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School's cookie campaign hopes to raise autism awareness

ELIJA's cookie campaign poster was on display in

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A favorite snack of children everywhere, cookies have become a tool for raising awareness about autism at one Long Island school.

The ELIJA (Empowering Long Island’s Journey Through Autism) school follows a mission best represented by their motto, “Championing Hope, One Child at a Time.” During autism awareness month, it’s using some deliciously sweet treats to champion its cause.

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Is resistance training a safe option for children?

Programs for adolescents should focus on the basics,

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Here’s something to keep in mind: The art of resistance training -- if done correctly and with good form -- will not stunt growth.

For years the general fitness public has embraced the idea that resistance training posed a risk to adolescents because it could lead to stunted growth as a result of growth plate fractures.

While it is a reasonable concern, research says the problem is often...

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Keeping the 'girls' up: Are bras a necessity?

In the spotlight on a mannequin in the

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Are bras really necessary? Maybe not.

At least that's what one professor at a French university is saying.

Preliminary results from an experiment conducted during a 15-year period at the University Hospital of Besançon by Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon show that the absence of bras not only helps to straighten breasts, but also helps to reduce back pain.

Rouillon first told France...

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Spring pickings: What's in season now

Lettuce and leafy greens There’s no shortage of

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We’re constantly being pounded with the mantra that local is better. Shop local. Drink local. Eat local.

Luckily for Long Islanders, fresh produce is all around us. You can buy directly from the farm, join a CSA or find a farmers market close to your neighborhood year-round.

But even in a supermarket or grocery store, you can look for produce that's in season locally, which will make...

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Alysena birth control recalled by Canadian manufacturer

The correct configuration of a pack of Alysena

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Canadian drug company Apotex has issued a voluntary urgent recall of their birth control Alysena 28 due to a potential manufacturing error.

Packs from lot number LF01899A have the potential to contain two rows of placebo pills (14 instead of only 7) and only two rows of active birth control pills.

In the case that you have one of these packages, Apotex recommends using a secondary form...

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Walking while you work: A new trend in workplace fitness

The TR1200-DT, a treadmill/desk combo with large armrests

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If you're anything like me, you hate being tied down to a chair all day at your desk.

The fact is that sitting for an extended period of time is bad for your health. According to the Mayo Clinic's website, sitting for large chunks of your day can lead to any number of health complications including excess body fat around your waist, elevated blood pressure, raised blood sugar, etc.

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Marathon must-haves: Top picks for race day and beyond

Runner's Edge is at 242 Main St. in

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Preparing to run those daunting 26.2 miles in an upcoming marathon? Searching for anything that might give you an edge and make the race even just the slightest bit easier?

We spoke to Dejan Popovic, the marketing director for Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale, about some customer favorites and a few of their own picks for pre-race and race day swag.

The obvious place to start, Popvic said,...

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Cool weather fitness on Long Island

Take advantage of the cooler spring months and

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If you’re the type to find exercising outdoors entirely too grueling during the hot and humid summer months, take advantage of a comparatively cool spring on Long Island this year to move your routine into the fresh air.

During spring, lower pollen levels and less-humid air makes breathing easier during outdoor fitness activities. Even though the possibility is not completely eliminated, there...

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'Morning-after' pill to be available for all girls without prescription

A package containing a Plan B One-Step tablet,

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A Brooklyn federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after emergency contraception pill available to girls of all ages on Friday, according to The New York Times and Reuters.  

The decision would make the most common morning-after emergency contraception pill available to girls 16 and under without requiring a prescription from their physician.

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3 push-up variations to expand your workout

Push-ups are both simple and effective. Try these

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The beauty of the push-up is that its simplicity is matched only by its effectiveness. Effective, at least, until you get bored.

When done properly — that is, when done with your head aligned with your spine, a straight backside, a tight abdominal, hands positioned ever-so-slightly in front of your shoulders and elbows tucked in on the way down — it recruits almost every muscle in the body...

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