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How to make a decision on multivitamins and supplements

By Mayo Clinic News Network
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should meet your nutritional needs primarily through diet. For some people, however, taking certain supplements may be the best way to get nutrients they may be lacking through diet. So, it’s important ...

How to avoid kidney stones in summer

By Mayo Clinic News Network
Kidney stones affect approximately 3.8 million people in the United States each year and they are more common in the summer. The stones are described as small, hard deposits of mineral and acid salts that form when urine becomes concentrated. ...

Bocce, horseshoes among longtime backyard recreation favorites

By Patrick Varine
Sam Iovino Jr. of Penn Hills remembers watching his father and his father’s friends playing bocce next to the former Dante Club in Rankin. “I’ve been ...

How to overcome the top fitness barriers

By Mayo Clinic News Network
Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn’t easy. There are plenty of potential hindrances — time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don’t need to stand in your way. Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, ...

Northmoreland Park site for Race for Life

By Ed Phillipps 8:03 p.m.
Ean Slater has had a terrific season racing for Westmoreland BMX, racking up points and having a good time along the way. Come Aug. 8, ...

At 63, Shadyside disc golfer expects to be champion again

By Matthew Zabierek
For all the endless proverbs and Hallmark cards about following one’s life passion, rare is it to find someone actually forgoing income and other luxuries ...

Bubble soccer bounces its way into Western Pa. sports venues

By Matthew Zabierek
And you thought kids already grew up in a bubble. Now, they’re literally exercising in one. Bubble soccer — or, as Cannonsburg’s Iceoplex Sports Complex ...

How to treat sunburn

By Mayo Clinic News Network
here’s no fast-fix sunburn treatment. “Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for ...

Cute, comfortable bicycles spin into spotlight

By Bob Karlovits
Bicycles are rolling on various routes, from skinny-tired speedsters to broad-wheeled comfort bikes. In some ways, the variety in bicycling is nothing new. “Folks have been customizing ...

When it comes to walking, Pittsburgh’s Venture Outdoors has much to offer

By Bob Karlovits
From the trek of Lewis and Clark to a stroll through Fineview, discovery is always one of the best elements of going for a walk. “One ...

Murrysville native Bullock vying for health magazine’s ‘Next Fitness Star’

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Exercise has been a part of Christine Bullock’s life since she was 3 years old. She began with ballet lessons and has continued some form of ...

There’s no set diet for diabetes, experts say

By Barbara Quinn
What’s the best diet for people with diabetes? It’s not an easy one-size-fits-all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. Instead, experts point us to well-studied “patterns” of eating. Evidence is strong, ...

It’s possible to sneak cardio activity into other types of exercise

By Kellie B. Gormly
At Dance Magic studio in Allison Park, women in tap shoes click around on the floor, moving to lively songs like “Pump Up the Jam” ...

As a nation, we’ve gotten heavier and heavier since the 1960s

By The Washington Post
The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As Reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s. Men, you’re not looking  too ...

Hopewell instructors learn to hula hoop their way through fitness classes

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop 9:15 p.m.
A group of 17 women spent the day playing with hula hoops — and smiling — while learning the latest fitness exercise. An instruction class for ...

Paddleboard classes focus on fitness

By Kellie B. Gormly
Just standing on a paddleboard can be a bit tricky, but how about keeping your balance while doing a “downward dog” yoga move? Stand-up paddleboarding, which ...

Stay safe on the water in the wake of these basic tips

By Mayo Clinic News Network
Boating is fun, but it’s important to do it safely. Whether it’s a fishing boat, a canoe or kayak, or a personal watercraft, there are some basic safety tips that apply to all. According to the National Safe Boating Council, learning ...

Comedian to headline Go Red for Women event in Pittsburgh

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Diana Jordan often took her mother to comedy clubs. She was ill, but Jordan thought laughter would be good medicine. “Her doctor told me that taking ...

The first step for runners? Be as efficient as you can

By Allie Shah
We were born to run. As a species, we’ve always been runners — chasing down our next meal or high-tailing it to avoid becoming prey. So why would anyone need a lesson in something so primal? Turns out there’s a ...

OpenStreetsPGH events shut down city streets to free them up

By Bob Karlovits
Closing down streets sometimes can be the best way of opening them up. That concept is the driving force behind the three OpenStreetsPGH events, which start ...