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Walking: the old way to get fit is new again

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(BPT) - With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you’re not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top 40 dance beat in a scheduled group class, you’re not cutting it, right? Well, not so fast. Walking is actually a great way to get in shape. In fact, if you walk often enough and fast enough, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can satisfy your body’s daily requirement for aerobic activity.

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Kid-friendly foods that are also healthy appearing in restaurants across the country

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With summer finally here, many will take the opportunity to spend more quality time with family, and dining out in restaurants is a perfect way to spend that time together.

In an effort to meet the growing demand among consumers for more healthful menu options, a number of restaurants - in hometowns across America and at various vacation destinations - are offering more nutritious and great-tasting menu options for kids.

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Teens need annual checkups, too

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During cold, flu, and allergy seasons, sick teens and their parents are more likely to make time to see the doctor. However, these visits tend to focus on a specific illness rather than the teen’s general health and well-being. Annual checkups, on the other hand, can provide an opportunity for teens and their doctors to discuss important health topics, such as weight, sexual health, vaccines and stress-related conditions.

Statistics show that as children get older, they are less likely to get an annual checkup. As many as 25 to 30 percent of teens may not be getting an annual checkup, despite the fact that they are recommended for adolescents by the American Medical Association and other professional societies.

In a national online survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Pfizer, 85 percent of parents surveyed believe that annual checkups are important for children before age 5, yet only 61 percent of parents believed the same is true for teens. The survey included 504 teens aged 13 to 17 years, 500 parents of teens aged 13 to 17 years and 1,325 healthcare professionals, and was fielded by Harris Interactive between Dec. 27, 2012 and Jan. 23, 2013.

Many parents may not even realize how important staying healthy is to teens. The same national online survey found that more than six out of 10 teens surveyed say they worry a lot or a great deal about staying healthy, but only three out of 10 parents surveyed think their teens worry about it.

Teens who do not get annual checkups and forego the opportunity for preventive care may be at increased risk for short- and long-term health problems. The teen years are also an important time of physical and emotional development. Even if teens look or feel healthy, they are going through many changes, and an annual checkup can give them the opportunity to ask questions and have a confidential conversation with a doctor about topics such as:

* Height and weight
* Alcohol and drug use
* Recommended vaccines
* Sexual health, including screening for sexually transmitted infections

For more information on the importance of an annual visit for teens, as well as tips, strategies and additional information to help navigate teen health, visit MyTeensHealth.com.

Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? :Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter

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As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature’s renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It’s officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don’t forget about one area critical to your health and happiness: your medicine cabinet.

Your medicine cabinet is the workhorse of your bathroom, meaning it can quickly become a chaotic mess of bottles, pastes, brushes and other items you need every day. It’s time to cut through the clutter and refresh this area so you can find everything you need in an instant.

Step 1: Declutter
Too many things stacked together makes it difficult to see everything in the medicine cabinet. Take the time this spring to get organized and focus on items you really need. Go through your cabinet and remove unused and expired items that are taking up valuable space, including makeup, cough syrup and prescription medicine. Once you’ve cleared old and unused items, take the things you use regularly and group similar products together to make it easier to find what you need. For example, on the first shelf, place pastes and brushes, on the second shelf shaving supplies, and designate the top shelf for medications.

Step 2: A fresh start
Now, that your medicine cabinet is organized, it’s time to stock up on essentials that you use regularly and keep you feeling happy and healthy. If you are a denture wearer, this is the perfect time to explore using an adhesive. According to a Fixodent survey conducted by Wakefield Research, more than 80 percent of denture wearers experience some sort of gum irritation. Denture adhesive helps to prevent gum soreness and assists in protecting your mouth from the hidden enemies of food particles and odor causing bacteria. Fixodent Plus Gum Care provides long lasting hold that helps stop movement and helps prevent gum irritation, so you can keep enjoying life. Learn more at www.facebook.com/Fixodent.

Step 3: Be prepared
Not only is it important to re-evaluate the contents of your medicine cabinet, it’s worthwhile to think ahead so you’re always prepared. When it comes to small things like insect bites, cuts and stubborn coughs, staying organized and anticipating the unexpected is key. At the start of each season, consider what you might need. For example, spring is a good time to stock up on allergy medicine, antiseptic for bug bites and new bottles of sun block. For prescription medications, consider signing up for your pharmacy’s auto-refill program so you never forget an important refill again.
Spring cleaning is a great way to reinvigorate your home and life. Remember to include organizing your medicine cabinet on your list of to-do’s so that you’re prepared for all the adventures that await in the season to come.