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VIRTUAL HEALTH BY LAURIE DAVIES SUPERTRACKER Eating nutritious meals in the right portions will help you and your family stay healthy. But mouth-watering, healthy menus don’t just happen. They take planning. Tap into this quick collection of USDA tools and databases to make your meals healthier than ever and to take the pressure off the cook. FOOD-A-PEDIA Need to make a quick decision or food comparison? Look up almost any food by general category (e.g., carrots, ice cream) or brand name for an instant breakdown of empty calories, fat, sodium and sugar. Now, it’s time to get personal. Starting each morning with breakfast, SuperTracker’s bank account-like ledger subtracts calories from a total allowance of 1,200 calories daily. Meanwhile, a real-time bar graph helps you see how your food intake stacks up against fruit, vegetable, whole-grain, dairy and protein recommendations. RECIPE FINDER Want to find a new way to cook sweet potatoes? Or a new recipe for your blender, wok or skillet? This database links you to thousands of recipes submitted by health professionals and organizations (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association). Search by ingredients, ethnic preference, cooking equipment or nutrient requirements. Early detection is one of the best weapons in the fight against cancer. But how to keep track of what screenings to do, and when? Until fairly recently, for example, Pap tests were recommended annually. Now, major health groups suggest that healthy women with previous normal test results can have a Pap test alone every three years or a Pap test plus HPV test every five years. How is a wellness seeker to keep up? The American Cancer Society has made it easy with a decade-bydecade schedule of screening recommendations. Visit and search “screening recommendations by age” for constantly updated guidelines. And, of course, talk to your doctor about your personal risks and family history. 46 FA L L 2 013 PODCAST Stay on Schedule One Minute Could Change Your Life When it comes to colon and breast cancers, what you don’t know can kill you. That’s the message of a 60-second podcast from the CDC. Visit and search “What You Don’t Know Can Kill You.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Recognized for Excellence
Step It Up
Your Mightiest Muscle
Well, Well, Well
Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
Is Your Shut-Eye Serving You Well?
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge
Anatomy of an ER Visit
Next-Gen Surgery
Attack From Within
Virtual Health
Working for You
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - North Mississippi