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D.C. Doesn't Skip Leg Day; Ranked Fittest City In U.S.

Bolstered by a city full of parks and residents who delight in biking and walking to work, D.C. topped this year's ACSM American Fitness Index.

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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.
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Can Employers Dump Workers On Health Exchanges? Yes, For A Price

A recent IRS rule bars employers from offering workers tax-free subsidies to buy policies. But a company could still cancel its plan and leave workers to buy individual policies on the marketplaces.
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Executive Action On Medicaid Would Be Only Temporary Fix For Virginia

There's been speculation that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe would take executive action on the state's Medicaid expansion, but political analysts say that would be a temporary solution at best.

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How To Shop For Long-Term Care Insurance

Buying insurance is always a gamble — weighing the total cost of monthly premiums against the chance that you'll need pricey care. So how can you tell if long-term care insurance is right for you?
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California Lawmakers Vote To Require Condom Use In Porn Films

Health officials praised the bill, which passed the California Assembly on Tuesday. The porn industry warned it could force them to move their multibillion-dollar business out of state.
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High School Coach Sports A Running Streak Even Forrest Gump Would Envy

Melissa Block talks to California high school cross country coach Jon Sutherland, just moments after he broke the record for the longest running streak in the U.S.: 16,438 days in a row.
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Paleo For Dogs? Vets Say Trendy Diet Could Make Humans Sick

Some dog owners favor a raw food diet because they believe it's how their pets' ancestors ate in the wild. But vets worry that people could be exposed to pathogens if pets are eating raw meat.
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When Older People Walk Now, They Stay Independent Later

Nobody wants to spend their final years unable to walk, but that sad fate afflicts many people as they age. A little exercise helps a lot, especially if people can do it in social groups.
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States Consider Using Medicaid To Pay College Health Plan Premiums

Students who are covered by Medicaid could get access to a wider network of doctors and hospitals, as well as mental health services, if they get care through their school's health plan.

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