Sunday, November 23, 2014
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It's Your Health. Take charge of it.

It's Your Health. Take charge of it.

The weight of the matter
Living life with heart

The most important weight-loss message - you have to use more calories than you eat - hasn't changed in decades.

But dieting experts say science has some new, surprising things to say about the other half of the standard recommendation - exercise - and about which diet to use.

Staying fit in the fast lane
If you want something done," the adage goes, "give it to a busy person." Busy, successful people are granted no more time in a day than the rest of us, but they make time for what they regard as important, and that includes regular exercise.
 
Photo gallery: A mayor, a district attorney and a surgeon work exercise into a hectic schedule
 
Video: Risa Vetri Ferman's workout
Fitness Habit Starts Early

We're fat and we're raising fat kids.

Case in point: The nursing staff at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services recently purchased two scales that can each weigh a person up to 400 pounds. Pause for a moment and picture just how big that is. And then consider that agency officials felt it was necessary to buy two.

Women's needs are different
Living life with heart

Something wasn't quite right.

Linda DeSmet was gaining weight but couldn't figure out why. Then she started getting short of breath with the slightest bit of exertion. Yet it was her sister who insisted she get checked out. It's a good thing she did.

"I was having congestive heart failure," says DeSmet.

Diverse group of factors for a healthy heart

Most people know that coronary heart disease is firmly linked to five basic risk factors: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and smoking.

But heart disease is a threat to practically everyone, not just hefty couch potatoes who smoke.

And more ...

Check out our Fitness page, with weekly videos by Kimberly Garrison, the Good Life Guru, as well as articles on health and on healthy eating.

Additional coverage

Our Healthy Kids bloggers have your kids in mind when they take on such family-focused topics as nutrition, concussions and more.