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Have a Healthier Summer

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    Take the summer sun quiz

    Hot weather, clear skies, and extra leisure time in the summer mean that many people spend hours in the sun.

    Lengthy sun exposure can raise the risk for skin cancer if you don't take steps to protect yourself.

    Take the quiz »

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    Walking is for everyone

    Fit people may think walking is "too easy" to keep them fit.

    Overweight people may wonder if they really can become trim by walking.

    Older people and those with medical conditions such as osteoporosis or heart disease may wonder if walking is safe.

    In fact, walking works for people of all ages, fitness levels, weights, and health conditions.

    Read more about the benefits of walking »

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    Calorie Burn Rate Calculator

    The more active you are, the more calories you burn.

    Running or jogging, for instance, burns more calories than bowling. Carrying your clubs when golfing burns more calories than riding in a golf cart.

    Your weight also affects the number of calories burned: the more you weigh, the more calories you burn. Fill in your weight, and the calculator will provide you with a list of activities and an approximation of how many calories you will burn.

    Try the calorie burn rate calculator »

A fruity way to end the meal

150x150Fruit070715Change up dessert this week with this easy, summer recipe. It's gluten-free, and chances are, you already have many of the ingredients.

Fruit for dessert »

Be kind to your mind

150x150StressRelief070715You can take steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life.

Here are five ideas from the National Mental Health Association »

Health Consumer

Be A Smart Health Consumer

How to Be a Wise Health Care Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a health care consumer, with tips for wise responses.Take our advice and take charge of your health >>

Choosing a Hospital

You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort. Start your evaluation here >>

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process. Make your empowered first step here >>

Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits

To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every doctor visit, using these suggestions, plan your time with your provider and walk out knowing you have made the most of your time >>

Preventive Care Guidelines

Screenings and Tests to Consider

Getting screening tests and vaccinations is an important part of preventive care. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender. Use these guidelines when discussing a disease prevention plan with your health care provider. You may need a plan that is different, depending on your situation.

Guidelines for Women

Age 18-39

Age 40-49

Age 50-64

Age 65+

    Guidelines for Men


    Age 18-39

    Age 40-49

    Age 50-64

    Age 65+

    This schedule comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, unless otherwise noted.

    Health News from National Institutes of Health

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