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…

  • See the list of surprising ways acute stress and nervousness can help your body heal and build resiliency

    See the list of surprising ways acute stress and nervousness can help your body heal and build resiliency

    You probably try to limit the amount of the dreaded "s" word you have in your life: Stress. After all, it's been linked to weight gain, heart attacks, hair loss and more. There's even been some buzz about the creation of a vaccine on the distant horizon that can protect your brain from the effects of stress. However, there's plenty of research that finds stress may actually be good for you.

    "Stress is a very healthy thing, because it gives you the energy you need to live life," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. "Without it, you wouldn't have the energy you need to take action."

    Consider adrenaline junkies who seek out stressful situations in order to reap a physical and emotional high. Those anxious feelings trigger a fight-or-flight response that releases cortisol and adrenaline for a surge of energy that pushes you to react when you need to (such as moving fast if you're

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  • Live to 100, starting today!

    Live to 100, starting today!

    Is living to 100 a goal of yours? Even if it's not, these expert tips on living a longer, healthier, and happier life will come in handy.

    1. Learn from the pros: A few years back, I did research on centenarians, after deciding that I wanted to live to be over 100 years old (this decision was followed by the decision to live the life I want to live a few years prior to that-so I figured I'd better check out what others are doing). This is what I found: Think more good thoughts, drink enough water regularly, breathe deeply daily, walk regularly, and have friendships.

    -Wendy Kay, certified life coach and motivator
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    2. Be in good spirits: The most essential live-to-100 tip, to me, is recognize that you create your perceptions from the inside out. A person's mood in the moment creates his or her experience; a person's experience does not create his or her mood. Those who understand this live a smooth and stress-free life. They do not play vi

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  • By Kate Bongiovanni, REDBOOK

    Given that an estimated 15,000 health apps were introduced this year alone, it's nearly impossible to figure out which ones are worth downloading (after all, you've got Angry Birds to play). So we turned to the experts: These are the real must-haves.

    KidsDoc ($1.99)
    Doesn't it always seem like your kid gets sick when the doctor's office is closed? This app by the American Academy of Pediatrics lets you compare your child's symptoms to photos of ailments and helps you determine whether you should go to the ER, wait a day to call your pediatrician, or simply treat the problem yourself (the app provides reassuringly detailed instructions on exactly how to do so).

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    Lose It! (free)
    Enter your weight-loss goals and Lose It! determines the daily calorie budget you need to slim down. Plug in the foods you eat and the exercise you get each day and the app will calculate the calories you've eaten and burned. (

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  • Writer and publisher Louise Hay, 85, has sold millions of books affirming the power of thought. Her latest book, "You Can Create an Exceptional Life," was written with life coach Cheryl Richardson.

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  • By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    When you think "heart attack," you probably think, "that won't happen to me." So it might surprise you to learn that a woman dies every single minute of every day, thanks to heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

    Also surprising: Women often don't have the same kinds of symptoms as men during a heart attack.

    Believe it or not, a study from 2005 found that a stunning 30-50 percent of heart attack symptoms in women go unrecognized by emergency and medical professionals, says Pamela Stewart Fahs, professor and Decker Chair in Rural Nursing at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing.

    Fahs surmises that those figures have improved somewhat in the last few years, thanks to an increased awareness in the medical community about heart disease in women. However, Fahs says another recent survey showed that about half of all women don't believe heart disease is a problem for females, and that it's common for women to miss

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