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Want To Keep Medical Costs Down? Hit The Gym

We all know that exercise is good for your health. But did you know that it’s also good for your wallet? A recent study found that adults with cardiovascular disease ― think: coronary artery disease, stroke, heart attack, arrhythmias or peripheral artery disease ― who also exercised regularly spent $2,500 less on health care than their sedentary counterparts. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at data from a 2012 national survey of 26,000 American adults and used the American Heart Association’s exercise recommendation of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five times…

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13 Unusual Ways To Use Cucumbers

Ah the humble cucumber—it sits patiently in the crisper drawer while its flashier cousins are being scooped up and devoured for dinner. The cucumber just waits and waits in all of it’s watery, melon-tinged mild manner. Maybe someone will make some pickles, maybe Mom will slice off a few rounds for her tired eyes…but really, aside from pickles and eye treatments, what is a cucumber’s claim to fame? I have been going gaga for cucumbers lately–I never knew how fond I could be of the fresh-tasting and cool, albeit sometimes lackluster, fruit. It’s been taking center stage in chopped salads,…

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4 Best Strategies To Help You Avoid Running Injuries

Running is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, with more than 40 million people taking to the open road. Running may seem like an easy sport to take on. But to run consistently and injury-free can be challenging. Unfortunately, 60 percent to 65 percent of runners will be injured in a given year. Risk factors for injury include having fewer than three years’ experience and running more than 40 miles per week. Before getting started, consider these strategies to stay off the injured list: Wear the right shoes Getting a good running shoe for your foot and gait is an important part…

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The 3 Most Vital Home Improvements to Make this Fall

Funny how Labor Day is such a two-sided holiday. Folks tend to celebrate it by engaging in iconic summer activities – a picnic, hike or visit to their favorite swimming spot. Yet this day really marks the beginning of autumn. And the beginning of autumn means the approach of colder weather (notice how cool the mornings are starting to get?) … and with that, the time to heat your home. Which leads us to the 3 essential heating-related home improvements you must make this fall. Fix Any Leaks What does the word “leak” mean to you in relation to your home? Whether…

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6 Foods that Improve Blood Circulation

Brisk, fall air can sometimes signal the return of this common, nagging health complaint: “My hands and feet are always cold!” Sure, you can always grab a hot pumpkin spice latte and mask the discomfort. But it pays to take steps to improve the functioning of your body’s circulatory system; doing so can protect your cardiovascular health in the long run. Doctor’s usual orders? Plenty of exercise to keep your blood flowing freely. Anyone hoping to improve their circulation should heed this advice, since moving your body is the quickest, most effective way to boost your circulation. But did you know…

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Back to School Safety

Use Extra Caution when School is in Session As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school. Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they – and the motorists around them – take proper safety precautions​ Send Kids Off to School Safely Injuries are common at school, but many can be prevented. Before you send your children off, be sure to run through…

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The Dying Art of Patience

How patient of a person do you think you are? Think hard. How okay are you with letting things happen at their own pace? Many of us may consider ourselves patient people, but find ourselves constantly pressured to rush towards one or another finish line—in work, in relationships, in life. Unfortunately, we live in a time when the virtue of patience often goes unencouraged and unrewarded, especially by the media, where instantaneous gratification prevails. So as a society we have grown to expect things to be faster yet better, more rewarding yet easier to accomplish. It seems with the advent of technology and…

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7 Ways You Are Making Your Vegetables Less Nutritious

Do you motivate yourself to eat vegetables every day for the good of your health? That’s great! But chances are you might be  best dose of nutrients every time you eat them. You see, it’s easy for veggies to lose nutrients and vitamins if not prepared properly. So don’t just focus on eating more veggies—try to get the most nutrients out of each meal. Here are 7 things that make veggies less nutritious and how you can avoid them. 1. Juicing Juicing is a great way to eat more veggies effortlessly. But you’ll be missing out on fiber if you choose juicing…