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Live Better 

When it comes to big changes for your health, it can help to start small. Use our 10-second help tips to take small steps toward better health today. It only takes a few seconds to learn quick, simple ways to live healthier.

Kids Need 60 Minutes of Play

Kids need 60 minutes of daily play. Shoot hoops together, play tag or walk the dog as a family.

Winter Runners Take Note

Winter runners take note: Prevent getting chilled by running into the wind at the start and with the wind as you finish.

Kids Need ZZZs

Make sure your kids get the ZZZs they need: 11 hours for kids younger than 5; 10 hours for ages 5-10; at least 9 for kids older than 10.

Trouble Quitting Smoking

Having trouble quitting smoking? Enjoy a change of venue where smoking isn't allowed, like museums, libraries or the movies.

Thanksgiving Football

Instead of plopping on the couch after your Thanksgiving meal, head outside for a game of tag or touch football.

Lighten Them Up

Don't forgo your favorite comfort foods. Lighten them up. Make your mac and cheese with low-fat cheddar and nonfat milk, and add veggies.

Add Some Resistance Training

Adding resistance training to your workout has many benefits: increased bone density, improved coordination and keeping a healthy weight.

Drink More Water

Did you know that as you age you're more prone to dehydration? Drink up to stay sharp and keep your energy levels high.

Pet Effect

Fact: Owning a pet can lower your blood pressure. In particular, having a dog can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Kids Overuse Sports Injuries

When it comes to kids and sports, there is such a thing as too much. Children who play on more than one team are at risk of overuse injuries.

Cool-Down After Working Out

Don’t skip out on your cool-down after working out. Spend twice as long cooling off as warming up—at least 10 minutes.

If You Have Celiac Disease

If you have celiac disease, skip processed products and focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free, like beans, brown rice and nuts.

Giving Yoga a Go?

Giving yoga a go? Be sure to warm up first, know your limits and stay hydrated—especially for hot yoga.

Extreme Makeover: Sleep Edition

Too tired to function? If you're constantly tossing and turning at night, it may be time to revamp your resting place.

Source: National Sleep Foundation

Find a Farmers Market

Celebrate summer with a trip to the farmers market for fresh, local produce. Remember to bring cash and your own bags.

Quinoa the Superfood

Packed with protein and fiber, quinoa truly is a superfood. Enjoy it in place of your usual oatmeal, on salads or mixed with veggies.

Rules of the Road

The weather is just about perfect for a bike ride. (In fact, May 16 is Bike to Work Day.) Are you and your two-wheeler ready? Hit the road safely with these tips.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; North Central Texas Council of Governments

Arthritis Awareness

Get moving in honor of Arthritis Awareness Month. Regular exercise can prevent some types of arthritis and lessen joint pain.

Better Sleep

May is Better Sleep Month. Create a snooze-friendly environment: a cool, quiet, dark room with a supportive mattress and no tech gadgets.

Build a Chemo Care Package

Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest impact. Show a loved one you care with a thoughtful package containing items that can help combat chemotherapy's side effects.

Sources: American Cancer Society

Gardening and Housework Exercise

Gardening and housework may be as good as regular exercise when it comes to your heart. So let your summer garden prep work begin!

Make Time to Laugh

Make time to laugh in honor of National Humor Month. A hearty chuckle lowers stress hormones and increases blood flow.

Fit in 30

Think you're too busy to work out? Think again. A quick 30-minute sweat session is all it takes to improve your health. We've created this half-hour plan to make sure you get the most out of each minute. The next time you're watching your favorite show or waiting for a load of laundry to finish, don't just sit there—get moving!

Sources: American Heart Association

Colorectal Awareness Month Screening

March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. If you're older than 50 and at average risk for colorectal cancer, it's time to get screened.

Smarter Super Bowl Snacks

Big screen TV? Check. Your favorite jersey? Check. Chips, dip and dessert? Hold it right there. Super Bowl Sunday doesn't have to be a diet-buster. Try these simple swaps to cut the calories.

Sources: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Cooking With Herbs

Did you know one restaurant meal could contain more than a day's worth of sodium? Cut the salt by cooking at home with fresh herbs.

30 Minutes of Activity Daily

Exercise lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity daily.