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Protecting your eyes from serious sun damage

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July is Eye Sun Safety and Protection month. Are you protecting your eyes from serious sun damage? Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can be damaging to your eyes causing macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans; cataracts, the clouding of the eye’s natural lens (the...
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Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer

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May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection month. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the U.S. One in five Americans will get skin cancer and currently, 13 million Americans have a history of non-melanoma skin cancer and almost 800,000 have a history of melanoma-...
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month – Manage Your Drinking

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April is alcohol awareness month, trying to raise awareness about your drinking habits. Alcohol consumption can produce health benefits related to a healthy heart, circulatory system, and psychological health (relaxation). However, alcohol can also negatively affect your health and your relationships with yourself and others when consumed too heavily. Heavy...
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The Sugar Issue: The importance of reducing sugar in your diet.

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The sugar issue. Most of us have heard about the problem and know that sugar is not the best for us, but we still eat and drink it, probably in large quantities. Well, here is another attempt to create awareness and convince us that we really should limit, if not cut...
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Cuckoo for Coconuts?

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There seems to be a lot of news out there about coconut oil with rumors that it is a miracle weight loss cure, can help prevent Diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s and so much more. But should you go run to the store and stock...
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Colorectal Cancer Awareness and How to Reduce Your Risk

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon and/or rectum, is the third most common cancer and the second highest cause of cancer death in the U.S. Colorectal cancer has been part of public discourse more in the past few years- whether you watched Katie Couric...
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Hydration: How Much Water is Enough?

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As the weather starts to get warmer, you may be sweating more and feeling more thirsty than usual. Are you drinking enough water? Being hydrated is one of the most important factors for our health as water makes up 60 percent of our body weight. Every system in our body...
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Why Choose Whole Grains?

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Whole grain. Whole wheat. Multigrain. Aren’t they all the same? We know that all breads are not created equal. That is why we stopped buying white bread years ago, but what about all of these other choices? Navigating the bread aisle can be a challenge, especially when all these choices...
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Healthy Hearts Are Happy Hearts

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As Valentine’s Day approaches love is in the air, but is your hearty healthy? While surrounded by red hearts, tiny cupids, and love, remember that February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is the number one killer in the United States. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke...
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7 Tips to Keeping Your Resolutions

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It is already near the end of January and time to check in with your New Year’s Resolutions. Most people start out the year ready to change and are motivated to stick with their health resolution for the year. Whether it is to exercise more often, eat healthier, lose weight,...
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How much protein do athletes really need?

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Whether you are a runner, body builder, or practice martial arts, your body needs protein to build muscle. Not only does protein supply your body with sufficient energy, but it also helps repair the muscles that were broken down during a workout. To determine the amount of protein that an...
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Meatless Mondays For Better Health

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One Monday in the year 2003, the Meatless Monday campaign began in the United States, in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It came about after the Surgeon General released the Healthy People 2010 report, in 2000, which outlined objectives for the nation’s health goals over the...
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Nutrition Misinformation

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Nowadays it’s very easy to be confused, even frustrated, with the overwhelming and contradictory amount of nutrition and health information in the news and media. One day an article will be published hypothesizing the dangers of coffee and caffeine addiction and a week later another article will circulate, extolling the...
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BBQ – Food Safety 101!

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Eating outdoors and in warm environments can be a food safety challenge because bacteria and microbes thrive at higher temperatures. It’s important to review a few of these food safety tips to prevent food contamination and food borne illnesses (AKA Montezuma’s Revenge): The danger temperature zone for which bacteria grow...
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Healthy BBQ’ing and Grilling is Easy as 1, 2, 3!

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When it comes to summertime, who doesn’t love to host BBQ’s and entertain hungry friends outside?  It’s important to stay health-conscious!  When you want to have fun with your guests while still eating healthy – grilling is the perfect way to go! Planning delicious and healthy menus can be as easy...
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Controlling Your Blood Pressure

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Blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure or force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart muscle squeezes and pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels), which carry the oxygenated blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension (HTN), causes the heart to enlarge and...
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Salad-Size Me – Results!

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After 4 weeks of the Salad-size Me Program we met with Frank Kramer (of KLOS’ “Heidi & Frank” morning talk show) to get our results.                            Before (6/3/13):                   After...
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Salad-Size Me!!!

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Over the past month I have had the honor of working with a local restaurant, California Monster Salad, to create a program to Salad-Size (down-size) our wonderful participant, Frank Kramer, from the KLOS “Heidi and Frank” morning radio show. First of all, Stacy and Daniel, co-owners of California Monster Salad,...
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Fiber for good health and may help prevent heart disease

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Soluble fiber, which is found in oats, barley, beans, apples, oranges and other fruits and vegetables, may help prevent heart disease by lowering LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. Set a goal to eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber every day (read labels). The best way to do this is...
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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – dedicated to increasing the awareness of early detection of breast cancer and early treatment to save lives. Approximately 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the United States alone.  As recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, approximately...
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What are Empty Calories?

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Examples of “Empty Calorie” foods: French fries, fried chicken, chips and all other deep-fried foods. A large order of fries from a fast food chain can contain up to 570 calories with a whopping 30 grams of total fat! Candy, soda, and other sweetened packaged foods. A can of soda...
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What Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

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Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, but aggressive type of breast cancer. The breast may appear normal until tumor cells invade and block lymphatic vessels in the overlying skin causing fluid to back up. Rapidly, the breast becomes swollen, red, and tender. Other symptoms include heaviness, burning, aching, a nipple...
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