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Shingles: A Ghost of Chickenpox Past

If you had chickenpox as a kid, you are at risk for shingles. The virus that causes chickenpox lies dormant in the nerves near your spine and can erupt as a rash and pain later in life.

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Live Long and Prosper!

Take this quiz and find out if you've got what it takes to live a long, healthy life.

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Delete the Heat: Cool Meal Making for a Hot Summer's Night

Ban the BBQ.  Overlook the oven. Make a satisfying summer meal with fresh vegetables, fruits, and ordinary items from the pantry or fridge.

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Could your diet use a nutritional tune-up? A healthful diet has many benefits and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Add color to your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains and low-fat dairy, and keep an eye on your portion size. Aim for balance, variety, flexibility and moderation.
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Heart disease is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, you can keep it from getting worse. Here are the tools to get you started.
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Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
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    If you notice periods of depression that seem to accompany seasonal changes during the year, you may suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

    Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity - running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise - is considered safe and effective.

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    The questions in this assessment ask about risk factors—conditions that may put you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states that the more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop diabetes.

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      Certain changes and discomforts occur during pregnancy - and are perfectly normal. Some of these changes include backache, frequent urination, and constipation. This video describes typical changes, how to safely relieve your discomfort, and what circumstances require a visit to your doctor.

      Mom’s chicken soup, cheese tamales, bread pudding – we all have our favorite foods. Unfortunately, what we like to eat isn’t always good for our bodies. Consider colorectal cancer. Certain risk factors for the disease, such as being older than age 50

         

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