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Fight back against spring allergies

Springtime brings warmer weather, outdoor family fun, BBQs, ballgames, and for many Americans, the start of allergy season. While making plan for outdoor activities this spring, keep in mind that each year, Dallas ranks high on the list of top 100 Allergy Capitals.

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Five days to a fitter, healthier you

If kicking off a life-changing fitness and nutrition program seems daunting, try taking smaller steps to make it feel more manageable.

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Receding gums: A major issue affecting oral health

Affecting nearly half of the U.S. population, gum recession is an oral health issue in which the gums have worn away, exposing teeth to damaging, disease-causing bacteria.

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Big marketing ideas for small businesses

Are personal relationships why most consumers frequent small businesses? From the mom and pop coffee shop to the small bookstore just down the street, people enjoy the personal interactions and convenience small businesses offer.

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Labels decoded: Tips for interpreting ingredients

Take a trip to the grocery store and you’ll encounter miles of aisles stocked with thousands of food products. Every product has a story to tell or better yet, sell. Information printed on packages is helpful but it’s often confusing and even a bit misleading.

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Refuel your muscles, taste buds

When you cool down and towel off after a long workout, you’re not quite done taking care of your body. It’s important to refuel your muscles, too.

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Easy award-winning recipes make holidays delightful

Whether needed for an impromptu brunch, a gift-giving occasion or just a snack for the family, delicious baked goods are essential during the holidays. After all, you never know who might stop by.

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Capture mood, splendor of the holiday season

As decorations are hung this holiday season in preparation for entertaining family and friends, consider creating ambiance using lighting in the main social rooms of the home, including the kitchen, dining and living rooms.

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Minorities still underrepresented in Hollywood?

Hollywood continues to be a bastion of homogeneity where people of color are underrepresented, according to a new study from the University of Southern California at Annenberg.

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Suds: The first step in staying healthy all year

According to recent research, 95 percent of Americans admit it is important to wash their hands after using a public restroom. This is particularly true with women compared to men.

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Achieving harmony, balance during cancer

What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared to tell his family, friends and co-workers.

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Watch your mouth Living with diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease. In fact, about one-third of people with diabetes have severe gum disease.

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Turn good lunchboxes into great lunchboxes

While moms want to make sure their kids eat a healthier lunch at school, it’s not always easy packing lunches that are good for them.

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Savvy money tips to share with your teens

Most parents have learned things about money they wish they had known at a younger age. But when it comes to broaching the topic with their own teenagers, about a third would rather talk to them about smoking, drugs and bullying than money.1 Parents can take the angst out of teaching money management by working it into everyday routines.

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Create budding home updates

Bring the garden inside to add a romantic and softer touch to your home décor. Though real flowers are always a gorgeous addition, they can be costly and, unfortunately, they will expire. Due to their permanent and authentic nature, more decorators are turning to their faux counterparts when glamming up interiors.

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Recovery is important to any workout

Got an athlete in the house? Whether she is hitting the soccer field or he’s going for it on the gridiron, what happens post-practice or after a game time is just as important as the workout on the field. Allowing muscles to recover properly is essential for a healthy season – and off-season training regime.

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Grill a better, healthier burger this Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, fire up the grill. For many, a cookout isn’t complete without a juicy, delicious hamburger. Even those trying to follow a healthier, natural diet can enjoy this classic summer favorite by using the right ingredients.

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Grill potatoes for a unique, healthy side dish

Potatoes are the top food eaten alongside grilled main dishes, according to the NPD Group, so why not put potatoes on the grill too? Try grilling thick potato planks, skewered potato chunks, or colorful halved fingerlings in a zesty rub like these Flame-Licked Fingerlings, created by award-winning cookbook authors Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, also known as the “BBQ Queens.”

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Nutrition on the Go

Healthy meal tips for busy lifestyles

While it’s important to maintain a regular health and wellness regimen, busy schedules and last minute commitments can sometimes send us off track. Many Americans may try to maintain a balanced diet but continue to fall short on valuable key nutrients necessary for a healthy body.

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Top tips to take the guilt out of eating out

Counting calories and carefully choosing every meal doesn’t have to mean you also punish your taste buds – whether dining out or on the go. “When it comes to your diet, the best approach is often a balanced one. Practicing portion control, making smart choices and checking out caloric and nutritional information are all key ‘ingredients’ to long term diet success,” said Lyssie Lakatos, registered dietitian, certified personal trainer, and one half of the Nutrition Twins. Here are some more helpful tips so you can eat smarter and put your guilt aside:

Doing good, making a difference ... all year long

While charitable giving increases towards the end of the year as important community needs are showcased, such needs continue all year long. Unfortunately, giving tends to drop off after the holidays, leaving many organizations with a shortfall of donated goods, cash and even volunteers in the new year.

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Heart healthy lean beef recipes

These days, many people are re-evaluating their diets to lower cholesterol and fat. They’re looking closely at foods to eliminate or cut back. One item that shouldn’t be on the chopping block is lean beef.

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Pursuing your dreams despite a lifelong medical condition

When Donna Schlacht’s son, Carl, was diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency at age 1, she resolved to not let Carl see his disorder as a barrier to pursuing his dreams. Today, Carl is a professional Supercross racer, and is helping to launch the I am a ChamPIon campaign to inspire others to achieve their goals despite the challenges of living with PI.

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Wild about blueberries

Go wild with the healthy superstars of frozen fruit

Stock up on a superfood that’s a no-brainer: Wild blueberries have superior antioxidant capacity compared with other fruits and veggies. Best of all, these little blue powerhouses from Maine and Canada are also incredibly convenient, thanks to their year-round availability in your grocer’s frozen fruit section. They’re just as healthy as fresh and may retain their nutritional value longer.

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Stand Up to Bullying

Going back to school can be stressful for many kids, especially if they have been the victims of bullying. According to Youth Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, an organization dedicated to eliminating bullying, a student is bullied every seven minutes in our country, and an estimated 77 percent of students will experience some form of mental or physical bullying during their school years.

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Savor a Satisfying Fresh Fruit Salad

Delicious taste, beautiful colors, packed with healthy nutrients - what's not to love about fresh fruit? And with fresh fruits available all year long, you can enjoy them in mouthwatering, healthy meals any time you want.

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Celebrate with an Egg-cellent Outdoor Brunch

Take advantage of warmer weather by hosting an outdoor brunch serving an egg-tastic recipe that's sure to please your friends and family. Eggs Benedict Casserole is a do-it-yourself version of the restaurant classic, combining traditional ingredients with a spicy twist. Requiring only one dish for baking and serving, this recipe is perfect for special occassions and celebrations, or casual weekend brunches at home.

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Find the Right Investments in This Market Environment

(Family Features) Investor optimism is on the rise, according to a recent study from investing services company, Scottrade, Inc.

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Making Your Neighborhood Safer

How safe do you feel in your neighborhood? Unfortunately, residential crime happens more often than you might think, which leaves many homeowners feeling uneasy. But there are steps you can take to protect your home and your neighborhood. One of the best preventive measures you can take is to simply get to know your neighbors.