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Don't Be A Rookie Tailgater, Try These Healthy Tips

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Every week, millions of Americans tune in to watch one thing—football. Whether you’re a fan of the pros or college (falcons or bulldogs, of course) there’s only one right way to spend your weekends—cheering on your team. Of course, it isn’t quite as simple as dawning your red and black and plopping down in front of the TV, though.
What football game would be complete without the rituals that accompany it, right? Don’t forget your lucky jersey, your alma mater’s fight song and most importantly, tasty tailgating snacks.
While there’s no denying that tailgating is fun, it isn’t exactly a touchdown for your health. All those chicken wings, nachos and brats add up in a big way—just like extra points. So instead of reaching for another slice of pizza, channel your inner football player and reach for something healthy(ish) instead. Just think, what would your quarterback do?
This football season, tailgate like a veteran by keeping it fun and healthy. Try these tips:
Stay hydrated. Let’s face i…

6 Facts That'll Totally Convince You To Get A Flu Shot

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If given the choice between having a quick prick in the arm and battling severe flu symptoms for a week or more, which would you choose? While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s estimated that less than 50% of Americans 6 months or older will opt for the flu shot. Perhaps this due to common myths about the vaccine—that it can give you the flu or that the vaccine will weaken your immune system.
Unfortunately, it seems that these common misconceptions about the flu vaccine are better known than these very real facts about the flu.
For instance, did you know that up to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu any given year? Or that more than 200,000 people will be hospitalized as a result of flu-related complications?
The response that most experts have to these scary statistics is to recommend getting a flu shot, but does it really reduce your risk? Absolutely! In fact, it has been found to reduce your risk of flu illness by 40 – 60%.
For those still not convinced that getting a flu…

6 Fitness Faux Pas That Lead To Muscle Loss (Not Fat Loss)

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When it comes to weight loss, most of us know the drill. All you have to do is ramp up your exercise routine and tone down your calorie intake. But that’s actually just the beginning.
The truth is, not all pounds are created equal. While you know that muscle is more beneficial for your body than fat, your body  doesn't necessarily differentiate between the two when it’s in weight-loss mode. And because fat requires less energy to maintain than muscle mass, your body isn't quick to let go of it. So, what does this mean for you? It’s important to recognize that some of your healthy habits may actually be backfiring.
To help your body hold onto that valuable, calorie-building muscle and shed stubborn fat, make sure you steer clear of these fitness faux pas: 
   1. Cutting too many calories
Your body requires a baseline level of calories to maintain essential bodily operations, including breathing and proper organ function. If you’re consuming less than this amount, known as your bas…

Here's How To Tell If Your Headache Is Actually A Migraine

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If you’re human, chances are you’ve probably experienced a headache or two—or three or four. Whether your headaches are caused by hormones, tension or sinus pressure—they’re all bad news. Between the pounding, pressure and pain, there’s no denying that headaches are just downright miserable. This is especially true when the mother of all headaches strikes. Is it really just a plain old headache, or could it be a migraine?
Headaches vs. Migraines: What’s the difference?
Headaches: Headaches are complicated. You may think that they’re all the same—just pressure and aching. But it’s not quite that simple. There are actually 10 different kinds, with the most common being tension headaches. Each type of headache varies in pain location, intensity, frequency of occurrence and cause. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common types:
·Tension headaches (dull aching all over your head (forehead, neck, scalp and neck) like you’re wearing a hat that’s too tight) ·Cluster headaches (severe pain …

Concussions Impact More Than Just Your Brain. Here's What You Should Know:

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6 Things Every Sweet-Potato Lover Should Know

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Move over pumpkins, squash and apples, there’s a new fall favorite—sweet potatoes. These delicious, starchy root veggies have taken the culinary world by storm making their way onto nearly every menu. And while sweet potatoes are certainly delicious, especially when they’re made into fries, tater tots or covered in brown sugar, they may lose their nutritional edge with these popular preparations.
So, with the fall season upon us, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at this scrumptious starch. Here are 6 things you should know before going sweet-potato crazy:
   1. They really are healthy. It’s hard to find a food that strikes the perfect balance between delectable and healthy, but sweet potatoes manage to pull it off. They have healthy amounts of fiber and protein, but that’s nothing compared to huge amount of vitamin A (over 400% of your recommended daily intake) that each potato offers. You’ll also stock up on 37% of your daily vitamin C intake—you lucky duck. Oh, and don’t f…

5 Surprising Reasons You May Get A Mammogram Call Back

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While there may be differing opinions on the best ways to prevent breast cancer—not smoking, being active, avoiding certain deodorants and limiting alcohol—there is one thing that experts can agree on—getting routine mammograms is important. Unfortunately, though, only half of women over 40 get a mammogram screening at least once every 2 years (which is the minimum recommended).
So, why is it that so many women seem to avoid this life-saving screening? Perhaps it’s due to some of the most common mammogram myths; that you don’t need one unless you have an increased risk of breast cancer or that they’re painful and scary. Even though these misconceptions are mostly inaccurate, there may be a shred of truth—mammograms can be scary.
Well, it’s not actually the mammogram that’s scary; it’s what may come after—the dreaded call back. There’s no denying that it can be an anxiety-inducing experience. But surprisingly, only 10% of women who get a mammogram call back are later diagnosed with brea…