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Which of the following ingredients is a sweetener with no calories?
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Sucralose is the only non-caloric sweetener in this list; it is an artificial sweetener. Dextrose and maltose are types of sugars that contain calories, while diastase is an enzyme in the body that breaks down starch



 
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Depression is a normal part of life.
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Although it's normal to feel sad or experience "the blues" in response to certain life events, such as the death of a loved one, clinical depression is a medical condition that persists for weeks, months or even years and is not a normal reaction to life events.



 
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Research shows that both green AND black teas contain heart-protecting antioxidants?
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According to a 1999 study of tea by the American Health Foundation, both green and black teas contain antioxidants that can help to decrease the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol.



 
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To help relieve some of the discomfort of hot flashes, a woman can
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Hot flashes are common in most women during perimenopause, menopause, and even the post-menopausal years. More than three cups of coffee or caffeinated beverages per day, or less if you are particularly sensitive, can aggravate hot flashes. Wearing layers of clothing is recommended to help you cool off quickly during a hot flash and warm up if you get chilled after one. Layering blankets on your bed may help if you are experiencing hot flashes at night. While hormone replacement therapy can help relieve hot flashes, it isn't routinely recommended for menopause symptoms since it does carry other risks; talk to your doctor about its pros and cons to decide if it's right for you.



 
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Women need more calcium than men do.
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The calcium needs of men and women are the same: 1,000 milligrams daily for adults up to age 50. Older adults, both men and women, need more.



 
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What percentage of lung capacity does the average person use while at rest?
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Few people use their lungs to their full capacity. It has been reported that at rest, people use just 10%-15% of their actual lung capacity, usually a result of quick, shallow breaths that make the chest rise and fall.



 
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People with type 2 diabetes are dependent on insulin.
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Type 2 diabetics are "non-insulin-dependent," whereas type 1 diabetics are "insulin-dependent



 
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The frozen dessert known as 'Italian ice' contains milk, just like ice cream does.
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Italian ice (also called Granita) is a mix of juice (or other liquid like coffee), water and sugar, usually in a 4:1 ratio of liquid to sugar. The ices are stirred frequently during freezing to give it a flaky texture. These are almost always fat-free, contain minimal additives and are the lowest in calories of all frozen desserts.




 
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Which of the following relaxation techniques will NOT help you get a better night's sleep?
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Reading a book, listening to some soft music, journaling, or writing a letter are all great ways to shut down your mind at night. Don't watch television or use the computer, as the bright screens will actually stimulate your brain more, causing you to stay alert.



 
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How many servings of ice cream are in a single pint?
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A pint of ice cream is not a single serving; it's FOUR servings. If you eat an entire pint, you have to multiply the number of calories, fat grams, etc. listed on the label by four. Stick to portions the size of half a tennis ball, and always scoop your ice cream into a small bowl instead of eating it directly from the container to prevent overeating.



 
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How many teaspoons of sugar does a 12-oz can of soda contain?
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Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. A 12-oz can of pop contains 40 grams of sugar, which is equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar and 160 empty calories.



 
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Which of the following best characterizes the 'valsalva maneuver'?
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Many people have a tendency to hold their breath during strenuous activity like weight lifting--a big mistake. Known as the valsalva maneuver, this breathing issue, which involves exhaling forcibly without any air actually exiting the body, can limit oxygen delivery to the brain and cause dizziness, fainting, a spike in blood pressure and other complications.



 
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Aerobic exercise decreases HDL cholesterol.
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HDL cholesterol is the "good" cholesterol. Aerobic exercise increases HDL (good) cholesterol and decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol



 
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Bran is removed from wheat kernels to make white flour. What nutrients does this bran contain?
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Bran makes up the outer layers of the grain. It contains B-vitamins, trace minerals and dietary fiber. It’s removed when wheat flour is processed (refined and/or bleached) into white flour.



 
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Which of the following nutrients should you LIMIT if you want to improve your cholesterol levels?
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Trans fat is the unhealthiest fat you can eat! It increases your total cholesterol and your LDL (bad) cholesterol while lowering your HDL (good) cholesterol. Saturated fat is unhealthy because it increases both your total blood cholesterol and your LDL (bad) cholesterol as well. Cholesterol should be limited to less than 300 mg daily. Polyunsaturated fats are somewhat healthy since they decrease your LDL (bad) cholesterol, but also decrease your HDL (good) cholesterol



 
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A person with a chronic condition should always get clearance from a doctor before starting an exercise program.
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A document called a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) can help you determine if you need a medical evaluation before starting an exercise program.



 
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Americans get ___ of their daily calories from beverages.
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In the 1970s, Americans got 6-8% of their daily calories from drinks, but today, 21% of their daily calories from beverages. Not counting what’s in that glass, cup, can or mug may be a major cause of the alarming increase in obesity.



 
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What does hypertension mean?
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Hypertension means high blood pressure



 
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Pilates only works your core.
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emphasized that his exercises were for the whole body. He believed the more muscles you use to perform a movement, the more efficient the movement would be. This creates a system of functional strength that applies to all movements. The Pilates system teaches a balance of strength and flexibility, or, "the uniform development of our bodies as a whole," Pilates often said.



 
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People who smoke need twice as much of what vitamin?
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Adult males need 90 milligrams of vitamin C daily and adult females need 75 milligrams daily. People who smoke need about twice as much vitamin C daily.



 
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For best results, how long should you hold a stretch?
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Ideally, most experts recommend that people stretch for 10-15 minutes per day. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds, repeating one or two more times, depending on how you feel.



 
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Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
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Nearly 70% of Americans don't get enough exercise, yet inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the inner lining of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. This build-up makes the arteries narrowed or blocked, and when oxygen-rich blood can't reach the heart, the result is chest pain or a heart attack. Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure.



 
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Eating food that was cooked in aluminum cookware can lead to Alzheimer's disease.
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Claims have been made linking aluminum to Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems, but these claims have been unsubstantiated by scientific research. In fact, according to the FDA, taking one antacid or aspirin tablet provides the body with far more aluminum than cooking and storing an entire day’s meals in aluminum.



 
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Which chronic condition is mostly commonly called the 'silent killer' because it often presents with no symptoms?
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You may have high blood pressure and not even know it. While 50 million Americans suffer from this affliction, 33 percent don't even know they have it, and 70 percent don't have it under control. High blood pressure is a condition without signs or symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the "silent killer." The only way to know where you stand is to have your blood pressure checked by a qualified professional.



 
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How high should you elevate your heart rate during an aerobic (cardio) workout? Between 60% and 85% emoticon
The recommended heart rate range for aerobic exercise is 60-85% of your maximum heart rate. This range is called the target heart rate (THR) zone. This range is ideal for the general health benefits that come with exercise, and for weight loss. You can use your THR, the "Talk Test" or Perceived Exertion to make sure you're working out in a good intensity level (not too easy, not too hard).



 
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Eating soup before your meal can help you consume fewer total calories during your meal.
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Soup may curb your appetite. Studies show that people who eat broth or vegetable-based soups (not creamy or high-fat ones) as the first course of a meal consume fewer total calories during their meal. In fact, study participants consumed 20% fewer calories when they started their meal with soup!



 
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
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Here are the facts:
*Nearly 1 million Americans died of heart disease in 2002, making it the leading cause of death.
*52 million Americans have high cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease.
*67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, the top contributor to high cholesterol



 
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Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
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The causes of depression are complex and overlapping. In fact, one true cause is not known. Low serotonin levels are a symptom of depression, but there is no proof that low levels of serotonin actually cause depression.



 
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Only liposuction can remove cellulite.
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Extracting the fat layer between the skin and the fibrous bands of connective tissue can actually accentuate the lumpy appearance and make cellulite worse. Liposuction can remove pockets of stubborn fat, but it is not suitable as a cellulite treatment.



 
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BMI is the most accurate way to determine a person's degree of obesity.
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BMI is a quick and easy way to determine if your weight is appropriate for your height. It's just a general measure (and isn’t always accurate for everyone).



 
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A single serving of bread is equal to:
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A single serving of bread is equal to 1 ounce. That's about the size of one small slice, 1/2 a bagel or 1/2 a bun.



 
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Eventually, depression will go away by itself.
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For some people, depression might go away without intervention, but that's not the case for most people who suffer from depression. There is no way of knowing how long depression might last, and it can greatly increase your risk of other complications if left untreated. There are several types of treatment that can quickly and effectively decrease the severity of depression.



 
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A women who is breastfeeding should get clearance from her doctor before starting an exercise program.
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Pregnant and nursing women should get clearance before starting a workout program. A document called a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) can help you determine if you need a medical evaluation before starting an exercise program.



 
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In the U.S., how far does the average food item travel before it reaches your table? Over 1,000 miles emoticon
Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! This is one of many reasons that environmentalists and nutritionists alike recommend eating locally grown food as much as possible.



 
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It's better to squeeze out one more repetition, even with bad form, to really fatigue your muscles.
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Bad form is never a good idea. The only thing this will accomplish is increasing your risk of injury. Your goal should be to stop after the last repetition you can do in good form--that means without using momentum or body contortions to move the weight. A little muscle trembling or shakiness is OK, but don't go beyond that.




 
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About ____% of the calories you consume post-workout should come from protein.
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While carbs are essential, it’s also important to include some high-quality protein in your post-workout meal or snack. This protein will stop your body from breaking down muscle tissue for energy and initiate the process of rebuilding and repairing your muscles. About 25% of the calories you eat after a workout should come from protein—that's about 10-15 grams for most people.



 
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Cold and flu viruses can live on surfaces like doorknobs.
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When a person sneezes or coughs, droplets that contain the virus can fly into the air. When you inhale the air-born droplets, you can catch a cold. But these viruses can live on surfaces and spread that way too. That's why hand washing and disinfecting communal surfaces are important practices year-round



 
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Breastfeeding longer than six months INCREASES a child's risk of developing allergies.
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Exclusively breastfeeding your baby for at least six months can greatly reduce her risk of developing food allergies later in life.



 
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How many pounds of calcium are in the average adult body?
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Calcium is present in the body in greater amounts that any other mineral. Calcium builds strong bones in both length and density and is vital to the formation of teeth. There is about 2 - 3 pounds of calcium in the body, mostly concentrated in the bones and teeth.



 
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You pack a lunch that contains a turkey and cheese sandwich. How soon must you put your lunch in the refrigerator so that it remains safe to eat.
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If you pack a lunch that includes perishable food items--meat and cheese sandwiches, leftovers, salads, or dairy foods--don't let more than two hours pass from the time you make your lunch at home to the time you put it in the office refrigerator. The same rule applies if you go out for lunch and bring back fast food, carry out, or doggy bag.



 
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Very large doses of vitamin C can cause what problem?
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Vitamin C is water-soluble, so the body excretes any excess consumed. However, very large doses may cause kidney stones and diarrhea. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 2,000 milligrams for both adult males and females.



 
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Which of the following is NOT a good nutrition strategy for type 2 diabetics?
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While all of these other strategies are important for diabetics, eating fats at every meal or snack is not. Certain fats can enhance health, and fat can also slow carbohydrate absorption, preventing spikes in blood sugar. But diabetics need to watch their fat intake and keep it at moderate levels. Therefore, eating fat at every meal and snack is typically not advised. Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes offers more tips.



 
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The food ingredients erythritol, maltitol, and sorbitol are all examples of what?
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Sugar alcohols get their name from their unique chemical structure, which resembles both sugar and alcohol. But they're neither sugars nor alcohols. In fact, sugar alcohols are a type of carbohydrate that sweetens foods, but with half the calories of sugar. There are several specific types of sugar alcohols (usually ending with the letters "-ol"): erythritol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol.



 
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If one or both of your parents had high blood pressure, your risk of developing it...
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Family history is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Your risk doubles if one or both of your parents had hypertension.



 
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The best way to get more flax into your diet is to cook your food in flaxseed oil?
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Flaxseed oil is even more perishable than ground flaxseed and goes bad quickly when exposed to air, light and heat. You can add flaxseed oil to many foods, but do NOT heat it or cook with it. Heat will cause flaxseed oil to go rancid and destroy its healthy properties. Only add flaxseed oil to chilled foods (like smoothies, salad dressings, yogurt, etc.) or to foods after cooking



 
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Very slow weight loss is not beneficial in the long run.
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The SparkPeople program is set up to help you safely lose between half a pound and two pounds per week. Studies show that individuals who rapidly lose weight are more likely to gain it back, while those who lost weight slowly are more likely to keep it off long term. So if you’ve lost a few pounds this month—excellent! Don’t discount that because you see someone on T.V. losing 15 pounds in two weeks.



 
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Why should milk be stored in opaque (non-clear) containers?
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opaque plastic or cardboard containers, not clear glass, because light can destroy nutrients in the milk. Ultraviolet light, including sunlight, can quickly destroy riboflavin, a nutrient found in milk, for example.



 
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Research has proven that detox diets help remove toxins from the body.
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There is no medical evidence that detox diets actually remove any toxins from the body.




 
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Untreated depression can lead to a weakened immune system.
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Left untreated, depression can last for weeks, months or even years and increase the risk of other health problems and even death. Untreated depression can lead to a weakened immune system, resulting in more and longer-lasting illnesses



 
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Because they are high in cholesterol, eggs, especially the yolks, should be avoided at all costs.
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In the past, people thought that because eggs are high in dietary cholesterol, they were not a heart-healthy protein option. We now understand that saturated and trans fats are more responsible for raising your cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol, and an egg a day (which has a mere 1.5 grams saturated fat) is a healthy habit for most people. Even though most of the fat is found in the yolks, it’s important to include them! Most of the vitamins and minerals, as well as 40% of the protein, call the yolk home.



 
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The elderly are more likely to be depressed than any other age group.
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Depression is not a natural part of aging. While you may think that the risk of developing depression increases with age, that's not always the case. In fact, studies show that the elderly are more likely to be happy and content with their lives than their younger counterparts. Depression can occur at any age (even in children), but it is most common in people between the ages of 24 and 44.




 
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A thiamin (vitamin B-1) deficiency can lead to
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In the United States, a deficiency of thiamin is rare because refined grains are enriched with this nutrient. Before refined grain products were enriched, a thiamin deficiency could result in a disease called beriberi. Signs of beriberi include loss of appetite, constipation, muscle weakness, pain or tingling in the arms and legs, swelling of the feet, mental depression, memory problems, shortness of breath, and fast heartbeat. Thiamin deficiency does occur in alcoholics because of impaired absorption.




 
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What do all three types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational) have in common? They result in high levels of glucose in the bloodstream emoticon
If insulin isn’t available, or if the body isn’t using it correctly, a person's blood glucose will remain elevated. The latter describes diabetes mellitus, a serious health condition that affects millions of people. There are actually three variations of this disease, but all are characterized by abnormally high levels of glucose in the bloodstream.



 
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Which of the following contributes to good heart health?
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All of the above can help you improve your heart health.



 
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"Stretching" and "warming up" are the same thing.
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Contrary to popular belief, stretching is not the same thing as warning up. A warm up can be a lower intensity version of the workout you are about to do, or it can be a completely different exercise. As long as it increases your heart and breathing rates, involves the muscles you are about to use, and lasts for 5-10 minutes it is considered a proper warm up. So why is a warm up so important?



 
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"Stretching" and "warming up" are the same thing.
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Contrary to popular belief, stretching is not the same thing as warning up. A warm up can be a lower intensity version of the workout you are about to do, or it can be a completely different exercise. As long as it increases your heart and breathing rates, involves the muscles you are about to use, and lasts for 5-10 minutes it is considered a proper warm up. So why is a warm up so important?



 
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Combining frozen fruit and sugar will give you what frozen dessert?
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Sorbet is usually fruit and sugar that has been frozen. Sherbet has a fruit juice base but often contains some milk, egg whites or gelatin to thicken and richen it. It's a creamy version of sorbet.



 
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According to the USDA, which chocolate product contains the highest concentration of healthy compounds?
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A 2005 USDA study found that unsweetened cocoa powder contained the highest concentration of beneficial compounds of all chocolate products.



 
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Sweating during exercise causes acne
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Sweat in itself neither fights acne nor causes it; but the increased blood flow, unclogging of pores from sweating, and stress reduction that result from exercise may all benefit the acne sufferer, says the Children’s Hospital of Colorado (CHC).



 
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Brown eggs and white eggs have the same nutritional value.
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determines the color of the eggshell but not the nutrients. Brown eggs tend to cost more because it takes more feed for the chickens to produce the slightly larger eggs.



 
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Osteoarthritis most often affects the wrists and elbows.
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The joints of the fingers, spine, hips and knees, are most often affected by osteoarthritis, but symptoms (pain, stiffness, swelling and tenderness) can also occur in the shoulders, elbows, wrists and ankles.



 
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For a muscle to get stronger, it has to get bigger.
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The amount of force a muscle can generate depends not just on the size of the muscle fibers but also on the number of fibers that can be activated and used. Each time you challenge your muscles to do more than they usually do, they learn to use more of your existing muscle fibers. Muscle fibers won't start getting bigger until after you reach the point where you're activating most of them--and you can gain a lot of strength before you get to that point.



 
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A Body Mass Index (BMI) under ___ is considered underweight?
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A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Calculate your BMI using SparkPeople's online calculator.



 
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Vegans need to take supplemental vitamin B-12.
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Vegans, also known as strict vegetarians, omit all meat and animal products (eggs, dairy, etc.) from their diets. Because vitamin B-12 only occurs naturally in animal foods like meat, dairy and eggs, vegans must supplement their B-12 intake with pill supplements or foods that have been fortified with vitamin B-12.



 
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To achieve minimum health and fitness benefits, adults should aim for how many aerobic exercise sessions per week?
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Aim for a minimum of 3 days of cardio (aerobic exercise) per week with no more than 2 days off between sessions. Gradually work your way up to 5 or 6 days per week.



 
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What would happen if you ate two peanut butter cookies instead of two (plain) sugar cookies? You consume fewer calories emoticon
Peanut butter may be notorious for its high fat content, but traditional peanut butter cookies are usually lower in calories than most other choices.
Sugar cookies: 170 calories, 9 grams fat
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A Body Mass Index (BMI) under ___ is considered underweight?
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Besides foods fortified with calcium, you can only get calcium from dairy foods like milk and yogurt.
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You can find calcium in many dairy-free foods, from almonds to tofu. Collard greens, black-eyed peas, blackstrap molasses, kale and oranges are a few more plant-based sources of calcium.



 
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The US Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans eat what percentage of their meals away from home?
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The US Department of Agriculture estimates that we eat 29% of our meals away from home. And the National Restaurant Association says that these meals take up 44% of our food budgets. This could grow to 53% in the next few years!



 
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How is blood pressure measured?
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Blood pressure, the force of blood against artery walls, is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm HG).



 
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Which habit has NOT been proven to prevent type 2 diabetes?
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There are many ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. Eating a healthy diet and getting sensible amounts of physical activity to achieve and maintain a healthy weight can help prevent it. Contrary to popular belief, eating too much sugar does not cause type 2 diabetes. Read more about Pre-Diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes.



 
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Iron found in animal products is called.
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Iron is available from foods of both animal (heme iron) and plant (non-heme iron) origin. It is better absorbed from heme iron sources.



 
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Bed rest is the best treatment for back pain.
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Bed rest is not a good treatment for back pain. When you are in bed for extended periods of time, you can lose muscle strength which is actually bad for your back. Bed rest should not be used for more than two days if you can help it. Want to relieve back pain easily? Just get moving! Normal daily activity can actually help relieve back pain in most cases. Remember to always consult with your doctor to find out which options are best for you.



 
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Which of the following foods may help reduce your risk of osteoarthritis?
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A diet low in omega-3 fatty acids (the good-for-you fats, from foods like flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, hempseeds, and salmon) and high in unhealthy fats (corn, safflower and cottonseed oils, fatty meats, high-fat dairy products, saturated fat and trans fats) may contribute to your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Healthy omega-3's reduce joint inflammation while unhealthy fats can increase it.



 
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Your workouts don't have to be continuous. You can break them up throughout the day into smaller segments (at least 10 minutes each) and achieve the same benefits.
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mentality when it comes to exercise. Fitness does not live or die by 60-minute workouts; there is middle ground. Short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, have been shown to share similar benefits of longer workouts. Learn more about how Small Bits of Fitness Add Up.



 
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Depression can be life-threatening.
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Left untreated, depression can last for weeks, months or even years and increase the risk of other health problems and even death. Untreated depression can lead to the following:
- A weakened immune system, resulting in more and longer-lasting illnesses
- Insomnia, which leads to fatigue, reduced mental clarity, and trouble concentrating
- A higher risk of death in the event of a heart attack or stroke
- Alcohol and drug use, abuse, and dependence
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Cold and flu viruses can live on surfaces like doorknobs.
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When a person sneezes or coughs, droplets that contain the virus can fly into the air. When you inhale the air-born droplets, you can catch a cold. But these viruses can live on surfaces and spread that way too. That's why hand washing and disinfecting communal surfaces are important practices year-round.



 
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What is blood pressure?
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Blood pressure, the force of blood against artery walls, is measured in millimeters of mercury.



 
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The blood pressure-lowering benefits of exercise can be observed how soon after starting a workout program?
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According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the blood pressure lowering effects of exercise can be observed as soon as one to three hours after a single 30- 45 minute workout! This response can linger for up to nine hours post-exercise. Permanent blood pressure changes can be seen as early as three weeks to three months after beginning an exercise program.



 
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How high should you elevate your heart rate during an aerobic (cardio) workout?
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The recommended heart rate range for aerobic exercise is 60-85% of your maximum heart rate. This range is called the target heart rate (THR) zone. This range is ideal for the general health benefits that come with exercise, and for weight loss. You can use your THR, the "Talk Test" or Perceived Exertion to make sure you're working out in a good intensity level (not too easy, not too hard). For more information on measuring your exercising intensity using the methods above, read our Reference Guide to Exercise Intensity.



 
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Which of the following factors affect your flexibility level?
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All of these factors affect your ability to stretch: Muscle connective tissues have a natural tendency to shorten with aging, resulting in tighter muscles. Several studies have shown that females tend to be more flexible than males. Active people tend to be more flexible than inactive people. An increase in muscle temperature results in a decrease of muscular resistance, which enhances your ability to stretch.



 
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By dieting alone (not exercising), how much of your weight loss could be muscle and lean tissue?
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According to a University of Michigan research study, at least 25% to 30% of weight lost by dieting alone is not fat at all, but lean tissue, muscle, bone and water. However, strength training helps dieters preserve muscle mass while still losing weight.



 
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Rewarding yourself for completing certain goals each week is an example of:
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Because the inherent benefits of nutritious eating and exercise aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye, it helps to program in external incentives for acting in healthy ways. Hold off on seeing that blockbuster movie, buying that new song for your iPod or having that fancy dinner out: You can use those favorite items and activities as incentives for working on your wellness throughout the week. That is why reward systems work so well when creating health, fitness or weight-loss goals.



 
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Caffeine has been found to aid significantly in weight loss.
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Because caffeine is a stimulant, it does speed up metabolism, but the effect is only minimal and very short term. Clinical research does not show a significant weight loss with the use of caffeine-containing supplements. Therefore, save your money and leave those supplements (which can contain up to 300 mg of caffeine per dose) on the store shelf.



 
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How many aerobic (cardio) exercise sessions should you aim for each week?
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When it comes to cardio, aim for a minimum of 3 days per week with no more than 2 days between sessions. Gradually work your way up to 5 or 6 days per week. Frequency is especially important when it comes to weight loss. The more you exercise, the more calories you will burn. But don't forget the importance of rest and recovery. Give yourself at least 1 to 2 days off each week. SparkPeople's Reference Guide to Aerobic Exercise explains everything you need to know about cardio.



 
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What is systolic blood pressure?
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Blood pressure, the force of blood against artery walls, is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and recorded as two numbers: systolic (pressure on the arterial walls as the heart contracts) over diastolic (pressure on the arterial walls as the heart relaxes between beats). Both numbers are important.



 
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How many calories are equal to one pound of body fat?
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One pound of body fat is equal to 3,500 calories. That means you have to create a 3,500-calorie deficit through diet and exercise to lose one pound of body fat. To gain a pound, you'd have to consume 3,500 calories more than your body is able to use.



 
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One tablespoon of coconut oil contains
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For a SparkPeople member following a diet of 1,200-1,550 calories per day, their upper limit of saturated fat is 17 grams daily. A single tablespoon of coconut oil contains about 12 grams of saturated fat (and 117 calories).



 
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Strength training elevates your metabolism immediately following a workout.
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Regular strength training at a moderate intensity helps prevent diabetes in a number of ways. First and foremost, lifting weights helps improve the way the body processes sugar. Researchers have also found that weight lifting helps to improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control. Additionally, as stated above, resistance training improves heart health by controlling cholesterol and blood pressure, both of which play a role in diabetes management.



 
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Iron is only found in red meat.
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The best sources of iron include liver and other organ meats, oysters, and black strap molasses. Good food sources include spinach, beans, and peas. Fair sources include lean meats, other shellfish, egg yolks, nuts, dried fruit, other green leafy vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish.



 
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According to research conducted at Tufts University, people who consume the most whole grains are ___ less likely to develop diabetes.
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A 2006 study by Tufts University showed that people who consume the most whole grains are 42 percent less likely to develop diabetes.



 
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What symptoms might indicate you have the flu as opposed to a cold?
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Sometimes it's hard to tell whether the symptoms you're exhibiting indicate a cold or the flu. But in general, all of the characteristics above indicate the flu. Colds are characterized by nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing and sometimes a low-grade fever (under 100 degrees Fahrenheit). While a cold comes on gradually and mildly, the flu arises suddenly. The flu can cause cold-like symptoms like nasal and chest congestion, but it also results headaches, overall body aches, a high, persistent fever (102-104 degrees F), and exhaustion. It can take several weeks to recover from the flu.



 
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Depression is a normal part of life.
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Although it's normal to feel sad or experience "the blues" in response to certain life events, such as the death of a loved one, clinical depression is a medical condition that persists for weeks, months or even years and is not a normal reaction to life events.



 
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