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1 in 4 U.S. Kids Underestimate Their Weight, Study Finds
 
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.
 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
Health Tip of the Day

Ideas for Coping with Mild Depression

  • Exercise regularly. Walking, bicycling, jogging, dancing and doing other aerobic exercise can improve your mood.

  • Don't abuse substances. Alcohol and illegal drugs are closely linked to depression. Their use can contribute to or worsen your condition.

  • Talk to someone. Talking with a friend or family member about events and situations that are causing you stress can help you gain perspective.

  • Join a support group. Talking to people can be very useful. Many hospitals and community mental-health centers sponsor self-help support groups.