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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, NOON

House Call: Sensible New Year’s resolutions

Let’s talk about some health-related resolutions and strategies for keeping them. Common health resolutions are to exercise regularly and lose weight. These are admirable, definitely good for you, and I’d encourage them. But I have some other ideas for you to consider.

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Brett Broviak, a manager of respiratory and sleep services at IU Health North Hospital, shows off his Fitbit fitness tracker Feb. 29 on the hospital’s campus in Carmel, Ind. (AJ Mast / Associated Press)

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Step counts could be worth cash

Like many people recently, I have bought a Fitbit and am now motivated to reach 10,000 steps a day (which, ahem, is not the same as saying I will always attain that goal). However, I’m not the only one who might be interested in how many steps I take – my doctor and insurance company would surely appreciate knowing that as well.

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016, 7 P.M.

Sweat it out! Skin patch aims to test sweat for health

The experimental gadget goes well beyond activity monitors like the Fitbit. A little larger than a quarter, it’s almost like a tiny lab stuck to the skin – and a study published Wednesday found it worked on sweaty bicyclists, sticking even during a long-distance race in Arizona.

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho,  waves during a photo shoot on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Simpson has lost more than 70 pounds in the past 18 months. Now the ninth-term congressman has started a “Hike with Mike” challenge, encouraging Idahoans to walk 2,963 miles over the next 14 months, which is equal to a trip from Washington, D.C., to Boise. (Tong Wu / Tribune News Service)

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016, 7 P.M.

Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in the next 12 to 15 months. “I joke that my wife wants me to get healthy, even if it kills me,” said Whitlock, president of the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise. “It’s something new. I tend to get engrossed in my work, and 12 hours later it’s time to go home and you forget to fit in exercise.”

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

Mall walkers Ann Morales and Flora Yang walk together at Mazza Gallerie in Washington, D.C.; Yang walks twice a week at the mall and says mall walking keeps her young and fit. Photo by Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News. (Heidi de Marco / Heidi de Marco)

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 4 P.M.

Experts’ new Rx for health: Walk the malls

Flora Yang is small, spry and not afraid to tell you her age: “90-something.” She walks twice a week at the Mazza Gallerie mall in Northwest Washington and says mall walking keeps her young and fit. Health officials are starting ...

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

Brain gain

Exercise tones the legs, builds bigger biceps and strengthens the heart. But of all the body parts that benefit from a good workout, the brain may be the big winner. Physical fitness directly affects our mind and plays a crucial role in the way the brain develops and functions. Moreover, exercise is linked to brain changes throughout all stages of life, beginning in infancy and lasting through old age.

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

More or less, exercising lessens risks

DEAR DOCTOR K: You often recommend exercising for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. That target intimidates me. Is it worth it for me to exercise less, say 15 minutes, three days a week? Or is there no benefit unless I commit to the full 150 minutes per week? DEAR READER: I’m glad you asked that question, because there are a lot of people who are daunted by the thought of exercising that much – and therefore don’t do it at all. It is true that I do advise 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. But two recent studies, while not changing my view that 150 minutes is best, show that less than this still brings benefits.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

Jill Ciccarello leads a class at Cancer Care Northwest.

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

Healing body, mind, spirit

Jill Ciccarello’s sister died of cancer. Lorrie Stonehocker’s husband is still battling cancer that has caused him to lose organs, including part of his stomach, as the chemo is shutting down his kidneys. Yet these cancer nightmares have inspired both Spokane women to help other cancer patients through yoga – the ancient practice that encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Beyond tracking

The future is here, and it’s sweaty and integrative. The treadmills at Eastern Washington University’s fitness center are outfitted with touch-screen modules that lets gym users track their workouts – duration, calories burned – using software that connects to an app they can download on their smartphones.

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Woman’s road to health inspires others

Irene Gonzales did her milestone 50th birthday so big she landed on NBC’s “Today” show Aug. 8 to share her infectious enthusiasm with the entire country. Like many baby boomers looking to do something extraordinary to mark the big 5-0, Gonzales, the principal at Spokane’s Franklin Elementary, decided to run a marathon on her actual birthday. But unlike most, she was joined by 50 friends she rounded up by starting a fitness Facebook page called Fit Fifty.

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TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

Summer Games participants, from left, Terry Perry, Jessica Kenlein, Linnea Carlson, and Laurie Feola play a game of island ball – similar to dodgeball – last week at upper Manito Park. (photos by COLIN MULVANY)

TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

Summer Games gives adults a chance to play like children

Before explaining the rules of noodle tag last week on a grassy play field at upper Manito Park, fitness trainer Nicole Kuhn led a group of women through stretches and a principle behind Summer Games, her recess-for-grownups series: Players of noodle tag, or island ball or trash can kickball or any other playground game in their future, should play at their own pace. Can’t run another step? Slow down. Some parts of the field too aggressive? Hang out in another part.

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MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

Personal trainer Stacy Benoscek watches her son, Mavrick, try a pull-up at Oz Fitness in Spokane Valley on June 4. Benoscek, 50, specializes in training older clients to keep them healthy. She also helped her son, who is autistic, participate in a pageant to raise awareness of autism disorders. (Jesse Tinsley)

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

Personal trainer keeps aging clients healthy

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and start working out. “I knew I needed to get motivated right away,” Holston said between repetitions on a weight machine pinpointing shoulder muscles. “At 79, I can do everything I need to do. I’m proud of it, man.”

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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

Pool workout keeps body in motion

Sure, an icy dip in the pool is a welcome relief on a hot summer day, but your local watering hole is also the perfect site for your next workout. Situate yourself in the shallow end of a pool where you can stand comfortably with both feet on the ground and the water comes up to between your belly button and chest. Then do the following routine as an interval-style workout, completing each move for 40 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of rest. Repeat the sequence three times.

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