Spring Ahead (Slowly) When Getting Back in Shape

Couple having fun together at the parkWith longer days comes a little more time, a bit more energy and, often, a lot more “oomph,” propelling you off of the couch and onto the workout bandwagon to get back in shape. No doubt about it: Starting a workout (after talking with your doctor first), along with cutting back on the foods you may have overindulged in over the winter months, can jump-start you back on the road to good health, both physically and mentally. In addition to building up your stamina and helping you burn calories to lose weight, exercise also elevates your mood and lowers blood pressure and stress, not to mention boosting your immune system to help prevent you from getting sick.

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Talk to Your Kids About: Alcohol

It’s “every parent’s nightmare”Mother and Daughter Talking to lose a child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that 29 people die in cars each day as a result of drinking and driving. Underage drinkers age 12 to 20 drink 11 percent of all alcohol in the U.S., with more than 90 percent of it consumed by binge drinking (drinking to excess). But whether someone underage starts drinking because of peer pressure or depression; whether they get behind the wheel while impaired and hurt themselves (or someone else); or die due to alcohol poisoning, another accident, or suicide, talking to kids about alcohol’s dangers can help avoid tragedy.

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What Your Smile Says About You

SmFather teaching son how to brash his teeth correctlyiles reveal a lot about mood, and personality. But the American Dental Association says that the teeth we display to form those grins can also clue people in to how old we are, what kind of food we eat, whether or not we use tobacco products, or what kind of environment we live in, now or previously. For both dentists and doctors, our teeth and mouths can offer hints about our overall health.

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Baked Salmon Dijon

Baked salmon with dijon ginger glaze accompanied by sugar snap peas and whole grain couscous(Serves 6)

This quick-prep dish just says “Spring,” and would be lovely with a salad, steamed asparagus, or sugar snap peas. It comes in at just 196 calories and only nine g of fat (2 saturated), with only 5 g of carbs, 76 mg of cholesterol, and 229 mg of sodium. A great source of protein (229 mg), too, salmon also provides those fantastic omega-3s!

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Panzanella-Cucumber Salad

Panzanella with Ciabatta, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onions and basil(Serves 8)

Panzanella comes from the Italian words for bread (pane) and small basket (zanella). Traditionally, this savory Tuscan salad is made with anchovies, chopped veggies, and day-old bread soaked in olive oil, but here’s a lighter version, sans the soaking. 170 calories, 10 mg cholesterol, 11 g total fat (3 saturated), 160 mg sodium and just 3 g sugar. Just toss and taste. Buon appetito!

 

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See Your Eye Doctor With “Dry Eye”

Upset fatigued overworked senior mature business woman taking off glasses tired of computer work, exhausted middle aged employee suffers from blurry vision after long laptop use, eye strain problem (Upset fatigued overworked senior mature business womAlmost everyone experiences dry eyes sometimes, especially during colder, drier months. Spring also has its share of dry eye symptoms, when seasonal allergies kick in, and prompt the urge to rub eyes for relief. (That only makes dry eyes worse!) Computer users deal with dry eyes almost daily — especially when they don’t blink for longer periods of time, or break free from their screens!

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The “Yuck” Factor: Getting Kids to Try (and Like) Healthy, New Foods

Focused loving father is using the blender to make smoothie while his son is holding ears while smiling in a bright kitchen. (Focused loving father is using the blender to make smoothie while his son is holding ears while smiling in a bright kitchen.,If you’re a parent, you may find yourself in a tug of war with your kids about food. That includes what you’d like them to try, and what they’ll actually eat. This battle of wills can be frustrating, especially when you’ve exhausted all methods of persuasion.

Bribing picky eaters with dessert isn’t the way to go, either. Treats are okay once in a while, but the idea is to get them used to eating healthier food overall. Having them try healthier choices (many made in a way that they’ve never had before, and might like) is the goal.

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Young Adults’ Rising Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Friends group drinking cappuccino at coffee bar restaurant - People talking and having fun together at fashion cafeteria - Friendship concept with happy men and women at cafe - Warm vintage filter (Friends group drinking cappuccino at coffee bar restaYou may already know that the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its former colonoscopy screening guidelines from age 50 to age 45 for those of average risk and no family history. But you may not know why.

The disease has seen a marked increase among young adults in the U.S. under age 55 at a rate of two percent each year since the mid-1990s. A study by the American Cancer Society, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that millennials* born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer, compared to people born near 1950.

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Homemade shepherd's pie made in a skillet. (Serves 4)

Got leftover chicken and veggies? This Irish classic is as easy as pie! With a prep time of 40 minutes and a cook time of just 10 minutes, it’s a lighter recipe, too (just 336 calories per serving, 32 mg cholesterol, 4 g of total fat, 24 g of protein, and just 302 mg of sodium), using chicken (instead of beef or lamb). Set your table for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

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No-Bake Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies

(Serves 18)Raw uncooked peanut butter cookie snack on plate (no need to cook)

Turn off your oven — no baking needed for these chewy treats! Perfect with that cup of tea or glass of skim milk, you’ll love this combo of peanut butter and whole grain oats, with just 120 calories per serving (two cookies!), 18 g of carbs, 5 g of cholesterol, 5 g total fat, 1 g of fiber, 2 g of protein, 15 g of sodium, and 12 g total sugar (using granulated  sugar).

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