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Vermont Named Healthiest State, But What’s the Unhealthiest?

If you live in Vermont, congratulations — for the fifth year in a row, your state has been named as the healthiest in the country.

The United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Health Rankings, released Monday, also put New Hampshire, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts in the top five.

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Tech-Savvy 4-Year-Old Saves His Unconscious Grandpa with an iPhone [VIDEO]

Four-year-old Kanden Jones may not know the difference between taking a nap and blacking out, but he sure knows how to use an iPhone.

It was a guys’ day for the kid and his grandfather Carl Jones when the two were out deer hunting in the woods. When the worst happened — thankfully not a hunting disaster — Kanden was left with an unconscious grandpa.

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Battle of the Belly Bulge [AUDIO]

Hmmm, something strange is going on again this year.  The belt for my pants doesn't quite go so easily in the same notch it normally fits in.   I need a little more slack in my shirts that normally tuck in nicely.

Oh yes, that's right.  It's just that yearly metamorphosis that follows Thanksgiving and lasts thru the holidays.  

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Need an Energy Boost? Skip the Coffee, Take a Nap — Health Check

If you find yourself dragging in the middle of the day, don’t reach for the coffee pot — reach for a pillow instead. Experts say naps may be a good way to make up for the sleep deficit many of us have from not getting enough shut-eye at night.

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Sorry Smokers, It’s Better to Avoid Short Cuts When Quitting — Health Check

While surveys consistently show that more than 3 out of 4 smokers would like to quit, only about 10 percent of those who try each year are successful.

Fortunately, new studies show one way to raise those numbers is to treat smoking as a chronic disease — like high blood pressure — for which long-term treatment is offered.

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Reasons to Hit the Billings Athletic Club This Holiday Season – Our Top 5

Thanksgiving is over, and you ate so much that you feel like a stuffed turkey! So grab your tail feathers, get off the couch and take advantage of this killer special deal from Billings Athletic Club! Get a BAC Health club membership for December ONLY for just $20. A Jackson. Again, 20 bucks. That’s a 73% discount off the regular price of $75! Call the BAC to take advantage of this one time offer at 259-2626!

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Reasons to Hit the Billings Athletic Club This Holiday Season – Our Top 5

Thanksgiving is over, and you ate so much that you feel like a stuffed turkey! So grab your tail feathers, get off the couch and take advantage of this killer special deal from Billings Athletic Club! Get a BAC Health club membership for December ONLY for just $20. A Jackson. Again, 20 bucks. That’s a 73% discount off the regular price of $75! Call the BAC to take advantage of this one time offer at 259-2626!

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‘Morning Person?’ Laziness? There’s a Gene for Them — Health Check

If you’ve ever wondered why some people can get by on just a few hours of sleep while others need much more, scientists may have found an answer.

Research conducted on 4,000 Europeans discovered that those who had two copies of a particular variant of a gene called ABCC9, which influences sleep duration, generally reported sleeping less than those who had two copies of a different version of the gene.

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Should an Obese Child Be Taken From His Parents? Some Authorities Thought So and Did

A boy in Cleveland, OH, who weighs more than 200 pounds, was taken from his mother by authorities last week. Officials were forced to remove the third-grader from his home when caseworkers decided that his mother’s inability to reduce his weight constituted medical neglect.

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Keith Urban Recovering From Successful Throat Surgery

From the sound of it, Keith Urban will be better in no time following a successful throat surgery. The ‘Without You’ singer underwent the outpatient procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal chords earlier this week and thankfully, came out unscathed.

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Smarter Kids May Be Experimenting More with Drugs — Health Check

A new study of 8,000 kids published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds those who had high IQs were more likely to use certain illicit drugs as they aged. Smarter girls in particular may tend to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs later on.

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Rascal Flatts Visit Kids at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Rascal Flatts have quietly made helping the kids at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt their favorite offstage hobby. For years, the trio has donated time and money to the hospital, and last month they returned to tour the new Rascal Flatts surgery center and play an acoustic set for the kids and their families.

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