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How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?

You’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But do you know what kinds of foods may actually send you to the doctor? Fats? Carbs? Recent data shows that sugar is actually the real troublemaker for your health. Turns out, most Americans are consuming far...

4 Immunization Myths Busted

The recent measles outbreak in North Carolina has reminded us all of how important vaccinations are when it comes to disease prevention. Highly contagious, measles is an airborne disease that can be spread through coughing or sneezing.

7 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight in the Office

Everyone’s familiar with – and fears – the “Freshman 15,” the predictable 15-pound weight gain from overindulging just a little too much that first year of college. But did you know there’s a risk of history repeating itself with the “Office 15” as college graduates enter the working world?

Do the Benefits of Football Outweigh the Risks?

It’s mid-August, and parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers across the country may be having the same conversation – do we let our kid try out for a contact sport? Parents have to weigh the risk of injury against the benefits of exercise and being part of a team, particularly in that American staple of fall sports, football.

Cooking in the Moment — And in Reverse

Ask a novice how to prepare a fancy dinner for a couple hundred people, and you’d probably get a logical response: Decide on the menu well in advance, then go out and find the ingredients for those dishes. But chef Andrea Reusing does just the opposite. She...

Children today are facing a nature deficit

A boy on his first fishing adventure notices how the wind makes unique patterns on the water; a girl on a hike is fascinated by plants she never knew existed; a father helps his son focus the binoculars on a red-shouldered hawk soaring overhead.  Exercising the mind...

6 effective tips to help you quit smoking

Smoking is a hard habit to kick. Beyond the addictive properties of nicotine, overtime smoking becomes ingrained into your lifestyle, habits and even how you identify yourself. And despite the facts about the negative impacts tobacco can have on your health, for some,...

I survived running of the bulls

If you have always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, but don’t have a trip to Spain planned anytime soon, consider the Bull City Running’s annual Running of the Bulls 8K.  This past weekend, 1,411 participants laced up to run a hot 4.97 miles through the...

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

This is one of my favorite soups. The savory beans contrasting against the sweet potatoes is such a wonderful contrast on the palate. As a piece of advice when making this black bean and sweet potato soup: I like to mix all of my seasonings, minus the salt, together...

10 Smart Ways to Help You Hike Safely

The Blue Ridge Parkway trail accesses are packed. Pilot Mountain State Park’s website advises that it can take a half hour to score a parking spot on weekends. The knob for which Hanging Rock State Park gets its name resembles an anthill as hikers scramble for views....

Eat These 6 Foods to Help Fight Colds

You can’t always avoid the dreaded head cold, but there are ways you can help boost your immune system to keep your body strong and prepared to fight! But don’t fall for over the counter promises. Believe it or not, just eating healthy and smart can go a long...

How to Care For Someone With the Flu

According to the CDC, flu season is officially here. While the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot, the vaccine can take up to two weeks to start working. So what should you do if a friend or family member is sick and you’re their primary caregiver? To...

Desk to 5K: Life Lessons from the Trails

Anyone who has spent time with me since I joined the company has had to endure listening to me speak about a passion of mine: running–and in particular, long distance running. But it’s important to understand that while you don’t immediately start out by running...

Debunking 3 E-Cigarette Myths

Smoking is more than just a bad habit. It’s the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing more people than HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol and traffic accidents combined. A recent trend we’re seeing with smokers trying to kick the habit is trading in...

No Flu For You: 5 Flu Shot Myths Debunked

It’s that time of year; flu season is upon us. That means flu shots. Maybe you’re ready to go and are rushing to Target because they’re offering discounts to shoppers who get the flu shot as an incentive. Great! You know the importance of getting the flu shot, not...

5 Ways Not to Sabotage Your First 5K

Last October I ran my first 5K. I wish I could tell you that after months of training and planning that the whole thing went off without a hitch, that I had my best personal time, and I blasted through that finish line in a blaze of glory. But it was anything but...

How to Start a #HealthyConversation

Our health is intensely personal. Yet it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Which is why having “healthy” conversations – the kind where you talk about your health – are so important.If you have a family history of heart disease, cancer or diabetes, you need a healthy...

TGIM – Thank Goodness it’s… Monday?

TGIF, right? Not so fast. More and more people actually look forward to the distraction work can bring to escape stress at home. It’s true! In fact, a recent study, When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home, showed that participants’ cortisol levels, a hormone...