How to Combat the Dreaded Winter Itch

January 19, 2017

We live in Central Florida and enjoy mild winters while the rest of the country is blanketed in snow and cold temperatures. On occasion, one of those pesky freezing cold air mass will creep down to us lowering our temperatures, causing us to turn on the heat. What does this mean for us? Dry skin. Or more commonly known, the winter itch. The lower humidity, dry, cold air and windy…

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20 Foods to Ease Joint Pain

November 9, 2016

Achy and stiff joints? You may be one of the 20% of Americans with arthritis (if you haven’t already been diagnosed). Dealing with arthritis on a daily basis can be a real drag. Medicines don’t always seem to work. Stretching and exercising seem daunting. But in addition to those two methods of management, you may want to make adjustments to your diet. Studies show that removing saturated fats, trans fats,…

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Lose Weight More Efficiently With HIIT

October 19, 2016

Tired of spending hours on the cardio machines at the gym? Sick of taking long walks in an effort to get in shape? Want to lose weight more efficiently? You’re in the right place. High intensity interval training (commonly known as HIIT) is a type of metabolic training that allows you to burn more calories with less work out time. Basically, you get more bang for your buck. HIIT, as…

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Yogurt Frenzy is Coming to Bushnell

October 12, 2016

A healthy new dessert stop is coming to Bushnell! Yogurt Frenzy, a soon-to-be frozen yogurt shoppe, is closing in on its grand opening. To find out more about what’s up with this frozen yogurt craze coming our way, I interviewed Rebecca Lloyd, who is soon to be managing the business. Where did the idea for Yogurt Frenzy come from? And how are you getting started? We sought out to find…

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Hurricane-Proof Your Pantry

October 5, 2016

Hurricane season is officially upon us! If you’ve never experienced a prolonged power outage (you must be new to Florida) you may have no clue what types of foods to stock up on. Try to prepare for the worst: no refrigerator, no microwave, no oven, no convenience store, and no restaurants. So you’ll be looking for food that can be preserved without refrigerating and eaten without being heated first. Oh…

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10 Low Calorie Beers That Won’t Kill Your Diet

September 30, 2016

Football season is nothing to some people if not another excuse to lounge around, beer in hand. But if you are currently on a diet (or pretending you are), those extra calories can creep up and ruin a week’s worth of weight loss progress. While many dieters fear carbohydrates and often cut them from their diets, carbs actually only hold 4 calories per gram. Which means you have to eat…

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Steps for Families to Raise Healthy Kids

September 14, 2016

As of 2010, 12.5 million  US adolescents (16.9%) are overweight or obese. Alongside those statistics has been the rise of families and doctors putting kids on commercial diets to prevent and manage overweight. Recently released research from the American Academy of Pediatrics is strongly urging the opposite. The research shows that dieting adolescents are up to three times more likely to become overweight and one and a half times more likely…

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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Push-Ups

August 31, 2016

Name the top three exercises you can do at home. Ready…GO! More than likely, push-ups are on that list. That’s because push-ups are one of the simplest, yet most effective exercises in existence. Ladies, don’t stop reading just yet. Push-ups aren’t a “man’s exercise.” They’re for everyone! Here the top five reasons YOU should be doing push-ups, too. Push-ups are a full body workout. Sure, your arms get a great…

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Carbs and Which Kind You Should Eat

August 18, 2016

  We all know what carbs are. They’re those “bad” foods that people who are trying to get in shape cut out of their diet. Because carbs are bad for you, right? Actually, that’s not completely true. Most people shouldn’t be cutting a significant amount of carbohydrates from their diet. And here’s why: Carbohydrates (the technical name of carbs) are the body’s main energy source, deriving from starch, sugar, and…

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Matter of Balance Prevents Falls and Saves Seniors’ Lives

August 5, 2016

One of the chief fears of senior adults (besides losing their bets on bingo) is falling. Two and a half million American seniors are treated in emergency care each year due to a fall. A number of major injuries occur as a result of a fall, including bone fractures, loss of blood circulation (due to limb entrapment), and severe brain injury. The CDC reports that 250,000 seniors per year are…

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