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The latest health news, trends and expert insights.

Trick or Treat? Breaking the Holiday Weight Gain Cycle

I’m proud of my self-restraint. There’s a bag of Snickers buried deep in my pantry. It’s the third week of ...
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Fitness After 40

I’ve had the following conversation, or one very similar to it, every August for the past few years upon my ...
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Mobile Dentist Office Comes to RIT

Michael Shea, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, hadn’t seen the dentist in more than a year. But ...
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A Walking Lesson in Women’s History… For Boys

"If we want to instill resiliency and develop children’s imaginations, we need to present children with stories about long odds, ...
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Is Diet Soda Healthier than Regular Soda?

I’ve been there. Worried about too many calories or too much sugar, I ordered a diet soda, feeling a little ...
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Arc of Onondaga: Life Comes Full Circle

It’s funny how life can come full circle. Matt Mersfelder of Syracuse has experienced it firsthand. His first “real” job ...
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Too Many Garden Tomatoes? Get Saucy!

I remember watching in horror as my grandmother ate freshly picked tomatoes as if they were apples, gripping them in ...
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9 Tips to Navigate the Farmer’s Market

“Bluerasps” are among my boys’ favorite summertime treats. My oldest invented this delicacy a few years ago at a local ...
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Dad Diet Series: Honey Sriracha Wings and Sweet Corn

A couple of weeks ago... my oldest turned 6.  Normally I wouldn't get nostalgic but she is heading to 1st ...
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Something You Don’t Do for Your Health

A co-worker recently faced the reality that she had to floss. Cavities were likely on the horizon if she didn’t, ...
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Spotlight on Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez

She is an original member of Garth Fagan’s “Bottom of the Bucket, But” Dance Company, the precursor to Garth Fagan ...
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Spotlight on Kecia McCullough

Kecia McCullough, a lifelong Rochesterian, is passionate about bringing people together. Kecia did just that in 2016 when she created ...
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Dad Diet Series: Sirloin and Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have to admit... I stayed away from the traditional BBQ this past Fourth of July in favor of something ...
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Bipolar Diagnosis Frees Emily’s Fighting Spirit

EDITOR’S NOTE: With the stigma surrounding mental illness, many people are reluctant to seek treatment. After the birth of her ...
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3 Better Breakfasts to Try This Summer

Breakfast should never be boring. If you’re in a morning rut, try one of these better breakfast recipes to brighten ...
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Dad Diet Series: Chicken and Garlic Zoodles

You don’t get a body like mine drinking kale smoothies. I’m clearly not a healthy eater. I like the fried, ...
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10 Reasons to Join That Wellness Program

Nurcan Sarbudak and Margaret Michailidis are busy, working moms. It took them a while to find the time to focus ...
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Family Rallies Around Dad to Help Him Avoid Falls

Larry, 96, picked up the 1-pound weights, and did a few reps. Next, he placed his hands on the arms ...
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What You Need to Know Before Buying Sunglasses for Your Kid

Sunglasses for kids come in all sorts of fun sizes, shapes and characters. What young kid wouldn’t want police dog ...
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Is Being Healthy as Simple as Standing Up?

We all do it. We know we do it. Yet we don’t know how to change it. We sit too ...
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Personal Spotlight on Tim Reed, the Man Behind the Boilermaker

Tim Reed is the president of the world renowned Utica Boilermaker Road Race, which will be celebrating its 40th running ...
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7 Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

Certain slices of Americana are just ingrained into our culture. You know, things like mom, apple pie, pizza, and yes, ...
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A Big Brother Aims to Make the Rochester Tour de Cure the #1 Ride in the U.S.

Chris Gorecki is about to tackle his seventh straight Tour de Cure. He doesn’t participate in the diabetes fundraiser because ...
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How I Learned to Ballroom Dance (Etiquette Tips Included!)

A “Learn to Dance Ballroom, No Partner Required” headline caught my eye in a catalog I was flipping through 18 ...
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It’s Never Too Late to Become a Runner

George Jones sang about not needing a rocking chair when he grew old and that was the tune Laura Vallone ...
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Personal Spotlight on Randy Sabourin of Metro Fitness

Randy Sabourin is the man behind the free Wellness Wednesdays in downtown Syracuse, N.Y. As founder/owner of the Metro Fitness ...
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Snack Your Way to Your Summer Weight

Healthy snacking might sound like an oxymoron. But there are a lot of benefits to snacking – especially if you ...
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Healthy Quinoa Summer Salad

There are a lot of great things about the return of warm weather: more sunshine, more time outside, and of ...
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Power Poses: My Good Luck Charm

Stand tall with your hands on your hips! Or, flex your muscles! Do whatever pose makes you feel powerful for ...
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It’s Never Too Late For a New Beginning in Your Life

It was the end of August, late in the evening and raining cats and dogs when my bus pulled into ...
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8 Ways To Pack A Healthy Lunch You (And The Kids) Will Actually Eat

You want to pack a lunch that you and your kids will actually eat. It might seem tough. But with ...
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Sage Advice: 7 Tips for Your Herb Garden (Recipes Included!)

I’d rather be cooking than gardening, but there’s something about growing and using my own herbs that’s satisfying to the ...
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Telemedicine Saved My Sanity and My Vacation

Some things can’t be avoided—like colds that settle in right before a vacation. And flights that can’t be postponed because ...
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50 Small Changes for a Healthier Life

I’m obsessed with my popcorn popper. My hot-air wonder has been popping healthy treats since before I met my hubby ...
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Personal Spotlight on Nicole Kazimer of Hikyoga

Nicole Kazimer is the founder of Hikyoga, a hiking-infused yoga class in Rochester. Born and raised in Webster, NY, Nicole ...
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Out With Bones, In With Beets: Our Ever-Evolving Passover Celebration

I’ve always loved the traditions of Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery ...
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Small Steps to Prevent Big Falls: Protecting Older Adults from Injury

I had a reunion of sorts recently with some old friends from high school. Once we adjusted to seeing each ...
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MyFitnessPal, My New Best Friend

MyFitnessPal is a food diary, calorie and nutrient tracker and exercise journal rolled into one easy-to-use app. I use the ...
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Cervical Cancer survivor Christine Baze wants everyone to get this vaccination. Here’s why.

Before you decide whether or not to have your pre-teen vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus), you may want to read ...
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11 Facts About HPV and Cervical Cancer

Before you decide whether or not to have your pre-teen vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus), you may want to read about ...
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F is for Fridays, Food, and Family

After a long week at work, there’s nothing more comforting than coming home on a Friday night and having some ...
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Conceiving A Miracle: When Getting Pregnant Isn’t A Given

"What are you guys waiting for?" That’s the question friends and family would ask every year at my son’s birthday ...
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Sleep Cycle App Will Kick You Out of Bed, But Gently

The Sleep Cycle app is listed as “essential” in the app store, and for good reason! Sleep Cycle is an ...
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Pregnant Moms Take Note: Sooner Isn’t Better

Reaching the 37th week of pregnancy with both of my boys felt like a big milestone. After heaving my bloated, ...
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Too Busy for a Colonoscopy? A Story of Regret and Redemption

Lynn Johnson knew she should get a colonoscopy. She was 50-years-old, the age when most people should start screening for ...
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12 Ways to Workout on the Cheap

I’ve done boot camp. I’ve joined a gym or two. I’m pretty committed when I join things—I like to get ...
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Turmeric makes dishes healthier and taste better

Hidden Gems: Turmeric

It all started with this stew. Scanning the ingredient list, I saw a spice I’d never cooked with before: turmeric ...
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A dog may be the key to losing weight

Want to Lose Weight? Grab Your Dog’s Leash

Losing weight is…well, hard! Eat healthy, be more active…you know the drill. But getting started and sticking with it are ...
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How I Learned to Avoid Drive-Thrus and Eat Healthier on a Budget

When I moved off campus my junior year of college, I was excited to have an actual kitchen to cook ...
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Finding the Right Gym in 2017

7 Steps to Finding the Right Gym in 2017

If you’re like me, you ended 2016 celebrating the holiday season just a little too much and you’ve started 2017 ...
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When in Snow Country, Snowshoe

Some of my friends think I’m odd because I’m one of those people who genuinely look forward to winter. I ...
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Fighting Cancer: A Teenager’s Story of Courage

Being a teenager and going through high school can be difficult. There are classes to keep up with, sports commitments ...
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12 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

The first house in my neighborhood ablaze with holiday lights triggered a mini anxiety attack. Lights glowed in the windows ...
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When Pigs Fly? Pet Therapy Animals no Longer Just Dogs

You’ve probably heard the expression, “When pigs fly.” Umm, now they can. And, miniature horses can too. So can monkeys, ...
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9 easy ways to add vegetables to your meals

9 Easy Ways to Add Vegetables to Your Meals

Vegetables suffer from a bad reputation. “Ugh,” you might think. “They taste terrible and they’re too hard to cook.” It’s ...
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No Pie Until You Tell Me How You Want To Die

Our family’s unique Thanksgiving tradition has little to do with food or football. It has everything to do with our ...
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is my child a bully?

Is My Child a Bully? (7 Tips for Parents of Bullies)

Most parents take strong positions against bullying, until THEIR child is accused of being the bully. "Not my child!" they ...
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The Hidden Culprit That Might be Changing the Color of Your Toddler’s Poop

Many moms are obsessed with the color of their toddler’s poop. But, did you know that the color of your ...
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Is 6 hours of Sleep Like not Sleeping at all?

Lack of sleep isn’t just an inconvenience, it’s a public health problem. If you have trouble falling asleep at night ...
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The Meaning Behind the Teal Pumpkin: Help for Children with Allergies on Halloween

Some of my favorite memories as a kid are from Halloween. I remember dressing up as a witch to go ...
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11 Easy Snacks to Help You Sleep Better

Almost everyone loves to grab a snack before they go to sleep. But what you choose to eat could determine ...
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12 Family-Friendly Apple Farms in Upstate New York

My toddler began his first apple picking trip by collecting the rotten fruit off the grass, offering them to me ...
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I Never Saw a Tick on Me. But I Still Caught Lyme Disease.

I never saw it on me. After years of walking the dog, hiking and trail running, I was trained to ...
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Race Day Checklist – 9 Tips Before Hitting Your Next Starting Line: 5ks, Half-Marathons and Mud Runs

I trained hard for my first Tough Mudder, a mud run through an obstacle course that included barbed wire and ...
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Am I Selfish if I Don’t Get a Flu Shot? 3 Unexpected Reasons Why I’m Getting the Vaccination This Year

I don’t like needles, never have. But, every year I’ve gotten a flu shot, because I’ve been told that it’s ...
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