Money Where Your Mouth Is: How Weight Loss Can Save You Thousands

You're probably aware of the health benefits of losing weight, but did you know losing weight may also save you money? According to Barbara O’Neill, a professor and specialist in finance resource management at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and co-author of Small Steps to Health and Wealth, using a few simple strategies that…

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Need a Healthier Party Dish? Try This Buffalo Chicken Bites Recipe.

The "bring a dish to share” request comes with just about every party or family gathering invitation you receive. But what if you’re consciously trying to watch what you eat and need a healthier alternative to the popular hors d’oeuvres loaded with fat and calories? Try these! One of my party favorites is my original…

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Buffalo Chicken Bites Recipe | Easy, low-fat chicken recipe
8 Simple Ways to Cut 250 Calories a Day

How important can 250 calories be? That’s just one extra slice of cheese pizza, another small piece of cake or one regular-sized Snickers® bar. As it turns out, 250 calories can be pretty important. Burning 250 more calories per day can be the difference between losing one pound per week and maintaining your present weight. Eating…

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If You’re S.M.A.R.T., You’ll Set Obtainable, Reasonable Health Goals

We're already more than half-way through January. Did you set New Year's Resolutions for 2015? If yes, are you still in the game? Unfortunately, year after year we set ourselves up for failure by setting unobtainable and unreasonable goals. In fact, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, among Americans who make…

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Best 2015 Diet: One that Targets Your Bad Eating Habits

So, you’ve finally decided this is the time to lose some weight and get in shape, but where do you start? If you pick up a magazine or do an online search, you will find many different diets and suggestions on how to lose weight. Some say, “Cut out fat.” Some tell you, “No carbohydrates.”…

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Fat vs. Sugar: Which Is the Better Choice for Your Health?

Many Americans have a love affair with fat and sugar for some obvious reasons, such as adding flavor and smoothness to foods. However, there is a growing concern over the health risks associated with a high-fat, high-sugar diet. Eating foods with added sugar and fat results in excess calories, which can increase body weight, blood…

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‘Hop Off Pop’ and Reduce the Risk of Dental Cavities

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books growing up was Hop on Pop. However, my dad hated the book with a passion — probably because I liked to act out the pictures.  “We like to hop on top of Pop. STOP! You must not hop on Pop.”  Twenty years later, I find myself using these rhymes…

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22 Tips on Adding Fresh Herbs to Your Dinner Today

Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to add flavor to foods without adding a lot of salt, sugar or fat. A small amount perks up the flavor in recipes while providing an excellent source of natural antioxidants and many anti-microbial substances that help keep our food safe. Some Ideas for Fresh Herbs Use fresh leaves…

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Set an Exercise Appointment with Yourself

How many times have you had the best of intentions and life gets in the way of your fitness routine? Work schedules and kid’s schedules push that exercise routine to the back burner. You may often say, “There’s always tomorrow." For many of us, those tomorrows have piled up, and now we’re not too happy…

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3 Truths About Weight Loss You May Not Want to Hear

I’ve talk before about how I’ve seen diet programs, products and fads come and go. Many of them make big promises to you. Just drink this or stop eating that and you’ll lose weight like never before. That’s an appealing message. But here are three truths about weight loss that you may not want to…

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Want to Lose Weight? Watch Body Fat Instead of Pounds [Case Studies].

When trying to lose weight, most people monitor body weight. That just makes sense, right? Well, not always. When you undertake a nutrition and exercise program to get in shape, what you’re attempting to do is to “re-shape” your body. This often is accompanied by an actual loss of body weight, but sometimes not. Although body weight is…

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How to Keep Weight Off After a Significant Weight Loss

If you’re one of the 108 million Americans on a diet or other weight-loss regimen and you’ve successfully lost all of your excess weight, congratulations! After working hard to accomplish this important goal, it is time to concentrate on part two: Keeping the weight off for good! As someone with more than 20 years experience…

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Four Fun Physical Activities that Benefit the Whole Family

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult to squeeze in exercise when you work full time and have a family to take care of. One of the best ways to ensure that physical activity part of your every day life is by exercising together as a family!…

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5 Simple Changes to Help You Lose Weight

Making the decision to lose weight is a big first step towards a healthier life. Instead of approaching your weight loss as a temporary diet that will be over when you reach your goal, make simple lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime and help you to live a happier and healthier life long-term. Here…

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Obesity Is Now a Disease & Why That’s a Good Thing

You may have already been diagnosed and aren’t even aware of it. Last June the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to officially declare obesity a disease, which applies to more than 78 million American adults and over 12 million children. These individuals now have  a medical condition requiring treatment. “Oh, they can’t mean me.” Well,…

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Gluten-free Diet: Is It Right for You?

Guest post by Brooke Barley, a Kent State University graduate student working on her master’s in nutrition. Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Ohio State University. Gluten. It’s all over the media. Many celebrities swear by it. Popular restaurants have added special, gluten-free menu-items. So, what’s all the buzz about gluten?…

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Why You Should Care About Preventive Health Screenings

Many changes are on the horizon for health care in the United States. Health care providers, businesses and other organizations now see value in making preventive healthcare screenings more widely available. This is changing the way our society views health care and emphasizes prevention of disease instead of treatment. So, what are preventive health care…

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9 Reasons Mercy’s OPTIFAST Is Different From Other Weight-loss Programs

Trying to evaluate the many weight-loss products and programs that are available in today’s marketplace can be absolutely overwhelming. Meal replacement bars and shakes are available in the grocery store, at your pharmacy, at gas stations and convenience stores, online and elsewhere; however, many of them aren’t even formulated to promote weight loss. In fact,…

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Why You Need a Primary Care Physician [Infographic]

Primary care physicians (family doctors, pediatricians, internal medicine and others) are a vital part of maintaining good health throughout your lifetime. Over time, they become knowledgeable about not only your physical condition, but also your mental health, family situation, nature of your work and much more. It’s a relationship you need to cultivate because studies…

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Best Health and Fitness Apps You May Not Be Using Yet

I’m sure you’ve heard the modern-day cliché, “There’s an app for that.” But if you want to be more proactive about your health and fitness, it’s absolutely true! Today, smartphone applications can measure distance and pace, provide weight training and flexibility routines, report restaurant nutritional information, offer daily healthy recipes and food ideas, predict exercise calories…

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10 Major Weight-loss Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

The New Year is here. Many of us see this new beginning as a time to focus on getting healthier; for many, that means losing weight. Year after year, weight loss is one of the most popular resolutions. Yet, obesity remains an epidemic in the United States. That’s because our good intentions often stray shortly…

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