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How to set and stick to fitness goals

By Philadelphia Daily News
Although some people agree that goal-setting is necessary, the real problem is not setting the goal, but sticking with it. Talk is cheap, and if you want to achieve your goals this summer — fitness or otherwise — you need …

How strong is that drink? Calculator helps figure

By The Associated Press
How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine. The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol …

Maritime merriment easy with boat-rental options around Western Pa.

By Emma Deihle
It’s summertime, and rather than stay on land, we prefer to take to the water. But don’t worry; you don’t need your own boat. Fortunately, …

How to prevent relationship breakdowns

By McClatchy-tribune News Service
Relationship breakdowns happen for a multitude of reasons, and all of them are preventable. Here are some ways you can keep your love life on a positive track: Let go of grudges. When you feel resentments starting to build, talk …

To maintain weight, adjusting meal timing may be the key

By Environmental Nutrition
Emerging research suggests that when you eat may be just as important as what you eat. Nutrition experts have long suspected that skipping meals early in the day may result in increased hunger, which leads to overeating later in the …

Tips to reduce anxiety

By Tribune-Review
When you are feeling anxious, there are a number of things you can do to decrease the tension and get back to life as you know it. Remember that you can feel panic even if the source of your anxiety …

Tips for running with dogs

By The Washington Post
To maximize health, safety and fun, dog trainer Jill Freifeld of Happy Hound Pet Care in Silver Spring, Md., offers these suggestions: • Have your dog checked by your veterinarian to be sure it’s fit and healthy enough to run. …

Don’t just sit there: Our sedentary lives are hurting us

By Bonnie Berkowitz
We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes …

Yoga is the latest addition to growing Downtown activities

By Emma Deihle
Sunday mornings have become more flexible. Those looking to spice up their exercise routine can bend and stretch in Market Square at 10 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 24 at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s newest summer project, Yoga in the Square. Whether …

Book looks at possible harm in prostate screening

By The Washington Post
What do pathologist Richard J. Ablin and science writer Ronald Piana think about routine PSA screening for prostate cancer? The title of their new book offers a pretty good clue: “The Great Prostate Hoax: How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA …

New Venture Outdoors executive director wants to share ‘magic’

By Bob Karlovits
Joey-Linn Ulrich wants to help introduce people to the “sweet spot” of life outdoors, whether it is finding a route in the wilderness or at …

Seniors plan to walk the walk for Bellevue center

By Jake Flannick
She might have lost a step after she pulled a hip muscle, and she spent much of the past year using a walker and a …

Pedaling empowers Pittsburgh Youth Leadership bicycle group for miles

By Deborah Weisberg
Criminal defense attorney Mark Rubenstein gets a lot of mileage out of mentoring. As founder and president of Pittsburgh Youth Leadership, Rubenstein of Swisshelm Park …

Study finds spankings are under-reported

By Cynthia H. Craft
Mom, it may be time for you to take a “time out,” especially in early evening, when household routines and children’s needs are particularly stressful, experts say. For decades, child psychologists have warned parents against giving kids a spanking. “Based …

Schools seek changes to new rules calling for healthier lunches

By The Associated Press
School nutrition directors across the country say government-mandated changes to cafeteria menus have been expensive and difficult to put in place. Starting next school year, all grains served in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half …

How to run lose weight, help your heart and lower your cancer risk

By The Washington Post
With spring here, you might be ready to get off the cardio machines and head outside. Here are tips on starting up a running program and staying with it from Jennifer Van Allen of Runner’s World magazine, who has run …

How to survive a severe allergy season

By The Washington Post
Recent reports suggest the arrival of warmer weather will soon unleash a pollen tsunami in parts of the country where the winter has been especially long and cold. Here are survival tips from Clifford W. Bassett, an allergy specialist and …

Key to maintaining balance is to just keep on moving

By Rex Rutkoski
Shirley Eckman awoke early one morning this month frightened. “I was really, really dizzy, and as I walked I felt like I was going to …

How to keep back pain from becoming chronic

By The Washington Post
As your back gets older, occasional aches can turn into chronic, perhaps disabling, pain. In the March issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch, Zachariah Isaac, a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, offers suggestions aimed at …

E-cigarettes may not help people quit smoking

By The Los Angeles Times
A fair amount of conversation about e-cigarettes has involved people using them in efforts to quit smoking. Researchers say the evidence for that has been “unconvincing,” and they suggest that regulations should forbid such claims until there is supporting research. …