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    Lone Star Tick Bites Can Trigger Rare Meat Allergy

    Scientists say Lone Star tick bites can activate a rare meat allergy in certain people.

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    Cleveland Clinic: Don't Scratch Mosquito Bites

    An Ohio dermatologist says scratching any mosquito bite you get is the last thing you want to do.

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    Smart Choices To Stay Hydrated This Summer

    An Ohio dietitian is providing tips on how to stay hydrated this summer. Lindsay Malone with the Cleveland Clinic says unless you are losing fluids excessively, most of us will only require water.

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    Gaining Weight On Vacations Could Have Long Term Impacts

    Many people think gaining a few pounds on their vacations is okay because they'll lose it once they're back to the grind. But, corporate dietitian Courtney McCormick says these few pounds can easily…

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    Keeping Kids Active During Summer Break

    An Ohio doctor is explaining why the beginning of summer break is a great time for kids to get active. Doctor Richard So with Cleveland Clinic Children's says getting them up and moving is just as…

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    Children's Head Injuries Should Be Taken Seriously

    Each year more than 60,000 American children are hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries.

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    OHIO POULTRY ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES NATIONAL TURKEY LOVERS’ MONTH

    June is National Turkey Lovers' Month and the Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) is celebrating by highlighting turkey's nutritional benefits, variety of cooking techniques and economic impact in Ohio.

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    Cleveland Clinic: No Science To Support Fidget Spinner Benefits

    An Ohio doctor says some people believe fidget spinners may improve a child's ability to focus, but there's no science to back up the claim.

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    World No Tobacco Day

    Today is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization says the day of awareness is meant to highlight how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide.

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    Avoid Foot Injuries With Right Running Shoes

    An Ohio doctor says if you're planning on getting out to run, it's essential that you have the right shoe to avoid foot injuries.

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    Study: Chocolate Could Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat

    Medical researchers have another reason for you to like chocolate.

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    APA Out With New Work And Well-Being Survey

    A new survey from the American Psychological Association shows that American adults who have had recent or current changes at work are more likely to report chronic work stress than those who haven't.

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    Study: Fitness Trackers Accurate For Heart Rate, Not Calories Burned

    Those popular fitness trackers do a really good job of measuring your heart rate, but they aren't good at all when it comes to counting the calories you burn.

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    Study Shows Texting Can Help Some Obese People Lose Weight

    New research shows texting supportive messages can help some people lose weight. Dr. Ashwani Singal led the study at the University of Alabama.

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    Aging Expert: Seniors Need To Plan To Age In Place

    One in five Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. Surveys have shown that most want to age in place, but aging expert Lee Lindquist says many aren't planning properly.

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Put Your Best Fork Forward

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It's time for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual National Nutrition Month celebration, and the theme for 2017 is "Put Your Best Fork Forward;' reminding us that using this tool wisely and concisely can yield some positive changes to our health and habits.

One small change at a time, like actively choosing what is picked up by our fork and put into our mouths, can lead to larger, more meaningful and positive changes over time.

It's time to STOP going 'on a diet' and start thinking about your diet as overall choices you make for your health at every meal, every day. What does that look like and consist of? What can you do to incorporate more goodness into your diet? Do you know what foods are healthy, nutritious, and beneficial for you in your current state of health? The majority of my patients and clients need more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and water. When you incorporate these changes according to your individual needs (as advised by your registered dietitian nutritionist (RON) and physician), the changes begin to happen almost immediately-more energy, weight management (loss or gain), blood glucose control, better systemic functions, more sound sleep, less stress, radiant skin, and so much more ... things you may not even be able to see or tangibly measure but can feel.

Is there something in your diet that is in excess? Something that if you do not get larger portions of, you feel slighted or crave? Soft drinks, candy, chocolate, alcohol, pies/cakes/cookies, meat, fried foods, chips/crackers, ice cream? Is there room for improvements and increased opportunity to include more fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fermented foods (such as kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi), healthy fats (avocadoes, olives, hummus, plant oils), beans, legumes, or lenti ls? Have you thought about doing a meatless Monday or taking it all the way to a plant-based diet? What changes could you make today that would influence a better tomorrow for you (as well as the planet, the animals)?

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