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How to stay safe at the surf-or your family pool

A couple of years ago, tragedy struck a family in my neighborhood. Two young brothers made their way unnoticed into the backyard, slipped into the pool and drowned. Unfortunately, drownings happen all too often. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year from 2005 to 2009 an average […]

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Sweet: The nutritional value of dark chocolate

Listen to this, friends: According to a new study, being a chocoholic might be a component of a healthy lifestyle. Eating two ounces (50 grams) a day of plain dark chocolate has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Plus, it tastes great! After all, who doesn’t crave chocolate? You probably noticed that […]

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Communities across America are becoming healthier

Our health as a nation depends on much more than our access to the healthcare system. Indeed, as I have blogged here many times before, the greatest contribution to our miserable health in this country are our behaviors, which in large part are modifiable. Obesity and cigarette smoking are responsible for about one million deaths […]

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How communities foster healthy lifestyles

Communities across America that are getting involved to promote healthy lifestyles. For example, Summerville, MA began a program, Shape Up Summerville, which at first targeted elementary school children, 44% of whom were overweight. With grants from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and philanthropic groups, the researchers had schools replace french fries, candy, […]

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More Than Just A Balanced Meal: Why It’s Important To Start Your Kids’ Day With A Healthy Meal

Did you know that one in three children who graduate from elementary school are either overweight or obese? And, not surprisingly, many of these overweight graduates go on to become overweight adults. Obesity is such a public health menace that it’s now being called “the new smoking”; if something isn’t done soon, our kids will […]

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