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Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children
 
There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.
 
You've heard that it's possible to preserve and strengthen your bones through exercise and a healthy diet. But accidents, genetics and disease can work against even the best of healthy habits. When fractures, sprains, and the wear and tear of daily life get to your bones and joints, you need to know when to take action and the best way to take care of yourself.
 
You want the best for your child, from good nutrition to effective discipline to a breadth of life opportunities.
 
Health Tip of the Day

5 Old-Fashioned Exercise Tips

  • Adopt new strategies. Even 10 minutes of snow shoveling or leaf raking can knock off 50 calories.

  • See how many labor-saving devices you can avoid using.

  • Build your own low-tech exercise tools. Fill a plastic, one-gallon milk jug with water. Include that 8-pound jug in stretching and pulling exercises that call for weights.

  • Look for ways to make your environment exercise-friendly. When you're doing vigorous physical chores, play upbeat music. Research shows you'll work faster and burn more energy.

  • Learn to fidget. If you're watching TV, move around the room, stretch your arms and shoulders, and stand up during the commercials and walk around the house.