Mary Beiro with dog Reuban
When I decided to quit my job and make my first cross-country trip, I could picture it perfectly: a mix of taking in beautiful mountain and water scenery, visiting monuments and museums, consuming unhealthy and fresh food alike, hiking through our national parks and walking through new cities.…
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Want to stay active, feel less lonely and generally be healthier?
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In 1964, then New York Times reporter and later book author Gay Talese wrote a short  profile of a man who had embarked on what seemed like a unique, exotic profession. Jim Buck walked other people's dogs - 30 or 4o of them a day - while their owners were at work.
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Everyone wants to be happy - it's a no-brainer. But what is happiness? The Greek word for happiness is "eudaimonia" which means "having a guiding angel." In 1776, the Founding Fathers felt it important enough to mention the" pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence. By the 19th…
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Amid the devastation of the Oklahoma tornado, Barbara Garcia simply proceeded according to plan. As the sky darkened and the funnel cloud approached, she headed to her small bathroom with her dog. She hoped they'd be safe there. (If you can't see the video embedded below, try reloading the page or…
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Many of us who have dogs or cats tend to think of them almost as family members, which is one reason that Americans happily spent $53 billion last year on food, veterinary care,  chew toys and myriad accessories (such as sporty  camouflage-colored harnesses for Chihauhuas). And at one time or…
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In honor of Earth Day (April 22), lots of folks would like us to think about the common chemicals we're exposed to daily that we may not realize could affect our health.
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We've warned you once, twice - now it's time to "voluntarily" pull those tainted products before we make you do it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told a pet-treat maker last week.
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This is the first in a series of posts from AARP's Senior Vice President of Research & Strategic Analysis, Becky Gillan. 
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We all need to move our bodies every day. Period. Running, walking, spinning, biking, Zumba ... whatever your choice is, just get out and do it. You'll keep your weight down and maintain your health-check numbers where they need to be.  Plus, it just feels good. But sometimes we need that little…
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