In the United States, hypertension (chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart disease and stroke) is most prevalent among African Americans. In fact, 34 percent of the African American population has high blood pressure—a rate higher t... Read more
Diabetes is a disease that can be prevented in most cases and treated successfully in the rest. But improper management of this disease can cause serious complications in many different areas of the body. If you have diabetes or are at risk for devel... Read more
Each year, nearly one in ten American adults suffers from depression. This mental illness can contribute to divorce, decreased productivity, increased sick days, and physical illness (among other problems). The largest study ever done on depression... Read more
If you're regularly greeted by a warm, sloppy embrace, a heedless leap to a landing into your arms, or an unadulterated, adoring gaze, you might be a pet owner. Owners of pets from cats to canaries know the day-to-day benefits four-legged or feat... Read more
I recently swam laps for the first time since my childhood swimming lessons. The next day, when my muscles were sore and fatigued, I realized that there was much more to swimming than just splashing around. This gentle-but-challenging form of exercis... Read more
Maybe it is due to being 40, but I find that trying to do leg presses makes my hips " tight ", like they aren't bending right at the socket. My range of motion is limited, and I don't feel comfortable. Wondering what would help get past this, so I ca... Read more
Don't skimp on sleep by trying to add more events to the days. It's a stressor & gets everying out of balance.andDon't repeatedly hit the snooze button, either go to sleep earlier or take a nap. Don't let the snooze button become a habit that needs... Read more
Editor's Note: Most of you likely have read a story about Birdie Varnedore, a SparkPeople member and mother of five from Orlando who lost 140 pounds and kept it off using SparkPeople. You might not know that the amazing woman we have known as MOM... Read more
When I tell people that I practice and teach yoga, I hear one of two responses from those who've never tried it: "I always wanted to try yoga." "I could never do yoga because I can't (insert physical limitation here... Read more
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