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  • Health Watch: Burn calories playing video games

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  • Can you really get fit with your kidís gaming system? Absolutely!
    A recent CDC fitness study found that only one in four teens aged 12 to 15 meet the standards of an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. If you arenít meeting those standards either, join your kids and game your way to fitness with the Xbox, Wii and PlayStation.
    Here are some top-rated examples:
    Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 for Wii U: Combining fun and fitness, Your Shape lets you select a multiplayer mode for up to four people and share your progress with friends. Create a profile, try some aerobic-style moves and focus on specific body areas. These circuit-style workouts are perfect for people who are just starting out with exercise.
    Zumba Fitness for Wii and Xbox 360: Get in touch with your inner dancer and experience freestyle, break dance, Latin ballroom and other styles with Zumba Fitness. Choose from cardio workouts with 20-60 minute durations and varying intensity levels.
    Nike+ Kinect Training for Xbox 360: Select a trainer and get serious with strength training, toning and weight loss. Track your progress by setting up a Nike+ account.
    Just Dance 4 for PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360: Listen to popular music and perform specific dance routines while watching virtual dancers on screen. Choose from five different workout types, each with a specific musical theme.
    UFC Personal Trainer for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360: Take a fitness test, choose between weights or fitness bands, and initiate fundamental to advanced workouts that combine striking and kicking motions.
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    Number to Know
    100 million: About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which can seriously interfere with their quality of life, according to the Institute of Medicine. The most common sources of chronic pain are headaches, back pain and arthritis pain in the joints, such as knees and hips.
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    Childrenís Health
    Product safety
    Prior to using any cleaning or household product, including single-load liquid laundry packets, familiarize yourself with product labels, safety information and icons on the packaging to prevent accidents. Itís important to teach young children that products, such as detergent, and their containers are not toys.
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    Senior Health
    Pain medication
    Care provided by a pain specialist is effective because it is individualized to each person. Therefore, itís important that pain medication be taken only by the person to whom it was prescribed. If you are prescribed pain medications from a skilled pain medicine specialist, be sure to safely store and dispose of prescription medicines once you are finished with them to ensure they are not accessible to anyone else.
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    New Research
    Teen pregnancy
    Page 2 of 2 - MTVís ď16 and PregnantĒ is helping to prevent teen pregnancies, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The show led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on TV, accounting for about one-third of the overall decline in teen births in the United States during that period, according to news reports.
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