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7 ways to take care of your teeth when you can’t go to the dentist

Taking care of your teeth is always important, but proper dental health is even more important now that dental cleanings may be cancelled due to the coronavirus. You likely (and hopefully) already have the tools needed for basic oral hygiene, like a toothbrush and floss, but maybe you don’t know why these tools are necessary or how to make the most out of them. We spoke to Dr. Ada Cooper, DMD, a dentist based in New York City and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA), to get an expert’s tips for taking care of your teeth at home.

1. Get a quality toothbrush—and use it correctly

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Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.

There are certain non-negotiables when it comes to at-home dental care. The first one is obvious: A toothbrush. “Whether it’s manual or powered, your teeth really don’t care. You

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How are Fitbit Users Finding New Ways to Achieve Their Fitness Goals?

Shelter-in-place orders have changed much of Fitbit users’ everyday lives. We’ve been staying home, getting more quality rest (a happy surprise), cooking more, and finding new ways to stay active, given that our step counts are down. But, our resting heart rates have improved across the board, which is great news for heart health.  

When it comes to staying active, we’ve had to get creative—and Fitbit users have risen to the challenge. In fact, data from mid-April shows that more users exercised one to two times a week in April 2020 than in April 2019. (Exercises were either auto-detected or manually logged on users’ Fitbit devices, and lasted for a duration of at least 15 minutes.) This rings true across major American cities including San Francisco, Denver, and New York, as well as global cities including Paris, Seoul, and Tokyo—with Madrid being one notable exception.  

Note that week 15 is

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4 Ways to Improve Physical Fitness

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Improving your physical fitness can seem challenging, but by taking small steps to improve your exercise and eating habits, you can do it! You should aim to do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 5 days a week. Try jogging, kickboxing, stair-climbing, or any exercise you enjoy that gets your heart-rate up! It can help to download a fitness app to keep track of your progress and encourage you to meet your goals. If you don’t have time to exercise on certain days, try finding small ways to get yourself moving. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or do sit-ups during commercial

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15 Easy Ways to Be Healthier


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15 Easy Ways to Be Healthier

Author: Guest Contributor 

More and more research is showing that the key to lifelong good health is what experts call “lifestyle medicine” — making simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress management. To help you turn that knowledge into results, we’ve put together this manageable list of health and wellness suggestions.

We asked three experts — a naturopathic physician, a dietitian, and a personal trainer — to tell us the top five simple-but-significant lifestyle-medicine changes they recommend.

Besides giving you three different takes on how to pick your health battles, this list gives you choices you can make without being whisked off to a reality-show fat farm — or buying a second freezer for those calorie-controlled, pre-portioned frozen meals.

James Rouse, N.D.

Naturopathic physician, triathlete, chef, author and host of TV’s “Optimum Wellness,” health-tip segments featured on NBC affiliates in several major cities.

1. Think positive and focus

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3 Ways to Cancel a Planet Fitness Membership

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To fulfill Planet Fitness’ cancellation requirements, write a 1-page document asking the gym to end your membership. So they know the letter is real, include your driver’s license number and the last 4 digits of your SSN. If you want to cancel in person, visit your gym and give the paper to a membership representative. Alternatively, you can end your membership by mailing the document to your gym as a certified letter. After cancelling, keep track of your bank account to make sure the charges stop. For tips

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