• July 4th
    July 4th

    This Fourth of July, enjoy the explosion of fireworks, but don't let all the treats blow up your diet, says a Kansas State University dietitian.
    Amber Howells, director of the coordinated program in dietetics offered by the hospitality management and dietetics department in the university's College of Human Ecology, says moderation is key.


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    July/August Feature

    Summer on the Road


    A road trip may conjure up images of wind in your hair and a wide-open road, but the reality isn't always so simple.

    Read our guide to having entertaining and relaxing road trips--complete with ideas for games, stretches, and recipes.


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    July/August Feature

    Perfect Planks


    Plank grilling has been an American cooking staple for hundreds of years. Check out our tips and recipes that are sure to be a hit at your next barbeque.



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    July/August Feature

    Have it All When Growing Small


    Itty bitty backyard? No problem! Discover how even a small garden can offer big rewards.

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    July/August Feature

    Overcome High Blood Pressure Naturally


    Hypertension is associated with cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, dementia, aneurysms, blindness, sexual dysfunction, and numerous other conditions. Learn what healthy lifestyle changes you can make today to create a better tomorrow.

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  • Sam I Am
    sfischer's picture
    Although I went a little piercing and tattoo-happy in my college days, I’ve never been a huge fan of needles. I cannot watch needles puncturing my skin because I WILL get ill and I WILL pass out. Why would I consider acupuncture then, you ask? First of all, I’m all about alternative forms of medicine. I don’t particularly enjoy having to ingest prescribed medications full of manmade chemicals. Lately I’ve been a lot more aware of what I choose to put inside my body, and at the ripe old age of 24, my body needs a little more TLC than in previous years. I want to go on record as saying my acupuncture experience was my...
  • Naturally Healthy
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    Last week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing POM Wonderful to sue beverage giant Coca-Cola is certainly a score for the natural products marketplace.  Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said during oral arguments in April that he found the labeling of a Coca-Cola product called “Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of Five Juices”  misleading, and last Thursday he wrote for a unanimous Supreme Court that the company can be sued for it. For those who are not familiar with how the case has progressed so far, here is a quick summary: In 2008, POM Wonderful took Coca-Cola to court over its Minute Maid brand “...
  • Guest Blogger
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    With summer upon us, even if it doesn’t quite seem like it, folks need to start thinking about sunscreen. Okay, let’s dispel that concept first.  UVA rays are the same whether it’s January or August, so you should consider sunscreen as a year-round effort, just like brushing your teeth.  A couple of motivational facts to increase to your interest in your use and children’s use of sunscreen:  One bad burn before the age of 16 and you double your chances of cancer. (“Dear 16 Year Old Me”)  Okay that’s not good.  On the brighter side, a recent study showed daily use of...
  • The Natural Suite
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    Brace yourselves: We’re taking a trip back to Vegas. Mentally, anyway. Prior to my two-week visit this last April, I researched a handful of gyms to see which could offer a trial membership or a weekly pass for a reasonable rate, or if any allowed existing members—i.e., my girlfriend Kat, with whom I stayed for my entire trip—to bring along a buddy. The results of my research proved to be less than pleasing. The lowest price for a weekly membership still clocked in at $40—more than I pay for my current gym dues for the entire month. It’s kind of hard to justify spending that much for temporary gym access when...
  • Beauty
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    Day Nine – 2.4.14 - Adam Swenson, editor I feel my body has arrived at a point of equilibrium as far as the detox goes. I don’t have any more weird detox symptoms, my body just generally goes about its business without a lot of drama or fanfare, which is how I prefer it. All systems are go (pun intended) and I feel good. Weight loss seems to have stabilized for me, which is fine. As I had said earlier, I am at a healthy weight and don’t feel the need to drop any more—apparently my body is in agreement. Reflecting back on it (I know I still have one more day), my experience was less dramatic than some people had...
  • Food & Nutrition
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    Adam Swenson, editor So, first the tangible numbers: I lost four pounds and three inches off my waist. Left to my own devices I had been unsuccessful in losing those extra few pounds for a few years now, so accomplishing it in 10 days is impressive. And, to put the four pounds number in context, I was pretty lean already (BMI at 24.6 when we started and 24.1 now, and I have a larger frame) so I was fine with that amount of weight loss.  My body has “normalized” with no more caffeine withdrawals or food cravings really. Still having some odd depression-type symptoms, but those could certainly be accounted for by the fact that...

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