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  • Healthy Eating
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Fitness from the Inside Out
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • The Fit Family
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Healthy Alternatives
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

Beef Up and Get Buff: Building Muscle Mass Can Help Ward Off Diabetes

Beef Up and Get Buff: Building Muscle Mass Can Help Ward Off Diabetes

Having a buff body is not only hot and sexy, but may also stave off type 2 diabetes, because the more muscle mass you have, the less your chance of developing the condition.

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Top 10 Multi-Tasking Exercises

Headed to the gym? Check out our top ten multitasking exercises to get a full body workout in less time.

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Fantasy Football 2011 Injury Report: Week 8

Anticipating the NFL’s Week 8, we find Madden cover boy Peyton Willis expected to return, Cowboy Felix Jones still nursing an injury, a broken hand for Bronco Willis McGahee and Redskin Santana Moss, and Washington Redskins Tim Hightower out for the season.

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Is Walking the Perfect Exercise?

Is Walking the Perfect Exercise?

Just as there are claims as to what is nature’s perfect food, the act of walking is arguably the body’s perfect exercise. So what are you waiting for?

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Body Basics: Teaching Kids the Major Muscle Groups

Body Basics: Teaching Kids the Major Muscle Groups

Knowledge about your body leads to respecting your body, which is why it is so important to educate your children about how their body works.

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Be Your Own Fitness Instructor

Be Your Own Fitness Instructor

Fit Family blogger Kristen DeLeo provides the basics so you can craft your own healthy workout.

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Friday Five: Top 5 Stories of the Week

Friday Five: Top 5 Stories of the Week

A weekly recap of the top HealthNews stories…just in case you missed them.

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What is Your Child’s Fitness Personality?

What is Your Child’s Fitness Personality?

Fit Family columnist Kristen DeLeo provides fitness personality categories for kids, to help them better develop a life-long love for exercise.

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The P.E. Paradox

The P.E. Paradox

We are bombarded with news about how unfit America’s kids are today, yet very few schools offer P.E. on a daily basis. What can you, as a parent, do to remedy the situation?

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Fantasy Football 2011 Injury Report: Week 12

The holiday will bring three great games, but will be tempered by injuries heading into the race for the Super Bowl. QBs like Cutler, Schaub, Vick and Hasselback are suffering, as are WRs Johnson, Jackson and Jones and RBs Peterson, Best and McFadden.

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Tips & Tricks For Keeping Your Diet/Exercise Plan While Traveling

Tips & Tricks For Keeping Your Diet/Exercise Plan While Traveling

Travel expert Kayt Sukel provides a few tricks and tips to (mostly) keep up with your exercise and diet plan when traveling.

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Pre-Pilates Flexibility & Exercises for the Upper Back

Pilates instructor Jennifer Gianni walks through several upper back exercises that will help keep you flexible and limber, and less prone to injury.

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Strength Training for Kids: Is it Safe?

Strength Training for Kids: Is it Safe?

For years the fitness industry has recommended children refrain from weight training until after puberty. Recent research, however, shows that kids can benefit from a strength-training program.

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Fantasy Football 2011 Injury Report: Week 7

This week’s fantasy football injury report finds one quarterback likely out for the season, another (very) tentative, and hamstring injuries plaguing the Colts' Addai and Hillis, and Atlanta Falcon Julio Jones.

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Friday 5: Top 5 Stories of the Week

Quite a diverse mix of stories drove visitors to HealthNews this week. From diabetes and birth statistics, to pox parties, sleep-deprived women, and utilizing Pilates to strengthen your core and upper back. Don’t miss what was hot this week in health. 

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