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Oh, you thought you were getting rid of me so quickly? I'm still alive and kicking and will make every effort to do a monthly column for my friend, Geggie - because if that means there's one less thing he has to write, that's not only better for him, but really it's better for all of us.

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"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." This is one of my favorite quotes, uttered by Linus Van Pelt, in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

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In honor of the Southeast District Tennessee Senior Olympics being held this week, I thought we would discuss some of the health benefits of exercise for Seniors.

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If you've ever struggled with workout motivation (and seriously, who hasn't?), a new fitness band is here to help. Called Pavlok, the band will jolt you with an electric shock whenever you step out of line - or, I guess, don't step at all.

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We often associate this time of year with back to school clothes shopping, football season kicking off, pools closing and, for stay at home parents, the celebration of kids going back to school.

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The number of overweight people in the United States, including children, has increased more than 30 percent in the last 30 years, and activity levels are down considerably while screen time is up. What can you do as a parent to help your family and your children get fit and healthy and stay…

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I have a running joke with Greg Moses about how he has fallen in love and gotten off his diet kick. (Actually, do you know the difference between Greg and a running joke? Greg doesn't run.) Because I love him and want him to have a long, prosperous relationship with Sweetiepoo, I'm offering …

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A few months ago, I listed in this column the benefits of my newfound passion of cycling. About two months ago, I found out the new Eureka Trail was open for business and decided to purchase a trail bike. Since then, I've not been back on my road bike and have ridden the trail an average of …

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Our health and well-being can be greatly influenced by complex social factors such as where we live, and the strength of our families and communities. But despite knowing this, positive change is not occurring at a promising pace.

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All this week, poor Greg has suffered through what he claims is a severe cold. To most, it is probably just a case of the sniffles. Not to Geggie, though. He's about as tough as a ripe banana.

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Unless you live under a rock (no offense Greg Moses), chances are it wouldn't be difficult for you to find someone - including yourself - saying they're stressed about something. Stress can be a good thing when it leads us to conquering our fears and getting the job done; when you're in a co…

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Recent research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition - and not the widely used body mass index or BMI - is a better predictor of all-cause mortality.

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As the festive season beckons, it's easy to lose sight of the health goals that you've been trying to achieve all year. Rich food, plentiful beverages, and lack of exercise all contribute to a sluggish system, not to mention the family hazards that might fly your way. Try following these tip…

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I've heard all the talk about cell phones being the downfall of today's youth. Yes, I have two teenagers who text often. However, what constitutes a texting problem? I recall two things from my teen years (that I can share) regarding phones:

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Do you ever struggle with fatigue? No, I'm not talking to all the college students who stay up until 2 a.m. and then complain because they are so tired for their 8 a.m. classes. We. All. Make. Choices. I'm talking about the average "Mack-Minn" Countian who works a 40-plus hour week and strug…

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Cyclists are a diverse group. Some of us ride fat tires down rocky trails, some of us ride road bikes up burly hills, some of us ride for sport, and some of us ride just for fun. Some ride for the adrenaline rush and some ride their bikes for basic transportation. But all of us can take adva…

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My long history of knee issues has been well chronicled in this column in the past. In fact, until about a year ago, my left knee was fused (for 14 years). My knee bent so little that I couldn't walk up and down steps normally or even pedal a bicycle. Until recently, I have just worked that …

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The United States may not be the country with the most people, but we make up for it in girth. We are the top country in the world in terms of obesity, followed by China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan, and Indonesia, in that order.

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Greg Moses approached me last week and asked, "Can you write Lee's Healthy Living column while he's out on vacation?"

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Henry David Thoreau once said, "Water is the only drink for a wise man." In contrast, W.C. Fields said, "I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes."

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You may want to stand up while you read this. Go ahead, stand up if you're able. You can thank me later. You too, Greg Moses - you need to stand more than most ... don't stand too fast, though, you might hurt someone.

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As many of you know, we have gone through a major "reinvention" at the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA. Any time you make these types of changes, you are forced to go through old files and de-clutter your offices, storage, and facility as a whole. During my sorting of files in our offices, I stumb…

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The word local is one of America's hot new buzz words. Although the idea of buying locally grown food is not at all new, the local food movement has certainly picked up momentum in recent years and has therefore thrust the word "local" into all kinds of headlines. Forty years ago it was most…

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Mark Twain once said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled." For the last 15 years or so, I have shared this opinion.

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When I was a kid, I don’t ever remember wearing sunscreen during the summers. I would play outside with no shirt, no shoes for at least 10 hours a day. As I grew into my teen years, I remember going to four-hour baseball practices and shagging fly balls in the outfield in the hot sun with no…

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Recently, Men's Health came out with the best things to eat for maintenance of each part of your body. The list was quite interesting, so I thought this week I'd share some of the magazine's findings with you.

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Henry David Thoreau once said, "Water is the only drink for a wise man." In contrast, W.C. Fields said, "I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes."

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It seems that the journeys we like most are those that don't take too long. So, here's a journey to better health that only takes six steps. Are you ready to spring forward?

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Poisoning is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. In this recent report, it was noted that, in 2008, the number of poisoning deaths exceeded the number of motor …

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We live in what I call a "drive-thru" or "microwave" society. We want everything to happen instantly, easily, and with no-frills. Unfortunately, we still don't have that magic potion that makes everyone healthy after one drop. Until then, we have to have a combination of proper diet, exercis…

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I'm a child of the '80s, born in 1971. If you are my generation or older, you definitely remember the days before anybody really wore seatbelts. It was commonplace for me to ride in the back seat of my dad's 1978 Grand Prix with no seatbelt, lying down, covering the whole back seat. Of cours…

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We're about to talk dirty, so if you're eating dinner right now, you might want to put the paper down, finish your meal, and then get back to me. I'll wait.

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As many of you know, I have become somewhat of a "foody" over the last few years and spend a great deal of time cooking and watching Food Network and the Cooking Channel. However, I have yet to master the family holiday get-together. Partly because I really only like cooking for my girls at …

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I love Christmas - the decorated trees, the streets adorned with lights, carols, presents, festive food and drink, time with family and friends. I think I like everything except the extra pounds that can result. But waddling like a turkey (or wobbling like Greg Moses) after Christmas isn't i…

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 12 tips for beating the Christmas bulge so I won't look like a partridge in a pear tree. (Actually, it was my good friend, Amy Sullins, who suggested I do a take-off of the popular "Twelve Days of Christmas.")

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The holiday season can be extra tough on your diet when you truly love family time and the social aspect of family gatherings that the season brings. In our family, the social challenge is making sure you spend more time focusing on family and less time on food. Hey, we have some great cooks…

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Here at the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA, the full-time Y guys are growing our beards for prostate cancer awareness, so if we look a little scragglier than usual, please bear(d) with us.

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I have a confession to make: I've never had a flu shot. No, I'm not scared of needles - if I can sit at lunch and look at Greg Moses for five minutes straight without screaming, I can certainly take the sting of a needle. In fact, I'm that guy who begs for the steroid shot when he has the se…

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