What's SUP: Stand-Up Paddling Trending as Core Strength Activity

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding, knows as SUP, has grown in popularity in recent years. It's known for its ability to help build core strength -- also known as your body's "powerhouse." So, what's up with SUP?

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Move Your Hips..and More Stretching Tips

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Carol Crawford is a physical therapist in Chapel Hill, NC, who wants everyone to stay flexible. She offers her advice for safe, effective stretching to keep our bodies moving the right way.

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American Council of Exercise Says When it Comes to Abs: Keep Your Money

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Do you need special equipment to train your abdominal muscles? The American Council of Exercise (ACE) says "no."

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Harvard Medical School: How Core Strength Benefits Your Everyday Life

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What are the benefits of having a stronger core? A healthy back is just one of the important advantages of strengthening core muscles. 

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Signs of Weak Core Strength

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It's all in the middle -- of your body. Here's how a few ways to know if core strength is one of your weaknesses. 

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

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Dr. Kevin McDonald, DPM, a podiatrist at Family Foot Care in Concord, NC, helps keep people on their feet. What does this doctor see in his everyday practice and what's his best advice? Read on to see what's afoot. 

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Are You Suffering From "Turf Toe?"

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A common injury among football players, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says "Turf Toe"  can occur in any sport or activity when the forefoot is fixed on the ground, the heel is raised, and a force pushes the big toe into hyperextension.

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Injury Foot Care Advice from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

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Checklists from this source of health information help you identify, understand and treat symptoms of a foot sprain. 

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Did North Carolina's State Capital Succeed in its First Try at a Public Water System?

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We take turning on the tap for the water we need to stay hydrated as a given. What does it take to have that all-important water source. Learn more about a water supply: A local historian takes a look at Raleigh's water history going back to the 1800s in a six-part video series. 

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Real Simple's Line-Up of Reusable Water Bottles

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Real Simple did the work for us and vetted 125 reusable water bottles to give us their top six picks. 

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DIY: Recipe Sources for Homemade Sports Drinks

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If you are doing 90 minutes or more of vigorous exercise or just want to keep sports drinks a part of your hydration line-up, here's three sources for making your own with the goals of convenience, saving money, avoiding artificial ingredients or reducing your sugar consumption.

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Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

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March is National Nutrition Month and its theme is "Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle." This infographic from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outlines what's holding us back from needed dietary change and where to get support for a "Total Diet" approach.

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Questions About Foot Health or Foot Injuries? Ask an Expert.

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The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says 77 percent of Americans have suffered a foot ailment, but only 36 percent have actually seen a podiatrist. Here's a way to go online an "Ask an Expert" about your foot issues and you may receive an answer from an APMA specialist.

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Drink Up: Sports Drinks, Bottled Water or Tap Water?

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What are you drinking to stay hydrated? Dr. Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RD, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, offers her advice on what to drink.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Rates Nutrition Apps

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers science-based reviews of 28 Apps designed to help you manage diabetes, lose weight or eat gluten-free. Check here to find what their three experts believe these tech tools offer you in your pursuit of healthy eating.

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