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Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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Take The President's Challenge

The President's Challenge (www.presidentschallenge.
org) is another set of challenges available for FREE.
Begun in the 1960s, it has been available for years.
(Presidential Fitness Award, Physical Fitness Test, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - PALA, or Presidential Champions)
The...

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Learn To Listen To Your Body

The most valuable skill I've been able to develop is to learn to listen to my body. This means you have to tune into those signals that tell you when you are really hungry, tired, anxious, angry, upset, in pain or in need of some exercise. It really takes practice to be able to do this on a regul...

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Staying Healthy when everyone is Sick

1. Get your Flu shot!!! If you're sick wait 2-3 weeks, but if you're not do it ASAP!
2. Take your vitamins, during a time of sickness 2,000-3,000 mg of Vitamin C is your friend. If you're not sick and someone you know is take airborne.
3. Use honey as cough syrup and drink tea for sore throats...

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Stress and Illness

Stress and overwork play a large part in illness. It can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to illnesses. Get enough rest and take time to relieve your stress by exercising and relaxing.

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Sleep

We all know that we should get adequate sleep (at least 8 hours)... I find that I am far less emotional and less likely to mindlessly eat if I get at least 7 hours of sleep... I also find that my immune system is better equipped to deal with illness.

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Drinking 8 glasses of water daily

If you have trouble keeping track of those glasses of place 8 pennies on a ledge. Take away a penny each time you drink a glass of . At the end of the day you shouldn't have any pennies left. If you do, you fell short. Donna

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Keeping illness and disease at bay.

Every time I start to feel sluggish and achy I think of how relaxed and refreshed I feel after I exercise. This thought helps me jump start the next day, knowing that if I start out the morning eating healthy and exercising at lunch and before dinner I will feel accomplished and in charge of curing...

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iF YOU HAVE ASTHMA,DRINK YOUR WATER!

I have asthma. I have had a particularly bad case of asthma last year[2010] and I had bronchitis on top of that ,so I was drinking water like crazy to stay hydrated.But~I noticed a strange phenomenon~I felt better and could BREATHE EASIER when I kept up with the eight glasses of water[I usually dri...

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Don't try to do EVERYTHING, just do SOMETHING.

Lost the "all or nothing" mentality. If you try to do everything that you need to do, or if you try to tackle ALL of your bad health habits at once, you are setting yourself up for failure. Just keep making small sustainable changes. If you only made 1 or 2 changes per month, you would probably keep...

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If You Crave Sweets.....Know This

If you crave sweets, it could be a sign that you consume too much salt. Other possiblilities are lack of sleep or poor nutrition. Sometimes we also mistake thirst for hunger. Water is a powerful appetite suppressant and that why drinking water is so important.

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