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No caddy needed in FootGolf

By Michael Machosky
Have you ever gone golfing, only to realize that you forgot your clubs? “Oh, well, no problem,” you might say. “I’ll just kick this soccer …

Tips to make growing old take a little longer

By The Monterey County Herald
Growing older isn’t for sissies. Case in point: Starting as early as age 45, muscle mass begins to decline at a rate of about 1 percent per year, according to researchers at Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on …

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

By The Associated Press
Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable …

Kayaks overtake canoes as paddlers’ choice in Western Pa.

By Bob Karlovits
Call it the Kingdom of Kayaks. From the calm waters in Moraine State Park, Butler County, to the varying rapids of the Youghiogheny River in …

Are our chairs killing us? Get up and get moving, scientist urges

By The Los Angeles Times
There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. …

How to keep feet healthy during pedicure season

By The Washington Post
It’s sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing and polishing toes galore. Tending those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say. Fungus, viruses and bacterial infections are a few of …

How to immunize yourself from contagious stress

By San Jose Mercury News
Stress has been identified as one of the major scourges of our modern age. Seventy-eight percent of American adults say their stress levels increased or stayed the same over the past five years, according to a 2013 American Psychological Association …

New workout craze Piloxing combines mix of disciplines

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
You most likely won’t find these individuals in a boxing ring anytime soon, but you might see them working on their punches — a left hook …

How to set and stick to fitness goals

By Philadelphia Daily News 11:47 a.m.
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 …