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21 May

Weekly Health Challenge: Stop Tastebud Death

This week, save your waistline and your palate: avoid the take-out and restaurant fare. If you typically go out to lunch, consider brown-bagging it. (Exception: if going out to lunch serves a healthy and important social function for you, just be sure to stick with sensible salads.) If you order pizza for dinner or rely […]

14 May

Your Weekly Health Challenge

This week, take a look at your protein intake. Are you eating the highest quality protein you can afford? If you’re thinking about a burger for lunch, this challenge is definitely for you. Protein is vital to building and supporting tissues, from your cells to your nerves to your bones and muscles. But not all […]

7 May

Ye Ole Weekly Health Challenge

This week’s challenge: Increase your flexibility. You know you should. I’m not a betting man, but I’d be willing to be at least, say, a dollar that you’re not as flexible as you could be. This week, spend five or ten minutes a day stretching and releasing any muscle tension that’s been building up. Stretching […]

23 Apr

Mi Blog Es Su Blog

This week’s challenge is a piece of cake, Apples. (Hmm. We’ve gotta get a better metaphor going than “cake”. What’s with the carb cliches? Cake, toast, bread. I can think of many things that are greater than sliced bread. But I digess.) I challenge you to tell me what you’d like to see more of […]

16 Apr

Are You Up for the Weekly Health Challenge?

Here’s your weekly health challenge: We all have areas of our health where we would like to improve. For some of us, it’s wanting to lose weight or get fit, while for others, it’s feeling the need to manage stress better. Health concerns can accumulate and quickly turn into a snowball of worries. Soon you’re […]

9 Apr

The Weekly Health Challenge

Arlete Flickr Photo Here’s your weekly challenge from Mark: Immerse yourself in something you find beautiful (and tell us about it this week in the Forum). It’s gonna be a great week!

2 Apr

Taxes, Holidays & Spring Fever: Also Known As April

With holidays, taxes and spring fever upon us, April is a hectic time for all of us – to say the least! April showers? More like April avalanche. My challenge to you this week: get organized now so that you don’t shortchange yourself in the exercise and sleep departments this month. We all have our […]

26 Mar

You Don’t Need Fixing!

This week’s challenge is all about appreciation. With all that is going on in the world and at home, it’s easy to become worried and anxious from time to time. That’s not healthy, but it is part of life! This week, focus on appreciating what you do have. Even when life is difficult, there are […]

19 Mar

The Weekly Health Challenge

Soothe your stress: restrain any road-rage tendencies this week. Put yourself in the other person’s bucket seat. Find a better outlet for any pent-up frustration (it’s amazing how good it can feel to teach a big batch of vegetables a thing or two – chop them up and into the wok they go). If that’s […]

12 Mar

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

Happy Monday Morning, Apples! Here’s Mark’s healthy suggestion for getting the most out of your week: Up your antioxidant intake this week the easy way: Switch from coffee and cocktails to tea. Get refreshed with iced tea, wake up with piping hot green tea, and simmer down with chamomile at night. While we’re not against […]

5 Mar

Weekly Health Challenge

A great way to stay fresh, mentally and emotionally, is to try something new. That could be a new crossword puzzle, a subscription to a new magazine with a different viewpoint from yours, a better toothpaste, or even a new vegetable. Choose something that is an improvement or a challenge, so you’re not just randomly […]

26 Feb

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

Here’s your challenge: Develop one really healthy habit this week. It doesn’t take long to form a habit, good or bad. Here are a few suggestions: floss, exercise, drink less alcohol, double your vegetables, eat a daily salad, lift weights, practice gratitude, be generous to someone. Report back, Apples! (Carlo Winkelmann photo) Psst…have you signed […]

19 Feb

Weekly Health Challenge

Don’t let heredity become a nonrefundable ticket to the land of illness. Just because a disease or illness is common in your family doesn’t mean you have to accept it for you. The drug and medical industries like to tell us we can blame every flaw, problem and health issue on our genes. That’s really […]

12 Feb

The Weekly Health Challenge

Yo, Apples! It’s time for a little pre-spring cleaning. This week’s challenge is to clean out the (kitchen) closet. Empty your fridge, your pantry, the cabinets, and the deep freeze out in the garage. If it’s not healthy, if it’s not recognizable, if it’s older than the Clinton administration, toss it. Don’t save unhealthy stuff […]

5 Feb

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

This week, bust your butt to bust your gut. Exercise every day. Park your car way out of sight. Surprise the dog with an extra-long walk. Make television commercials your own personal sit-up special. Bike with the kids. Walk after every meal. Make activity your middle name this week. Now get moving!

29 Jan

The Weekly Health Challenge

Most of us eat out for at least one-third of our meals. It’s a necessary convenience these days. Unfortunately, that means a lot of extra calories and unhealthy choices. It’s no wonder Americans have gotten wider as restaurant dining has become the norm. This week, resolve to eat right when you dine out. That means […]

22 Jan

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

This week I’m going to challenge you to take care of your emotional and psychological well-being. We often overlook dealing with emotional or psychological stress because other things seem more important – work, the kids, the bills, the endless errands. But it’s absolutely okay to be a little “selfish” once in a while and nurture […]

15 Jan

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

This week, Apples, let’s cut out all refined grains of any kind. You’ll give your blood, pancreas, digestive tract, and waistline a very healthy break. There are lots of refined offenders, but here are the most common: white rice, white bread, so-called “multi-grain” bread, pre-made waffles and pancakes, dinner rolls, white pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, […]

8 Jan

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge to you: Every day this week, either get yourself outside or to the gym. No excuses (sky falling? Okay). Working out every day, all the time, isn’t totally necessary, but it certainly is good for you – and you’ll feel amazing come the weekend. Commit to at least 30 minutes every […]

2 Jan

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

Here’s your weekly health challenge, Apples: We’re stepping it up a notch. This week’s challenge is personalized. Think about your worst habit or vice. Maybe it’s fast food. Maybe it’s smoking. Maybe it’s midnight pantry raids. Whatever your very worst health habit is – that’s your challenge this week. See if you can stop, even […]

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