Todd Reed Vitality 052312

Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

  • Anna Goeser, 46, is finding urban farmers in Los Angeles need a little help with their chickens.

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  • It's true that your DNA serves as a blueprint for your health future. But taking new scientifically proven steps can drastically reduce your risk for four diseases that strike women.


    22% Average woman's risk
    40% Risk if one parent had it

    Though a recent study hinted at a genetic marker, there's no concrete test that reveals whether you'll get hit with the blues.

    Reduce Your Risk

    Swig some joe. Women who sipped two cups of coffee a day had a 15 percent lower risk for depression, according to a 2011 study. The key may lie in the caffeine, which could accelerate the release of mood-elevating hormones.

    Eat Greek. Sticking to a Mediterranean diet--think salmon, sardines, olive oil, avocados--can lower depression risk by more than 30 percent. Such food is chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids that can help stabilize your mood, says Orlando-based psychologist Alan D. Keck, Psy.D.

    Break a sweat.
    Working out can strengthen your mental health. A study in the American Journal

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  • Running helps more than your heart and lungs. Promising brain research shows a strong link between running and a "younger," more nimble brain. Vigorous cardiovascular activity pumps more oxygen--and glucose-rich blood to your noggin. And when you make running a frequent habit, the rewards are long-term. All forms of exercise generate more energy for the brain, but research indicates the more aerobically challenging the exercise, the greater the mental payoff. Here's a look at your brain on running.

    Run Your First 10-K!


    Running sparks the growth of fresh nerve cells, called neurogenesis, and new blood vessels, called angiogenesis, says J. Carson Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park who studies the role exercise plays in brain function. "We know that neurogenesis and angiogenesis increase brain-tissue volume, which otherwise shrinks as we age," he says. In a 2011 study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of S

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  • Hold on to your youth with these tips and tricks for younger-looking skin.

    #1: Eat Seaweed
    Certain undersea delicacies, like seaweed, have a composition similar to blood plasma and are among the richest sources of minerals and nutrients. Seaweed also minimizes signs of aging by detoxifying skin and fighting free radicals. If you don't want to munch on salty seaweed, introduce it into your diet with capsules.

    #2: Get Enough Sleep

    No matter how much makeup you apply, your skin won't look good without enough sleep. Skin needs this down time to repair and rejuvenate itself, so turn off all your digital gadgets at night.

    #3: Don't Stress
    Studies show that stressing out practically etches lines on your face (as if you don't have enough to worry about). Finding a few moments of solace everyday can add years to your life-and money to your bank account (think about how much you'd spend on Botox otherwise).

    #4: Go Sugar-Free
    Or at least avoid it whenever you can. Excessive sugar reac

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  • Hearing Aid

    What? Is this something you hear yourself saying more often than ever? Well, you're certainly not alone. About one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems.

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    One reason for the recent rise in hearing difficulties is that people are simply living longer, and that means that age-related hearing loss occurs more often. The other reason is that we live in an extremely noisy world. It's estimated that more than half the mp3 devices sold have volume levels that can go past a safe level of noise. Hearing music at this leve - 89 decibels or above - virtually guarantees a loss in hearing.

    For people with age-related hearing loss, the condition can creep up gradually and be almost unnoticeable. Many times it's family or friends who are the first to realize there's something wrong.

    If the person with the hearing loss doesn't recognize what's going on, or is n

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