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Sitting is the new smoking

The ticking clock and furious patter of computer keys are staples in offices around the world. Regardless of specific business, offices share many similarities. One such similarity is a sedentary culture and studies show all that sitting is taking a major toll on employee health. From the driver’s seat to the office chair and then […]

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Meditation: An Introduction

Meditation is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). There are many types of meditation, most of which originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. Generally, a person who is meditating uses certain techniques, such as a specific posture, focused attention, and an open attitude toward distractions. Meditation may be practiced for many […]

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Healthy hydration guide

Water is essential for life and it is very important to get the right amount of fluid to be healthy. However there are lots of mixed messages about how much, and what to drink and this can be confusing. Do I really need to drink 8 glasses of water on top of all my other […]

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15 tiny tweaks for an instant health makeover

It always struck me as slightly odd that we make health resolutions in January. Sure, a new year is a theoretical blank slate — and our holiday habits provide us with ample inspiration for things we’d very much like to change about the way we treat our bodies. And, it helps that everyone around us […]

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What’s your fitness age?

By Gretchen Reynolds You already know your chronological age, but do you know your fitness age? A new study of fitness and lifespan suggests that a person’s so-called fitness age – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance – is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age. The good news is that unlike […]

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Balancing dietary fibre and protein for a healthy gut

By Dr. Silvia W. Gratz, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen Summary Many people recognise that maintaining an appropriate body weight is very important for health. However, losing weight is not easy and so diets which are high in protein and restricted in carbohydrate are popular as they help to promote a […]

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How to organize your fridge to keep food fresher, longer (and cut your energy bill)

Tip: Your fridge isn’t just a closet for food—it’s a high-tech device that helps you store all of your favorite snacks, condiments, and meal-fixins in optimal conditions. Not only do refrigerators have different compartments that serve different purposes, they also have different temperature zones. This means that if you’re storing things in the wrong place, […]

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Mindfulness matters

Can living in the moment improve your health? At some point in your life, someone probably told you: “Enjoy every moment. Life is short”. Maybe you’ve smiled and rolled your eyes at this well-intentioned relative or co-worker. But the fact is, there’s something to it. Trying to enjoy each moment may actually be good for […]

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Cooking tips for one

It can be tricky when cooking for one (or even two) to make the most of your ingredients and to minimize dishes — particularly when many recipes focus on making a meal for a family and serve four to six people. But just because you have a smaller household doesn’t mean you should abandon the […]

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Beat the heat: exercise safely in hot weather

Many people flock outside in warm summer weather to jog, play basketball or do yard work. But when the mercury rises, “easy” exercise becomes a huge physical undertaking, and intense exercise can be deadly. If your body’s temperature regulation system is overtaxed, you’re at risk of developing a heat-related illness. Here’s what you need to […]

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