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How Can We Cut 64 Calories a Day From Kids' Diets?

More than one in five young people will be obese by 2020 unless they begin making changes. Here are some easy ways to help them create a daily energy gap through diet.
Posted 6/4/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Tanya Jolliffe : 16 comments   12,392 views
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Poll: Have Your Children Lost Weight Along With You?

How do you create habits that your children can carry on for the rest of their lives? According to a new study, the best strategy could be leading by example.
Posted 4/10/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Jen Mueller : 26 comments   15,673 views
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Ask Dr. Birdie: Straight Talk about Binge Eating

If you're dealing with an eating disorder on top of a weight issue, it can feel downright impossible to reach your goals. But there's hope! Dr. Birdie offers some advice.
Posted 3/27/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 40 comments   22,992 views
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Cool Infographic: How Kids Consume Food Marketing

To help support the new nutritional standards, has created an infographic with statistics that share lifestyle, consumption, and media activity relating to children.
Posted 2/16/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Denise Tausig : 22 comments   17,799 views
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The Health Benefits of Losing Just 10% of Your Body Weight

You don't have to lose 100 pounds or reach your goal weight to see improvements in your health. Dr. Birdie tells you how losing just 10% of your body weight can help!
Posted 1/11/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 60 comments   61,498 views
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The First Day I Decided to Live Again

Bedridden at 460 pounds, Beth had given up. Then one day, she decided to try. "Why not?" she muttered, throwing her hand up in the air. "Exactly," she realized. "Why not?"
Posted 11/18/2011  11:00:00 AM By: Beth Donovan : 74 comments   13,935 views
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The Highs and Lows of Losing 100 Pounds

''You wouldn't know by looking at me that I exercise five days a week, eat tons of veggies or that I'm training for a triathlon. Most people still view me as a fat.''
Posted 11/11/2011  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 195 comments   123,068 views
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News Flash: Maintaining Weight Loss is Hard (There's Proof--and Hope!)

Did you see the study that found that it's hard to maintain weight loss? Dr. Birdie did. Don't give up! She's here to explain it--and offer hope (plus ways to stay on track).
Posted 11/1/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 65 comments   20,163 views
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I Lost 150+ Pounds--and I Didn't Give Up*

~iNDYGIRL has never given up--but she's wanted to during her journey to lose 150+ pounds. How does she keep going?
Posted 10/21/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Beth Donovan : 206 comments   29,975 views
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Could Gratitude Be the Key to Weight Loss?

Beth writes: "I think if we were grateful for the blessing we do have in our lives, we would be more fulfilled and less hungry." Do you agree?
Posted 10/14/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Beth Donovan : 73 comments   19,114 views
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The Skin Condition That's a Dark Sign of What's to Come

As you gain weight, your body can change drastically. How can you tell whether the changes are merely aesthetic--or a sign of something more? Dr. Birdie shares her expertise.
Posted 9/27/2011  2:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 50 comments   267,147 views
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How to the Weather Life's Storms

When your life is not going as planned, you have two choices: Stick with your healthy lifestyle or give up. Staying on the right path isn't as hard as it seems, says ~INDYGIRL.
Posted 9/23/2011  12:00:00 PM By: Beth Donovan : 103 comments   18,306 views
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Pet Obesity: A Growing Trend

Not only has obesity risen over the years for humans, but for our pets as well. Let's spread the Spark and give our pets a chance to live a healthy lifestyle with us.
Posted 9/16/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Denise Tausig : 51 comments   14,019 views
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Health and Fitness Resources for Kids

September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Read about measures you can take to help keep your kids fit and healthy.
Posted 9/13/2011  6:00:00 AM By: Nancy Howard : 9 comments   13,002 views
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Donít Tell Me What I Canít Do!

When she was 460 pounds and bedridden, people told ~INDYGIRL all the things she couldn't do. And what did she do instead? She proved them wrong--and so should you!
Posted 9/6/2011  2:00:00 PM By: Beth Donovan : 72 comments   16,430 views
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