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Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Help teens lose weight by focusing on choices

When Carole King wrote the song "Happy Being Fat," she nailed the attitude that many overweight teens have about being prodded to slim down: "Don't tell me to go on a diet. Don't give me no pills. Just leave me alone with my ice-cream cone, and let me eat my fill."

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Maintaining healthy vision: Talking to your doctor

Being diagnosed with an eye disease or disorder can be upsetting and you may leave the doctor's office without asking the questions you'll think of later. An important part of any patient/physician relationship is good communication. The National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends asking questions like the following if you're diagnosed with an eye problem:

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Old-school kettlebell workouts yield results

Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell. A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it's a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can't do with traditional weights.

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Breastfeeding: Good for mom, baby, all of us

Women are frequently harassed for breastfeeding in public. It reached a fever pitch in 2006, when a woman was kicked off a flight for breastfeeding while the plane was still at the gate. We wonder what the airline would have done in mid-air. Clearly, the crew didn't know what was best for baby, mom or them.

Aug. 26, 2013 @ 10:25 PM


HUNTINGTON -- A number of health-conscious classes, programs and screenings are scheduled in the Tri-State this week. Some of the activities offered in the area:

Aug. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Good news about standards for apple juice

Apples have been causing problems since, well, that first bite. And more recently, apple juice has been the trigger for a debate about arsenic in your food supply -- and how safe it is for kids to drink apple juice that may contain this carcinogen.

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Tuna pasta salad

DIETITIAN'S TIP: To make a complete and colorful meal, serve this tuna salad with a blend of cubed cantaloupe, red grapes and strawberry halves. For variety, top the salad with fresh dill or chives. Recipe courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Booze news: What's really in that glass?

"Drunk History," originally part of Will Farrell's FunnyorDie.com, is now on Comedy Central, where it's serving up even more inebriated historical re-enactments. And although they're somewhat entertaining, we figure seeing comedian Duncan Trussell (after a six-pack of beer and a bottle of absinthe) narrate the story of Nicola Tesla, the father of Western technology (with John C. Reilly as Tesla), should be enough to convince the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that mandatory nutritional labels on booze is a smart move.

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Tips for preventing sports-related eye injuries

The National Eye Institute (NEI) says that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and that every 13 minutes, an ER in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. Most of the eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports. The NEI says baseball is the leading cause of eye injuries in children 14 and under. Basketball is the leading cause of eye injuries among 15- to 24-year-olds. Here are the sports with the highest rates of eye injuries according to the NEI:

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Three things you need to know about concussions

Sydney Crosby, Merrill Hodge, Mike Matheny, Junior Seau... Do these names sound familiar? These professional athletes have all suffered from the effects of numerous concussions. Sydney Crosby (Penguins) is still trying to play NHL hockey but Hodge (Steelers/current ESPN analyst) and Matheny (SF Giants/current ST. Louis Cardinals mgr.) were medically retired from their respective sports. Junior Seau (San Diego and New England Patriots) died in an accident that many have linked to his post-concussion issues. The media has placed much focus on concussion in recent years. Sports programs from the youth level to the pros have made it a point of emphasis. If you are an athlete or are around athletes, here are some things you need to know.