The Wonders of Walking

Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits. As one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise, it’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice and can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Here’s more about why walking is good for you and how to get started with a walking program. 

Get Ahead of Your Headaches

Do recurring headaches stop you in your tracks? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Headache Foundation (NHF), more than 45 million Americans suffer chronic, recurring headaches. More than half suffer from migraines. Most migraine sufferers have their first headache between the ages of 6 and 25, and about 70 percent are women.

How to Navigate the Night Shift

Here are tips for workers who must turn their nights into days.

When Heat Stress Strikes

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even deadly if unattended.

MP3 Players and Hearing Loss

Over 30 million Americans are affected by hearing loss and 5.2 million are 6-19. Over the past 10 years, the percentage of 8th graders with hearing loss has increased over 400 percent.

Unrealistic Weight Loss Plans

While losing weight is theoretically simple -- burn off more calories than you consume -- the emotional battle and need for a quick fix often sets us up for failure. Dieters sometimes turn to fad diets to jump-start their weight loss program. While some can achieve moderate results, the weight loss is most often temporary. Fad dieters will usually gain back the weight they lost and sometimes even more in a very short period of time.

High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer

Every person needs blood pressure to live. Without it, blood can’t circulate through the body to carry oxygen and fuel to vital organs.

The Catch on Caffeine

Nine out of 10 Americans consume some type of caffeine regularly, making it the most popular behavior-altering drug. For most people, moderate doses of caffeine (about two to three cups of brewed coffee a day) are not harmful. However, heavy daily caffeine use (about four to seven cups of coffee) can cause restlessness, anxiety, irritability, muscle tremors, sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems and abnormal heart rhythms.