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The Benefits of Being A Bookworm

“Reading a great novel makes you smarter–emotionally. In a series of experiments, volunteers who read literary fiction for a few minutes were better at identifying other people’s emotions than those who tackled nonfiction, popular fiction or nothing at all. Literary works require you to be sensitive to emotional nuances, says lead study author David Comer Kidd, a PhD candidate at The New School in New York City. A few authors to try: Louise Erdrich, Lydia Davis and Alice Munro.” (p. 24)

Health Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 1, p. 24, 2014

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The more aware women are of heart disease, the more likely we are to take action

“Change negative behaviors. Heart disease, for the most part, is preventable…Aim for a healthy weight. We know that being overweight and obese are risk factors for heart disease and preventable death. Get out and get moving! Aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most days. Eat for heart health. Think about everything that you choose in terms of your diet…Choose things that are lower in saturated and trans fats, lower in cholesterol and moderate in total fat. Additionally, it is a good idea to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make a personal plan with your health care provider to reduce your personal risks. Know your numbers. Ask what your blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight index, waist circumference, etc. are and find out what they mean and what your target should be.” (p.14)

Article: Heart Health for Women, Advance for Nurses, by Jessica LaGrossa (p.13-14), February 2013

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United Front

“UK facialist and blogger Caroline Hirons swears by a three-cleanser regimen. In an ideal world, everyone should have a natural balm cleanser, a non-foaming milk or gel cleanser, and either a pre-cleanse oil or an eye make-up remover if you wear waterproof eye make up, she says. The lighter milk or gel is perfect for a quick cleanse in the morning, and the balm is for evening use and massage…An expensive moisturizer is not going to penetrate your skin if your face is not thoroughly cleansed and prepared.” (p. 247)

Schott, J. (2013). United Front. Elle, 29(4), 246-247.

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Plastic Surgery Warnings :: PART 2 :: It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle

Imagine going in for cosmetic surgery, with dreams of improving your looks and image, only to come out with horrific scars or health issues? That’s what happened to our guests, who share their plastic surgery nightmares so that others don’t face the same fate. With more people having cosmetic surgery than ever before, this IYC tells viewers what to look for in a professional and weighs the pros and cons of such procedures.