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We’re always hearing about things we should be doing to live longer, but a new study finds there are really five pretty simple things we should all be concentrating on in order to extend our life span. Research out of Harvard finds that folks who simply eat a healthy diet, control their weight, partake in regular exercise, drink in moderation and don’t smoke can add more than a decade to their lives.

The researchers gave a questionnaire and looked at medical records of 123,000 volunteers and found that men and women at age 50 who followed all of these healthy habits, saw their life expectancy rise 12 and 14 years, respectively.

What’s more, over the 30 years of the study, both men and women who followed such a healthy lifestyle were 82% less likely to die of heart disease and 65% less likely to die of cancer. And while this may sound simple, most of us aren’t exactly living it. In fact, the study finds that only 8% of the population follows all five healthy habits, which is an indicator that American’s poor lifestyle is the major reason lives are cut short.

Source: The Guardian


These days more and more people enjoy the perk of working remotely, rather than in an office, and for a lot of workers, that doesn’t necessarily mean working from home, and that sometimes even means working on vacation.

A new poll conducted by Hawaii Tourism United States finds that 60% of Millennials say they work while on vacation, with 83% of them saying they are more productive while working away from a traditional setting. Overall, they say that combining work with play makes them more productive (83%) and creative (91%).

As for the best remote locations for work, 61% of Millennials prefer a secluded mountain-side environment, followed by an indoor high-tech environment with outdoor activities (59%). Of course there are some must-haves in any location in order to work remotely, with the ability to stay connected the most important (45%) followed by being able to find time for adventure (44%), and being able to work outside in warm weather (41%).

The survey finds that 82% of New Yorkers believe they work harder than folks in other parts of the country, and for this reason, HTUS is offering New Yorkers a chance to come work in six unique locations on the island. They’ve just launched the Work From Hawaii promotion, that will offer week-long "WFH" residencies on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Island of Hawaii. Those interested have from now until June 4th to submit their applications, for residencies that will take place in September. They have to be between the ages of 24 and 36, and the application involves filling out personal information and pitching why they would get the most out of a particular location. Click here for more info.

Source: Crossroads Today


We’re all aware of how important it is to use sunscreen before spending time out in the sun and for a lot of us, it’s second nature by now. But a new report from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital reminds us that being mindful about sun protection when you’re young is crucial, not just to protect your skin later in life, but because kids can get melanoma, too.

We don’t hear much about children developing skin cancer, but Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St, Jude Children’s Research Hospital points out that extreme sun exposure can lead to melanoma in kids and adolescents. He warns that we shouldn’t assume kids can’t get skin cancer because of their age.

“Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents behaves the same as it does in adults,” Dr. Pappo explains. “And although rare, melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer in younger patients and affects mostly teenagers.”

Doctors look for changes in moles to diagnose adults with melanoma, but for kids it’s a little different. They may find red or pale bumps that itch or bleed, in addition to any odd-shaped moles. And the good news is that melanoma is “highly curable” if it’s found and treated early. So check yourself and the kids in your life and make sure everyone’s using sunscreen all the time.

Source: Hello Giggles


If you’ve ever spent any time around kids, you’ve probably noticed how they can play outside all day and still have energy when it’s time for bed. They’re like little Energizer bunnies and moms and dads can’t possibly keep up. And now we know why: their muscles are similar to endurance athletes. According to a new study, children’s muscles recover faster and resist fatigue faster than the average adult.

It seems kids’ muscles have evolved to make them more fit since they’re small and can’t finish tasks as fast as adults. For the study, researchers from a university in France compared how muscles fatigued and recovered in three different groups: boys ages eight to 12, untrained adults who don’t regularly do intense exercise, and elite athletes who compete at a national level in triathlons or long-distance running or cycling.

And it turns out, the kids outperformed the untrained adults with muscle fatigue and recovery. “We found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and were, therefore, less tired during the high-intensity physical activities,” the lead study author explains. “They also recovered very quickly — even faster than the well-trained adult endurance athletes — as demonstrated by their faster heart-rate recovery.”

Researchers say this may explain why kids can play and play long after adults are beyond tired. And grown ups everywhere say “yep.” Now if science can just figure out how to give us some of that youthful energy, we’d be really happy.

Source: Scary Mommy


When you’re trying to cut back on sugar, you know there are some things you need to avoid, like visits to the ice cream shop and Venti Frappuccinos at Starbucks. But there are all kinds of sneaky sugar bombs out there, so you have to know what you’re eating. The American Heart Association recommends women east no more than six teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar a day, and these surprising foods pack that and more.

  • Lemonade - Adding some freshly squeezed lemon to your water is a nice way to spruce it up with some flavor and vitamin C, but lemonade is made with a lot of sugar, so read your labels or make your own so you don’t get too much of the sweet stuff.
  • Blueberry Muffin - Read the ingredients and the grams of sugar on the nutrition label to know how much you’re getting and it adds up fast. For example, the Starbucks Blueberry Muffin with Yogurt and Honey has a whopping 30 grams of sugar!
  • Yogurt and Fruit Parfait - Unsweetened yogurt and fresh fruit is generally a healthy choice, but when you’re grabbing one at a restaurant, read carefully to know how much sugar you’re getting. The Greek Yogurt With Mixed Berries Parfait at Panera has five different kinds of sugars adding up to a total of 30 grams, which is as much as three Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
  • Tomato soup - You might not think of it as sweet, but the second ingredient is often high fructose corn syrup and a can of Campbell’s condensed tomato soup contains 30 grams of sugar.
  • Cereal - If you like to down a bowl of cereal for a sweet snack, try to use a small bowl so you don’t over-serve yourself and choose what you fill the bowl with wisely. A three-quarters cup serving of Honey Smacks has 16-grams of sugar, but fill your bowl with twice that and you’ve got 32 grams of sugar, about as much as in 30 gummy bears.
  • Margarita - The salty, tangy cocktail goes down easy, but one drink can pack a day’s worth of sugar. Chili’s Ultimate Fresh Margarita has 40 grams of sugar, which is as much as 40 jelly beans! So drink wisely so you can still snack on some treats, too.

Source: Health


Sometimes while waiting for your prescription at the drugstore, you end up grabbing a few things you need and when you check out, you’re floored by the high total. But sometimes you do actually save by buying there instead of the grocery store. First, join the store’s rewards program to get all the deals they’re offering and then shop for these 10 items that are cheaper at the drugstore.

  • Dairy - Drugstores know everyone always needs milk and eggs, so they have low prices on these essentials to get you in the door, hoping you’ll buy more.
  • Soda - They don’t have as much variety as the supermarket, but you can find deals on two-liters and 12-packs almost all the time.
  • Cereal - Some cereal is usually BOGO or on sale, so stock up then.
  • Nuts - Buy the drugstore’s own brand to save more than the brands at the grocery store.
  • Gift cards - You can find a selection of national brands and some stores, like Rite Aid, will give you rewards points for buying a qualifying gift card.
  • Personal care products - Things like shampoo and soap go on sale frequently at drugstores, so you should always pick them up there for a discount. If they’re not on sale this week, wait until next week and you could avoid paying full price.
  • Laundry detergent - If you’re brand loyal, you’ll just have to wait longer for your brand to rotate back on sale, but every four to six weeks, they’ll have a good deal on Tide or Gain.
  • Makeup - Walgreens and CVS are always running a “buy one, get one half off” sale on cosmetics and they both have beauty clubs that reward you. At Walgreens, if you spend $50 on personal care items, you get $5 in store credit.
  • Baby supplies - They regularly have deals on diapers and wipes at drugstores, plus you can stack sale prices with store coupons and manufacturer’s coupons, so your savings add up.
  • Last-minute gifts - Bath accessories, chocolate, nail polish, magazines and gift cards to the rescue for a last-minute gift emergency.

Source: The Kitchn


As we previously told you, OREO recently conducted a contest where customers could come up with their own OREO creations, and the three finalists, Cherry Cola, Kettle Corn and Piña Colada OREO Thins, are in stores now nationwide. The three flavors will only be available for a limited time so fans can try them out and vote for their favorites. Fans can cast their vote daily here until June 30th or via text to 59526 with the winner being announced July 7th, and $500K going to the creator.

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