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9 Sun Safety Tips for Your Skin
Spending too much time in the sun can also give your skin freckles, rough texture, white spots, a yellowing of the skin, and discolored areas of the skin (which doctors call "mottled pigmentation"). It can also widen small blood vessels under your skin.
9 Ways to Protect Your Skin
How old is your child?
2 to 4 Year Old
Since the foundation for all healthy habits — from nutrition to toothbrushing— is
laid down during the preschool years, this is a great time to set the stage for a
5 to 8 Year Old
Your 9 to 12 Year Old
Preteens: They're on a quest to figure out their place in the world. When it comes to the way they view that world, they tend to give their friends' opinions a great deal of power while, at the same time, they're starting to question their parents' views and messages.
Transitions: The First Year of Middle School
You've been anticipating this for the past few years — your child's transition from elementary school to middle school. Be warned, this is a critical time and calls for extra vigilance on your part.
13 to 15 Year Old
For parents, this is a pivotal time in helping kids make positive choices when faced with drugs and alcohol.
16 to 18 Year Old
When it comes to drugs, teens are a savvy bunch. Drugs and messages about living
If You Think They’re Using: Drug Abuse in Teens 13-
If you're at all concerned that your teenager is using drugs or alcohol, take action right now to help your child get back on track to a healthy life.
19 to 25 Year Old
As you prepare your child for life after high school you can help guide him to a healthy experience.
If You Think They’re Using: Young Adults 19-
The most important step you can take in addiction intervention for an adult is to speak up and urge him or her to get help.
"The trouble with dieting," I hear many women say, "is that it takes too long. If
I want to look good for my anniversary next month, I should've started losing weight
way back in February. Now that I'm finally focused, it's too late." Well, yes and
no. Taking the long-
Watch Your Fluids
1. Drink green tea. Get this: When a recent study compared the metabolic effect of
green tea (in extract) with that of a placebo, researchers found that the green-
2. Avoid calories in a glass. Scientists now know that the body does not register liquid calories in the same way it does solid calories. Drinking a grande caffe mocha, for instance, won't make you feel satiated the way eating a bowl of pasta will. Which means that although the caffe mocha actually has a greater number of calories than the pasta, you're still more likely to want a second cup from Starbucks than another plate of linguine. So monitor your intake of juice, soda, coffee drinks and wine. If you consume one of each of those beverages during the day, you'll have taken in at least 800 extra calories by nighttime — and you'll still be hungry. (Incidentally, alcohol may suppress the metabolism of fat, making it tougher for you to burn those calories.)
3. Buy a set of five-
4. Lose the salt. Sodium contributes to water retention, making you look and feel bloated. Do you eat too much salt? Probably — the daily value suggests no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium each day (or about one teaspoon), but most of us are getting more than twice that amount. So keep an eye on your sodium intake, and that doesn't just mean ditching the saltshaker. Hidden sources include soups, canned foods and drinks (did you know a serving of regular V8 juice has 800 mg of sodium?), salty snacks such as chips and pretzels and many prepackaged foods.
Heat Things Up
5. Spice it up. Angelo Tremblay, Ph.D., director of the division of kinesiology at
Laval University, in Canada, found that eating hot peppers can boost a person's basal
metabolism (the total calories the body burns at rest). The reason? Capsaicin, a
compound found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers, may increase your body's release
of stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can speed up your metabolism and your
ability to burn calories. What's more, eating hot peppers may reduce your appetite,
Tremblay says, helping to curb your cravings. So spice up your stir-
6. Get some sleep. As funny as it sounds, sleep deprivation may make you fat — and
not just because you're susceptible to cases of the late-
7. Go for an evening walk. Don't get me wrong — exercising at any time is good for you. But evening activity may be particularly beneficial because many people's metabolism slows down toward the end of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner increases your metabolic rate and may keep it elevated for another two or three hours, even after you've stopped moving. What that means for you: Those dinner calories have less of a chance to take up permanent residence on your hips.
8. Eat every meal. Listen up: Skipping meals will not make you lose weight faster.
That strategy backfires because your body thinks food is in short supply, so it slows
your metabolism in order to conserve energy. Over time, the result is that when you
do eat — even if you consume the same foods as always — your body will be slower
to use the calories as fuel, thus creating a backlog of unwanted pounds. If a hectic
day makes a sit-
9. Add 20 minutes of exercise per day. If you're on a diet, you're probably already
working out a couple of times a week. (No? Well, you should start!) But whether you
exercise or not, you can get a leg up on all those other weight-
10. H20, H20, H20. You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again. That's because drinking 64 ounces of water daily is one of the easiest ways to speed up weight loss. Your body needs water in order to efficiently metabolize stored fat. When you shortchange your supply, you're likely to slow down that process, meaning it's more difficult for you to burn calories. An easy eight glasses a day (at least!) will keep your system running smoothly.