How to Prevent Heart Disease – Risk Factors

heart healthAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. We lose almost 600,000 people to heart disease each year, and 58.8 million Americans currently have some form of this disease.

But that’s just heart disease – if you look at cardiovascular diseases as a whole (including both heart attack and stroke), the number of yearly deaths rises to 950,000, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. And because of the rising rate of obesity, which is linked to heart disease, these numbers continue to grow. Furthermore, heart disease doesn’t just strike the elderly, as many people think. One out of every 20 people in the United States below the age of 40 has heart disease.

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How to Do Yoga at Home – Tips & Health Benefits

yogaAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of American adults are obese – and the number might even be higher than that. The BMI (body mass index) scale that’s typically used to determine whether or not someone classifies as obese might be dramatically underestimating the problem, especially in women.

According to doctors quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the 200-year-old BMI index could be misdiagnosing up to 50% of women, and up to 20% of men. Put simply, 50% more women and 20% more men could be obese and not even realize it. This means that as a nation we could be in much worse health than we had thought.

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How to Help Your Kids Prevent the Spread of Germs at School

washing handsOnce the kids head back to school, it’s time to brace yourself for the inevitable cold and flu germs that will start showing up in your home on a regular basis. Germs and viruses are rampant in classrooms, and most kids (and their families) get sick several times throughout the school year.

On average, more than 22 million school days are lost each year due to contagious illness. However, there are things you can do to limit the amount of germs that come into your home, and how often your kids are exposed to those germs.

Tips to Fight Germs

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How to Read More Books – Benefits of Reading

readingFor some people, there’s no greater pleasure than settling into a comfortable chair, cracking open the stiff spine of a new book, and diving headlong into a different world. Books open up infinite possibilities and pleasure, but sadly, reading is a pastime that fewer people are engaging in.

If you’re like a large percentage of Americans, you haven’t picked up a book at all this year, and it’s even likelier that if you did, you didn’t finish it. Poll results released by the Associated Press and Ipsos show that one in four Americans don’t read books at all, and half of Americans read less than four each year.

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How to Prevent Wrinkles Naturally – 6 Skin Care Tips

natural skin care“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.” -Marilyn Monroe

Although Marilyn Monroe tragically never got the opportunity to stay loyal to the face she made, her statement still holds a lesson that all of us can, and should, learn from.

Our society is one that celebrates looking youthful, and scorns age. Our media, whether it’s online, in print, or on TV, is saturated with beautiful, young faces. There are thousands of chemically laden products and procedures that will, so the claims go, smooth away your wrinkles forever. And in spite of the down economy, cosmetic surgery is steadily growing.

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How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster – Emergency Preparedness Plan

natural disasterToday, we have the ability to predict with more accuracy than ever dangerous tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, and floods. We know the areas that are prone to earthquakes and areas that are susceptible to wildfires, and we can tell hours in advance whether a tsunami will hit our shores.

However, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, Americans are still quite poor at preparing for these disasters. Many of us really believe that it can’t happen to us.

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How to Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet – Health Effects & Facts

it can be difficult at first to cut unhealthy sugar from your dietYou might have heard that Americans consume more sugar than any other nation on Earth. It’s a bold statement; after all, there are more than seven billion people on the planet. But it’s true. Americans eat the equivalent of 17 four-pound bags of sugar per person every year. That’s 68 pounds! If you add in the total caloric sweeteners, like high fructose corn syrup, this total bumps to 152 pounds per year, according to the USDA.

Eating 152 pounds of sugar may sound like an astronomically high number. But once you start thinking about our eating habits and the amount of processing that goes into most foods, it becomes easier to see how those pounds add up.

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How to Make Distilled Water for Drinking at Home – Benefits & Costs

drinking waterHead into any gas station and you’re likely to pay $1.50 or more for 20 ounces of water. Some of this water is labeled “pure,” but such a distinction can be misleading. It might be spring water, it might have been purified by reverse osmosis, or it might have been steam distilled.

Not only is bottled water more expensive per ounce than gas, it’s also bad for the environment. In fact, according to Mother Nature Network, bottled water produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste each year. All this plastic takes 47 million gallons of oil to produce, and only 20% of these plastic bottles are ever recycled.

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Living in a Small House – Benefits & Challenges

small house snowDrive around many new neighborhoods, and you often see the same thing: street after street of behemoth homes, most that look like they came off an assembly line. Oddly, these homes are often occupied by small families, spreading everyone out into different rooms, limiting interaction. Even in older neighborhoods, especially in larger cities such as Austin and Atlanta, smaller homes have been torn down, wanted only for the lot they sit on. In their place, gigantic structures are erected.

While the McMansion boom of the last decade appears, for the most part, to be waning, the result is that there are now millions of families living in these large, palatial homes, which often come with enormous mortgages to match.

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