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10 Clever Ways to Drop Those Excess Holiday Pounds

The holidays are behind us and perhaps the only thing more disappointing than the awful gift from your Aunt Beatrice — seriously, a tie? — is the fact all the eating you did is starting to show in what used to be your washboard abs.

If you see more numbers when you step on the scale than you do when you look at your paycheck, it may be time to face the dreaded “d” word – diet. Before you start chowing down on nothing but tofu and steamed broccoli, though, consider these helpful tips to win the battle of the bulge.

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Feeling Down After the Holidays? Here’s How to Perk Up

We have, once again, celebrated our way into January and, for most of us, it’s time to get back to reality after the whirlwind that is the holiday season. If this isn’t easy for you to do this time of year, here are some things that might help.

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How to Get Home Safely on New Year’s Eve

With New Year’s Eve vastly approaching, many are planning a night of revelry — one that usually includes alcohol. But have you figured out how you’ll get home?

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Wade Hayes Is ‘Getting a Little Better Every Day’ Following Surgery for Colon Cancer

Wade Hayes is now resting comfortably at home following his recent surgery for colon cancer. Hayes, 42, was admitted to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Hospital earlier this month after learning he was battling stage IV colon cancer. The hit singer-songwriter’s surgery went better than doctors expected it would, and they sent Hayes home on Dec. 17, just nine days after the extensive procedure.

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What Would You Give Up? [AUDIO]

I'm curious, what would you give up to keep off the weight?

More than half of all American women would give up the "hanky panky" for three months rather than gain ten pounds!

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Could the Dangers of Driving and Using a Cell Phone Be a Bunch of Baloney? — Health Check

In recent years, study after study has raised the alarm about the dangers of talking on the phone while driving, with some saying you could be four times as likely to have a crash if you’re using a phone behind the wheel.

But new research indicates it may have been much ado about nothing.

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‘Why Do We Shiver?’ and Other Mysterious Winter Health Questions Answered — Health Check

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of those beautiful, warm places, where the weather never changes, you are now settling in for a season of gloves, static, chapped lips and chills to the bone. But what do we really know about how our bodies react to winter?

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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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