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True or False: Obesity may prevent the immune system from functioning properly.

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Research performed by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has shown that obesity prevents the immune system from functioning properly, increasing its vulnerability to infection. In the study, obese mice were 50 percent less capable of killing the flu virus, compared to lean mice. The researchers believe that the same holds true in humans. To find out how many calories you need to maintain or lose weight, refer to your customized Nutrition Tracker.

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True or False: Lifting weights can also help strengthen your bones.

Answer: True

Strength training builds strength in your muscles and bones, making it a great form of exercise to help prevent osteoporosis.

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True or False: Taking (or eating) extra vitamin B-12 can boost your energy levels.

False.

A lack of vitamin B-12 may lead to fatigue, but taking extra B-12 does not boost energy levels. A water-soluble vitamin, your body excretes excess vitamin B-12.

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After age 60, people who don't strength train lose how many pounds of muscle per year (on average)?

Answer: one pound

Starting in their twenties, most people (especially women) lose half a pound of muscle every year if they aren't strength training to preserve it. After age 60, this rate of loss doubles. But regular strength training can preserve muscle throughout the lifespan, and rebuild the muscle lost.

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True or False: Depression can occur when other areas of your life are going well.

Answer: True

People can experience depression even when life is going well. While depression can be triggered by unfortunate life events, that is not always the case.

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9/7/15 10:33 A

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True or False: As long as you're working hard, you don't need to change your workout routine.

Answer: False

Incorporate variation into each workout. Variety is critical because your muscles become very efficient at the exercises they are accustomed to doing. Switching things up or doing something radically different during each workout session is more challenging to your muscles. This concept should be applied to both aerobic exercise and strength training.


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Beans, peas, lentils and oats are good sources of which kind of fiber?

Answer: Soluble fiber

Soluble fiber is found in beans, peas, lentils, oats, and barley. Some fruits and vegetables also have soluble fiber, such as apples, carrots, plums and squash. Eating foods with soluble fiber may help to lower blood cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. These foods may also help lower blood sugar levels, which is important if you have diabetes.

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9/6/15 12:40 A

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True or False: Eating food that was cooked in aluminum cookware can lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Answer: False

Explanation:
Claims have been made linking aluminum to Alzheimerís disease and other health problems, but these claims have been unsubstantiated by scientific research. In fact, according to the FDA, taking one antacid or aspirin tablet provides the body with far more aluminum than cooking and storing an entire dayís meals in aluminum.

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Insulin resistance occurs in the early stages of type 2 diabetes. What does insulin resistance mean?

Answer: The body's cells don't use insulin properly

Explanation: In the early stages of type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is still manufacturing insulin, but for some reason the cells of the body are not using it properly--a condition known as insulin resistance. In response, the pancreas produces more and more insulin, wearing itself out and eventually losing its ability to produce insulin to keep blood glucose levels in the normal range.

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True or False: Too much calcium intake can lead to problems.
Answer: True

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Extremely large amounts of calcium over a long period of time can result in calcium deposits in soft organs, kidney stone development, or poor kidney functioning. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 2,500 milligrams daily.

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True or False: Vitamin C is only found in fruits.

Answer: False

The best sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, tangerines), strawberries, peppers, kiwi, and cantaloupe. Good sources include some green-leafy vegetables, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, and pineapple.

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What level of serum (blood) cholesterol is considered healthy?

Answer: below 200 mg/dl

Serum (blood) cholesterol flows through the bloodstream. Your body manufactures most of its blood cholesterol, but it absorbs some from the foods you eat. A total blood cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dL is a healthy goal. The amount of cholesterol you have in your blood is partly genetic (some people tend to have high levels, while other people tend to have low levels). But your habits (smoking, diet, exercise, etc.) affect the level of cholesterol in your blood too.

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9/6/15 12:32 A

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True or False: strength training helps reduce the risk of diabetes.

Answer: True

Regular strength training at a moderate intensity helps prevent diabetes in a number of ways. First and foremost, lifting weights helps improve the way the body processes sugar. Researchers have also found that weight lifting helps to improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control. Additionally, as stated above, resistance training improves heart health by controlling cholesterol and blood pressure, both of which play a role in diabetes management.


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8/25/15 6:13 P

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True or False: Eating soup before your meal can help you consume fewer total calories during your meal.

True

Soup may curb your appetite. Studies show that people who eat broth or vegetable-based soups (not creamy or high-fat ones) as the first course of a meal consume fewer total calories during their meal. In fact, study participants consumed 20% fewer calories when they started their meal with soup!

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True or False: Starches, sugar and fiber are all types of carbohydrates.

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Carbohydrates include starches, sugars and fiber, which is an indigestible form of carbohydrate.

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True or False: The same two bacteria cultures are used to make all yogurts.

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Two such bacteria cultures, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are used to make all yogurts.

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What is Acai?

A berry from Brazil

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is a berry from Brazil that's been widely touted in the United States for its health-enhancing powers. In addition to removing toxins and increasing energy, the alleged benefits include burning fat, reducing food cravings, and boosting metabolism. Typically the berry is sold in the form of juice (for as much as $40 a bottle), capsules, or powder. What supposedly makes acai berries so beneficial is their high levels of antioxidants, which help fight harmful free radicals.

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8/24/15 4:02 P

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True or False: Health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression are UNRELATED to the amount and quality of a person's sleep.

False

Studies have found a relationship between the quantity and quality of one's sleep and many health problems. For example, insufficient sleep affects growth hormone secretion that is linked to obesity; as the amount of hormone secretion decreases, the chance for weight gain increases. Blood pressure usually falls during the sleep cycle. However, interrupted sleep can adversely affect this normal decline, leading to hypertension and cardiovascular problems. Research has also shown that insufficient sleep impairs the body's ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes. More and more scientific studies are showing correlations between poor and insufficient sleep and disease. For more details and information about insomnia and sleep problems, visit SparkPeople's Insomnia Health Condition Center.

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Wearing ankle or wrist weights is a safe way to add intensity to your walks.

False

Avoid wearing ankle and wrist weights. They can alter your normal movement patterns and increase the risk of injury. If you must add weight to your workout, a weighted vest helps distribute weight more evenly and allows you to move more freely and normally than weights attached to your extremities.

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8/23/15 1:15 A

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True or False: When you get sick, you should 'feed a cold and starve a fever' to recover sooner.

False

Many people say they can never remember whether to starve the cold or the fever. The answer: neither! The best advice is simply to listen to your appetite because being neither hungry nor stuffed will get rid of a cold, flu, or fever any faster. "Starving" an illness is particularly a bad idea. Intentionally restricting calories only makes it harder to recover from an illness.

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Which of the following vegetables is in season during the winter?

Answers 2 and 4

Kale and leeks are both in season during the winter. Porcini mushrooms and zucchini are in season during the summer.

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What is the leading cause of death in the United States?

Heart disease

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. Here are the facts:
*Nearly 1 million Americans died of heart disease in 2002, making it the leading cause of death.
*52 million Americans have high cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease.
*67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, the top contributor to high cholesterol.

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8/22/15 7:47 P

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True or False: Eventually, depression will go away by itself.

False

Correct Answer Explanation: For some people, depression might go away without intervention, but that's not the case for most people who suffer from depression. There is no way of knowing how long depression might last, and it can greatly increase your risk of other complications if left untreated. There are several types of treatment that can quickly and effectively decrease the severity of depression.

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True or False: Soluble and insoluble fiber have the same functions and benefits.

False

Eating foods with soluble fiber may help to lower blood cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. These foods may also help lower blood sugar levels, which is important if you have diabetes.

Insoluble fiber is often called roughage or bulk because it keeps the digestive system running smoothly. This helps with constipation, hemorrhoids, and other digestive problems. It may help to prevent some types of cancer.

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True or False: Research shows that you are more likely to receive accurate weight loss advice on high-activity message boards like SparkPeople's.

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When it comes to weight loss advice, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine (July 2007) says that Internet users tend to receive accurate answers when they ask questions in high-volume online forums. The study also recommends that health professionals refer their patients to high-volume forums, like SparkPeople.com's Message Boards for weight loss advice. Read

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To achieve minimum health and fitness benefits, adults should aim for how many aerobic exercise sessions per week?

3 sessions

Aim for a minimum of 3 days of cardio (aerobic exercise) per week with no more than 2 days off between sessions. Gradually work your way up to 5 or 6 days per week.

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True or False: Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

False

The causes of depression are complex and overlapping. In fact, one true cause is not known. Low serotonin levels are a symptom of depression, but there is no proof that low levels of serotonin actually cause depression.

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What might happen if you don't properly cool down after exercise?

Dizziness
Fainting
Blood pooling
Muscle soreness
*All of the above

The purpose of the cool down is to slowly decrease the heart rate and the overall metabolism previously elevated during exercise. When exercise ends abruptly, your blood pressure drops and can cause dizziness or fainting. A proper cool-down prevents the sudden pooling of blood (collection of blood in one place) and re-circulates the blood back to the heart, skeletal muscles and brain. This 10-15 minute phase of your workout helps prevent muscle stiffness or soreness. Learn how to Cool Down properly.



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Which of the following statements about HDL is FALSE?

It's the unhealthy cholesterol

HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is the good, healthy cholesterol. HDL picks up and carries excess cholesterol away from artery walls and brings it back to the liver for processing and removal. You want this number to be high (at least 60 mg/dL)to protect your heart. Levels too low (less than 40 mg/dL) are bad for your health, increasing your risk for heart disease.

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True or False: Fresh juice is a good source of fiber.

False

Drinking the juice of fruits and vegetables means consuming their water and much of their vitamin and mineral content; however, the pulp, or fiber, which also has many health benefits, is removed.

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True or False: Your body needs both major minerals and trace minerals each day.

True

Minerals can be divided into two main categories, based on the amount that is needed by the body. Major minerals (or macrominerals) are present in relatively large amounts in the body and are required in fairly large amounts in the diet--more that 250 milligrams daily. Trace minerals (or trace elements) are needed in much smaller quantities--less than 20 milligrams daily.

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True or False: Dietary fiber, starches, and sugars are all digested in the same way

FALSE

Although it is considered a carbohydrate, dietary fiber is not digested the same way the other two types of carbohydrates (starches and sugars) are. While starches and sugars are broken down into glucose (blood sugar), fiber isn't treated the same way. The fiber you eat passes through the body undigested and helps add bulk to your stool (among other benefits).

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True or False: Most people with diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes.

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Between 90% and 95% of diabetes cases are type 2. Learn The Causes Type 2 Diabetes.


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How many calories are equal to one pound of body fat?

3,500

One pound of body fat is equal to 3,500 calories. That means you have to create a 3,500-calorie deficit through diet and exercise to lose one pound of body fat. To gain a pound, you'd have to consume 3,500 calories more than your body is able to use.

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True or False: Electronic bathroom scales that measure body fat are 100% accurate.

False

Special scales that use bioelectrical impedance (weak electrical signals) can estimate your body fat percentage. These scales can have a large margin of error (around 10% or more according to some studies). Plus, digital scales only measure fat levels in the lower body (the signal travels up one leg and down the other), so they don't provide a full picture of the fat level of your entire body.

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Which of the following statements about sugar alcohols is FALSE?

They contain 1/8 the calories that sugar does

Sugar alcohols get their name from their unique chemical structure, which resembles both sugar and alcohol. But they're neither sugars nor alcohols. In fact, sugar alcohols are a type of carbohydrate that sweetens foods, but with half the calories of sugar. There are several specific types of sugar alcohols (usually ending with the letters "-ol"): erythritol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol.

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True or False: Depression can occur when other areas of your life are going well.

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People can experience depression even when life is going well. While depression can be triggered by unfortunate life events, that is not always the case.

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True or False: Even if you are at a healthy weight, your risk for developing hypertension is greater if you do not exercise regularly.

True

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Sedentary individuals have a higher risk for hypertension than individuals who are active. Regular exercise can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, if you are overweight, your risk of developing high blood pressure is two to six times higher.

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According to research conducted at Tufts University, people who consume the most whole grains are ___ less likely to develop diabetes.

42%

A 2006 study by Tufts University showed that people who consume the most whole grains are 42 percent less likely to develop diabetes.

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Roughly how many calories do people burn by cleaning their houses each year?

50,000 Calories

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A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that Brits burn more than 50,000 calories a year--nearly 15 pounds of fat--just by cleaning their homes.

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True or False: Taking allergy medications regularly will cure allergies.

False

Medications like antihistamines only relieve allergy symptoms, not cure them. The only known treatment that can cure allergies is immunotherapy (allergy shots). Nearly 80 percent of people who use these treatments correctly for one to three years will successfully cure their allergies. Talk to your doctor to find out if immunotherapy treatment is right for you.

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True or False: Eating chicken soup can help you recover from a cold.

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There is a grain of truth to this practice. Chicken soup won't "cure" your cold, but research shows that it can help loosen nasal mucus and clear up congestion so you breathe a little easier.

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If your friend becomes obese, your chance of becoming obese, too, increases by how much?

57%

Research published in a July 2007 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine found that when one individual becomes obese, the chance that his or her friend will become obese increases by 57 percent--even if their friend lives far away, and especially if their friend is of the same sex--71 percent in that case.

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Which of the following statements about ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid) is FALSE?

Your body converts it to DHA very efficiently

ALA is one of three types of Omega-3 fatty acids. It can be found primarily in foods of plant origin, but also in other foods such as beef. The richest source of ALA is flaxseed, but it is also found in hempseed, canola oil, soybeans, soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, linseeds, walnuts, and walnut oil. Once ingested, the body converts ALA into EPA and DHA, allowing it to be more readily used by the body. However, this conversion isn't very efficient.

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What BMI (body mass index) range is considered healthy?

18.5-24.9

A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Calculate your BMI using SparkPeople's online calculator.

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True or False: Herb-seasoned roasted potatoes contain less than half the calories of mashed potatoes (made with butter and whole milk).

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Roasted potatoes, made without added oil, contain about 57 calories and 0 grams of fat per 1/2-cup serving. Mashed potatoes contain twice the calories (120) and 4 grams of fat for the same portion.

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True or False: A middle-aged (or older) person who has never exercised before should get a doctor's clearance before starting a fitness program.

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A document called a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) can help you determine if you need a medical evaluation before starting an exercise program.

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True or False: Aerobic exercise decreases HDL cholesterol.

False

HDL cholesterol is the "good" cholesterol. Aerobic exercise increases HDL (good) cholesterol and decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol.

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Eggs contain all of the following vitamins EXCEPT:

Vitamin C

Eggs provide some of every vitamin above with the exception of vitamin C. They are one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D and are an excellent source of B vitamins. You'll also get several of the minerals your body needs to function, including calcium and phosphorus for bone health.


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Up to ______% of the U.S. population is sensitive to dust mites.

10

Dust mites are microscopic, eight-legged insects that are mainly found in bedding, curtains and carpeting. Dust mites are a significant cause of indoor allergiesóup to 10% of the U.S. population is sensitive to these tiny organisms. An allergic reaction to dust mites can include itchy eyes, a runny or chronically-stuffy nose and other symptoms that often worsen during the night.

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True or False: Hemp seeds contain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

True

Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, containing essential fatty acids, amino acids, and minerals. About a third of the weight of the seed is made up of oil, and most of that oil is the healthy variety: ALA (alpha-linoleic acid, a type of Omega-3 fat) and linoleic acid. These essential fatty acids (EFA's for short) can benefit your health in many ways.

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About ____% of the calories you consume post-workout should come from protein.

25%

While carbs are essential, itís also important to include some high-quality protein in your post-workout meal or snack. This protein will stop your body from breaking down muscle tissue for energy and initiate the process of rebuilding and repairing your muscles. About 25% of the calories you eat after a workout should come from proteinóthat's about 10-15 grams for most people.

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True or False: Lifting weights can also help strengthen your bones.

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Strength training builds strength in your muscles and bones, making it a great form of exercise to help prevent osteoporosis.

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About ____% of the calories you consume post-workout should come from carbohydrates.

60%

Roughly 60% of the calories you eat at this time should come from carbohydrates. Contrary to popular belief, your body needs more carbohydrates than protein after a workout, to replace the muscle fuel (glycogen) you used up and to prepare for your next exercise session.

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True or False: High blood pressure is usually asymptomatic.

True

You may have high blood pressure and not even know it. While 50 million Americans suffer from this affliction, 33 percent don't even know they have it, and 70 percent don't have it under control. High blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer." In general, it does not directly cause symptoms. When blood pressure is very high, it may cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue and ringing in the ears. However, it often causes no symptoms. The only way to know where you stand is to have your blood pressure checked by a qualified professional.

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Which of the following factors affect your flexibility level?

Age, Gender, Level of activity (exercise history), Temperature
*All of the above

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All of these factors affect your ability to stretch: Muscle connective tissues have a natural tendency to shorten with aging, resulting in tighter muscles. Several studies have shown that females tend to be more flexible than males. Active people tend to be more flexible than inactive people. An increase in muscle temperature results in a decrease of muscular resistance, which enhances your ability to stretch. Learn more from our Reference Guide to Stretching.

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What does BMI stand for?

Body mass index

BMI stands for body mass index.

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True or False: If you're not active or exercising after eating a meal or snack, the food you eat will turn into body fat.

False

Your body is constantly burning calories to perform physiological functions that keep your body alive and healthy (digestion, respiration, brain activity, etc.), so your body needs fuel from food and uses it all day long, even if you're not physically active. This is called your Resting Metabolic Rate, and it "runs" even when you're asleep.

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Wheat bran, whole grains, fruits and vegetables are good sources of which type of fiber?

Insoluble fiber

Insoluble fiber is found in foods like wheat bran, whole grains and all vegetables and fruits. It is often called roughage or bulk because it keeps the digestive system running smoothly. This helps with constipation, hemorrhoids, and other digestive problems. It may help to prevent some types of cancer.

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Bran is removed from wheat kernels to make white flour. What nutrients does this bran contain?

All of the above (B-vitamins, Trace minerals, Fiber).

Bran makes up the outer layers of the grain. It contains B-vitamins, trace minerals and dietary fiber. Itís removed when wheat flour is processed (refined and/or bleached) into white flour.

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True or False: Your body needs an adequate amount of carbohydrates to be able to burn fat.

True

For fat to be metabolized properly, carbohydrates must be present. The basic message is simple when it comes to selecting the amount and type of carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates should make up 45% - 65% of the total daily calories in a healthy diet. At least 130 grams of carbohydrate should be included in the diet to prevent ketosis. Whenever possible, replace highly processed/refined grains, cereals, and sugars with minimally processed whole-grain products. For optimal energy and nutrition, learn The Truth about Carbohydrates.


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True or False: Quitting smoking can make you irritable due to a drop in serotonin levels.

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It's true! Nicotine increases serotonin, the neurotransmitter that leads to relaxed and calm feelings. When the levels of serotonin decrease, we end up feeling irritable, cranky and stressed. To complicate matters, carbohydrates increase our serotonin levels, which explains the cravings for starchy or sweet foods.

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True or False: All types of chocolate provide health benefits.

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Research suggests that the consumption of chocolate may help prevent high blood pressure, improve heart health, and provide a bounty of antioxidants. But all chocolate is not created equal, and not all types of chocolate offer these health benefits.

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True or False: Pollen counts are HIGHEST between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Pollen counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. If you have allergies to pollen, you should avoid going outdoors during this time frame.

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Which of the following ground beef products tends to be the LEANEST?

Ground round

Ground beef products (in order of most to least fat): ground beef, ground chuck, ground round. Eye of round and roasts are leaner, while steaks and ribs have more fat.

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True or False: Research shows that both green AND black teas contain heart-protecting antioxidants.

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According to a 1999 study of tea by the American Health Foundation, both green and black teas contain antioxidants that can help to decrease the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol.

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Which of the following foods is highest in antioxidants?

Raspberries

Scientists have discovered that berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits. Raspberries, for example, contain an especially high level of antioxidants--three times more than kiwis and 10 times more than tomatoes.

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If you made chocolate chip cookies with half the chips called for in the recipe, how many calories would you save per cookie?

22

Use miniature chocolate chips in your cookies and reduce the amount by half. Though mini chips and regular size chips have the same nutritional content, by reducing the amount, you'll get more, smaller chips throughout the cookies. You'll save 1,050 calories per cup of chips you eliminate, or about 22 calories per cookie.

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True or False: Strength training elevates your metabolism immediately following a workout.

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Johns Hopkins researchers found that while aerobic exercise burns more calories at the time you are exercising, your metabolism returns to normal about 30 minutes after you finish your workout. Individuals who perform strength training, however, elevate their metabolisms (burn more calories) for two hours after their workouts end.

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What is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)?

An Antioxidant

Green tea contains an antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been shown in lab studies to boost metabolism and fat burning.

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What is the name of the condition of an UNDERACTIVE thyroid?

Hypothyroid

Hypothyroidism, the chronic condition of an under-active thyroid, affects millions of Americans. It's most commonly caused by chronic autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease, and can result in a variety of symptoms, including: weight gain (caused by a reduction in metabolism), water retention, depression, muscle pain, increased cholesterol, fatigue, mental "fog" and more.

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True or False: Brown eggs and white eggs have the same nutritional value.

True

The breed of chicken determines the color of the eggshell but not the nutrients. Brown eggs tend to cost more because it takes more feed for the chickens to produce the slightly larger eggs.

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Who is more likely to develop high blood pressure?

It depends on the person's age.

Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you age. Men over 45 and women over 55 are more likely to have high blood pressure than their younger counterparts. Up to age 55, men are more prone to high blood pressure than women, but after menopause, a woman's risk increases. By age 75, high blood pressure is more prevalent among women than men.

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According to the USDA, which chocolate product contains the highest concentration of healthy compounds?

Unsweetened cocoa powder

A 2005 USDA study found that unsweetened cocoa powder contained the highest concentration of beneficial compounds of all chocolate products.

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Which of the following contributes to good heart health?

Brushing and flossing your teeth
Drinking green tea and eating dark chocolate
Decrease your negativity and increase your positivity
Adopting a pet

All of the above

All of the above can help you improve your heart health.

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What do all three types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational) have in common?

They result in high levels of glucose in the bloodstream

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If insulin isnít available, or if the body isnít using it correctly, a person's blood glucose will remain elevated. The latter describes diabetes mellitus, a serious health condition that affects millions of people. There are actually three variations of this disease, but all are characterized by abnormally high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Learn more about the similarities and differences between all three Types of Diabetes.

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How often should you strength train with each major muscle group?

2-3 times a week

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Aim to train each muscle group at least two times per week, and up to three if you have the time or are more advanced. One day per week may help you maintain your current level of strength, but it will not be enough to build muscle. It is important to rest 1-2 days in between working out the same muscle(s). Rest days give the muscles time to repair themselves from small tears that occur during strength training, and this is how you get stronger. Check out SparkPeople's Reference Guide to Strength Training for more.

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Which of the following best characterizes the 'valsalva maneuver'?

A breathing issue

Many people have a tendency to hold their breath during strenuous activity like weight lifting--a big mistake. Known as the valsalva maneuver, this breathing issue, which involves exhaling forcibly without any air actually exiting the body, can limit oxygen delivery to the brain and cause dizziness, fainting, a spike in blood pressure and other complications.

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In the phrase ''SMART Goals,'' what does the acronym ''SMART'' stand for?

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely

The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul.

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True or False: The hormonal changes of menopause help protect women against cardiovascular disease.

False

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Before menopause, women have lower rates of cardiovascular disease than men, in part because of their higher levels of estrogen. After menopause, however, the rate of heart disease in women continues to rise. Women who are 65 and older will experience heart disease equally as often as men of their same age. Get the facts about heart disease in women.

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True or False: Your body needs sodium.

True

Sodium is found mainly in blood plasma and in the fluids outside the body cells. It helps regulate the movement of body fluids in and out of the body cells. Sodium helps your muscles and heart to relax. It is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses and helps to regulate blood pressure.

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For optimum health, adults should consume fewer than ___ mg of cholesterol each day.

300

(Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in animal foods and in the body's blood, brain and nervous systems. It is essential to the structure of every cell in the body. The dietary goal for adults is to limit intake to fewer than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.)

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In the U.S., how far does the average food item travel before it reaches your table?

Over 1,000 miles

Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! This is one of many reasons that environmentalists and nutritionists alike recommend eating locally grown food as much as possible.

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Which of the following vegetables is in season during the winter?

Answers 2 and 4, Kale & Leeks

Kale and leeks are both in season during the winter. Porcini mushrooms and zucchini are in season during the summer.

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Which type of fat is solid at room temperature?

Saturated fat

Saturated fat (butter is one example) is packed with hydrogen atoms, making it solid at room temperature. Unsaturated fat (like olive oil) contains fewer hydrogen atoms, so it is liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats are types of unsaturated fats.

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Which of the following is NOT a good nutrition strategy for type 2 diabetics?

Eating Fat With Every Meal And Snack

While all of these other strategies are important for diabetics, eating fats at every meal or snack is not. Certain fats can enhance health, and fat can also slow carbohydrate absorption, preventing spikes in blood sugar. But diabetics need to watch their fat intake and keep it at moderate levels. Therefore, eating fat at every meal and snack is typically not advised. Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes offers more tips.

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True or False: Antidepressants are the only effective treatment for depression.

False

There are many effective treatments for depression, and antidepressant medications are just one of them. Because depression is so different among individuals, the methods used to treat depression also vary in effectiveness from person to person. For example, some studies show that exercise is just as effective as antidepressants in treating certain cases of depression. For other people, talk therapy alone is enough to put depression at bay. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your needs.

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Iron found in animal products is called

Heme iron

Iron is available from foods of both animal (heme iron) and plant (non-heme iron) origin. It is better absorbed from heme iron sources.

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What kind of resistance do dumbbells provide?

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Which habit has NOT been proven to prevent type 2 diabetes?

Consuming less sugar

There are many ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. Eating a healthy diet and getting sensible amounts of physical activity to achieve and maintain a healthy weight can help prevent it. Contrary to popular belief, eating too much sugar does not cause type 2 diabetes. Read more about Pre-Diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes.

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Which essential nutrients help regulate cellular fluid and transmit nerve impulses?

Minerals

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Electrolytes are special minerals that help regulate cellular fluid and transmit nerve impulses.

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What does the word 'aerobic' mean?

'With oxygen'

The word "aerobic" means "with oxygen." Aerobic and cardiovascular exercises usually refer to the same thing, but the words themselves do not have the same meaning.

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According to research studies, which of the following strategies could help you burn more calories than the other?

Running before strength training.

Research shows that you should do cardio first. Published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, one study examined how many calories exercisers burned doing one of four workout combinations: running only, strength training only, running followed by strength training, and strength training followed by running. The run-strength training group came out on top with the highest exercise after burn of all.

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Individuals who get under _______ hours of sleep per night are more at risk for heart disease, obesity, stroke, and other health conditions.

6

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Individuals who get less than six hours of sleep a night may be at an increased risk for viral infections, heart disease, obesity and stroke, with an associated decline in mental functioning to boot.

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True or False: Soluble and insoluble fiber have the same functions and benefits.

False

Eating foods with soluble fiber may help to lower blood cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. These foods may also help lower blood sugar levels, which is important if you have diabetes.

Insoluble fiber is often called roughage or bulk because it keeps the digestive system running smoothly. This helps with constipation, hemorrhoids, and other digestive problems. It may help to prevent some types of cancer.

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