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Hands-free Whopper, anyone?

To celebrate their 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico,

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If only this headline were just a cleverly planned ruse to get readers to click, instead of being an actual thing.

Unfortunately, it's not.

Sigh.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico, Burger King gave away 50 free "hands-free Whopper holders" for loyalty program customers.

Let's talk about this for a moment.

Hands-free. As in, not requiring any...

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'Prancercise': The latest fitness fad

A screen shot of Prancercise founder Joanna Rohrback's

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Are you ready to workout?

Then strap on your ankle weights, throw on your favorite tight white spandex pants, find some awesome background music and get ready to Prancercise.

Yep, you read right. Prancercise.

If you have no clue what I'm talking about, may I introduce the latest fitness "craze," which includes prancing around like a horse.

According to the Prancercise...

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Fun in the sun: A guide to sunscreen

Bottles of Banana Boat Sport Performance Cool Zone

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Whether you're planning a weekend at the beach, packing a bag for your summer vacation or just hanging out in your backyard, sunscreen is a staple for combating the harmful, and sometimes painful, effects of the sun.

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, has long been the standard of measurement for sunscreen products, with many consumers choosing a higher SPF for greater protection, but the FDA...

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Long Island Adventure Race: Forecast calls for mud

Brielle Borges runs through the mud at a

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Saturday is the Long Island Adventure Race in Calverton, a mud run with what is promised to be an interesting array of obstacles.

The weather forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain. Rain means more mud. Temperatures will be in the 50s. That means cold mud.

Then again, if you don't like mud, you probably shouldn't be doing a mud run.

I did my first mud run at The Survival...

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A 7-minute workout that packs a punch

The 7-minute workout, featured in the May-June issue

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I’m not one to buy into workout plans that promise results like ripped abs or body overhauls over short spans, but since I had to skip a morning swim at the local town pool, and I had only a short amount of time, I decided to give in and try a 7-minute workout featured in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal.

The article, written by Brett...

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McDonalds vs Subway: Which is the healthier choice?

A new study comparing youthful eating patterns at

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On any given day in the United States, millions of people eat at McDonalds or Subway.

And while those dining at Subway might think that they’re making the healthier choice for themselves and their kids, new research from the University of California, Los Angeles, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health says that this might not be the case.

Throughout the study led by Dr. Lenard...

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Smoking expectant mothers paid to quit

Oregon Public Broadcasting has outlined the town of

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Quitting smoking is a task that has long plagued those who light, but while most choose a plan that feels comfortable to them, what happens when a female smoker is pregnant?

Suddenly the decision to quit becomes one of necessity rather than free will.

Risking side-effects such as spontaneous abortion, premature birth, low birth weight and in some cases Sudden Infant Death Syndrome...

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Do we need food?

A San Francisco man got fed up with

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Whether we enjoy it or not, food and the act of getting it into our bodies dictates a large portion of our lives.

We have to eat to survive, and in modern society that involves precious time spent either cooking, shopping or dining out, and it costs us hundreds of dollars a month to do so (men between the ages of 19 and 50 spend an average of $324 a month for food at home, women $282, according...

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Mud run was fun, but no walk in park

Participants crawl through the mud pit at The

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It wasn't the mud or the obstacles or the 5-kilometer distance that bothered me. It was the hills. My goodness, those hills.

I ran in my first mud run at The Survival Race in Riverhead over the weekend. It was fun and filthy and fantastic. But I must confess it was tougher than I thought it would be. I like my 5K runs flat and fast. Running uphill is unpleasant. It's grueling. It makes me...

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Long Island fitness buffs embrace pyramid training

As with any type of resistance training, the

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To most of the world, pyramids are synonymous with ancient Egypt, but to fitness buffs it’s the favored form of resistance training.

The name may be foreign to some, but pyramid training has struck the fitness scene as the most popular method of resistance training. Unlike those training methods that cause a muscle to fail in a single set, pyramids spark the same reaction over the course of...

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