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  • Why Fewer Women Are Getting Pregnant in Their Early 20s

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Pregnancy rates for U.S. women in their early 20s dropped almost 18 percent from 1990 to 2008, according to a new report that also saw abortion rates dropping for that same age group. So what's happening here?

    According to the report, released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 198.5 per 1,000 women in the 20 to 24 age group became pregnant in 1990. Fast forward to 2008 and that number drops 18 percent to the lowest level in more than three decades: 163 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 20 to 24. The abortion rate also dropped 32 percent in this age group, to 38.4 per 1,000 women in 2008 from 56.7 per 1,000 in 1990.

    For women in their later 20s, between the ages of 25 and 29, the pregnancy rate fell only 6 percent during the same time period, to 167.9 per 1,000, and the abortion rate fell only slightly to 28.6 per 1,000 in 2008 from 33.9 per 1,000 in 1990.

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  • 5 Twists on Summer Lemonade

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    You know what they say: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what they don't say is that while a straight-up glass of old-school lemonade is one of summer's best drinks, sometimes, getting a little "twisted" is just what you need.

    Robb Garceau, Executive Chef at Great Performances, an award-winning catering company in New York City, shares three of his "unusual" recipes with HealthySELF, below. But first, his tips for both cutting the calories and serving up extra-delicious lemonade this summer:

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    - Use more herbs and less sugar -- they're more nuanced and bring out so many different notes of flavor in spirits and ripe citrus. Your drinks will actually taste more well-balanced.

    - Try honey or agave -- these natural sweeteners aren't granular like sugar, so you can make drinks faster this way.

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    - Go seasonal -- infuse ripe fruit in your sugar base (if

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  • What Sports Mean to Women

    SELF magazine

    Most of us grew up with plenty of chances to participate in school sports. For those of us who played, athletics taught us teamwork, patience and grace.

    Women didn't always have the same opportunity. Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, part of the federal Education Amendment of 1972 that made it illegal for schools to discriminate against or exclude people from activities or events based on their gender. In other words, girls could no longer be denied participating in something, like a school sports team, just because they were girls.
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    What Sports Mean to Women

    Before Title IX, only one in 27 female students participated in high-school sports, according to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Now, that number is more than one in three. But Title IX's impact extends far beyond the playground: Since Title IX was enacted, more women receive athletic scholarships to college, go on to become professional

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  • How to Stay Cool During a Heat Wave

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Just in time for the first day of summer, there's a heat wave in town! The Eastern half of the country started broiling today -- right in the middle of the work week!

    While hot weather can be uncomfortable and annoying (boob sweat!), extreme heat can also be dangerous. Here are some handy tips on how to stay cool -- and safe -- from Jeff Rabrich, M.D, the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospitals in New York and Bess Catherine Stillman, M.D., an emergency room physician at Beth Israel Medical Center, also in New York City.

    1. Plan ahead.
    If you have to do chores or plan to exercise outdoors, try to avoid the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is the hottest part of the day, says Dr. Rabrich.

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    2. Dress smart.
    Good thing white is a hot summer trend! Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored colored clothing will help heat dissipate from your body, says Dr. Rabrich. What

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  • 6 Fruits and Veggies to Eat Right Now

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Happy first day of summer! Though this is the season for the ice cream truck (especially with a major heat wave on the way), it's also one of the best times of year to enjoy delicious fruits and veggies. We asked SELF contributing editors Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, registered dietitians and co-founders of C&J Nutrition, to recommend the freshest, tastiest produce available right now -- and tell us the best ways to serve it up.

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    Blueberries -
    The purple-blue berries are loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants that give blueberries their color, and they also contain the antioxidant chlorogenic acid. The powerful antioxidant combo is what makes scientists particularly interested in blueberries for their potential brain benefits.

    How to eat them: Toss a handful of blueberries into a salad and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar -- their flavor pairs really

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  • 5 Skinny Beach Snacks

    Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine

    If you want to look great at the beach this summer, you'll want to make snack on these slimming foods before you hit the sand. Eating the right foods before you go and while you're there can be the difference between having a bloated belly and feeling trim. So add these snacks to your beach bag!

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    Low-fat yogurt. Yogurt contains good bacteria called probiotics that can help to reduce the bad bacteria in your intestines responsible for belly bloating. Already a bit bloated? Try topping your yogurt with crystallized ginger, which can help banish bloating once it's begun.

    Hummus with veggies.
    Not only will the protein, fiber, and healthy fat in hummus help you feel more satisfied so you eat less (eating too much before donning your bathing suit is never a good idea), hummus is also made from slimming garbanzo beans. Adding beans to your diet regularly will help you look great this summer, as studies show that bean

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  • 3 Unique and Healthy Watermelon Recipes

    Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine

    Nothing beats an ice-cold piece of watermelon on a hot summer day, but eating it sliced is just the beginning! This healthy fruit is high in lycopene, a cancer-preventing antioxidant and Vitamin A, which is great for protecting your vision. Here are my favorite creative ways to enjoy this healthy fruit!

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    Watermelon Salsa. When I went to the Healthy Kitchens conference at the Culinary Institute of America this spring, we made fresh watermelon salsa in one of the workshops. I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of fresh watermelons at the farmer's market so I could make it again. The cool sweetness of the watermelon is the perfect balance to the crisp, spicy peppers. Here's the awesome recipe:

    Whisk together 1/2 cup lime juice, 4 tbsp brown sugar, packed, and 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Add 8 cups of diced seedless watermelon, 2 diced medium cucumbers, 1 cup diced red

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  • 5 Summer Dates that Work Up a Sweat

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Now that it's summer, what better way to rev up your dating routine than to take a page from the celebrity playbook and get hot and heavy with your guy -- by working out together!

    Just last week, real-life Glee couple Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were photographed leaving a gym. Reese Witherspoon and her new hubby Jim Toth run together, uber-hotties Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady go hiking, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts enjoy running and biking together and Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest share a trainer. Why should they have all the fun?

    There are many reasons to work out as a couple, says Jim White, registered dietitian, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Everyone complains about not having enough time together as a couple -- kill two birds with one stone: get your workout in while spending quality time with one another," he tells HealthySELF. "This will give the two of you

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  • 3 Moves for Strapless Dress Season

    Dana Meltzer Zepeda, SELF magazine

    Summer is all about showing skin but are you ready to flaunt your figure in a strapless dress? If the answer isn't quite yes, you're in luck! Scoring a sexy back, decolletage and shoulders doesn't necessarily have to mean logging long hours at the gym. Instead, try this no-equipment upper body workout from Philippe Til, a personal trainer and kettlebell expert based in West Los Angeles.

    "A little definition goes a long way in looking great and getting compliments," he says. "Working the shoulders and upper back also automatically recruits your biceps and triceps so you kill a few birds with one stone!"

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    Toning up top also creates the illusion you've morphed into a long-legged goddess without breaking the bank on a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos. "An upright posture automatically helps you draw in your stomach so you appear taller and leaner," says Til. "It's a win-win!"

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  • How to Know a Headache from a Migraine

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Does your growing to-do list -- and the fact that it's Monday -- make your head hurt? Or could it be a migraine? In honor of National Migraine Awareness Month, here's how to tell ... and what to do about it.

    According to Lawrence C. Newman, M.D., Director of the The Headache Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC and attending neurologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center, there are over 300 medical conditions that are associated with headaches, broken down into two main categories: primary, in which the headache itself is the problem; and secondary, in which the headache is the result of another medical condition, such as a stroke or brain tumor. Migraines, he explains, are a type of primary headache. Dr. Newman says women are three times more likely than men to have migraines -- lucky us!

    "Migraines tend to be one-sided, to throb or pound, are moderate to severely painful, and in

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