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6 Questions Everyone Should Ask While Searching for a Therapist

Finding a new therapist can feel like going on a series of bad first dates, especially if the mental health care professionals you try out to start are nowhere near a good fit. During my journey, I turned to friends who had similar experiences, and I learned that I wasn't the only one who was struggling to find a match for mental health maintenance. So don't feel bad or give up if you haven't found...
What's Healthier Than Following Fitness Gurus on Social Media? Unfollowing Them.

What's Healthier Than Following Fitness Gurus on Social Media? Unfollowing Them.

Prior to deleting practically half my Instagram feed. When I first began following social media fitness stars, I felt like I’d discovered a whole new world. I’d been trying to slim down, and although I knew the basics of working out and eating well—I’d grown up playing sports and have always maintained a fairly healthy diet—I found that I had trouble staying motivated...
The Best Ways to Use Leftover Hummus (Besides Scraping the Container With Your Finger)

The Best Ways to Use Leftover Hummus (Besides Scraping the Container With Your Finger)

Who doesn’t love coating a pita chip with a glob of hummus at snack time? Yeah, thought so. But what do you do when you reach for the container to find there’s only a tablespoon or two left? Before a single tear runs down your cheek, think of it this way: You’re on your way to the start of a great recipe. From salad dressing to pasta sauce, these are the best ways to use the last...
39 Paleo Snacks That Make the Eating Plan Look Easy (No, Really!)

39 Paleo Snacks That Make the Eating Plan Look Easy (No, Really!)

No grains? No problem. Paleo eaters may shun grains, processed vegetable oils, and refined sugars, but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying plenty of delicious dishes—and creating some downright ingenious recipe substitutions. Whether you’re a longtime primal-eating fanatic or just curious about what it’s like to go back to dietary basics, we’ve got 39 delicious Paleo-approved...
Superbug resistant to all U.S. antibiotics kills Nevada woman

Superbug resistant to all U.S. antibiotics kills Nevada woman

The victim, who is unnamed, was in her 70s. She was initially hospitalized in August 2016 after returning from a trip to India. There, she had sought treatment for a broken hip several times in recent years, most recently in June 2016. Her most recent hospitalization, according to a postmortem CDC report, was in June 2016. The victim died of septic shock. Though she died in September, the CDC...
Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

"We've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Gavigan said last week in a YouTube video.

Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations

Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Their presence in your life should be just what you need to keep you from losing momentum...

Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relationship?

Weight loss is tricky business, especially when you're in a relationship. After all, many people fall in love because they share common interests, such as watching the same sitcoms every Thursday night, going out for rich Italian food or playing video games together. However, what happens when one person in the relationship swaps his or her Thursday night TV-watching for group cycling? Or decides...

5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing

Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than reaping the rewards?   One reason is that some of the...

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow

Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals and, even more importantly, bounce back faster...

Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations

Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Their presence in your life should be just what you need to keep you from losing momentum...

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow

Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals and, even more importantly, bounce back faster...

5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing

Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than reaping the rewards?   One reason is that some of the...

Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relationship?

Weight loss is tricky business, especially when you're in a relationship. After all, many people fall in love because they share common interests, such as watching the same sitcoms every Thursday night, going out for rich Italian food or playing video games together. However, what happens when one person in the relationship swaps his or her Thursday night TV-watching for group cycling? Or decides...
''How I Became a Runner at Age 48''

''How I Became a Runner at Age 48''

Robin (KASHMIR) has been a member of SparkPeople since 2006. She has lost 95 pounds and is training for her first marathon. Robin Before Robin After What made you decide to start running? I noticed my evening walks were getting longer. As my weight went down, the walks had to last longer in order for me to burn a good amount of calories. One evening, I was feeling particularly peppy...

What You Forgot to Ask Your Personal Trainer

You already know how personal trainers help you reach your goals and push you to the next level, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned exerciser. You probably also know a little about how to choose the right trainer with the proper qualifications. However, how do you find the absolute best trainer for you and your goals? I'm about to share a secret with you: Not every personal trainer—no...

Getting on the Treadmill

A treadmill can seem scary to the beginner. They're big and bulky, make a lot of noise and have tons of buttons and moving parts. But I'm about to let you in on a secret: They're really not that scary. In fact, with just a few hints, the treadmill will become your new best (and healthiest) friend! Walking is one of the easiest, fastest and safest ways to get your recommended daily amount of exercise...

6 Backpack Safety Tips

Exams. Pop quizzes. Homework. School can be a pain in the neck, figuratively. But if school is literally causing problems for your neck or back, your backpack may be to blame. Believe it or not, overloaded and poorly-positioned backpacks can actually cause serious injury. In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 64% of 11- to 15-year-olds who used backpacks also complained...
Urbana schools working to prevent future carbon monoxide incident

Urbana schools working to prevent future carbon monoxide incident

Urbana school officials are working with professionals to implement a carbon monoxide monitoring system after about 40 students were taken to the hospital last week as the high school was showing signs of high levels of the gas. “We are working with a contractor in the initial stages of determining what type of monitoring system to put into place so that we are alerted to the presence of increased...
Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

An average of seven Montgomery County residents a day were treated for drug overdoses by emergency departments in 2016, and one person alone made eight trips to the ER. Eleven people were treated twice in the same day for overdoses. The stark figures — amassed largely due to a devastating heroin epidemic — are found in a new Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County report just sent to...
Personalized IRS letters nudge uninsured to get coverage

Personalized IRS letters nudge uninsured to get coverage

If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them that they could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines under the federal health care law if they don't sign up soon through HealthCare.gov. It's an unusual role for a revenue-collection...

After a cesarean, some women can have a vaginal birth

Premier HealthNet is one of the largest groups of pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and urgent care practices in southwest Ohio. For more information, go online to www.premierhealthnet.com/news. Birthing a baby can be a long, painful process, but for many women the experience fulfills a deep emotional longing as a new mom. A vaginal birth, however, isn’t a reality for millions...

Knee pain? 4 tips to help you bounce back

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin. No matter what your age, you have likely experienced some kind of knee pain. Whether you are a weekend warrior who experiences occasional soreness or you live with chronic pain...

Free play has benefits for mind and body

This look at a children’s health or safety issue comes from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Email: newsroom@childrensdayton.org. The snow may be tempting, but if it’s just too cold for your kids to get out and play, don’t worry. Indoor play can be just as enriching, and as active. “Using their imagination helps children develop their brain,” says Melissa King, DO, pediatrician...

Sick kitty: NYC quarantines 500 felines fearing the flu

Hundreds of homeless New York City cats have been quarantined after health officials discovered many infected with a strand of bird flu. About 386 cats that live in city shelters have tested positive for the virus since a cat named Mimi was identified in November as having the virus. Health officials set up a quarantine zone in a warehouse in Queens complete with cages and workers in hazmat suits...
10 Jet.com Products That Every Healthyish Person Needs

10 Jet.com Products That Every Healthyish Person Needs

Whether you’re a pro at healthy living or just trying to stick to your resolutions, it can be tough to find everything you need at a single store. You have to run to the organic market for protein powder, stop by a drugstore for beauty products, and don’t even get us started on trying to track down the perfect leggings for yoga. But our friends at Jet.com are changing that. The online...
What Happens When You Let Friends Use Your Tinder Account

What Happens When You Let Friends Use Your Tinder Account

I'm on Tinder, but I don't have to be happy about it. I am getting pretty good at explaining the internet to people. Most of the time, these are older relatives, like my parents and grandparents. "Facebook is mutual," I tell them. "Twitter is one-way. Tumblr is a like if Facebook and Twitter had a baby. A gay baby." But last year, I was hanging out with a couple I'm close with...
The 19-Minute Workout for Increased Stamina and Core Strength

The 19-Minute Workout for Increased Stamina and Core Strength

Doing separate workouts for cardio and core strength sounds like a total time-suck to us. Instead, get two workouts for the price of one with this short circuit routine that'll keep your heart rate elevated while you strengthen your midsection. You might also like {{displayTitle}} READ This workout includes 11 basic bodyweight exercises, which means you don't need any equipment, and it only...
A Meal-Prep Lunch Bowl That Will Last All Week

A Meal-Prep Lunch Bowl That Will Last All Week

Yes, even you can be that coworker who brings their lunch to work every day. Whether you call it a salad, a bowl, or a mason jar meal, this healthy combo is super easy to prep on Sunday, so it's ready for you to grab in the mornings, stash in your bag, and eat healthy all week. We're providing suggestions for how to build your bowl, but you can select any ingredients that make you happy (happy=healthy)...
Dating Someone With a Disability Isn't

Dating Someone With a Disability Isn't "Inspiring"... It's Normal

Illustration: Kath Nash Another day scrolling through social media, and it’s the same stream as always: posts about horrible rush hour traffic, pictures of cute pugs, twelve dozen memes about politics... and the story of a girl in a wheelchair who gets a date for her high school prom. How open-minded, the comments read. How inspirational! Like we should all be filled with the warm fuzzies...
7 Dishes That Get Their Killer Flavor From the Spice Rack

7 Dishes That Get Their Killer Flavor From the Spice Rack

OK, so you’re bored with all your go-to meals. It’s not the protein that you’re sick of; it’s the same ol’ flavors you’ve used for years. Instead of tossing your classics, stock up on new spice jars and get ready to wake up your taste buds. Here to show us how it’s done is this week’s featured foodie, Cynthia Samanian of Confetti Kitchen. Cynthia&rsquo...
US agrees to pay billions to Marines affected by toxic water

US agrees to pay billions to Marines affected by toxic water

After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion. The Department of Veterans Affairs described the new benefit Friday as "historic." It is one of few instances in which former military personnel who weren't deployed...
In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The vote trains the spotlight on whether they and Donald Trump can deliver on repeated pledges to not just erase that statute but replace it. Demonstrating the GOP's willingness to plunge into a defining but risky battle...

Ohio seeks drug reversing lethal injection process if needed

Ohio's prisons agency is trying to obtain a drug that could reverse the lethal injection process if needed by stopping the effects of another drug previously used in problematic executions. The request to use the drug would come if executioners weren't confident the first of three lethal drugs would render a prisoner unconscious, Gary Mohr, director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction...
''How I Became a Runner at Age 48''

''How I Became a Runner at Age 48''

Robin (KASHMIR) has been a member of SparkPeople since 2006. She has lost 95 pounds and is training for her first marathon. Robin Before Robin After What made you decide to start running? I noticed my evening walks were getting longer. As my weight went down, the walks had to last longer in order for me to burn a good amount of calories. One evening, I was feeling particularly peppy...

Getting on the Treadmill

A treadmill can seem scary to the beginner. They're big and bulky, make a lot of noise and have tons of buttons and moving parts. But I'm about to let you in on a secret: They're really not that scary. In fact, with just a few hints, the treadmill will become your new best (and healthiest) friend! Walking is one of the easiest, fastest and safest ways to get your recommended daily amount of exercise...

6 Backpack Safety Tips

Exams. Pop quizzes. Homework. School can be a pain in the neck, figuratively. But if school is literally causing problems for your neck or back, your backpack may be to blame. Believe it or not, overloaded and poorly-positioned backpacks can actually cause serious injury. In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 64% of 11- to 15-year-olds who used backpacks also complained...

What You Forgot to Ask Your Personal Trainer

You already know how personal trainers help you reach your goals and push you to the next level, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned exerciser. You probably also know a little about how to choose the right trainer with the proper qualifications. However, how do you find the absolute best trainer for you and your goals? I'm about to share a secret with you: Not every personal trainer—no...
Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

A cancer survivor from Oklahoma City has made the best of a bad situation in an interesting way. KOKH reported that Kristi Loyall, a survivor of cancer, had problems with her right foot for six years. "I kept going to the neurologist five or six more times he kept telling me it was a B-12 deficiency, so I kind of gave up on that until last summer I noticed a lump on the inside of my foot,"...
Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Wild salmon is touted as part of a healthy diet by nutrition experts, but the results of a new study may prompt consumers to change their cooking methods.
Cincinnati doctor, inventor of anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies at 96

Cincinnati doctor, inventor of anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies at 96

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the famed and controversial inventor of a namesake maneuver to help choking victims, died early today in Cincinnati, our media partner WCPO-TV reported. His family released a statement today that said Heimlich, 96, died at Christ Hospital after complications from a massive heart attack he suffered Monday at his home in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The Cincinnati doctor...
Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant

Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant

She is a long way from home, she is very sick and time is running out "In the last 10 days she's basically been on life support," said Nick O'Hara. Ashland, Massachusetts native Caitlin O’Hara was diagnosed at the age of 2 with cystic fibrosis, a disease that primarily affects the lungs. Caitlin, now 33, desperately needs a double lung transplant. “Last week she was listed...
Exercise of the Month: Stability Ball Ab Roll

Exercise of the Month: Stability Ball Ab Roll

The Stability Ball Ab Roll is an excellent core exercise, working multiple muscle groups, particularly the abdominals and low back. Strong abdominal/low back muscles act as a natural ‘girdle,’ surrounding your entire waistline and protecting the spinal column and organs. Stability balls come in various sizes. The larger the ball, the easier this exercise will be to perform, whereas using...
New bill would let you buy hearing aids over the counter

New bill would let you buy hearing aids over the counter

Millions of Americans who need hearing aids do not have them, and fewer than 20 percent of people with hearing loss are getting help. A new bill could be music to their ears.  The legislation, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would allow some hearing aids for people with mild and moderate hearing loss to be sold over the counter at local drugstores...

Is social media connected to eating disorders?

Many of us either love social media or try to escape from it but cannot. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest are ways to connect with friends and society, which may influence the way we behave and think. One area of recent research is the connection between social media and eating disorders. There are several different eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge...
Clinical trials underway to test effectiveness of ecstasy on PTSD patients

Clinical trials underway to test effectiveness of ecstasy on PTSD patients

MDMA commonly known as Molly or Ecstasy could soon be approved to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new clinical trial of MDMA. We reached out to the FDA about the trial, a spokeswoman said, "We cannot discuss any specific drug trials. The drug companies or researchers can share information about their trials and discuss where they are in the...
World AIDS Day 2016: Officials push for testing, awareness

World AIDS Day 2016: Officials push for testing, awareness

Officials worldwide are pushing for HIV/AIDS awareness, testing and treatment access as health officials mark World Aids Day on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 36.7 million people across the globe are living