Staying Fit

Choosing the Right Personal Trainer to Maximize Workouts

Setting foot in a gym can be as uncomfortable as your first day of high school if you’re unsure what to do. Or maybe you know where to start but struggle with follow through. Hiring a personal trainer not only ensures you’ll quickly learn your way around the gym (and …

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Healthy Eating

5 Reasons to Say Yes to Winter Soups

When the weather turns colder, sipping steaming hot soups and stews can keep you warm and toasty. Soups not only take the bite out of a frosty night, they’re also a fuss-free way to get dinner on the table fast. Whether a light, broth-based creation or a hearty stew, Julie …

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Eating Well with Dietary Restrictions

Having a Happy Gluten-Free, Low-Sugar or Low-Salt Holiday

Sure, the holidays are the biggest food extravaganza of the year, but that doesn’t mean you should ditch your health. Unfortunately, many seasonal staples — carb-heavy sides, salty sauces and sugar-laden sweets — can cause problems for people with chronic health conditions. Add alcohol to the mix, and it’s easy …

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Healthy Holidays

Homemade (and Healthy) Holiday Gift Ideas

The gift-giving season is upon us, and it can be a struggle to think of unique gifts to give friends, family, teachers, co-workers and others. One of the most popular choices is homemade food items – but these do not need to be sugar and calorie-laden treats. Here are a …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Kids & Diabetes: How Much Is That Candy Worth?

It’s no secret that kids love sweets, along with plenty of other foods that are not particularly good for them. And while a treat every now and then is certainly not a bad thing, problems can arise when eating junk food goes unchecked. Childhood obesity rates are dangerously high — …

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Staying Fit

6 Tips for Cold-Weather Workouts

Cold weather can derail even the most committed exercisers. In addition to the Herculean effort it requires to crawl out of a warm, toasty bed, inclement weather such as rain, sleet and snow presents particular safety challenges (black ice, hypothermia and frostbite, to name a few). But even as potential …

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Healthy Holidays

Diabetes-Friendly Holidays

Even if you’ve been good all year long, the holiday season can wreak havoc on your healthful habits. With nearly six weeks of family feasts, cocktails and sweets — not to mention pressure to overindulge from well-meaning loved ones — it almost seems okay to be naughty instead of nice. …

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Staying Fit

Maximize Your Treadmill Time

We’re designed to run, but on dark, dreary days, you may prefer to stay in shorts and a T-shirt and do so where it’s warm: indoors! Treadmills offer a convenient, challenging and calorie-burning workout, all in a self-created environment complete with favorite tunes, an engrossing novel, even a favorite TV …

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Healthy Eating

Sugar Rush: Combat Your Cravings

Sugar cravings can be intense. In fact, studies show the sweet stuff may trigger some of the same changes in the brain as addictive substances like cocaine. And like the dangerous drug, the more you indulge, the more you crave. While you need some sugar to fuel your body and …

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Parenting in the Digital Age

Internet Use May Put Teens at Risk for High Blood Pressure

In an era when many teens seem to be constantly connected to their mobile devices or laptops, parents already worried about Internet use may have new reason for concern. Teens who spend hours on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital …

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