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    Small Changes Can Lead to Big Health Rewards

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    We all want to live longer and look and feel better. But it can be difficult to know where to start, and changing your lifestyle habits can feel overwhelming. The key is to start small. Walk 15 minutes a day. Eat an extra piece of fruit and vegetable every day. Switch from creamer to skim … Continued

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    Artificial Sweeteners: Are They Safe and Should You Use Them?

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    There’s no sugarcoating it. Artificial sweeteners don’t help you lose weight, and may actually lead to weight gain, diabetes and other health problems, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Andrea McCarty, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Mon Health Medical Center, often has patients ask her about artificial … Continued

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    When packing for your labor and delivery, don’t forget these 12 items [Infographic]

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    With months of preparing for a new baby, soon-to-be parents should add packing a hospital bag to their list. That’s because around 32 weeks you could go into labor at any moment leading up to your due date. Here’s a checklist of items you should pack in a small, rolling suitcase: Important documents such as … Continued

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    4 foods to avoid during pregnancy

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    When a woman finds out she’s eating for two, deciding what to eat – and what not to eat – can be confusing. While most foods are fine to enjoy in moderation,  Dr. William K. Hamilton of Mon Health Obstetrics & Gynecology tells his patients to avoid: Sushi and undercooked meats Raw fish and undercooked meat may contain bacteria that … Continued

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    8 joint-friendly exercises your body will love [Infographic]

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    We all know that exercise is good for us. Not only does it help keep our hearts beating efficiently and our bodies at a healthy weight, it can reduce the risk of some serious illnesses. But when your body hurts, it’s difficult to motivate yourself to exercise. Pain or stiffness in joints like your knees … Continued

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    Looking for a mental boost? Take your workout outdoors for both mental and physical gains

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    While exercise itself helps reduce depression and anxiety and improve your overall mood and memory, studies show that exercising in the great outdoors can add even more mental health benefits. Here are 6 ways exercising outdoors can improve your mental health. 1. Increasing exposure to Vitamin D About 1 in 10 Americans are Vitamin D … Continued

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    6 tips for beating the battle of the bulge during tailgating season

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    While our favorite teams will be duking it out on the gridiron this fall, spectators and tailgaters will be engaged in a different sort of battle in parking lots and homes across the country. According to a Harris Interactive survey, 1 in 4 football fans will have gained an average of 10 pounds by the end … Continued

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    5 ways to get kids on a back-to-school sleep schedule

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    As children return to school, pediatrician David Bowlin, at Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care, encourages parents to help their children develop healthy sleep habits. A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children who sleep the recommended amounts not only perform better in school, they also have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes and … Continued