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Snacks: How they fit into your weight-loss plan
Eating between meals doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. Well-planned, healthy snacks can help you manage hunger and reduce bingeing at mealtime. Discover creative ways for healthy snacking without sabotaging your diet goals.

7 benefits of regular physical activity
You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to preventing heart disease to improving your sex life, find out what exercise can do for you.

Does my child need a flu shot this year?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination for all children 6 months and older, ideally given as soon as the vaccine is available each year. Learn more about this year's recommendation for a flu shot rather than the nasal spray vaccine from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert.

Is canned pumpkin healthier than fresh?
Fresh foods generally have a higher nutrient content than do cooked or canned foods. But in this case, both fresh pumpkin and canned pumpkin are packed with nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin A and iron. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.

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Time for new walking shoes?
If you walk regularly, your athletic shoes are bound to show signs of wear. And, even if they still feel comfortable, they might not be providing enough support or shock absorption. Pay attention to the condition of your shoes. If the outsole is worn through, it's time for a new pair.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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