September 15, 2012 0Comment

Published September 14, 2012 FOXBusiness Get a Good Education at a Bargain Many factors determine the value of a school: net price, graduation rate, academic selectivity, job placement rate, how well graduates can pay back their student loans, quality of instruction and the real-world work experiences the school offers — just to name a few. Value is also based on what students need, making it impossible to determine which, of the thousands of U.S. higher education institutions, definitively offer the best college deals. Bankrate presents a list of schools that offer tremendous bang for the buck and, more importantly, a…

August 30, 2012 0Comment

Published August 28, 2012 Associated Press HONOLULU –  A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness World Records book after spending 63 years moving about the cabin. Ron Akana, 83, worked his last route over the weekend on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Kauai, ending his career in the state where it began. Hawaii, however, wasn’t his final stop. His destination was retirement in Boulder, Colo., where he has been living since 2002 to be closer to his grandchildren. He spent his first few days of retirement writing thank-you notes to well-wishers. “I wasn’t expecting this much attention,”…

August 29, 2012 0Comment

By carolyn_r on Aug 29, 2012 Your metabolism isn’t broken never to be fixed. There are myths about metabolism that make it seem as though it’s like a credit score. Weight loss misfortunes won’t wreck your ability to lose weight for once and for all. Some think that after a few times of losing and gaining, it’s impossible to lose as much as before. Others feel their desk jobs make it too hard to burn enough calories to lose weight. While doubt and fear may play tricks with your mind, your body is up to losing weight in either situation…

August 20, 2012 0Comment

By carolyn_r on Aug 18, 2012 10:00 AM in Dieting & You Numbers are a significant part of trying to lose weight. Be it pounds, inches, calories, or minutes, we’re all counting our way to a healthier lifestyle. While many of us have a goal weight, others are focused on a goal BMI. That is to say, we want to be healthy according to the standard measurement that screens for obesity, called Body Mass Index (BMI). A normal BMI range is between 18.5 and 24.9. A comparison of height and weight, BMI is meant to determine a person’s health risks…

July 20, 2012 0Comment

By Karen Asp Published July 03, 2012 Real Simple 1. You Need to Switch Up Your Workouts “After doing the same cardio or strength routine three to six times, your body adapts and you burn fewer calories,” says Michael Sokol, the owner of One-on-One Fitness Personal Training Services, in Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona. Eventually your results—weight loss, muscle definition—will slow down. Also, repeatedly placing stress on the same muscles and joints could lead to an overuse injury. Action plan: Once a month, change one thing about your cardio and weight-training regimens: Take a Zumba class in lieu of your Saturday…

July 4, 2012 0Comment

Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Publishers have released the cover of the J.K. Rowling novel set for worldwide release in September. “The Casual Vacancy” will be the Harry Potter author’s first offering aimed primarily at adults. The novel is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and deals with the unexplained death of a village resident. The cover released Tuesday is mostly red with a yellow border, and shows what looks like an “X” marking a box. Little, Brown Book Group says film and stage actor Tom Hollander will record the audio version of the book. Rowling’s series about…

June 27, 2012 0Comment

By Good Housekeeping | Vitality – Wed, May 9, 2012 Misconceptions about how to lose weight abound, especially on the Internet. Get the facts on shedding pounds now: Start by dispelling these 10 commonly held – but wholly inaccurate – notions. Myth 1: Carbs spell trouble for dieters. Fact: Carbohydrates are actually an important source of energy. Even so, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from low-carb diets. Carbs are not all created equal, and to help you Drop 5, you want to limit processed carbs such as white bread and croissants. Instead, enjoy beans and whole grains, such…

June 25, 2012 0Comment

From Women’s Health BY ELIANA OSBORN 1. Dehydration It turns out that even moderate dehydration (which results in the loss of 3 percent of your body weight) can make you feel mentally sluggish and mess with your concentration. The next time you’re feeling foggy or lightheaded, don’t just assume you’re in serious need of some food. Try downing a glass or two of water. 2. Cell Phones Checking your cell before bed amps up brain activity, making it harder to doze off. Plus, any electronic gadget’s artificial blue light can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin. A 2011 poll by the…

June 9, 2012 0Comment

By carolyn_r on Jun 09, 2012 Saturday mornings are rife with reasons to sleep in. No work schedule to keep, all day to workout, and for some, recovering from a long Friday night. While it feels like a treat, waking at different times between the work week and weekends may be a bad thing, one that could lead to weight gain and other health problems over time. If you need an alarm clock to keep up, you may be suffering from social jet lag. According to Till Roenneberg, Ph.D., a German researcher at the University of Munich likens differing sleep…

April 18, 2012 0Comment

Where do Hogwarts professors go during their summer vacations? What are the 12 uses of dragon’s blood? What’s behind that locked door in the Department of Mysteries? And why in the world did Hermione and Ron name one of their kids Hugo? I’ve been yearning for answers to these questions since 2007, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows marked the end of J.K. Rowling’s book series as we knew it. (Well, technically, The Tales of Beedle the Bard marked the series’ real conclusion — but since it’s a supplementary storybook, I don’t know if it should really count.) Rowling…