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Health Tip – Feb. 13 – Don’t Be An Island

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Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason: women form tight networks and actually talk about their problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on your body. With another person’s love and support, that inner aging can […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 13 – Hoopla

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Noun: Hoopla  (HOO-plah) Definition: 1. Excited commotion: to-do 2. Exaggerated or sensational promotion or publicity Sample sentence: In my opinion, the movie did not live up to the hoopla surrounding it.

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Health Tip – Feb. 12 – Brushing is Not Enough

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If you plan to spend your later years eating more than yogurt and applesauce, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The […]

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Health Tip – Feb. 11 – Taste the Colors

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Foods with bright, rich colors are more than just nice to look at. They’re also packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. (Sadly, skittles do not count.) Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap the benefits without having […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 11 – Toady

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Noun: Toady  (TOH-dee) Definition: One who flatters in the hope of gaining favors. Sample sentence: The editorial unfairly called the new appointee the mayor’s toad, ignoring her long record of unselfish service to the community.

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Health Tip – Feb. 10 – Admire Your Work

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Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 10 – Scrutinize

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Verb: Scrutinize  (SKROO-tuh-nyze) Definition: To examine closely and minutely. Sample sentence: The new $100 bill has enough novel security features that the urge to scrutinize it will likely be iresistible for most  people upon encountering it for the first time.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 7 – Writhe

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Verb: Writhe  (RYTHE) Definition: 1. To move or proceed with twists and turns. 2. To twist from or as if from pain or struggling. 3. To suffer keenly. Sample sentence: James fell off the ladder and that caused him to writhe on the ground in pain.

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Health Tip – Feb. 7 – Fiber in the Morning

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Fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. Try a morning dose of tasty fiber from steel-cut oatmeal, mixed with raisins, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day. Research […]

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Health Tip – Feb. 6 – Help Ward Off Winter Dry Skin

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If you are plagued by dry skin in the winter months, remember this: save steamy scenes for the bedroom. Showering or bathing in water that’s too hot will dry out your skin and cause it to age prematurely. Warm water is much better. Apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp – it’ll be absorbed […]

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