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No time for breakfast?
When you're running late in the morning, do you pass on breakfast to save a few minutes? Eating breakfast jump-starts your day and even may help your overall health, so don't skip it because you're short on time. Try these quick and easy ideas.

Slideshow: Ticks and the diseases they carry
Tick-borne diseases are becoming an increasing problem in the U.S. Since 2009, more than 200,000 cases have been reported. Yet, of the 800 species of ticks found throughout the world, fewer than 60 are known to bite and transmit disease to humans. See which ones to look out for on the trails and in backyards this season.

Is UV protection important when choosing sunglasses?
When shopping for sunglasses, look for more than just fashionable frames. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage your skin and eyes, and may contribute to the development of certain types of cataracts, growths on the eye and macular degeneration. Here's how to select sunglasses that will protect you.

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Sunscreen shopping tips
When you're shopping for sunscreen, the brand matters less than how you use the product. Look for water-resistant, broad-spectrum coverage with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Check the sunscreen's expiration date. Also, find a sunscreen you like. If you don't care for the sunscreen, you're not as likely to use it consistently.

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

Nutrition-wise: Portion control is key for weight loss
Large portion sizes have been thought to be one of the major contributors to excessive calorie intake leading to weight gain and obesity in the U.S. Learn from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, how watching the amount of food you eat may help you lose weight and how the resulting boost in confidence and a few key lifestyle strategies can help you keep the weight off.

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