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…

  • Heart health starts from within. Keep these good-for-you ingredients at your dinner table and stave off hunger and heart disease. Plus, we have included our favorite recipes from!


    This tropical fruit is brimming with vitamin C and beta-carotene. The fiber and folate found in this superfood helps prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and boosts your immune system. Use papaya in your morning smoothie, a fruit salad, or throw it in a juicer. Try this recipe for Shrimp and Papaya Summer Rolls.

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    Legumes are high in protein and contain no cholesterol! Black beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, and lentils have the most health benefits. Choose dried over canned beans in order to avoid a sodium overload. Try this recipe for Black Bean-Goat Cheese Dip.

    Sweet Potato

    Sweet potatoes aren't just for holidays anymore. These bright orange tubers are high in vitamin A, b

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  • If you're like most women, you're totally smitten with chocolate. People have been obsessing over this comfort food for thousands of years (the Mayans considered cocao a cure-all and the Aztecs used it as money). And all that obsessing has yielded some pretty surprising studies--and findings. Here, five things you need to know about your favorite indulgence.

    1. It Can Boost Your Workout
    Skip the expensive sports drinks and protein shakes. Research shows chocolate milk is just as effective a recovery aid.

    A study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism compared the effects of a recovery drink and chocolate milk on endurance athletes' ability to recover after a series of bike sprints followed by an endurance ride the next day. They found that chocolate milk was just as effective at relieving muscle soreness after the sprints, and preparing the athletes to perform in the endurance test the next day. Better yet, everyone preferred the taste of chocolate

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  • Realtor Rob Neyland, 59, helped found the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, CO.

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  • As long as you're committed to your plan today, you're succeeding because you're taking …

    The term "bucket list" was around before 2007, but it was popularized that year by the Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman film about two terminally ill guys who travel around the world with a list of to-dos before they "kick the bucket." They find, in their travels, that some of the more trivial items take on deeper significance. An especially touching scene happens when Nicholson as Edward reconciles with his estranged daughter and meets his little granddaughter for the first time. He kisses her on the cheek and then crosses "kiss the most beautiful girl in the world" off the list.

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    I like that because for me it turns the idea of creating a before-I-die agenda into something more than random thrill-seeking or self-centered yearnings. Yes, some of the items I come up with may seem frivolous, but who knows what they could morph into if I pursue them? Anyway, as Eleanor Roosevelt famously said,

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  • world's-healtheist-women

    From pouring on the olive oil like the Greeks to slashing stress like the Scandinavians, what we can learn from the happiest, slimmest, longest living cultures around the globe.

    By Valerie Frankel

    The secret to a long, healthy life in America? According to longevity researchers, it may be to act like you live somewhere else.

    It seems like every year another country's lifestyle is touted as the new magic bullet to cure us of obesity, heart disease, and premature death: For an unclogged heart, herd goats and down olive oil like a Mediterranean. Avoid breast cancer and live to 100 by dining on tofu Japanese-style. Stay as happy as Norwegians by hunting elk and foraging for cowberries.

    The places we're usually told to emulate are known as Blue Zones or Cold Spots. Blue Zones were pinpointed by explorer Dan Buettner and a team of longevity researchers and are described in his book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest. They're areas in It

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