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Grandmother Power throws weight behind HPV-vaccination effort

By Joyce Hanz
A group of Pittsburgh-area grandmothers have joined a grassroots movement to bolster HPV-vaccination rates. Not a formal organization, Grandmother Power is made up of volunteers in the United States, Kenya, Canada, India and Finland. The local Grandmother Power chapter is sponsored by ...

Diet season fat with a new crop of books

By Nancy Szokan
It seems as though every mail delivery brings a new load of diet books to the Health & Science shelves. But rarely is there such a confluence of titles as those that have turned up in the last few weeks: ...

How to ‘jump’ into exercise

By The Washington Post
Everywhere you go, people seem to be jumping as part of their workouts. They jump on and off boxes, they skip rope, they’re leaping all kinds of things on Parkour courses. At Crossfit, boxes that are now more plentiful than ...

Hospitals pay special attention to help kids adjust to medical settings

By Kellie B. Gormly
Chelsea Acock hands a miniature plastic anesthesia mask to 8-year-old Aaron Musta, who curiously eyes the device just like the one that will be used ...

Why you should rethink any plans for a cleanse

By The Washington Post
Instead of being patient and getting back on track after a weight gain, many are opting for a trendy cleanse. Here are reason it’s not such a good idea: Your body needs protein and fiber. Protein is necessary for every ...

How to help prevent cancer

By The Washington Post
The best advice for cancer prevention is to do what your mom always told you: Eat your fruit and vegetables, get some exercise and keep that weight in a healthful range, says Stephen Hursting, a professor of nutrition at the ...

Mind-body synergy emphasis of 2-day event at La Roche College

By Jason Cato
For three years, Clyde Chafer dreamed about pyramids — not visiting them, but building one. “I’m supposed to build this thing that I don’t know anything ...

Devotees attest to Kundalini yoga’s destressing effects

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Heather Ferri instructed the four women in her yoga class last month at Avani Institute to rub their hands together and sit up tall. “We’re calling ...

Coffee may not be bad for you but jury’s still out about whether it’s good for you

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
Conventional wisdom on coffee has flip-flopped. Once considered an indulgence with potentially harmful health effects, coffee is now being talked about as a magical elixir that could potentially save your life. There’s a growing body of research that supports the idea ...

How to change your mood with a change of place

By Tribune News Service
A change of place can do wonders for your mood, especially if you find a place that brings you peace of mind. When we are in an environment that makes us feel safe and good about our lives, it is ...

Devices, exercises can keep technology from being a pain

By Rex Rutkoski
After years of telling us to sit up straight and don’t slouch, mom’s advice has stood the test of time. The role of posture in our ...

Snowshoeing growing in popularity with outdoors enthusiasts

By Doug Gulasy
When “Snowmageddon” hit Western Pennsylvania five years ago, Lora Woodward found her own method of travel around downtown Pittsburgh. Woodward, the program director for Venture Outdoors, ...

Go Red again calls attention to heart disease

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Red is the color of power, passion, energy — of love. So, it’s fitting to use this color to get a message across about ...

How to lose weight and keep it off

By The Monterey County Herald
If you are still trying to figure out the best strategy to lose, here’s a news flash: You will lose weight with any diet that helps you eat fewer calories than you burn for energy. Cut out the late-night snacking. ...

Beset by the winter blues? Light therapy may help

By The Washington Post
Winter is here. For some people, that means the winter blues are also here. Officially called seasonal affective disorder — with its descriptive acronym, SAD — winter blues can leave people feeling low on energy and muted to the normal joys ...

How to save on gyms

By The Associated Press
Recent statistics show 67 percent of people who join gyms don’t use their memberships at all, says money-saving expert Andrea Woroch in Bakersfield, Calif. With the average monthly fee at $58, that means a potential waste of as much as ...

Athletes reap rewards in training together

By Bob Karlovits 11:05 a.m.
Runners, cyclists and walkers needn’t feel alone. These days, they are connecting with colleagues on streets and trails in programs that have taken over training for ...

How to stay safe in cold-weather workouts

By The Washington Post
From Jo Zimmerman, a trainer and instructor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, here are a few ways to stay comfortable and safe while exercising in the cold: Dress appropriately. Layer your clothing so you can remove items as ...

How to use mindful eating to lose weight

By The Washington Post
If you’ve ever exercised to lose weight, there’s a good chance the following thought has crossed your mind: “I worked out so hard. I deserve a treat!” It’s also pretty likely that you indulged post-workout in some food you’d deemed ...

Club Cycle spin class has DJ spinning while he’s spinning

By Kellie B. Gormly
Claire Roces of Mt. Lebanon leans over on her exercise bike, furiously pedaling and pumping while a nearby disc jockey plays energetic tunes with rhythms ...