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How to Beat Winter Weight Gain

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When we think of snow days, we often imagine curling up with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and whipped cream, buttered popcorn and chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven all while watching a DVD in the living room. As cozy as this scene sounds, regularly consuming calorically dense foods in the winter can be a dieter’s...

The Stresses and Strains of Backpacks

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To worried parents, they can look like pack mules on two legs—students who carry a load on their minds and a load on their backs. A backpack loaded with books may cause strain rather than success. Many studies have shown that heavy backpacks place significant stress on children’s spines and may lead to back pain. A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said that 58 percent of orthopedists reported seeing children complaining of back and shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.

Book bags were never designed to carry such heavy loads, manufacturers say. Several companies are now reinforcing them with metal stays along the back, with extra cushioning in the...

Got Milk? Toss the Gatorade

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Brisbane—Australian scientists have discovered that drinking milk is better for your body post-workout than drinking sports drinks.

The Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism journal published the results of the study at Griffith University in Australia, which tested 15 men (average age of 25), by having the subjects work out on stationary bikes. They worked out four separate times, and each one hydrated with a different liquid after each activity: cow’s milk, soy milk, milk-based meal supplement, and Powerade. The participants’ weight, blood, and urine were tested before and after each workout. The milk-based supplement proved to be the healthiest post-workout drink...

Brushing Basics

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Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease?

Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma, four times more common than early childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes.

Tooth decay is caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, poor diet, and insufficient daily oral care. This article will provide an overview of daily oral care, and in future articles we will explore other relevant issues.

Decay can start as soon as teeth appear in the mouth. There is no need to brush a baby’s gums before teeth appear, as gums are not at risk for cavities. However, as soon as one tooth appears in the mouth, it is at risk for a cavity...

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