Your Health

Your Health

Are You Smart About Men’s Health?

Take this quiz—no matter your gender—to test your knowledge about common medical issues facing today’s men and health-promoting strategies

1.    True or False: Most men fail to see their physician annually for preventive checkups.
True. According to a survey by the CDC, 22.6 percent of men have not seen their physician in the past year. And men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period, despite the fact that prompt, pre-emptive care can be a major contributor toward good health and long life.

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Olive Oil 101

Quality olive oil isn’t just delicious—it’s healthy too. To find out more about this flavorful oil, we talked to San Franciscan Fran Gage—author of The New American Olive Oil, a member of the tasting panel for the California Olive Oil Council and an olive oil competition judge.

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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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Garlic Green Beans with Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of year is here again. Make your holiday season merry and bright by keeping your mind and body healthy. Here are our favorite tips for doing just that! 

1. Get enough sleep - The extra family, friend and social time during the holidays can take a toll on sleep. Make sure you get enough by scheduling a couple of relaxing days in-between late-night parties where you go to bed early and can sleep in a bit longer.

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Adults, Be Smart About Your Annual Physical

With the new year approaching, it's prime time to safeguard your health

Never underestimate the benefits of your annual checkup: It’s your chance as a patient to get one solid block of time alone with your doctor, when you can ask all the questions about your health that you’re wondering about and get a personalized care plan that can keep you healthy. According to some medical experts, those annual visits also improve the detection of early illness, which could help prevent complications down the line.

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Why Eating Out Can Pack On Pounds

U.S. restaurants routinely serve too much, study shows

Sit-down, takeout, drive-thru—no matter what kind of restaurant you like to frequent, it’s likely you’re eating too much when you go out, researchers say.

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Butternut Squash Soup Shooters

If you're looking for a large appetizer for your upcoming party, look no further then this soup recipe that feeds 35.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves removed    
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives or roasted pepitas, for garnish

Directions

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Totally Tea

Everything newbies need to know to buy, brew and savor the global favorite 

It is the world’s most commonly quaffed beverage, trailing only plain water. It’s been hailed for centuries as a health wonder. But the novice tea drinker can be easily overwhelmed by the undertaking—what with the multitude of tea types, purported best brewing methods and general surplus of tea-related info to sift through.

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