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Easy Ways to Prevent Falls

Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

Each year, thousands of older men and women are disabled, sometimes permanently, by falls that result in broken bones or trauma. Yet small changes in homes and lifestyles can help.

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The Power of Social Connections

Strong relationships can benefit your health

You probably are well aware of the usual suspects and habits that play a big role in promoting your long-term well-being — not smoking, for example, or eating a healthful diet or making sure to get enough sleep. But did you know that having strong relationships and social connections can also have a powerful effect on your physical health?

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The Secret to Maintaining your New Year's Resolution

Addition Over Subtraction

With the arrival of a new year people often make resolutions to lose weight or give up something to be healthy, but all too often we fall short of our goals. What if we made a new kind of resolution to keep us on track? Achieving your goals without telling yourself "no" most of the time can often come down to a simple flip. For example:

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Prediabetes: A Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Think of prediabetes as a fork in the road. Ignore it, and your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up. Or, with a few simple steps, you can prevent or delay the progression to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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“Weigh” More Than a Number

Everyone has had negative thoughts about his or her body at some point. Male or female, young or old, short or tall, we’ve all felt the occasional insecurities. Society tends to emphasize the number on a scale rather than how we feel. However, a healthy (or unhealthy) weight is unique to every person and can involve many factors.

First, let’s look at a few key components of healthy weight. This trio, when we make them habits, can effect gradual, lasting change:

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Create a Kinder, Gentler Work Space

Easy fixes can promote your comfort and help you avoid injury

Hunching over your laptop in a poorly lit work space won’t just make you irritable and less productive. It can also be bad for your health. Follow these practical tips to create a more comfortable working environment.

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Hoopmania

Not just child’s play, hula hooping is a workout worth considering—according to researchers and hoopers

Anyone who thinks that exercise has to be drudgery hasn’t tried hula hooping. When a brightly colored hoop is swiveling around your hips to the rhythms of upbeat music, it’s easy to forget that you’re doing something that’s good for your body. 

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Tales of Tai Chi

Slow and dancelike, tai chi is a graceful way to relax, exercise and improve physical balance. To find out more about this Chinese martial art, we spoke to Jan Diepersloot, Bay Area tai chi teacher and author of Masters of Perception (www.warriorsofstillness.com), for a firsthand account of his development as a serious tai chi practitioner.

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Join the (Running) Club

These local training groups, which are open to runners of all levels, will help you get ready this spring or summer — and introduce you to new friends.

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Secret Staircases

Steps to take for your health — and your pleasure

There are hundreds of outdoor stairways in San Francisco and more just outside the city. Some take you through lush forests, others past historic architecture, and many to lovely views — all while giving you a pretty good cardio workout. Here are just a few worth scaling.

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