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5-minute workouts: Don’t let time crunches stop yours

By Leslie Barker
Snippets matter when it comes to working out. The “not enough time” excuse doesn’t cut it. Try a minute every hour of pushups off the countertop, or squats while your coffee reheats, and just see how that energizes you. “I want ...

BodyTech health program at Carnegie Science Center to offer virtual tour of human body

By Adam Smeltz
A traveling science show that features a virtual tour of the human body will reach thousands of schoolchildren beginning this fall, part of a new ...

Koch: Some just don’t see where the real shame should be

By Mya Koch
I’m as much of a celebrity watcher as the next red-blooded American gal, but lately, I’ve been growing more — and more — disheartened by what seems to be a trend: People in general don’t understand bias, hatred, emotional or ...

It’s not psychology, it’s you

By Chicago Tribune
Modern psychology can do more harm than good, asserts retired psychiatrist Anthony Daniels (pen name: Theodore Dalrymple) in his book, “Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality.” Instead of taking responsibility for ourselves, “checklist psychiatry” allows us to blame any pattern of ...

Pollen levels ‘severe’ in Western Pa.

By R.A. Monti
Are your allergies worse than normal this spring? Blame last winter. According to Dr. Kumar Patel, sustained cold weather in March led to a higher concentration ...

Pittsburgh’s Venture Outdoors Festival shows some of the fun to be had

By Bob Karlovits
Every year about this time, the folks at Venture Outdoors try to introduce themselves again. “I’m always a little amazed when we talk to people ...

No equipment required: Body-weight training stands the test of time

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Tami Macon of Penn Hills is seeing fitness results without the help of exercise equipment. She uses her body to get in shape. She doesn’t need ...

A few steps to treadmill safety (it’s not as simple as you think)

By Lenny Bernstein
It’s a pretty straightforward piece of equipment and you’ve been walking and running for how many years now? How difficult can it be to try a treadmill for the first time? More than 460,000 people found out about the dangers ...

How to maintain fitness with Interim exercises

By The Washington Post
If you can’t do your regular workout routine, these exercises, courtesy of Jo Zimmerman of the University of Maryland, can help you maintain your fitness. (Use caution if you’re injured.) Body-weight squats: Put a set of 10 to 15 together ...

Sugar scrub helps exfoliate skin

By Traci Arbios
For those of us who’ve been living in a box (or under the fluorescent lights of a windowless office, as the case may be) and were otherwise unaware: It’s officially sandal season — or will be soon, depending on your ...

How to ‘herb up’ your plate

By The Washington Post
Luscious herb leaves — parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary and the like — not only add enticing aroma, fresh flavor and vivid green color to food, but also have remarkable health benefits. When you move beyond thinking of ...

Moon teen helping others jump to better health at Sewickley Valley YMCA

By Gary Horvath
When power-lifter Patsy Trello and his wife, Irene — a kettle-bell instructor — started dating when they met at a gym, they joked that should ...

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 ...