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True or False: Taking (or eating) extra vitamin B-12 can boost your energy levels.
False
A lack of vitamin B-12 may lead to fatigue, but taking extra B-12 does not boost energy levels. A water-soluble vitamin, your body excretes excess vitamin B-12.

Which of the following foods contains the most calcium per serving?
Collard greens (1 cup)

Collard greens contain the most calcium (357 mg per cup) of all the foods listed here. Calcium fortified orange juice (200 mg per 6 oz), almonds (70 mg per 1 oz), and blackstrap molasses (175 mg per 1 Tbsp) still contain calcium, howeve

Which vitamin is BEST known for helping promote good vision and eye health?
Vitamin A
Vitamin A is needed for night vision and helps the eyes adjust to lower levels of light. Lack of vitamin A may lead to night blindness, dry eyes, and eye infections, to name a few.


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True or False: All frozen yogurts are made with real yogurt that contains probiotics (live and active cultures).
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While lower in calories and fat than ice cream, not all frozen yogurt is made with live and active cultures the way that standard yogurt is. To make sure that a frozen yogurt contains "yogurt" and a significant amount of live and active cultures, look for the National Yogurt Association (NYA) Live & Active Cultures seal. Without that seal, frozen yogurt does not contain any probiotics.

How accurate are 'skinfold' body fat tests that use callipers?
98% accurate
The American College of Sports Medicine states that skinfold measurements, when performed by a trained, skilled tester, are up to 98% accurate. Because of the consistency in results, the high success rate, and the low margin of error, this is generally accepted as the best field test, outside of clinical testing, such as hydrostatic weighing.

Individuals who get under _______ hours of sleep per night are more at risk for heart disease, obesity, stroke, and other health conditions.
6 hours
Individuals who get less than six hours of sleep a night may be at an increased risk for viral infections, heart disease, obesity and stroke, with an associated decline in mental functioning to boot.


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True or False: Ramping up your B-12 and folate (folic acid) intake can help cure a bad mood?


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Scientists believe that B-12 and folate help the body produce a neurotransmitter called serotonin—a known mood stabilizer. Shellfish, fortified cereal, oatmeal, wheat germ, and vegetables are some of the many foods rich in these nutrients.

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How many teaspoons of sugar does a 12-oz can of soda contain?
10
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.

True or False: Only overweight people have cellulite.
False
Thin people, fit individuals, and even those who are at a healthy weight (and healthy body fat percentage) can have cellulite, just as some unfit and overweight people may not have it. Most women will have cellulite to some degree. Whether or not you develop cellulite depends on factors like genetics, gender and hormonal levels.

True or False: It's better to squeeze out one more repetition, even with bad form, to really fatigue your muscles.
False
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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Which of the following is an appropriate warm up?


A - Stretching before exercise
B - Walking at a moderate pace for 5 minutes
C - Doing several lightweight repetitions of a strength training exercise
All of the above
A and B only
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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? Read Common Fitness Blunders to find out.

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True or False: One ounce of dark chocolate contains as much caffeine as an 8-ounce cup of coffee
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While eating chocolate may perk you up, chocolate is actually not very high in caffeine. A 1.4-ounce chocolate bar or an 8-ounce glass of chocolate milk both contain 6 mg of caffeine, the same amount as a cup of decaffeinated coffee. (For reference, regular coffee contains about 65-135mg of caffeine.)

True or False: For best results, you should increase the amount of weight you lift every time you workout.
False

How much calcium do adults between the ages of 19 and 50 need each day?
1,000 mg
The recommended amount of calcium for male and female adults, ages 19-50, is 1,000 milligrams daily.


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True or False: Women need more folic acid than men do.
False
The recommended intake of folic acid for adult males and females is 400 micrograms daily.

How many colds does the average adult catch each year?
2-4
Adults usually catch a cold 2-4 times each year, but children can get sick more often, with about 6-10 colds per year.

Line up these 5 homemade pies in order of most to least calories per slice (highest to lowest calories).
Pecan pie, cherry pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie

Here's the fat and calorie breakdown for homemade pies:
Pecan pie 503 calories, 27 grams fat
Cherry pie 486 calories, 22 grams fat
Apple pie 411 calories, 19 grams fat
Pumpkin pie 316 calories, 14 grams fat
Sweet potato pie 250 calories, 12 grams fat


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Who is most likely to experience osteoarthritis?


A 25 year old distance runner
A man over 65
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Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older people (although it can afflict young adults who experience joint injuries). Almost all people over 65 show some signs of developing osteoarthritis, and by age 70, nearly every person will have this condition. However, symptoms of osteoarthritis commonly begin between the ages of 30 and 40. Before age 45, osteoarthritis occurs more often in men, but after age 45, osteoarthritis is more common in women.

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True or False: Taking (or eating) extra vitamin B-12 can boost your energy levels?


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A lack of vitamin B-12 may lead to fatigue, but taking extra B-12 does not boost energy levels. A water-soluble vitamin, your body excretes excess vitamin B-12.

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True or False: People who skip breakfast tend to LOSE MORE weight than people who eat breakfast?


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A 2002 study by the National Weight Control Registry, a group of more than 3,000 people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year, found that breakfast eaters were more successful at maintaining their weight loss. Another study found that women who skipped breakfast made up for it by eating more throughout the day.

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The formula 220 - age measures what?
MHR
220 - age is a common formula to find your maximum heart rate (MHR) for aerobic exercise.

True or False: Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea.
True
Although snoring may be harmless for most people, it can be a symptom of a sleep apnea (especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness). Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of a sleeping person’s airways. People with sleep apnea awaken frequently during the night gasping for breath. Snoring on a frequent or regular basis has also been directly associated with high blood pressure.

How high should you elevate your heart rate during an aerobic (cardio) workout?
Between 60% and 85%

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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What type of rhythmic exercise uses large muscle groups continuously?


A - Yoga
B - Aerobic exercise
C - Cardiovascular exercise
D - Muscular endurance training
All of the above
B, C, and D
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Aerobic exercise goes by a few other names, including cardiovascular exercise, cardio, and cardiorespiratory exercise. The word aerobic means "with oxygen". Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, jogging, running, dancing, skiing, rollerblading, cycling, swimming, aerobics classes (both land and water), rowing, stair climbing, and more, can strengthen your lungs and heart, improving your health and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

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What is the leading cause of death in the United States?
Heart disease
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. 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

Which of the following vitamins is water-soluble?
Vitamin B-12
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. They include the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are carried in your bloodstream and are not stored in the body in significant amounts. Your body uses the amount that is needed, and then the extra is excreted in the urine. Since your body does not store water-soluble vitamins, regular intake is necessary. Water-soluble vitamins are also destroyed more easily during food storage, processing and preparation.

True or False: "Stretching" and "warming up" are the same thing.
False
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? Read Common Fitness Blunders to find out.


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What are the 4 fat-soluble vitamins?

Vitamins A, D, E, and F
Vitamins A, B, C and D
Vitamins A, B-12, D and E
emoticon Vitamins A, D, E and K







Four vitamins are fat-soluble: A, D, E, and K. Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat. To be carried in your bloodstream and throughout your body, they must be attached to body chemicals made of lipids or fat. Your body is able to store these fat-soluble vitamins in body fat. Getting a new supply each day is not essential. Harmful, toxic levels of the fat-soluble vitamins can occur when excess amounts are consumed on a regular basis, usually from supplements.

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Which types of nutrients provide energy for the body?
A, B, and C only
Only carbohydrates, fats and proteins provide energy, in the form of calories, to the body.

How big is ONE serving of COOKED grains (oats, rice, pasta, etc.)?
1/2 cup
A single serving of cooked grains is 1/2 cup. If you're eyeballing it, that's about the size of a billiard ball.

Which item is the lowest-calorie dessert at the golden arches?
McDonald's Kiddie Cone
Who what where are golden arches

All in all, both of these options can fit into a healthy diet. Surprisingly, the Kiddie Cone is one of the lowest calorie items on the entire menu, at only 45 calories and 1 gram of fat. It will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you keep your portions in control. Unfortunately, the 35-calorie Apple Dippers come with a 70-calorie caramel dipping sauce. Still, they make a good choice for only 105 calories and half a gram of fat--and an even better choice if you don't eat the dipping sauce at all. If you have a few more calories to spend on your sweet tooth, consider ordering the larger Vanilla Reduced-Fat Ice Cream Cone. It's more than 3 times the serving size of the Kiddie one, but still low in calories (150) and fat (3.5).


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Sunscreen blocks your body's ability to make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight?


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Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin" because it is made in your skin when the ultraviolet light hits your skin. However, sunscreen can inhibit the body's ability to make vitamin D. If you eat a balanced diet and get outside in the sunshine at least 1.5 to 2 hours a week, you should be getting all the vitamin D you need.

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What BMI (body mass index) range is considered healthy?
18.5-24.9
A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Calculate your BMI using SparkPeople's online calculator.

For optimum health, adults should consume fewer than ___ mg of cholesterol each day.
300
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in animal foods and in the body’s blood, brain and nervous systems. It is essential to the structure of every cell in the body. The dietary goal for adults is to limit intake to fewer than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.

True or False: Depression is a normal part of life.
False
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. To find out if you are experiencing the blues or real depression, click here.


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Osteoporosis (bone loss) is a common concern for aging women who can help prevent it by:
All of the above
Osteoporosis is a potentially debilitating, yet preventable condition. Calcium and Vitamin D intake and regular, weight-bearing exercise are just a few of the ways you can prevent it. Get 31 more tips to strengthen your bones.

Of adults with arthritis, how many take part in a regular exercise program?
2/3
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, adults with arthritis aren't exercising enough. According to researchers, more than one-third of adults with arthritis do NOT exercise at all (meaning approximately 2/3 do), and people with arthritis are less likely than people without arthritis to meet recommended levels of physical activity (30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week). Exercise is an important part of an arthritis management program. To learn more, read Managing Arthritis with Exercise.

Which has fewer calories--the burger or burrito?
McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Surprised? While the Quarter Pounder isn't exactly a diet food, with 520 calories and 26 grams of fat, it is much lower in calories AND fat than a Chipotle burrito. The burrito described above commands a whopping 775 calories and 28 grams of fat! Add sour cream (110 calories), beans (130 calories), and guacamole (170) calories, and you've eaten more calories (1,185) than a lot of people eat in an entire day. Next time, make your burrito healthier by swapping the meat for beans, putting it in a bowl (instead of a tortilla), and loading up on flavorful salsa instead of cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. You'll save about 500 calories.

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Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you age?


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Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you age. Men over 45 and women over 55 are more likely to have high blood pressure than their younger counterparts. Up to age 55, men are more prone to high blood pressure than women, but after menopause, a woman's risk increases. By age 75, high blood pressure is more prevalent among women than men.

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Which of the following dietary habits does NOT contribute to high blood pressure?
A high intake of calcium

A diet high in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and low in fiber, whole foods, and minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium) can increase blood pressure. Eating a low-sodium, low-fat diet that is rich in whole foods, fiber and minerals like calcium can help. This eating plan, known as the DASH Diet, has been proven to lower blood pressure. Moderate to heavy drinking (more than 1-2 drinks daily) can dramatically increase blood pressure and other health risks. Health experts recommend no more than one drink a day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men.

True or False: The same two bacteria cultures are used to make all yogurts.
True
Two such bacteria cultures, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are used to make all yogurts.


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True or False: 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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True or False: Your body needs sodium.
True
Sodium is found mainly in blood plasma and in the fluids outside the body cells. It helps regulate the movement of body fluids in and out of the body cells. Sodium helps your muscles and heart to relax. It is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses and helps to regulate blood pressure.

Which of the following foods contain fiber?
F, G and H only
Fiber is ONLY found in plant-based foods. Animal products do not contain any fiber.

Which essential nutrients help regulate cellular fluid and transmit nerve impulses?
Minerals
Electrolytes are special minerals that help regulate cellular fluid and transmit nerve impulses.


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True or False: The best way to get rid of belly fat is by doing more abdominal exercises like crunches.
False

There is no way to target weight loss to a specific area of the body because your body decides where it wants to put on weight and where it wants to take it off. The midsection is a common "problem" area for many people. The best way to lose fat is through cardiovascular exercise. It is important to do a variety of abdominal exercises (including crunches) to keep your core strong, but until that excess fat is gone, you will not see the muscle definition.

According to the glycemic index, people should eat more foods that have...
A low glycemic index

One system for classifying carbohydrates is the glycemic index. The glycemic index ranks foods on how they affect blood sugar level by measuring how much the blood sugar increases after one eats. For example, white bread is digested quickly into glucose, causing blood sugar to spike quickly. Therefore white bread has a high glycemic index number. In contrast, brown rice is digested more slowly, causing a lower, more gentle change in blood sugar. It therefore has a lower glycemic index number.

How many minutes of sunlight are generally needed per day to stimulate the body's vitamin D production?
15 minutes
Fifteen minutes of sunshine a day, preferably before noon or after 3 p.m., could be enough to stimulate your body’s vitamin D production.


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Iron found in animal products is called


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Non-heme iron
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Complete iron






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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True or False: Taking allergy medications regularly will cure allergies.
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Medications like antihistamines only relieve allergy symptoms, not cure them. The only known treatment that can cure allergies is immunotherapy (allergy shots). Nearly 80 percent of people who use these treatments correctly for one to three years will successfully cure their allergies. Talk to your doctor to find out if immunotherapy treatment is right for you.

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True or False: Dutch-processed chocolate contains the most antioxidants.
False
Many cocoa powders are "Dutch processed" or "alkalized" to reduce their acidity, but this processing also reduces their antioxidants and phenols. Natural cocoa powder provides the most benefits.

True or False: Eating a diet high in sugar can cause type 2 diabetes.
False
There are many ways to prevent this form of 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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Dutch-processed chocolate contains the most antioxidants?


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How often should you strength train with each major muscle group?
2-3 times a week
Aim to train each muscle group at least two times per week, and up to three if you have the time or are more advanced. One day per week may help you maintain your current level of strength, but it will not be enough to build muscle. It is important to rest 1-2 days in between working out the same muscle(s). Rest days give the muscles time to repair themselves from small tears that occur during strength training, and this is how you get stronger. Check out SparkPeople's Reference Guide to Strength Training for more.


A potassium deficiency can lead to...
High blood pressure
On average, the potassium intake in the United States is well below the recommended intake level. This may be a contributing factor in high blood pressure. Also, with prolonged diarrhea, vomiting, or laxative use, a potassium deficiency may occur. Kidney problems may also cause severe loss. A deficiency will result in the following symptoms: weakness, appetite loss, nausea, and fatigue.

Which of the following ingredients is a sign that a food product is made with 100% whole wheat?
None of the above

To make sure you are getting 100% whole wheat bread, look at the ingredients list—not the front of the package. "Whole wheat flour" or "100% whole wheat flour" should be the first ingredient and the only flour listed. Don't fall for deceitful terms such as "wheat flour," "unbleached wheat flour," "multigrain," "enriched," or "stone-ground wheat flour." These are just sneaky ways of saying refined white flour.


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True or False: If people only ate healthful foods like fruits and vegetables they would never gain weight.
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Even healthful foods can result in weight gain. Although better for you than processed foods in numerous ways, too much of anything--even fruits and vegetables--can result in weight gain. It's all about calories in vs. calories out. That said, the calories you eat should come from the healthiest, most nutritious sources possible

Where is most of the body's serotonin located?
In the gastrointestinal tract
Ninety-five percent of the body's serotonin is located in the gastrointestinal tract. If levels of this important neurotransmitter are off balance, bowels problems and IBS symptoms can result.

True or False: 'Whole grain' is the same thing as 'whole wheat.'
False
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Which of the following contributes to good heart health?
All of the above

True or False: Residents of developed countries (like the U.S.) are MORE likely to experience allergies than people in developing areas of the world.
True
Generally speaking, developed countries have much higher incidences of allergies than developing areas of the world. Scientists believe that the clean and sanitized homes of the industrialized world are actually detrimental to the immune system, and that exposure to illness-causing bacteria is necessary for the immune system to function optimally. When your immune system is not challenged by natural foes, it malfunctions and becomes supersensitive to seemingly harmless substances.

Which of the following statements about alcohol's effects on blood sugar is correct?
Alcohol can both raise and lower blood sugar

Alcohol can interfere with your blood glucose control, both raising and lowering blood sugar. Once in your system, alcohol initially lowers blood sugar, which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Some alcoholic beverages can raise your blood sugar because of their high carbohydrate content. To prevent your blood sugar from going too high, avoid sweet wines, liqueurs, and sweetened drinks like daiquiris, margaritas, pina coladas, etc. and choose lower-carb drinks


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True or False: 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.
While CAD is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, the good news is that lifestyle changes—like exercise!—can help prevent or treat CAD in most people.

True or False: Exercise can help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease.
True

A study in the journal Neurology showed that exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease. In the study, adults diagnosed with early Alzheimer's who were less physically fit had four times more brain shrinkage than normal older adults.

True or False: Lifting weights can also help strengthen your bones.
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Strength training builds strength in your muscles and bones, making it a great form of exercise to help prevent osteoporosis.


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True or False: Your body needs both major minerals and trace minerals each day.
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Minerals can be divided into two main categories, based on the amount that is needed by the body. Major minerals (or macrominerals) are present in relatively large amounts in the body and are required in fairly large amounts in the diet--more that 250 milligrams daily. Trace minerals (or trace elements) are needed in much smaller quantities--less than 20 milligrams daily.

Eggs contain all of the following vitamins EXCEPT
Vitamin C
Eggs provide some of every vitamin above with the exception of vitamin C. They are one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D and are an excellent source of B vitamins. You'll also get several of the minerals your body needs to function, including calcium and phosphorus for bone health

In order to lower your triglyceride numbers, you need to lose:
7-10% of your body weight
Since your body releases triglycerides into the bloodstream from your stored fat, the less fat you have available, the lower your triglycerides will be. You don't have to lose a lot of weight to see a benefit either. Losing just 7-10% of your body weight (just 14-20 pounds for a 200-pound person) can make a difference in your triglycerides—and for your heart!


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__ GRAMS of sugar listed on a nutrition label is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar.
4
Next time you're reading a nutrition facts label, do this math to find out just how much added sugar that food really contains! Every 4 grams of "sugars" listed on a food label equals one teaspoon of sugar.

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans eat what percentage of their meals away from home.
29%
he 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!

True or False: Hemp seeds contain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
True
Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, containing essential fatty acids, amino acids, and minerals. About a third of the weight of the seed is made up of oil, and most of that oil is the healthy variety: ALA (alpha-linoleic acid, a type of Omega-3 fat) and linoleic acid. These essential fatty acids (EFA's for short) can benefit your health in many ways

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A green-colored ring around the yolk of a hard-boiled egg is caused by....
Both A & C
Both overcooking and using water with a lot of iron will leave you with a greenish-colored yolk. Although still safe to eat, it sometimes looks less than appetizing. To achieve perfectly hard-boiled eggs, place your eggs in a 2-3 quart pot full of cold water. Heat your eggs to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and let them stand, covered, for 12 minutes. Immediately drain the eggs and place them in your refrigerator. Don’t forget to mark them so everyone knows they’ve been boiled!

People who smoke need twice as much of what vitamin?
Vitamin C
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.

With each step you take, how much force do your knees and hips experience?
2-4 times your body weight

Every time you take a step, the force on your knees and hips equals two to three times your body weight! Climbing down steps will increase the pressure on your knees and hips by six-fold—that's 900 pounds of pressure for a person who weights just 150 pounds. Your risk of developing osteoarthritis generally increases with the amount of weight that your joints have to bear. Once osteoarthritis has developed, being overweight exacerbates the condition. Your SparkDiet can help you lose the extra pounds safely and permanently.


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Inactive adults who don't strength train regularly can lose how many pounds of muscle mass per year?
1/2 pound
Without consistent strength training, muscle size and strength decline with age. An inactive person loses 1/2 pound of muscle per year after age 20. After age 60, this rate of loss doubles. But, muscle loss is not inevitable. With regular strength training, muscle mass can be preserved throughout the lifespan, and the muscle lost can be rebuilt. Learn Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone.

True or False: Potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams all come from the same plant family.
False
Let's clear up the confusion about potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams: They're all members of distinct plant families, unrelated to one another. The only thing these three have in common is their growing habit: All are edible tuberous roots supported by above-ground flowering plants.
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The "fat burning zone" business is very misleading. It’s true that low intensity exercise uses more fat as fuel and that moderate intensity exercise (that you can maintain for 20 minutes or more) burns both fat and glucose. But, you're better off exercising in the aerobic zone as much as you can, because exercising at this higher intensity burns more total calories. You will burn a larger percentage of fat in relation to glucose when you are working at a lower intensity, but you will also burn fewer total calories and less total fat. The relative percentage of fat burned has nothing to do with weight loss—it's the total amount calories burned that counts.


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Which of the following foods may help reduce your risk of osteoarthritis?


A - Flaxseeds
B - Pumpkin seeds
C - Hempseeds
D - Salmon
E - Safflower oil
All of the above
A and D only
emoticon A, B, C and D only






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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True or False: "Natural" is synonymous with "organic" when it comes to food.
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The word "natural" is not regulated by the FDA and therefore is very misleading. Sure "natural" brings to mind thoughts of fresh, minimally processed and healthy food, but it means nothing about a food's nutritional content, ingredients, processing, safety, or health effects. Organic, on the other hand, is a regulated term referring to the way a food was grown or raised--without synthetic fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics, for example

True or False: Men can get cellulite.
True
While the structure of men's skin prevents most men from getting cellulite, there are some cases of male orange-peel appearance—particularly in men with lower levels of the male hormone androgen. Overall, about 10% of men have cellulite (compared to over 90% of women).

For optimum health, you want your HDL cholesterol to be...
High (greater than 60 mg/dL)

HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is the good, healthy cholesterol. HDL picks up and carries excess cholesterol away from artery walls and brings it back to the liver for processing and removal. You want this number to be high (at least 60 mg/dL)to protect your heart. Levels too low (less than 40 mg/dL) are bad for your health, increasing your risk for heart disease. Click here to learn about other important cholesterol numbers, like LDL and triglycerides.


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True or False: Americans eat more ice cream per year than any other country?


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The average American licks her way through almost 5 gallons of the ice cream each year, according to the Canadian Dairy Info Centre, but New Zealanders, at 6 gallons a year, eat more!

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In the U.S., how far does the average food item travel before it reaches your table?


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Between 101 and 500 miles
Between 501 and 1,000 miles
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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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After age 60, people who don't strength train lose how many pounds of muscle per year (on average)?
1 pound
Starting in their twenties, most people (especially women) lose half a pound of muscle every year if they aren't strength training to preserve it. After age 60, this rate of loss doubles. But regular strength training can preserve muscle throughout the lifespan, and rebuild the muscle lost.

How many calories does a single gram of carbohydrate provide?
4 calories
One gram of carbohydrate provides 4 calories.

Resistance training can lower blood pressure as much as:
20%
Research conducted in the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University has shown that resistance training can lower blood pressure by as much as 20%. Researchers say that the healthy heart benefits come from the increased blood flow to the muscles, heart and


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Which of the following foods is highest in antioxidants?
Raspberries
Scientists have discovered that berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits. Raspberries, for example, contain an especially high level of antioxidants--three times more than kiwis and 10 times more than tomatoes.

According to research studies, which of the following strategies could help you burn more calories than the other?
Running before strength training
Research shows that you should do cardio first. Published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, one study examined how many calories exercisers burned doing one of four workout combinations: running only, strength training only, running followed by strength training, and strength training followed by running. The run-strength training group came out on top with the highest exercise after burn of all.

True or False: Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
False Missed read the question and said true

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. Click here to learn more about the possible causes of depression.


True or False: Too much iron can be toxic.
True
Iron can build up to dangerously high levels in the body, especially in people with the genetic problem called hemochromatosis. Over supplementation of iron can also occur. This is especially dangerous in children who may take adult vitamin/mineral supplements. Immediate medical attention should be obtained. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 45 milligrams daily for both adult males and females.

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True or False: Adding milk to hot tea can increase its antioxidant power.
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A popular way to enjoy tea is to add milk and sugar to the mix. Unfortunately, adding milk to a cup of tea can destroy its ability to protect against heart disease, according to research. Casein, the protein in milk, is thought to be responsible for this effect. (This is also why milk chocolate doesn't offer health benefits like dark chocolate.)

What does BMI stand for?
Body mass index

How much scientific evidence is there to suggest that dairy aids in weight loss?
Weak Evidence

Some observational studies had found that people who consumed more calcium—whether through supplements or dairy products—tended to be thinner than those who got less. Also, several small, short- term studies showed that subjects put on a high-dairy, reduced-calorie diet lost more weight and fat than low-dairy dieters. All were conducted by a dairy-funded researcher at the University of Tennessee who had patented the dairy weight-loss claim and sold licensing rights to the dairy industry. After other scientists expressed skepticism and consumer activists cried foul with the Federal Trade Commission, the dairy industry decided to suspend its campaign "until further research provides stronger, more conclusive evidence of an association between dairy consumption and weight loss." Well, there's now further research, including several clinical trials, and overall it shows no greater weight or fat loss among subjects on high-dairy diets.



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True or False: Dietary fiber, starches, and sugars are all digested in the same way
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Although it is considered a carbohydrate, dietary fiber is not digested the same way the other two types of carbohydrates (starches and sugars) are. While starches and sugars are broken down into glucose (blood sugar), fiber isn't treated the same way. The fiber you eat passes through the body undigested and helps add bulk to your stool (among other benefits).

Who is more likely to develop high blood pressure?
It depends on the person's age
Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you age. Men over 45 and women over 55 are more likely to have high blood pressure than their younger counterparts. Up to age 55, men are more prone to high blood pressure than women, but after menopause, a woman's risk increases. By age 75, high blood pressure is more prevalent among women than men.

True or False: You can develop osteoarthritis by being physically inactive or physically overactive.
True
You are more likely to develop osteoarthritis if you are physically inactive or physically overactive. A lack of exercise weakens muscles and bones, decreasing flexibility and support at the joints, which eventually leads to pain and stiffness. At the same time, over-exercising can also be harmful to the joints. Stick with moderate exercise to strengthen the joints, decrease pain and improve range of motion. Read Managing Arthritis with Exercise to get started.


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True or False: The U.S. imports more cocoa beans than any other country.
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True or False: Exercise can be just as effective in treating depression as antidepressant medications are.
True
There are many effective treatments for depression, and antidepressant medications are just one of them. Because depression is so different among individuals, the methods used to treat depression also vary in effectiveness from person to person. For example, some studies show that exercise is just as effective as antidepressants in treating depression in some cases. For other people, talk therapy alone is enough to put depression at bay. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment plan for you, based on your symptoms.

There are 5 components of fitness. Which of the following isn't one of them?
Warm up
These five components of fitness should be included in your own fitness program. To be considered fit, you need to meet certain standards in each of these five areas, which include 1- body composition (your weight, fat mass, lean muscle mass, and fat distribution), 2- aerobic fitness (ability to sustain moderate-intensity activity for extended periods of time), 3- flexibility (the range of motion of several joints), 4- muscular strength (maximum amount of force you can perform with a single contraction), and 5- muscular endurance (ability to repeat high-intensity muscle contractions). While warm-ups aren't part of the 5 components of fitness, they should be part of your workouts. You should warm-up before aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises. To learn more about all five components of fitness, check out Fitness Resource Center.

True or False: Breastfeeding longer than six months INCREASES a child's risk of developing allergies.
False
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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True or False: Removing the skin from a butter-basted turkey will reduce your caloric intake by about 80 calories.
False
urkey (or poultry) with skin has more fat, but removing the skin will save you only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving.

True or False: Exercising will prevent cellulite.
False
Even the most hard-core female athletes can have cellulite because of the nature of her fibrous connective tissue. Exercise will reduce the overall amount of fat you have overall, thereby minimizing the amount of cellulite you have. Tone, firm muscles will also make the cellulite you do have less noticeable.

When exercising with high blood pressure, what is the best advice to follow?
All of the above
When you have high blood pressure, listening to your body is important. Always talk to your doctor first. Your top priority is to neutralize the threat of blood pressure before you push yourself toward more dramatic exercise goals. Frequency (number of exercise sessions per week) is more important than intensity. For more detail and safety precautions, read Exercising with High Blood Pressure before you get started.


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Which of the following vegetables is in season during the winter?
Answers 2 and 4
Kale and leeks are both in season during the winter. Porcini mushrooms and zucchini are in season during the summer.

True or False: Glucose is the only source of energy used by the brain.
True
Glucose (typically made from carbohydrates) is necessary for the regulation of nerve tissue and is the only source of energy for the brain.

What does hypertension mean?
High blood pressure
Hypertension means high blood pressure.

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1 Who is most likely to experience osteoarthritis?
A woman over 65
Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older people (although it can afflict young adults who experience joint injuries). Almost all people over 65 show some signs of developing osteoarthritis, and by age 70, nearly every person will have this condition. However, symptoms of osteoarthritis commonly begin between the ages of 30 and 40. Before age 45, osteoarthritis occurs more often in men, but after age 45, osteoarthritis is more common in women.

True or False: Frozen vegetables have fewer nutrients than fresh vegetables
False
Frozen veggies sometimes have a bad reputation, but they actually have just as many nutrients as the fresh stuff. In fact, frozen vegetables hold onto nutrients longer than fresh produce since freezing can lock in nutrients more efficiently than canning or refrigeration methods.

What level of serum (blood) cholesterol is considered healthy?
Below 200 mg/dL
Serum (blood) cholesterol flows through the bloodstream. Your body manufactures most of its blood cholesterol, but it absorbs some from the foods you eat. A total blood cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dL is a healthy goal. The amount of cholesterol you have in your blood is partly genetic (some people tend to have high levels, while other people tend to have low levels). But your habits (smoking, diet, exercise, etc.) affect the level of cholesterol in your blood too.


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True or False: Only liposuction can remove cellulite.
False
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.

Although menopause usually does not require extra medical care, a woman should see her doctor if:
All of the above
All of these abnormal changes in menstruation could indicate a problem, so check with your doctor.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) under ___ is considered underweight?
18.5
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True or False: Simply walking for 15 minutes per day (without changing your diet) can prevent weight gain.
False
Walking alone might not be enough to prevent weight gain. Researchers from the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center say that simply walking for 15 minutes (or about 2,000 steps) and eating a couple fewer bites of food can help you prevent future weight gain.

True or False: A women who is breastfeeding should get clearance from her doctor before starting an exercise program.
True
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. You can get one here.

What is the role of insulin in the body?
It helps convert glucose (from food) into usable energy

Under normal circumstances, the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood rise after you eat. In response, the body produces a hormone called insulin, which helps the body convert the glucose in your bloodstream into usable energy.

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HDL cholesterol is the healthy kind?


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HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is the good, healthy cholesterol. HDL picks up and carries excess cholesterol away from artery walls and brings it back to the liver for processing and removal. You want this number to be high (at least 60 mg/dL)to protect your heart. Levels too low (less than 40 mg/dL) are bad for your health, increasing your risk for heart disease. Click here to learn about other important cholesterol numbers, like LDL and triglycerides

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True or False: 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).
Rewarding yourself for completing certain goals each week is an example of:
an incentive system
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

Which of the following ground beef products tends to be the LEANEST?
Ground round
I gothis wrong as I said ground beef, never heard of ground round beef.

True or False: If you feel any discomfort whatsoever during exercise, you should stop.
False
A certain amount of discomfort during exercise is normal and inevitable. After all, you are challenging your body to do more than it is accustomed to. But pain and other symptoms that occur during exercise can be warning signs that something is wrong. You should stop exercising right away if you: Have pain or pressure in the left or middle part of your chest, or in the left side of your neck, left shoulder or left arm; feel dizzy or sick; break out in a cold sweat; have muscle cramps; feel sharp pain in your joints, feet, ankles, or bones; or notice that your heart starts racing or beating irregularly.


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True or False: Caffeine is found to improve performance in short-duration, high-intensity physical activity.
False

Low to moderate doses of caffeine (200-300 mg) have been shown to improve athletic performance in well-trained athletes, especially in endurance events like running. However, in sports that require short bursts of movement like weight lifting or sprints, caffeine is less effective.

True or False: Cooking food in cast iron cookware can add iron to your food.
True
It's true! Cooking in cast iron adds a significant level of iron to the foods you cook, especially acidic foods such as tomato sauce.

Which conventionally grown vegetable tends to be HIGHEST in pesticide residue?
Celery
I was wrong by putting bell peppers
Here's the "dirty dozen"--the list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, listed in descending order, starting with greatest levels pesticide contamination): apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines (imported), grapes (imported), sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries (domestic), lettuce and kale / collard greens.

Which habit has NOT been proven to prevent type 2 diabetes?
Consuming less sugar

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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Which of the following statements best describe the method for measuring your resting heart rate?


You should measure your radial or carotid pulse.
You should count for an entire minute for the most accurate measure.
Check your heart rate before getting out of bed.
Measure your heart rate three days in a row and average those numers.
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To accurately measure your resting heart rate: Count your pulse on your wrist (radial pulse) or on the side of your neck (carotid pulse)--prior to getting out of bed in the morning. Count the number of beats, starting with zero, for one full minute. For accuracy, take your resting heart rate three mornings in a row and average the heart rates.

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True or False: High-impact exercises help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
True
Because high-impact exercises put more stress on the joints and skeletal system, they actually help strengthen bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

True or False: Eating soup before your meal can help you consume fewer total calories during your meal.
True
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!

Americans get ___ of their daily calories from beverages.
21%
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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he majority of runners strike the ground with:
The heels
A 2010 study in the journal Nature found that the majority of runners wearing shoes strike their heels, which causes a large and sudden collision force that happens (on average) 960 times for every mile ran. The authors concluded that this makes runners prone to repetitive stress injuries. People who run barefoot tend to land with a step toward the middle or front of the foot, causing less impact force to the foot.

Wearing ankle or wrist weights is a safe way to add intensity to your walks.
False
Avoid wearing ankle and wrist weights. They can alter your normal movement patterns and increase the risk of injury. If you must add weight to your workout, a weighted vest helps distribute weight more evenly and allows you to move more freely and normally than weights attached to your extremities.

True or False: Osteoarthritis most often affects the wrists and elbows.
False
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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The main fatty acid found in coconut oil is:


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Capric Acid
Caprylic Acid
Coconut does not contain fatty acids





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Caprylic acid and capric acid make up only 10%-15% of coconut oil. Coconut oil’s main fatty acid is lauric acid.

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True or False: Potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams all come from the same plant family?


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Let's clear up the confusion about potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams: They're all members of distinct plant families, unrelated to one another. The only thing these three have in common is their growing habit: All are edible tuberous roots supported by above-ground flowering plants.

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Who is most likely to experience osteoarthritis?


A man over 65
A 25-year-old distance runner
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Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older people (although it can afflict young adults who experience joint injuries). Almost all people over 65 show some signs of developing osteoarthritis, and by age 70, nearly every person will have this condition. However, symptoms of osteoarthritis commonly begin between the ages of 30 and 40. Before age 45, osteoarthritis occurs more often in men, but after age 45, osteoarthritis is more common in women.

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True or False: Daytime sleepiness always means a person isn’t getting enough sleep.
False
An individual has excessive daytime sleepiness when she feels very drowsy during the day and has an urge to fall asleep when she should be fully alert and awake. The condition, which can occur even after getting enough nighttime sleep, can be a sign of an underlying medical condition or sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. These problems can often be treated, and you should discuss your symptoms with a physician.

True or False: It's better to squeeze out one more repetition, even with bad form, to really fatigue your muscles.
False
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.

True or False: Fish that live in warm, sunny waters contain more Omega-3's.
False
Fish that live in dark, cold waters naturally contain higher levels of Omega-3's.


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True or False: 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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True or False: A vitamin E deficiency is common in the U.S.
False
Because it is abundant in many foods, a deficiency of vitamin E is rare. Vitamin E is found in a variety of foods. The best sources include wheat germ and wheat germ oil, soybean, corn, safflower and cottonseed oil. Good sources include margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, nuts, seeds, peanuts, and peanut butter. Fair sources include whole grains, corn, beef liver, leafy-green vegetables, fish and eggs.

True or False: Pilates only works your core.
False
While Pilates does build core strength, Mr. Pilates always 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.

Beta-carotene is a form of which vitamin?
Vitamin A
Your body can get vitamin A in two forms: retinols and beta-carotene. Retinols are found in foods that come from animals such as meat, milk fortified with A, fish oil and eggs. Bete-carotene is found in red, yellow, and orange vegetables and fruits, and many dark-green leafy vegetables.


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What BMI (body mass index) range is considered healthy?


5.0-15.9
25.0-29.5
13.0-18.9
emoticon 18.5 - 24.9

A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Calculate your BMI using SparkPeople's online calculator.

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True or False: Even if you are at a healthy weight, your risk for developing hypertension is greater if you do not exercise regularly.
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Sedentary individuals have a higher risk for hypertension than individuals who are active. Regular exercise can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, if you are overweight, your risk of developing high blood pressure is two to six times higher.

How accurate are 'skinfold' body fat tests that use callipers?
98% accurate
The American College of Sports Medicine states that skinfold measurements, when performed by a trained, skilled tester, are up to 98% accurate. Because of the consistency in results, the high success rate, and the low margin of error, this is generally accepted as the best field test, outside of clinical testing, such as hydrostatic weighing.

What is the BEST source of folate?
Leafy green vegetables

The best food sources of folate are green leafy vegetables (and liver). Good sources include lima beans, asparagus, broccoli, nuts, whole grains, fortified bread, rice, macaroni, noodles and cereals (which contain folic acid, the synthetic version of folate), oranges and orange juice, and lentils.


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Wearing a heart rate monitor is the best way a person with high blood pressure can measure their exercise intensity?


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One 5-Hour Energy drink contains 157 milligrams of caffeine. What is the recommended daily limit for adult caffeine intake?


No more than 200 milligrams per day
No more than 1000 milligrams per day
No more than 600 milligrams per day
No more than 50 milligrams per day
emoticon No More Than 400 Milligrams Per Day




For a healthy adult, one 5-Hour Energy Drink per day doesn’t present any major potential health risk. The drink provides about 157 milligrams of caffeine, based on a Forbes-commissioned lab test. Remember that the recommendation for caffeine intake for the healthy adult is no more than 400 milligrams daily. Now, if you are downing several 5-Hour Energy Drinks, along with cups of coffee and cans of soda, you could be easily exceeding the recommendation, which may result in an overstimulated heart and body.

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How many calories are equal to one pound of body fat?
3500
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.

True or False: Americans eat more ice cream per year than any other country
False
The average American licks her way through almost 5 gallons of the ice cream each year, according to the Canadian Dairy Info Centre, but New Zealanders, at 6 gallons a year, eat more!

To achieve minimum health and fitness benefits, adults should aim for how many aerobic exercise sessions per week?
3
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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True or False: Cholesterol doesn't play a significant role in your body; it's just bad for you?


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Cholesterol is a building block of body cells and hormones. It makes up 50 percent of your nervous system, and is necessary for metabolism. In moderate amounts, it is essential to good health. But the dangers of high cholesterol, including artery blockage and heart disease, are well-documented. Other studies suggest that very low cholesterol levels can also be harmful and dangerous. The key seems to be making sure your body has enough--but not too much. Read What is Cholesterol? to learn more.

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Who is most likely to experience IBS?


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Women are at least twice as likely to experience IBS as men. Due to fluctuating levels of hormones, women are more likely to experience IBS symptoms during or around the time of their menstrual periods. Younger to middle-aged adults are most likely to experience IBS. In fact, half of all people with IBS will first develop symptoms before they are 35 years old, with 90% of IBS sufferers developing symptoms before age 50.

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Which of the following foods contain fiber?


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B - Poultry
C - Fish
D - Eggs
E - Dairy products
F - Nuts and seeds
G - Fruits and vegetables
H - Whole grains
All of the above
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Fiber is ONLY found in plant-based foods. Animal products do not contain any fiber.

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True or False: Vitamins contain calories.
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Vitamins actually function primarily as catalysts, regulating chemical reactions within the body. They are also essential for the release of energy from food. But they do not provide calories or energy themselves.

True or False: The majority of the fat found in an egg is saturated fat.
False
Approximately 64% of the 5 to 6 grams of fat in one large egg is unsaturated fat. Most of this fat is found in the yolk, leaving the egg white virtually fat free. Just one whole egg will give you almost 1 gram of heart-healthy linoleic acid.

How many calories are in a bowl of New England Clam Chowder from Panera?
720 calories
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According to panerabread.com, a bowl of Panera's New England Clam Chowder contains 720 calories. Yikes--that's half a day's worth of calories for some people!


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What symptoms might indicate you have the flu as opposed to a cold?


Headache
Body aches
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Sickness that comes on suddenly
Sickness that lasts for weeks
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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. For more information, visit SparkPeople's Cold & Flu Survival Guide

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You should exercise in the 'fat burning zone' (low intensity, long duration) to lose the most weight?


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The "fat burning zone" business is very misleading. It’s true that low intensity exercise uses more fat as fuel and that moderate intensity exercise (that you can maintain for 20 minutes or more) burns both fat and glucose. But, you're better off exercising in the aerobic zone as much as you can, because exercising at this higher intensity burns more total calories. You will burn a larger percentage of fat in relation to glucose when you are working at a lower intensity, but you will also burn fewer total calories and less total fat. The relative percentage of fat burned has nothing to do with weight loss—it's the total amount calories burned that counts.

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1)What is systolic blood pressure?
Both A and C
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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.

2)True or False: When participating in regular exercise, you should always take 1-2 rest days per week to repair your muscles
True
Recovery is the time your body uses to adapt to the stresses you've put on it, as well as repair tissues that were damaged during your workouts. If you avoid rest days and don't give your muscles and joints a chance to recover, you'll continue to break the body down instead of making it stronger. A good rule of thumb is to allow for 1-2 rest days per week. This doesn't mean you have to sit on the couch all day and do nothing. It's OK to do some light activity, like go for a walk or do an easy yoga session. But your activity shouldn't be intense or challenging. Your body needs the time to rest and repair

3) True or False: Depression can occur when other areas of your life are going well.
True
People can experience depression even when life is going well. While depression can be triggered by unfortunate life events, that is not always the case.

4) How much calcium do adults between the ages of 19 and 50 need each day?
1,000 mg
The recommended amount of calcium for male and female adults, ages 19-50, is 1,000 milligrams daily.



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Bran is removed from wheat kernels to make white flour. What nutrients does this bran contain?


B-vitamins
Trace minerals
Fiber
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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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1)How many aerobic (cardio) exercise sessions should you aim for each week?
3

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.

2) True or False: If you feel thirsty, you could already be dehydrated.
True
The first signs of dehydration include thirst, dry lips and tongue, fatigue, lack of energy, and feeling overheated. If you wait to drink water until you "feel" thirsty, especially on hot days or during workouts, dehydration has already started.

3) Which essential nutrients help regulate cellular fluid and transmit nerve impulses?
Minerals

Electrolytes are special minerals that help regulate cellular fluid and transmit nerve impulses.

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How much scientific evidence is there to suggest that dairy aids in weight loss?


No Evidence
Good evidence
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Some observational studies had found that people who consumed more calcium—whether through supplements or dairy products—tended to be thinner than those who got less. Also, several small, short- term studies showed that subjects put on a high-dairy, reduced-calorie diet lost more weight and fat than low-dairy dieters. All were conducted by a dairy-funded researcher at the University of Tennessee who had patented the dairy weight-loss claim and sold licensing rights to the dairy industry. After other scientists expressed skepticism and consumer activists cried foul with the Federal Trade Commission, the dairy industry decided to suspend its campaign "until further research provides stronger, more conclusive evidence of an association between dairy consumption and weight loss." Well, there's now further research, including several clinical trials, and overall it shows no greater weight or fat loss among subjects on high-dairy diets.

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1) True or False: Antibiotics can treat a cold or the flu.
False

When you come down with a cold or the flu, the last thing you should do is take an antibiotic. Most antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, so they won't work against illnesses (like the cold or the flu) that are caused by viruses. Currently, no licensed antibiotics exist for fighting the common cold. Some prescription antibiotics (known as antiviral medications) are available and effective against the flu, but only if they're taken very early in the illness.

2) True or False: Brown eggs and white eggs have the same nutritional value.
True
The breed of chicken 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.

3) True or False: Herb-seasoned roasted potatoes contain less than half the calories of mashed potatoes (made with butter and whole milk).
True

Roasted potatoes, made without added oil, contain about 57 calories and 0 grams of fat per 1/2-cup serving. Mashed potatoes contain twice the calories (120) and 4 grams of fat for the same portion.


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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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1) What BMI (body mass index) range is considered healthy?
18.5-24.9

2) Insulin resistance occurs in the early stages of type 2 diabetes. What does insulin resistance mean?
The body's cells don't use insulin properly

In the early stages of type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is still manufacturing insulin, but for some reason the cells of the body are not using it properly--a condition known as insulin resistance. In response, the pancreas produces more and more insulin, wearing itself out and eventually losing its ability to produce insulin to keep blood glucose levels in the normal range.

3) A woman is said to be in menopause when:
She has gone for one full year without experiencing a menstrual period

Hot flashes and irregular periods begin to occur during perimenopause (the time before menopause). After one full year without periods, a woman is considered to be menopausal, or "in menopause." Symptoms like irritability and depression may occur in some women during this time, but aren’t necessarily caused by menopause.

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1) Which vitamin is BEST known for helping promote good vision and eye health?

A
Vitamin A is needed for night vision and helps the eyes adjust to lower levels of light. Lack of vitamin A may lead to night blindness, dry eyes, and eye infections, to name a few.

2) True or False: Most people with diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes.

True
Between 90% and 95% of diabetes cases are type 2. Learn The Causes Type 2 Diabetes.

3) True or False: People who eat chocolate live longer than people who abstain from it.

True
Researchers at Harvard University believe chocolate may help people live longer! A study tracking older men found that those who ate chocolate lived almost a year longer than those who didn't.

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1) True or False: Exercise can help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease.

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A study in the journal Neurology showed that exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease. In the study, adults diagnosed with early Alzheimer's who were less physically fit had four times more brain shrinkage than normal older adults.

2) You can "cheat" on the amount of sleep you get

False
Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health and safety. When we don’t get adequate sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to "pay back" if it becomes too big. The resulting sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road.

3) Which of the following vitamins is water-soluble?

Vitamin B-12
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. They include the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are carried in your bloodstream and are not stored in the body in significant amounts. Your body uses the amount that is needed, and then the extra is excreted in the urine. Since your body does not store water-soluble vitamins, regular intake is necessary. Water-soluble vitamins are also destroyed more easily during food storage, processing and preparation.


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1) A thiamin (vitamin B-1) deficiency can lead to
Beriberi
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.

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

3) In the phrase ''SMART Goals,'' what does the acronym ''SMART'' stand for?
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely
The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul.

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All of the following statements about perimenopause are true EXCEPT which one?


It is the time before menopause when hormonal and biological changes and physical symptoms begin to occur
It lasts for an average of three to five years
Common symptoms may include hot flashes, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness
emoticon A Woman Is Usually Infertile During This Time



Perimenopause occurs before menopause and lasts about three to five years. Although a woman can experience many different menopausal symptoms during this time, that doesn’t necessarily mean she is infertile. Every woman is considered "fertile" until she has experienced a year or more of absent periods, and confirmed this with her doctor. Visit SparkPeople’s Menopause Condition Center to learn more.

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1) Which of the following conditions may lead to IBS?
All of the above
Some experts believe that IBS may be caused by a bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract. But other health conditions that can cause IBS symptoms include: celiac disease (intolerance of gluten from grains), chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia (widespread bodily pain), and temporomandibular disorder (jaw pain and discomfort). In addition, psychological conditions, such as panic disorder, depression and anxiety have been associated with IBS and gastrointestinal distress.

2) True or False: Eventually, depression will go away by itself
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Correct Answer Explanation: 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.

3) Who is most likely to experience IBS?
Women
Women are at least twice as likely to experience IBS as men. Due to fluctuating levels of hormones, women are more likely to experience IBS symptoms during or around the time of their menstrual periods. Younger to middle-aged adults are most likely to experience IBS. In fact, half of all people with IBS will first develop symptoms before they are 35 years old, with 90% of IBS sufferers developing symptoms before age 50.

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Americans get ___ of their daily calories from beverages?


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31%
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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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1) Increased thirst and urination, coupled with fatigue and weight loss could be symptoms of what condition?
Type 2 diabetes
Some people with type 2 diabetes won't show any symptoms. But for others, symptoms appear gradually. Common symptoms include increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, blurred vision and fatigue. Other signs include frequent infections and slow-healing wounds.

2)How much dietary cholesterol should you consume from foods each day?
Less than 300 milligrams
Dietary cholesterol is found only in foods of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. It is not found in plant foods like grains, fruits and vegetables. Individuals should limit their intake of dietary cholesterol to less than 300 milligrams dail

3) True or False: Untreated depression can lead to a weakened immune system.
True
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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1) True or False: The only symptom of insomnia is difficulty falling asleep.
False
Difficulty falling asleep is just one of four symptoms generally associated with insomnia. The others include: waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, frequent awakenings, and waking up feeling tired. Insomnia can be a symptom of a sleep disorder or other medical problem, and can often be treated. If insomnia symptoms occur more than a few times a week and also impact your daytime functions, discuss these symptoms with your health care provider.

2) Which of the following statements about monounsaturated fatty acids is true?
They are liquid at room temperature
Monounsaturated fatty acids are liquid at room temperature; decrease total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (healthy) cholesterol. Sources include: certain oils and margarines (canola, olive, peanut, sesame), avocado, nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, peanuts, pistachios), peanut butter, olives, sesame seeds, tahini paste.

3) Which of the following nutrients can be found in flaxseeds?
All of the above
Flaxseeds contain all of these nutrients. In case you don't know, "lignans" are a type of phytoestrogen that may protect against certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Even the National Cancer Institute has identified its cancer-fighting potential.


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1)True or False: The nutrient content of an egg depends mostly on whether or not the eggs come from free range chickens.
False
The terms "free-range," "vegetarian-fed" and "organic" are all on egg cartons these days. While free-range does mean the chicken is not caged, it does not necessarily mean that the chicken roams outdoors (it only has access to open space at some point each day). A chicken's feed is what affects the nutritional quality of its eggs. The label "vegetarian-fed" ensure no animal by-products are fed to the chickens laying the eggs, and "organic" means the chicken's feed is organic.

2) True or False: Your body needs both major minerals and trace minerals each day.
True
Minerals can be divided into two main categories, based on the amount that is needed by the body. Major minerals (or macrominerals) are present in relatively large amounts in the body and are required in fairly large amounts in the diet--more that 250 milligrams daily. Trace minerals (or trace elements) are needed in much smaller quantities--less than 20 milligrams daily.

3) True or False: For best results, you should increase the amount of weight you lift every time you workout.
False
Progressively overloading your muscles is the key to effective strength training. But increasing the weight you use too rapidly can lead to burnout, chronic soreness, and overuse injuries. A better approach for most people is to increase the weight (by about 10%) when you can reliably do the higher number of reps each time in good form. These are the 4 Signs You Need to Lift More Weight.

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What is systolic blood pressure?


A - Pressure created when the heart contracts
B - Pressure created when the heart relaxes
C - The top number in a blood pressure reading
D - The bottom number in a blood pressure reading
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Both B and D
Both A and D
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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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1) ______________ lowers blood pressure, decreases the stress hormone cortisol, and increases pain tolerance.
Oxytocin
When we experience friendly, affectionate touch, our bodies release oxytocin, which is sometimes called the love hormone. Oxytocin's effects include lowering blood pressure, decreasing the stress-related hormone cortisol and increasing pain tolerance. It is released through friendly touch, including contact between breastfeeding moms and their babies, cuddling couples and even pets and their owners.

2) Osteoporosis (bone loss) is a common concern for aging women who can help prevent it by:
All of the above
Osteoporosis is a potentially debilitating, yet preventable condition. Calcium and Vitamin D intake and regular, weight-bearing exercise are just a few of the ways you can prevent it. Get 31 more tips to strengthen your bones.

3) In the U.S., how far does the average food item travel before it reaches your table?
Over 1,000 miles
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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How much water should you drink during a workout?


Drink when you feel thirsty
It depends on how much you sweat
16 ounces every 15-20 minutes
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During one hour of vigorous exercise, the average person loses one quart (32 ounces) of water through sweat! However, drinking water before and after exercise is just as important. Read more about Drinking Water During Workouts.

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The only way your body can store energy from food is in the form of body fat?


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Your body can store energy from food for future use in two ways: 1) as fat and 2) as muscle fuel (called glycogen). Its first priority is to fill its glycogen tanks, because glycogen is the body's primary source of energy for physical activity. Once your glycogen stores are filled and the rest of the body's energy needs are covered, all the extra energy from your food will be stored as body fat.

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