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If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure.  If you go to a gym, try interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become […]

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Noun: Rubric  (ROO-brik) Definition: 1. A rule especially for the conduct of a liturgical service 2. Heading, title, class, or category 3. An explanatory or introductory commentary; specifically, an editorial interpolation 4. A guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects or tests. Sample sentence: A stricter enforcement of anti-littering has been […]

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Verb: Coax (KOHKS) Definition: 1. To influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering: wheedle 2. To draw, gain or persuade by  means of gentle urging or flattery 3. To manipulate with great perserverence and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity. Sample sentence: Fred was hoping the flashy diamond ring would […]

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Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems, even if that means calling […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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