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Love Your Heart: Take Steps To Reduce Heart Risks

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. The good news is you have the power to protect and improve your heart health. Research has found that you can lower your risk for heart disease simply by adopting sensible health habits.

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Shape Your Family’s Habits: Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices

With your help, kids can learn to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that last throughout their lives.

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Rough Up Your Diet: Fit More Fiber Into Your Day

Fiber can help with digestion, and some studies suggest that high-fiber diets might have other benefits. But if you're like many Americans, you don't get enough of it.

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Calculate Your Body Mass Index
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.

Dietary Supplements
(Office of Dietary Supplements)
Information about the use, effectiveness, safety and quality of dietary supplements. Includes fact sheets for health professionals and consumers, answers to common questions, and tips to help you choose and use dietary supplements wisely.

Weight Loss
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Information on complementary and alternative medicine for weight loss.

Weight-control Information Network
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight?
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
Overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you are pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child. This fact sheet tells you more about the links between excess weight and many health conditions.


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