Fewer pap smears? Yes, please.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and an opportunity to discuss how to protect yourself (and your children) from the effects of HPV and cervical cancer. So, let’s celebrate with fewer pap smears (yes, fewer), and vaccinations for both boys and girls.

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If you must (the skinny on weight-loss aids)

If you must … use a weight-loss aid, at least choose one that has been proven to work.  And the operative word here is “aid”.  So, yes, you still need to be exercising and eating healthy while taking an over the counter supplement (read: there are no magic pills).  Of course, you must weigh the risks and benefits of the supplement, as well as side effects and even hidden ingredients. Continue reading

Making the most of your exercise

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We exercise for many reasons, but the number one reason for women is to lose weight and be healthy. But are you being effective? Do you really know how many calories you are burning with your exercise routines? Need easier (and less expensive) ways to burn calories that are part of your daily routine rather than slaving away at the gym for 60 minutes? How do you know which exercises are best for you? Which routine most effectively burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time? And how about the best strategy for keeping your motivation?

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The Diet Guide 2.0

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Mediterranean, Flat belly, gluten-free, Mayo Clinic, cookie, Jenny Craig, Atkins, 17 day, DASH, Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, South Beach, Paleo, Glycemic Index, Zone, TLC … the list goes on and on.  How many diets can you name?  With the constant barrage of all the diet programs out there promising you big results (and sometimes for big money), how do you what really works? Continue reading

Fuzzy Math

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Know your BMI? Few people do. It’s one number that carries so much weight (pun intended). Does your BMI put you with the more than two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese? Suddenly compelled to get on the multibillion dollar industry weight loss bandwagon? Maybe not. No secrets here, you’ve read it before: eat right, exercise, and count calories. But your calorie tracking tendencies may surprise you, and be keeping you from reaching your weight loss goals.

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