TIP OF THE WEEK

If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably know diet and exercise are key to success. If you’re exercising consistently and truly challenging yourself at the gym, but you’re still not losing weight or you’re exercising and continuing to gain weight, it’s time to rethink what you eat. Shop for success to achieve success on the scale.
It’s unrealistic to ban snacking between meals. Snacking on healthy options can actually bolster weight loss by preventing the urge to binge. Put these options on your shopping list: heat-and-serve edamame, almonds, popcorn, watermelon, pineapple, mini carrots, Cuties, bananas and Hershey Kisses.
Snacking is one contributor to weight gain, but so is eating unhealthy meals. If you have the building blocks on hand to make quick, healthy meals, you’ll be less tempted to hit the drive-thru or order a pizza. Here are a list of ingredients to keep on-hand for quick and easy meal prep: assorted healthy frozen proteins, eggs, healthier condiments, healthy grains, chicken broth, garlic, onions, canned beans and a rainbow of vegetables.
Shopping smartly and stocking your kitchen with healthy options is the first step in changing your eating habits and setting yourself up for weight-loss success.
— Life Fitness

CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Is there any harm in letting your kid spend time in front of the TV set? A recent study shows that children who watch an hour of TV a day or more are more likely to be overweight or obese, compared with kids who watch less than an hour of TV a day. Researchers — who followed 10,000 children from kindergarten through the first grade —presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies.

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SENIOR HEALTH

Seniors planning on spending some time outdoors this summer should keep these four tips from the National Institute on Aging in Mind: 1.) Limit time spent out in the sun. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 2.) Use sunscreen. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Put the sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside. 3. Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim can shade your neck, ears, eyes and head. 4.) Avoid tanning. Don’t use sunlamps or tanning beds.

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NEW RESEARCH

A new survey conducted by researchers at Ohio State University suggests that the majority of American women are unaware of the risk factors for strokes, despite the fact that strokes are the third leading cause of death for women in the U.S. The researchers surveyed 1,000 women and found that a mere 11 percent could identify pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, oral contraception or hormone replacement therapy as female-specific stroke risks, according to a news release.

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BOOK PICK

‘Tox-Sick: From Toxic to Not Sick’ by Suzanne Somers

Pioneering health and wellness advocate, Suzanne Somers, delivers a powerful answer in this expose on the immediate and long-term dangers of living in a world that has become increasingly toxic to our health. Moved to investigate by her own family’s plight, Suzanne sits down with environmental doctors and specialists who share eye-opening information and practical advice for how to survive, thrive, and stay healthy today.
— Harmony