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    By Sarah B. Weir

    It drives me crazy when I'm with someone who incessantly checks email or texts. For years, I prided myself on my clunky, camera-less cell phone with a texting function so primitive I simply didn't bother. Recently, I caved and upgraded to an iPhone and have noticed myself slipping into behavior I generally consider rude and compulsive in others: Having dinner with my mother at a restaurant recently, I found myself checking my email when I was ostensibly looking something up on the Internet for her benefit. I even text in the car at red lights or when I'm in a conversation that doesn't fully engage me.

    Thumbing our devices and pecking away at our computer keyboards takes a quantifiable toll our bodies, but what about the psychological implications? Researchers are beginning to gather data on technology's impact on cognitive function and psychological wellness.

    According to Professor Larry Rosen of California State University, Dominguez Hills, an expert in

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  • (Photo: Logan Ingalls/Flickr)(Photo: Logan Ingalls/Flickr)By Steve Graham, Hometalk.com
    More from Guest Bloggers blog

    A recent University of South Carolina study found that sitting at work all day is connected with heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes and other serious disorders, and the entire August 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine is dedicated to the multiple health problems associated with too much sitting and what can be done about it, including workplace redesign.

    Sitting in a typical office chair can also cause long-term problems for the back and other joints. However, there are plenty of good alternatives available, including standing, more back-friendly sitting, and working out while working.

    Standing workstations

    Standing workstations are gaining in popularity. In fact, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is famous for standing at his desk. Standing all day may take some practice, but it is healthier than sitting, and burns more calories.

    A variety of antique standing desks are

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  • 25 ways to make time for fitness

    By Megan, selected from Experience Life Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:57am PDT More from Care2 Green Living blog
    By Gina DeMillo Wagner, Experience Life

    Most common excuse for not exercising? Survey says: "No time." But examine that excuse at close range and you'll see it's usually about something deeper, says Lavinia Rodriguez, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Mind Over Fat Matters: Conquering Psychological Barriers to Weight Management (iUniverse, 2008). "Typically, it's lack of motivation, lack of enjoyment, negative associations, fear, or maybe low self-esteem," she says.

    Busy as we may be, we have less trouble finding time for television, social networking, or even dull household tasks, Rodriguez observes, because there simply aren't the same steep psychological barriers to those activities.

    If you want to exercise, you'll make the time. We interviewed psychologists, exercise scientists, celebrity trainers, authors, and busy everyday people to get a handle on the

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  • The surprising truth about sugar

    By Sarah B. Weir(Photo: Getty Images)(Photo: Getty Images) Posted Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:21am PDT More from Green Picks blog
    How much sugar can you eat without compromising your health? The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends women limit their consumption to less than 6 teaspoons per day. The AHA wants men to stick to less then 9 teaspoons, and for kids 4 to 8 years old, only 3 teaspoons of sugar are allowed.

    Six teaspoons of sugar might seem like a lot if you visualize a pile of table sugar, but is it? One teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams.

    These foods each contain about 24 grams, or 6 teaspoons, of sugar:

    • 3/4 of a can of Coke
    • Half a bag of Skittles
    • 1/2 cup of Haagen-Daz sorbet
    • One 6-ounce container of Yoplait yogurt
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons of Kraft Honey BBQ sauce

    Kid's snacks can be loaded with sugar too:

    • Nature Valley chewy granola bar - 4 teaspoons
    • Stonyfield Organic smoothie - 9 teaspoons
    • Horizon Organic chocolate milk box - 5.5 teaspoons
    • Mott's Original applesauce -
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  • Are vegetarians thinner?

    By Sarah B. Weir
    (Photo: Getty Images)(Photo: Getty Images) More from Green Picks blog

    It's well-documented that vegetarians are healthier than the general population. People who do not eat meat, fowl, or fish have a lower risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, less incidence of type 2 diabetes, lower rate of hypertension, and lower overall cancer rates.

    Now research shows vegetarians are skinnier, too.

    Weight loss benefits of vegetarianism

    According to the article "Vegetarian Diets and Weight Status" published in the Nutrition Journal by Susan E. Berkow, PhD, certified nutrition specialist, and Neal Barnard, MD, vegetarians weigh "significantly" less than non-vegetarians. After surveying 40 studies on the relationship between a vegetarian diet and body mass, the authors determined that female vegetarians weigh between 6% and 17% less then their non-vegetarian counterparts and male vegetarians weigh between 8% and 17% less. People who follow a vegan diet (not eating any animal products including milk and

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  • 15 unusual uses for your hair dryer

    By Melissa Breyer
    More from Care2 Green Living blog

    Handheld hair dryers were introduced for the domestic market in 1920, and since then countless hairdos have relied on that combination of heat and air to achieve their coiffed perfection.

    But the humble blow dryer has plenty of other services to offer around the house -- here are a handful of them:

    1. If you need to quickly set the icing on a cake, the air and heat of a hair dryer can quicken up the process.
    2. If your cake won't unstick from the cake pan, use your hair dryer on the bottom of the pan then invert it, it should drop right out.
    3. Running an ice cream scoop under hot water helps, but you can also try using a hair dryer on the carton to soften ice cream for easy scooping.
    4. Some people use pots of boiling water to quicken freezer defrosting, but a hot hair dryer works even more quickly. (Be careful of puddles of water and the dryer, though.)
    5. Automatic ice-makers can get jammed with frozen ice; relieve
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    By Matt Hickman, Mother Nature Network

    More from Guest Bloggers blog

    Remember when eating at the local fair was a relatively straightforward - albeit unhealthy - affair where the most exotic fried item was dough? Although beloved fairground staples like corn dogs, elephant ears, and cotton candy are alive and well (and facing no threat of losing their titles as the primary source of post-fair heartburn), there's a new breed of midway munchies on the scene that are unhealthy enough to bring Dr. Oz to tears and weird enough to give Andrew Zimmerman new material for years.

    Taking a quick detour from our normal preoccupation with healthy and nutritious eating, here's a not-for-the-faint-of-heart look (and a gag, depending on how you feel about chocolate-covered scorpions and Spam curds) at some of America's most unusual, most unnecessary, and most diet-unraveling fairground grub.

    Sadly, the very existence of most of these deep-fried gut-busters aren't helping to combat the

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  • Six fascinating facts about blinking

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    By Matt Hickman, Mother Nature Network
    More from Guest Bloggers blog

    Most folks know the basics of why we blink: It cleans and moisturizes the eyes while protecting them from irritants. Everyone blinks. And then there's the forced one-eyed blink, the wink, that's used as a form of body language to say, "Hey there, good lookin'." Unless used by a non-threatening grandparent, the age of the wink as a come-on has definitely, well, come and gone.

    At first blush, blinking may not be the most riveting topic, but there are a few things that you probably don't know about the rapid closing and opening of the eyelid. Below are six facts, myths, and blinking-related oddities that were interesting enough to keep our eyes open.

    1. Women (supposedly) rule when it comes to blinking: Although the "women blink more" rumor is difficult to back with scientific fact, it's popularly believed that female blinkers are more prolific than their male counterparts, blinking twice as much. Numbers

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  • 10 healthy fast-food makeovers

    By Michelle Kiefer, The Daily Meal

    Everyone knows fast food isn't good for you. But what if there were ways to eliminate some of the fat and calories from your favorite cheeseburger? Do you really have to go cold turkey from the drive-thru, or are there ways, with a few concessions, to make eating that Whopper or Big Mac, if not healthy, perhaps a little less damaging to the waistline. By identifying ingredients that contribute the most calories to iconic fast foods, it's theoretically possible to single them out, and order low-calorie (or at least, lower-calorie) versions of your most favorite guilty pleasures.

    To do this, you have to look closely at your food. Really closely. You have to examine the nutritional information nested on fast food websites and read ingredient lists that contain things, you might argue successfully, no human should ever eat. You start to learn things you might not want to know. And indeed, researching how to make 10 fast food favorites more healthy

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  • 13 useless beauty tools

    By Trystan L. Bass

    More from Green Picks blog

    Natural beauty is a wonderful idea, but sometimes a gal needs a little help. We're not opposed to a touch of makeup or a bit of hair styling, and there are many great, eco-friendly brands available. However, fashion magazines and stylists (not to mention sales clerks) may try to convince you that you need tons of different tools and gadgets to make yourself look beautiful.

    So many products on the market seem redundant, ridiculous, and perhaps even harmful. We toured the beauty shops online and found some of the worst offenders -- avoid cluttering up your bathroom with this junk, and you'll feel lighter and more gorgeous immediately!

    Check out Yahoo! Green on Twitter and Facebook.

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