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Running marathons: A personal reflection

The Daily Apple contributor Brian T. Dessart reflects

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I’m not going to speak about the details surrounding the Boston Marathon tragedy. Growing up in a family of competitive runners and triathletes, I’m thankful none of them were there. And hopefully those responsible will receive the justice they deserve.

On May 5, the 40th RXR Long Island Marathon is set to pound the pavement of our Nassau County streets, bringing together both professional...

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Packaging problems: How 50 percent lower sodium only saves you 3 percent

Meats are seen in a deli display at

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It all started with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. When he recently launched an attack against sodium I began thinking that just because salt doesn’t have calories, doesn’t mean I can consume it guiltlessly. No longer would pickles, hot sauce and packaged vegetable soups be personal free-for-alls. I vowed to be as cognizant of my sodium intake.

My first step seemed like an easy one. My deli meat...

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Crying in space is messy business

A screengrab from a youtube video of Canadian

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When you think of space travel there are probably more than a few images that pop into your mind: bouncing astronauts hopping across the moon, or even people thousands of miles above us floating weightlessly through the air. But what about astronauts crying in space?

Currently circling the Earth in the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has taken to youtube to demonstrate...

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Can fast food be healthy?

Taco Bell plans to revamp its menu to

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Fast food is one of the first things people give up when they decide to get healthy, but probably also the first bad habit to return. We love it even though we know we shouldn’t. But will it ever be healthy?

There seems to be a definite shift in that direction.

Last week, Taco Bell announced a revamp to its currently cheese-heavy, Dorito-loving menu in order to offer more “balanced...

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Kettlebells: Get in the swing

Kettlebells

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Perhaps you’ve seen them lying around at the gym. They look like dumbbells with a handle. They're small, but menacing. They’re called kettlebells, and they are your fitness friend.

Kettlebell training is gaining in popularity because of the myriad benefits, including strength, flexibility, mobility and cardio. All that, and you can get a strenuous workout in only about 20 minutes.

“Kettlebells...

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Bikram yoga: You are going to sweat

Yoga in a hot room is sure to

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I am not athletic by any means, but I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with Bikram Yoga (also called Hot Yoga).

The yoga practice involves a series of 26 body-bending poses, each repeated twice, done over a 90-minute period in a room heated to about 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. What’s to hate, right?

But during my Bikram love cycles (my pattern involves a period of a few...

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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.

On...

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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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