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Make smarter goals to stay in shape.

Health Watch: Making smart fitness goals

Tip of the Week

You probably read magazine articles or scroll for tidbits on your smartphone about how to work out better, eat smarter or lose those extra pounds. But what are you actually doing about it? Let's look at three simple, fuss-free steps to get you the results you need.

1. Move beyond the learning phase: While knowledge is a powerful thing, don't make the mistake of thinking your good intentions count toward a calorie burn. If you spend more time reading about how to get fit than actually moving your body, you're stuck in the learning phase.

2. Skip out on perfection: Perfection is a stall tactic. Maybe you're waiting to lose 10 pounds on your own before you join a gym. Or you're putting off eating healthy until you can afford to only buy organic. Realize that this type of thinking will make you stuck, not bring you luck.

3) Execute an action plan: Knowledge is only power when combined with action. With 2014 winding down, it's time to make an end-of-year action plan. Write down five goals and get to work.

— Life Fitness

Number to Know

150: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adults need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, along with muscle-strengthening activities at least two times a week. If that seems like a lot, it’s about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie or vegging out in front of your TV after work.

Children's Health

With so many children sharing the same space, germs can spread quickly in the classroom. As cold season approaches and the busy holiday months ramp up, you'll want to reduce the spread of germs and avoid those dreaded sick days. Help prevent pesky colds by teaching your children about germs and stocking backpacks with antibacterial soap and plenty of tissues.

— Brandpoint

Senior Health

Currently, 70 percent of American seniors don't have dental coverage, according to a report in the Journal of Dental Education. Medicare does not provide dental coverage, so when their employer-sponsored dental insurance ends, many seniors discontinue dental coverage altogether. Yet dental insurance is one of the cheapest “retirement investments” seniors can make. And the health costs of not having dental care can be devastating. Even though Medicare doesn't cover dental care, the open enrollment period — Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 — is a good time for retirees to think about dental insurance.

— Brandpoint

New Research

According to a new study published in the British Dental Journal, modern Britons have worse dental health than their ancestors did in Roman times. The study took a look at more than 300 skulls at the Natural History Museum dating between 200 and 400 A.D., and found that only 5 percent of the specimens showed signs of gum disease, compared to 15 to 30 percent of adults today. Francis Hughes, leader of the study, said the results were surprising, given the advent of toothbrushes and peoples’ access to dentists’ offices.

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