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…

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    Author Cystal McCrary

    his month marks the arrival of Crystal McCrary's new book Inspiration, a collection of first-person essays by black women who are changing the world, one remarkable story at a time. Here, in her own words, McCrary shares the far-reaching impact of their influence, and the top 10 lessons she learned from female powerhouses, including a singer, an environmental strategist, a journalist, an international diplomat, and more.

    1. Be open to the excellence and inspiration around you.
    Appointed by President Barack Obama as the first African-American woman Ambassador to the Bahamas, Nicole Avant shared a story about her godfather, the legendary music producer Quincy Jones. She talked about being home with him one night watching him write on dozens of pieces of paper, then ball them up and throw them away. She said he must have thrown over a hundred pieces of paper away. Finally, Nicole asked him what he was doing and he said, "Working on this new album for Michael Jackson called Thriller

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  • By Joy Bauer, RD

    Q: I can't find the time to cook so I mostly eat packaged foods. How can I eat better?

    A: Stock up on a mix of convenient, healthy fresh and packaged foods that don't need much prep. For breakfast, go for low-sugar cereals, skim milk (or your favorite milk alternative) and quick-cooking oatmeal. For lunch, dinner and snacks, buy fresh produce, whole-wheat bread, natural nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.), nonfat yogurt, precooked chicken breasts, frozen turkey and veggie burgers, microwavable pouches of brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, jarred marinara sauce, and frozen vegetables and fruits. Also, keep a stash of a few frozen entrées and canned soups, but look for ones that have short ingredient lists, are made from whole grains and have no more than 600 mg sodium, 4.5 g saturated fat, and of course 0 g trans fat. Photo by: Thinkstock
    Check out these snacks under 100 calories.

    Q: Which salad dressings are the healthiest? Or should I just use plain oil and vinegar?...Read More »

  • And what you can do now to delay--or prevent--problems later

    And what you can do now to delay--or prevent--problems later

    "When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are to blame as well. Here, 7 diseases you can do something about today--to make sure you feel better, longer.

    Typical age of diagnosis:
    50s and beyond
    But it can hit as early as: Late teens and early twenties

    What you can do now: Steer clear of tanning salons--even occasional trips to the tanning bed can triple your chances of developing melanoma, according to the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Avoiding the sun altogether is next to impossible, so use a daily moisturizer with at least SPF 15--but many expert

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  • By Kathy Caprino

    As a career coach and a career reinventer myself, I can confidently say that changing your career to something that is more suited to your values, needs, skills, and interests, is doable today, even in these tough economic times. But to switch careers effectively and achieve a positive outcome, you need four things: clarity, courage, confidence, and competence. Without these, you'll most likely struggle hard and fail. Further, there are core steps you must take to ensure you are emotionally, financially, and professionally ready for this next step and for the eight important stages that you'll undergo.

    Step one to successful career change is to take off your rose-colored glasses, and get hip to your own trip about what you've created so far, and how you've potentially contributed to the challenges you face. Start to hold yourself more accountable than ever before for what's in front of you. If chucking your career is appealing, certainly explore career change, but ma

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  • It took nearly two decades for first-year firefighter Shaun Mooney to achieve his dream job.

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