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Does posture really matter?

Does posture really matter?

Atten-Hut! Is that what we think of when we hear the phrase, "good posture?"

Talk of good posture often generates images of women walking in a circle with books balanced on their heads or soldiers sta

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

‘Functional fitness’ keeps seniors moving

‘Functional fitness’ keeps seniors moving

John Moses plays tennis every week. He does push-ups and planks, shoulder presses and squats. He attends group fitness classes at an activity center three times a week, often taking two classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.

His strength, flexibility and six-pack abs have earned him a spot on the center's Wall of Youth and Fame. But the 75-year-old Atlanta man is just glad his joints don't hurt anymore.

"(Exercise) helps you capture the vim, vigor and vitality of your youth," he says. "You can do the things you did when you were younger."

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  • Written by Jacque Wilson/CNN
  • Category: News

Senate rejects plan to roll back student loan rate hike

Senate rejects plan to roll back student loan rate hike

A Democratic measure to temporarily reverse the doubling of interest rates on millions of government-subsidized student loans fell short in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but negotiations continued on a possible compromise to halt the increase.

Proponents needed 60 votes to succeed with the plan to roll back rates but got only 51, with the tally splitting along party lines.

Interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent on subsidized Stafford loans on July 1 because of congressional inaction to hold them steady heading into the next school year.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

Zimmerman opts not to testify as defense team rests case

Zimmerman opts not to testify as defense team rests case

George Zimmerman, from his comments to police to the arguments of his lawyers, has steadfastly maintained he shouldn't be found guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, contending he shot the teen in self-defense.

But jurors weighing his fate won't hear that from him directly.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he'd made a decision about taking the stand in his own defense.

"After consulting with counsel," Zimmerman replied, he'd decided "not to testify, your honor."

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  • Written by Michael Pearson and Greg Botelho/CNN
  • Category: News

Healthy habits & family reunions

Healthy habits & family reunions

Family reunions are a chance to reconnect with family members and meet new ones. They're a time to reminisce about the old days and create new traditions. If you're planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike.

Choose a healthier menu

This year, adapt some family recipes to incorporate ingredients that are lower in fat, salt, and calories. You'll be teaching a new generation to love a healthier version of your family's treasured favorites. At the same time, you'll be helping the older folks who may have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or other conditions that require special attention to eating healthy.

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Booker still ahead in New Jersey Senate race

Booker still ahead in New Jersey Senate race

A month after entering New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, Newark Mayor Cory Booker remains far ahead of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Booker at 52 percent among New Jersey Democratic voters – more than forty points ahead of his closest rival, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who stood at 10 percent. A third competitor in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, was at 8 percent.

Booker announced his bid at the beginning of June for the special election held to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, which ends January 2015.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

Female inmates sterilized with no consent in California

Female inmates sterilized with no consent in California

From 2006 to 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sterilized nearly 150 women without getting the proper state approval, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The procedure, known as a tubal ligation, was performed by doctors under contract with the CDCR. The doctors were given state funds to perform the procedure, which costs $147,460.

California has deemed the practice of forced sterilization on inmates (as well as the mentally ill and poor) illegal since 1979. It is also illegal for prisons to use federal funds to cover the cost of the operation. Instead, state funds are used after being approved by medicial officials in Sacramento, but according to the CIR, whose findings were published in the Sacramento Bee, no tubal ligation requests have come in. Instead, doctors have been carrying out the procedures on their own, seeking approval from the women themselves, at times while the women are in labor.

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Zimmerman team allowed to present proof of Trayvon’s marijuana use

Zimmerman team allowed to present proof of Trayvon’s  marijuana use

(CNN) – The Florida judge presiding over the George Zimmerman murder trial ruled Monday that Zimmerman's attorneys will be able to present evidence about how Trayvon Martin may have been high on marijuana the night he was shot to death.

Martin's toxicology report indicates that THC, the active drug in marijuana, was in his blood at the time of his death on February 26, 2012.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Florida. He told police that night that the teenager looked suspicious and that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood. The two got into a physical altercation, and Zimmerman said he was forced to draw his gun and kill Martin.

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  • Written by Graham Winch/HLNtv.com
  • Category: News

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