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Bone health: Tips to keep your bones healthy
Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. While it's important to build strong, healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too. From being more active to eating calcium-rich foods, try these suggestions.

CPR: First aid
Even if you're not trained in CPR, you still may be able to save a life. Here's what to do if someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

Neti pot: What is it, and why is it used?
A neti pot is a container designed to rinse debris or mucus from your nasal cavity to treat symptoms of nasal allergies, sinus problems or colds. Learn how to use a neti pot safely.

Honey: An effective cough remedy?
Want to quiet a pesky cough? See if you should reach in your pantry instead of your medicine cabinet.

Organ donation: Don't let these myths confuse you
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Posture check: Do you stand up straight?
Good posture minimizes strain on your joints and muscles, which can prevent aches and pains. So what's good posture? When you're standing, keep your chest held high and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try not to tilt your head forward, backward or sideways. Pull in your abdomen and buttocks. Make sure your knees are relaxed — not locked. Keep your feet parallel and your weight balanced evenly on both feet.

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

Sugar challenge: Cut the sweetness for two weeks

Can you give up added sugar and artificial sweeteners for a time? Try giving your palate a cleanse with this two-week test.

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