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Dealing with Picky Eaters

Kids can be notoriously picky eaters. So how do you feed them healthy foods when all they want to eat is mac and cheese at every meal?

Exercising Safely in Hot Weather

As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to get back to those outdoor activities that are not only fun but also good for us, like riding a bike, jogging or walking. But when the temperature starts to soar, it’s important to take precautions to stay safe.

Don't Let Salt Sneak Up On You

Excessive sodium consumption kills about 1.65 million people every year worldwide. This is because too much dietary sodium can increase blood pressure…and it’s easy to get too much.

A Good Kind of Fat

There are several different kinds of fat — saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fat. And the good news is they aren’t all bad for you. For instance, polyunsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your heart when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated fat and trans fat in your diet.

Keep Kids Away from E-Cigarettes

The makers of electronic cigarettes want the public to believe that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. But they could contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful.

Double Whammy

Diabetes is not heart disease, but they are close friends. Heart disease and high blood pressure are also good friends. In fact, the three of them often travel together in the same body and create all sorts of havoc.

Dietary Supplements

Many people who want to lose weight turn to unproven dietary supplements. These are sometimes called "fat burners" or appetite suppressants.

Dealing with the urge to smoke

What happens when you’ve finally quit and you continue to have the urge to smoke? There are some steps you can take to deal with these urges and not give in to them.

Why blood pressure matters

You hear so much about blood pressure and how important it is to keep yours within a healthy range. But why is blood pressure so important to our bodies?

Using Your Mobile Device to get Healthy

Smartphones and tablets have made health information available right at our fingertips, and there are a lot of apps and mobile-friendly websites that can help you keep an eye on your health.

Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Advice about "healthy eating" is everywhere, but what exactly does that mean?

Tips for Starting a Physical Activity Program

By making the simple choice of getting up and moving, you’ll be getting quite a few payoffs: People who are physically active typically eat healthier and smoke less, report less stress and feel better about their lives in general.

Shop Right for Weight Loss Success

Losing weight the heart-healthy way starts with buying the right food. Don't let your weight loss efforts get derailed at the grocery store.

Is Fruit Juice Healthy for Kids?

An easy way to get kids to get more fruit in their diet is to throw one of those convenient fruit juice boxes into their lunch bag—or is it?

What is BMI, and Why Does It Matter?

Your Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a good indicator of whether you’re at a healthy or unhealthy weight in relation to your height.

Reducing Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition that causes blood sugar to rise to dangerous levels. It can happen at any age, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. There are ways to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Simple Changes to Help you Lower your Blood Pressure

If you’ve been told by your healthcare provider that you have high blood pressure, don’t panic—it’s manageable! You can make some simple changes to your lifestyle that can help you get your blood pressure down to a healthy level.

Working Out In Cooler Weather

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, you may be tempted to give up your regular exercise routing of walking or biking for the warm comfort of home. Don't!
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