenient With AstraZeneca Direct
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common condition that affects nearly 1 in 3 Americans. In addition to following a healthy diet and lifestyle, many people living with the condition are prescribed daily medication to control their hypertension and heart failure and will need long-term access to this important class of medicine.

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Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - New research on driver’s education and training shows a gap in teen drivers’ knowledge – one that, if closed, could help prevent some of the nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers every year.

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Boost kids' nutrition with tips on creating a balanced plate
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to proper nutrition for the entire family.

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Often-overlooked back-to-school danger: Tips to pack safer lunches
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may have packed bleary-eyed in the wee hours of the morning.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Serve and return: learn how early childhood interactions are crucial to learning
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Picture this common scenario: you are standing in line at the grocery checkout and a baby seated in the cart in front of you makes eye contact. She looks at you inquisitively, leans her body back, and smiles. You smile back, wave, and say “hello.”

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
5 dietary habits of healthy kids
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With so much information available about kids’ nutrition – what to eat, how to supplement and more – it’s hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. In the U.S., a significant portion of children are not getting enough essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins D, E and A, and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA according to the 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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New Drug Manages Osteoarthritis Pain, Provides Effective Pain Relief at a Low Dose
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S.1. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), which affects approximately 27 million adults nationwide2. OA occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, causing pain in joints such as the hips, knees and hands. The majority of people living with OA may experience limited mobility, as well as trouble performing activities of daily living3.

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Monday 09/01/2014
A Cool Way to Cool Down
Posted: September 01, 2014

(Family Features) While some enjoy basking in the sun's warm rays, others are trying to beat the heat. Here's a refreshing idea to cool you down.

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Embrace the Outdoors With Your Canine Companion
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Spending a little too much time indoors these days? If you're feeling cooped up, then there's no doubt that your canine companion is feeling it as well.

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Top of the Class
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) For many parents, the back to school season means running from store to store in search of everything the kids need for a successful academic year. Use this special guide, which includes everything from on-trend footwear to portable chargers that power devices, to outfit your star pupils in style.

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Saturday 08/30/2014
What Every Parent Needs to Know about Children’s Heart Health
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) When thinking of heart disease, older adults typically come to mind, but children also can have heart disease, often with more devastating outcomes. Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a potentially life-threatening disease and the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in children.

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Friday 08/29/2014
Taking Care in Sunny Weather: Answers To Important Questions About Metastatic Melanoma
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Thursday 08/28/2014
iBirth—Technology To Consider During Your Hospital Tour
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—As expecting parents, visiting the hospital you plan to have your baby at helps you get familiar with the policies, procedures and technologies available in labor and delivery. Having the time to check out your hospital of choice with an eye toward comfort, safety, support and service can make all the difference in having the birth experience you want.

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Tips For Keeping Fit While Sitting
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Sitting too long in a conventional chair at the office or on the couch at home is bad news for the body—but you can do something about it. According to chiropractor Dr. Todd Comer, who specializes in musculoskeletal and repetitive stress injuries, it can weaken the muscles of the spine, decrease metabolic activity, which is linked to heart disease, and can even decrease a person’s life span.

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Veterans: Health Care Updates You Need To Know
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Health care and health insurance are complex for most people, but for veterans even more so. Veterans have different and unique health care options that make decision making even more challenging. If you or a loved one has served in the military, it’s important to be aware of recent health care changes and the range of health coverage options available to veterans.

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Do you have your shift together? [Infographic]
Posted: August 28, 2014

(BPT) - About 15 million Americans work outside a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, putting them at risk for several health issues, including shift work disorder (SWD). This group includes more occupations than you might think. SWD is a medical condition where your work schedule is out of sync with your sleep-wake clock and can cause excessive sleepiness (ES) during a shift and insomnia during sleeping hours. Learn more at www.GetYourShiftTogetherNow.com

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US Government Closes Investigation Into Landmark PLATO Study
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Tips to get the recommended amount of fruit in your daily diet
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

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The growing burden of diabetes
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Guiding Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer Using Subtypes
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - For patients with breast cancer, knowing whether the diagnosis is early stage or advanced is needed to help treat the disease.

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