It’s no secret that being sedentary for long periods of time is unhealthy. In fact, a study released earlier this year concluded that the amount of hours someone sits in a day — regardless of regular exercise — is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death.

And now, new research published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) states that walking for just two minutes out of each waking hour may counteract these health risks.

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Popular weight-loss and workout supplements on sale in hundreds of vitamin shops across the nation contain a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine, the powerful stimulant, and pose dangers to the health of those who take them, according to a new study.

... The Food and Drug Administration documented two years ago that nine such supplements contained the same chemical, but never made public the names of the products or the companies that made them. Neither has it recalled the products nor issued a health alert to consumers as it has done with other tainted supplements.

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For decades, researchers saw indoor tanning as little more than a curiosity. But a review of the scientific evidence published last year estimated that tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, including 6,000 cases of melanoma, the deadliest form.

And clinicians are concerned about the incidence rate of melanoma in women under 40, which has risen by a third since the early 1990s, according to data from the National Cancer Institute. ... Some experts say combating the problem is a matter of raising awareness about the dangers of tanning. But many women said in interviews that they were aware of health risks but cared more about how they looked now.

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We're guilty -- we admit it. We skip breakfast nearly every day. Sometimes we even skip lunch, getting the bulk of our daily calories from a large dinner. This is one of the worst things that you can do for your metabolism, since you starve yourself all day and slow it down. Even if you're able to maintain your weight like this, it will eventually catch up with you. So our New Year's resolution is to start the day with a healthy breakfast, followed by at least a couple of snacks during the day, until we get used to eating several small meals a day instead of one large one.

While some yogurts and cereals can be a big no-no, since some of them contain a lot of sugar, plain Greek yogurt and some high-fiber cereals can be a great alternative if you're like us, pressed for time in the morning, and wanting something quick and heathy. Check out some recommendations at Livestrong and see how your breakfast choices stack up!

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