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For many, dieting is a necessary, however unsavory, fact of life. But when it comes to the holidays even the most veteran dieters can lose their way. Because the holidays come once a year, most dieters justify their actions by stating that certain fatty dishes they enjoy are only available during these holidays, and often abuse the privilege they grant themselves.

December 19, 2012 | BY BROOKE BORBA 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Simple secrets & tips for dodging holiday weight gain

The holidays are full of fun activities, tasty treats and plenty of celebration, but being busy and eating all the extras can quickly lead to weight gain. With a few key strategies, it's surprisingly easy to enjoy the season to the fullest and still avoid Santa's extra bulge.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Hormone replacement just got personal

Over the last 100 years, middle-aged men and women have doubled their life expectancy. The soft tissue glands which create hormones are being forced to produce longer than before. The added stress, worsening nutrition and lack of proper fitness combine to result in declining levels of hormones in their bodies that can interfere with their lives.

December 19, 2012 | BY NANCY ANGEL 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Getting hormone replacement from natural sources

Oprah, Dr. Oz and network news reports, have all been talking about Bio-Identical Hormones or BHRT. It seems both men and women are becoming more interested by the day. So what is BHRT? It is replacing the hormones your body once made on its own with the exact copy prepared by a compounding pharmacist from natural sources.

December 19, 2012 | Special to 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Time for seniors to bone up on Medicare Part B requirements

The Part B Medicare registration deadline is on the horizon. If there have been any changes in their classifications, Dec. 7 is when the two-month enrollment period will end.

December 19, 2012 | By GLENN KAHL 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Demystifying Medicare Part D enrollment

With so many options based on where you live and what prescriptions you need, selecting a Medicare Part D Plan can be complicated and time consuming. However, every American 65 and older or Medicare disabled who wishes to enroll must enroll in a plan for 2013 no later than Dec. 7, 2012.

December 19, 2012 | Special to 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Finding the right vitamins for your body

It's not always easy to understand if you're getting all the essential nutrients needed to meet daily requirements such as those recommended by the National Health Institute's (NIH) Institute of Medicine and Office of Dietary Supplements. Nutritional needs and goals vary based on factors such as sex, activity level, lifestyle and age, making it difficult for an individual to determine what may be best for him/her. With an infinite selection of supplements available, it can also be overwhelming to narrow down the right products to support your overall health. The good news is that there are ...

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

New Year: Diet, exercise, health resolutions

The beginning of the New Year always seems like a good time to start something new, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Sometimes you may not know where to start or what will really work. There are several different diets to choose from and different methods to lose weight and get healthy. The idea is to find something designed for your specific needs and body type.

December 19, 2012 | By VIRGINIA STILL 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Five tips to help protect your little athlete

Cringing at bumps, falls, trips and nudges is a common response among parents of young athletes. Seventy-two percent of parents of children ages 6 to 17 report that they are highly concerned about their child experiencing a head injury on the sports field, according to a recent survey conducted by NMI Research and DSM Nutritional Products, and their concern is not unwarranted. In fact, data indicates that emergency room visits of school-age athletes for serious injuries like concussions have significantly increased in recent years.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness



December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Depression: not a character flaw but a real illness

A broken leg means a trip to the emergency room. Chronic back pain leads to a battery of tests and time off work. Even a virus will get you some words of sympathy. But if you say you have depression, there's a good chance you'll get a quizzical look and dumb silence.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness


Whether it's a few extra hairs in the sink or a completely bare scalp, baldness is a common issue for many people - not just men. Balding generally refers to hair loss from your scalp, usually caused by genetics, environment, various medications or an underlying medical condition. It is often characterized with a receding hairline and thinning crown near the temples and mid-anterior scalp.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness


The gift of health and wellness is a great gift indeed.

December 19, 2012 | By DAWN M. HENLEY 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness


Obesity impacts more than just the waistbands of Americans - life expectancy, health, medical spending and productivity are all affected by the weight of the nation. If recent trends continue, experts predict all adults will be overweight or obese by 2048. The statistics are equally as startling when it comes to youth - one in every three youth are overweight or obese. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Traditional dishes from Oakdale Cheese & Specialties

Known to residents and tourists passing through the city along Highway 120, Oakdale Cheese and Specialties offers award winning cheeses made "the old fashioned way" by four family generations of cheese making by Dutch immigrant Walter Bulk.

December 19, 2012 | By RICHARD PALOMA 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

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