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Ski patroller offers slope safety tips

A skier enjoys opening day at Arapahoe Basin

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With snow seemingly always coming down and Presidents Week upon us, it's a popular time for local families to hit the slopes. But before you click into your ski boots, it's important to remember the potential dangers associated with skiing and snowboarding.

Over the past 10 years, an average of 45 serious injuries, such as paralysis and head trauma, have occurred among skiers and snowboarders...

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Elderly LIers' 'broken' hearts mended for Valentine's Day

Coram’s Rita and Howard Kleiner have been married for 61 years, and thanks to modern medicine, they are able to enjoy this Valentine’s Day together.

“It was a complete shock that I would have to have bypass surgery,” said Rita, 82, adding, “I’m on the mend, of course.” 

The pair’s story of broken and then mended hearts began last January when Howard, 86, had a valve replacement...

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Year of Awareness: Eating Disorders

Liana Rosenman, of Commack, and Kristina Saffran, of

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Kristina Saffran said she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at the age of 10; Liana Rosenman at age 12.

They are part of a growing -- and startling -- statistic. The number of children under the age of 12 to be hospitalized for eating disorders has increased by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006, according to the latest information available from the National Eating Disorders Association.


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'Biggest Loser' winner Rachel Frederickson's weight loss doesn't deserve criticism, expert says

This Feb. 4, 2014 photo released by NBC

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It wasn’t long after Rachel Frederickson won Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” (and its $250,000 prize), that a firestorm began throughout the media (and in social media).

Competing for and winning top honors on the weight-loss show, Frederickson dropped an incredible 155 pounds during the show’s 7-1/2 month taping period. With a beginning weight of 260 pounds, Frederickson’s final weigh-in...

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Super Bowl snacking: Tips for staying healthy

A seven-layer potato skin snack might show up

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Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a day that showcases skill, strength and perseverance.

On the football field, sure, but what we’re talking about is what it takes to resist all the snacks that come with the game. After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is next up on the list of days when Americans are likely to consume the most calories (and don’t forget, on Thanksgiving, the average person has 3,000...

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Former Olympian Louie Vito looks ahead to X Games

Former Olympian and Dancing With the Stars competitor,

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When snowboarding great and Red Bull athlete Louie Vito hits the snowy grounds of Aspen, Colo., this week for the 2014 Winter X Games, he will be following a dream that began at the age of 5.

The 25-year-old's journey to be among the world's elite has been one of sacrifice and success. Vito is the current reigning Winter Dew Tour, U.S. Grand Prix and X Games SuperPipe overall champion. He...

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A year of awareness: Donating blood

A New York Blood Center worker scans finished

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Sprinkled throughout the calendar year, awareness months aim to bring a wider knowledge and understanding of various causes, from cancers to eating disorders and beyond. But as these months come and go, many of us put our colored ribbons away, ending our awareness participation until the following year.

For the Daily Apple, 2014 is to be the Year of Awareness.  That is, we will spotlight...

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One woman's 100 day weight loss journey

LaKeisha, who is using a relatively new social

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A relatively new social media site, 100 ( asks users to do something, anything of their choosing, for 100 days. Briefly browsing through the projects posted on the site, there are any number of skills being practiced, from juggling to drawing and even unicycle riding.

The one project garnering the most attention for the page, however, is a series of videos (more than 100...

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McDonald's not lovin' fast food for employees

McDonald's took down its "McResource" employee website after

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A website for McDonald's employees was taken down this week after posting information critical of eating fast food, according to media reports and a statement from the fast food chain.

CNBC posted screengrabs of the McResource employee website that provided "fast food tips," saying that hamburgers, soda and french fries are "unhealthy choices."

The website, which...

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Annual fundraising event to benefit two causes

ACDS executive director Michael Smith, left, and Alan

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When his brother Patrick Xavier died in 1997 from complications of Down syndrome, Alan Owens, 31, wanted to find a way to keep Patrick's memory alive and, in turn, help those suffering from the same disability.

Since its inception in 2004, the Patrick Xavier Owens Memorial Foundation has raised more than $100,000 for the Association for Children with Down syndrome, a school in Plainview that...

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