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Why Women Are at Increased Risk for Concussions

The topic of concussions has taken center stage of late, most prominently with the release of the movie “Concussion” in December 2015. Concussion is derived from the Latin concutere (“to shake violently”) or concussus (“action of striking together”). Even with the heavy coverage of the college and pro-athlete concussion rates, there’s one group of athletes not getting much attention – women. …

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Healthy Recipes to Warm Body & Soul

Whether you just spent the day on the slopes or are trying to keep warm during a polar-vortex freeze,  some nutritious goodness is needed to heat both body and soul.  There’s nothing better than home-made soup or chowder to eliminate the chill and replace calories lost on a cold, winter day. From Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Crouton Bites to Creamy …

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Healthy Holiday Entertaining #HolidayCheer

Holidays provide an opportunity to celebrate traditions and spread good cheer. But they also bring lots of opportunities for over-eating and drinking. Even the most disciplined people struggle with temptation during the holiday season. Here are a handful of tips for surviving seasonal parties without packing on the pounds: Chances are you may be invited to …

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GIRLS Self-esteem

6 Ways to Help Girls Win the War on Self-Esteem

Women may be gaining ground in the battle for equality, but they are still losing the war on self-esteem. Nothing is more important than how you feel and think about yourself so I was shocked to discover that girls’ self-esteem peaks at nine or ten years of age and plummets before they’re even teenagers.  What this means …

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NMercer: How Overcoming Body Image Issues Helped My Career

(Ed. Note: Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. This guest post by singer, rapper, and songwriter NMERCER illustrates how body image is in the eye of the beholder. ) I moved to Los Angeles from Seattle ten years ago with a so-so body image.  If I was exercising and eating right I felt better, and like my …

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Nurture Nature: Goodness Grows Thanks to Odwalla

Spring has legitimately sprung and it’s time for goodness to grow.  Create a virtual tree online and Odwalla will plant a real  tree in your name  in a city or town near you. Plus, they are giving away a $10,000 gift card and a year’s worth of Odwalla product to one lucky winner w ho  enters the current sweepstakes. …

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Weary Winter to Spirited Spring – Seasonal Change is a Powerful Force

  Despite the late snowstorm that hit the east coast a couple of days ago, I remain optimistic that spring is just around the corner. Spring signifies a simplification of sorts – melting snow, de-layering of clothes, and of course shedding the extra pounds accumulated over the winter. My ideal cold weather night this year …

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