womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Jan 29th 2013

Protect Yourself: Keeping Your Medication Usage Safe

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Prescription medication usage is rising. Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription in the past month climbed from 44 percent to 48 percent, says the CDC. And there was a similar climb for people using two or more and five or more. The average American fills 12 prescriptions each year, with 40 percent of adults over 60 taking five or more drugs.

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Tuesday, Jan 22nd 2013

Are You Eating These 3 Important Foods?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

There's no shortage of advice on what to eat to maintain your health. And then, when you've finally made some choices, that's not often the end of the story. It can be mighty tough to slog through all the information that accompanies that choice. It's not just pasta, but whole-wheat, Kamut, gluten-free, artichoke flour, rice flour, whole-grain and a dizzying list of others.

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Tuesday, Jan 15th 2013

Words That Can Mislead You into Thinking "Healthy"

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Do some of your New Year's resolutions include eating healthier?

Nothing wrong with that.

But it pays to be not only educated, but also specific.

Looking for wholesome and nourishing foods can be confusing. Food items with words like "healthy," "natural" and "multigrain" might fill your shopping cart and make you feel virtuous, but the truth is, they should be approached with caution.

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Tuesday, Jan 08th 2013

Danger: Driving While Drowsy

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I've always had a thing about driving. I like it. So many people don't, but getting behind the wheel never bothers me—except in a couple of instances.

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Friday, Jan 04th 2013

It's Not Too Late to Protect Against the Flu

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Each year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives—and many more are hospitalized—from the flu. Don't tempt fate: Below, 9 excuses or misconceptions.

I know so many people who skip flu shots year after year, insisting they're not necessary since they never catch the flu anyway. Or they just don't have the time, think the vaccine is too costly or like to tempt fate.

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Thursday, Dec 27th 2012

Don't Let Your Resolutions Be Unhealthy

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Seems like only yesterday that we were making those famous New Year's resolutions—only to break them before they barely had time to take hold.

But did you ever think that maybe the reason resolutions are abandoned is that they might not be all that realistic?

Below, three of the most common resolutions—and how to make sure they stick.

1. I will exercise more.

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Friday, Dec 21st 2012

Reducing Stress During the Holidays

Reduce stress during the holidaysby Rashelle Isip

The 2012 holiday season is in full swing, and there's no better time to take a few minutes to reduce your holiday stress levels! Here are some time management tips to help you get a grip and chill out.

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Tuesday, Dec 18th 2012

Is It OK to Exercise With a Cold?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

As I sniffled and coughed my way out of bed this morning and reached for my workout clothes (I put them out the night before so I would have no excuse), I stopped short.

What was I doing? I had a cold. I was stuffy and sneezy. And part of me wanted to crawl back under the covers, curl up with a good book and stay put for the day.

Shouldn't I skip the gym?

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Wednesday, Dec 12th 2012

3 Easy Ways to Ease Constipation

authored by Sheryl Kraft

You may be all go-go-go this holiday season, busy with traveling, parties, late nights and fun. It's energizing, in a way.

But not everything in your body can keep up with your busy schedule.

Take your bowels, for instance: instead of being on the go right along with you, they may be sending out a different message.

No go.

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Wednesday, Dec 12th 2012

Is It a Cold or Is It the Flu?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

On a recent trip to the supermarket, I nabbed the last two boxes of tissues on an otherwise empty shelf. I wasn't surprised; all around me, people are hacking, snorting, sneezing and honking-and suffering plenty, too.

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