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The Truth About Watermelon

  • Posted on: 6 August 2018
  • By: jleff
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Watermelon is a perfect summer food: refreshing, nutritious, hydrating and delicious. It also has antioxidants to help protect your cells from damage. And that's not all!
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When you think of summer and picnics, do you think of watermelon?

How could you not? It's sweet, refreshing and juicy and practically spells summer. Watermelon, a cousin to squash, cucumbers and pumpkins, comes in five main types: seedless, seeded, mini (or personal, which have thinner rinds), yellow and orange.

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National Women's Checkup Day: Why This Day Matters

  • Posted on: 11 May 2018
  • By: veras
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National Women's Checkup Day is a good reminder that just one day of paying attention to your health could add years to your life.

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National Women's Checkup Day is a good reminder that just one day of paying attention to your health could add years to your life.


If you were offered the opportunity to find health problems before they started, wouldn't you jump at the chance? National Women's Checkup Day is a good time to remind you all that just one day of paying attention to your health could add years to your life.

Yet, despite that chance, when you consider the bulk of your to-do list, it's no wonder that you might feel a bit weighed down with all the things competing for your time and attention.

And without fail, the something that almost always falls to the bottom of the list is you.

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National Nurses Week: Celebrating Those Who Care for Us

  • Posted on: 4 May 2018
  • By: veras
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Nurses are often the health care providers most intimately involved with our care. National Nurses Week is the perfect time to pay tribute for their care and commitment.
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Nurses are often the health care providers most intimately involved with our care. National Nurses Week is the perfect time to pay tribute for their care and commitment.

Nurses are among the most committed and caring health care providers around.

OK, I may be biased. In addition to running boutron, I am also a nurse. After graduating college with my business degree, I just couldn't give up my longing to be a nurse. It's in my DNA—and if you ask any nurse, I'd bet that 99 percent would agree that the caring and nurturing is something we are born with.

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Night Eating Syndrome Is a Real Thing

  • Posted on: 6 March 2018
  • By: jleff
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Some people wait until night when no one's looking to consume a large portion of their day's calories. These people may have night eating syndrome.
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Some people wait until night when no one's looking to consume a large portion of their day's calories. These people may have night eating syndrome.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld
Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist
Founder and Director, Gatewell Therapy Center
Coral Gables, FL

Sure, many of us snack toward the end of the day, when we're tired and finally have an opportunity to sit, relax and unwind. But some people eat and eat and eat. They might have night eating syndrome (NES), which is different than just wanting to have a little treat or something sweet.

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Reference: Cleator J, Abbott, J, Judd P, Wilding JPH. Night eating syndrome: implications for severe obesity. Nutr Diabetes. 2012; 2(9):e44. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3461352/. Accessed February 28, 2018.

Have a Heart-Healthy, Diabetes-Friendly Valentine's

  • Posted on: 9 February 2018
  • By: helen
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Valentine's dinner doesn't have to break the budget or the diet. Author and chef Amy Riolo offers some recipes for a delicious dinner that is diabetes-friendly, heart-healthy and not difficult. 

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Valentine's dinner doesn't have to break the budget or the diet. Author and chef Amy Riolo offers some recipes for a delicious dinner that is diabetes-friendly, heart-healthy and not difficult. 


I love Valentine's Day and not just because it's a chance to celebrate romance. I like any excuse for a fancy dinner with the people I love. 

I prefer to eat at home on Valentine's because I don't like to fight crowds. And, when we had children at home, I wanted to include them in our special meal. 

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Rethink Your Salads

  • Posted on: 25 August 2017
  • By: helen
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If you're tired of tossed salads or just not a fan of lettuce, try some interesting variations with vegetables, fruits and protein—but no lettuce. 

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If you're tired of tossed salads or just not a fan of lettuce, try some interesting variations with vegetables, fruits and protein—but no lettuce. 


Are you getting a little bored with summer salads? Maybe it's time to rethink your salad choices.  

A healthy salad is low-calorie, filling and packed with nutrients. But, it can easily become highly caloric, less nutritious or boring, depending on what ingredients you choose. 

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Surprisingly Salty Foods

  • Posted on: 23 February 2017
  • By: helen
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Too much salt can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease, so learn what salty foods to avoid.
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Too much salt can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease, so learn what salty foods to avoid.

Do you love the taste of salty foods? Use your saltshaker with abandon? Maybe it's time to think about shaking that habit.

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What to Ask Before a Medical Test

  • Posted on: 1 February 2017
  • By: jleff
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Must-ask questions that can save you time and money.
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Must-ask questions that can save you time and money.

Ever wonder why your doctor ordered a certain medical test? Or why you got stuck with a huge bill for a test your insurance wouldn't cover? Or why you didn't get results from a test?

As someone who once got stuck with medical bills in the thousands of dollars for testing that revealed nothing, I understand. These things happen. But there are things you can do to avoid them. At boutron, one of our goals is to empower you to talk with your health care providers and ask smart questions.

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This Resolution Could Save a Life

  • Posted on: 11 January 2017
  • By: jleff
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January is National Blood Donor Month because winter is a critical time for blood and platelet donations. Can you resolve to give blood this year?
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January is National Blood Donor Month because winter is a critical time for blood and platelet donations. Can you resolve to give blood this year?

It's possible you've already made some New Year's resolutions, like losing weight, exercising more, procrastinating less and having more fun. But it's not too late to roll up a sleeve and add another resolution to the list: one that could be help save a life—or up to three lives—each time you do it.

January is National Blood Donor Month, which the Red Cross began in 1970 to help increase blood and platelet donations during the winter months when it's more difficult to keep up with the demand.

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It's Time for My Beautiful Post-50 Beauty Makeover

  • Posted on: 23 December 2016
  • By: helen
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Mature skin sometimes requires a different makeup technique. Department store beauty counters offer expert makeup tips.
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Mature skin sometimes requires a different makeup technique. Department store beauty counters offer expert makeup tips.

A few months ago, I decided it was time for a post 50 beauty makeover. The idea began during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July when I bought a makeup palette and a set of . I never owned a nice set of brushes. It was an important investment for my life after 50.

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