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Are you at Risk for High Cholesterol?

It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. It is a soft, fat-like substance that your body produces naturally. It helps make new cells, some hormones and substances that help digest foods. Cholesterol is part of a healthy body. But having too much of it in your blood can be a problem. Too much cholesterol contributes to a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise?

Morning, afternoon, evening—when do you think is the best time of day to work out? Some people wouldn’t think of giving up their 6 a.m. jog because it gets their day going. Others swear by a long walk after dinner to relieve the stress of the day. Which is best?

Navigating your Local Farmers Market

We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important for good health, and one of the best places to find them is at your local farmers market. You can’t get produce that’s much fresher—it’s coming direct from the farm to you, rather than being picked before ripening and then shipped long distance to your local grocery store. Prices can be cheaper than grocery stores, too.

Can E-cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

You’ve probably heard a lot about electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes, e-hookas, shisha pens and vape pens) as an alternative to regular cigarettes. These devices deliver nicotine by heating it and converting it to a water vapor that contains lower levels of toxins than regular cigarettes—but they could contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful to your health.

Growing your Own Fruits and Vegetables

Whether you live in the suburbs or the city, in a high-rise or a house, you can grow a garden. Growing your own is not only a great way to have healthy, fresh veggies and fruits right at your fingertips, but it’s also budget-friendly and fun.

The Glycemic Index and Diabetes

The glycemic index measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises the sugar in your blood. A food with a high glycemic index raises your blood sugar more than a food with a medium or low glycemic index.

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.
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Cranberry-Pecan Baked Peaches

Fresh peaches are halved and baked with a tantalizing blend of dried cranberries and finely chopped pecans. Serve this dessert, with its roasted, concentrated flavors, for a round of applause at the end of your meal.

Farmers’ Market Omelets

Brighten up your breakfast with these flavorful omelets, full of fresh vegetables, fragrant basil, and pungent feta cheese. Add some whole-grain toast and fresh fruit for a light, nutritious meal any time of day.
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