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Yoga: Fight stress, get fit and stay healthy
Yoga is a mind-body practice of physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. In addition to the fitness benefits, this combination of physical and mental disciplines may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind, and reduce your feelings of stress. Learn more about yoga and whether it might be right for you.

Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control
Making a few simple changes to your lifestyle may help you avoid Type 2 diabetes and its serious health complications, including nerve, kidney and heart damage. It's especially important to make diabetes prevention a priority if you're at increased risk of diabetes, such as if you're overweight or you have a family history of the disease. Start by taking these healthy steps.

Would cutting back on coffee help me lose weight?
A plain cup of brewed coffee has fewer than five calories and no fat. But adding flavorings, sweeteners and dairy — whether at home or your favorite coffee shop — adds extra calories. See how many calories these extras can add to your coffee.

Can carpeting be an asthma trigger?
Reducing exposure to asthma triggers is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent asthma flare-ups. Because carpeting can be a reservoir for allergy-causing substances, replacing it with hard flooring may be a good idea if you have asthma. But synthetic flooring also can have allergy triggers. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergic diseases specialist.

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Base tan? Bad idea
Are you going on a beach vacation and planning a visit to the tanning salon to get a base tan first? There's little evidence that a few sessions of indoor tanning will protect your skin from sunburn. And repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation — from the sun or tanning salon — increases your risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., cover up, and use sunscreen liberally and often.

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

Going the distance: Taking the high road
How you respond to disappointment says a lot about you. Will you reveal yourself to be petty and vindictive, or will you rise above it? Learn more from Dr. Edward Creagan, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and palliative care specialist.

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