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With “Healthy” Food, You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For

“You get what you pay for” is an old truism that many of us take for granted. At times that may be a justifiable assumption, but not always. When health-conscious consumers spend significantly more for groceries they consider to be of higher nutritional value, they don’t necessarily get their money’s worth, according to studies. Still, the belief persists that eating better requires greater expenses. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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To Stay Sharp, Learn Something New and Difficult

For Baby Boomers approaching old age, there is all sorts of advice available how to stay physically and mentally fit. Fear of decline is particularly common in this generation that has long been used to so many advantages their forbearers could never fathom. Yet, health threats to both body and mind are as real as ever, and solutions are far from guaranteed. Ideas are plentiful, but which ones do really make a difference?

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Why I Still Believe in New Year’s Resolutions

According to statistics, weight issues reliably rank at the top of all New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, of those who want to do better in that department, less than 10 percent will succeed. Long-lasting improvements are even more elusive. So why even bother, you might ask. The short answer is, because it can be done if done right.

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Eating While Watching TV, a Formula for Weight Problems

Watching television while eating is a common phenomenon in our culture. Millions of people are so hooked, they seem unable to wean themselves off the tube even for a limited amount of time, such as the duration of a sit-down meal. And it is not just the after hours routine that’s disconcerting. Staying fixated on computers or smart phones practically all day long is commonplace for many. As a result, distracted eating has become the norm rather than the exception.

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What Is Your Life Plan?

We all have at least a vague idea of how our lives should look like. Most goals we set for ourselves are short- or mid-term. A long-range game plan or grand design is much harder to follow. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a closer look at what’s in the cards for us from time to time.

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Can Age-Related Muscle Loss Be Prevented?

Age-related muscle loss, a.k.a. sarcopenia, is becoming increasingly recognized as a serious health threat to aging populations everywhere. The gradual loss of physical strength can lead to greater risks of injuries, debilitation and overall frailty. Because there is no single cause for this deterioration, countermeasures are to be multifold.

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What Is the Right Amount of Sleep?

The importance of getting enough sleep is undisputed among experts. But research also suggests that too much shut-eye may do just as much harm as too little. When it comes to the right amount of rest for good health, a perfect balance, it seems, is not easy to strike.

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