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Source: National Institutes of Health

Most of us love sweet foods and drinks. But after that short burst of sweetness, you may worry about how sweets affect your waistline and your overall health. Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? What have scientists learned about the sweet things that most of us eat and drink every day?

Our bodies need one type of sugar, called glucose, to survive. “Glucose is the number one food for the brain, and it’s an extremely important source of fuel throughout the body,” says Dr. Kristina Rother, an NIH pediatrician and expert on sweeteners. But there’s no need to add glucose to your diet, because your body can make the glucose it needs by breaking down food molecules like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

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Source: Cleveland Clinic

Sweet potatoes are a versatile starchy side dish, but if you have found yourself in a sweet potato rut-tired of baked, roasted, mashed, or fried versions, try a sweet potato pancake! This spin on sweet potatoes offers a crunchy texture and enhanced flavor from the ginger. Ginger is an herb that has been shown to illicit anti-inflammatory benefits by reducing pain in people with osteoarthritis. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin A which promotes healthy vision and immunity.

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Source: American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Proper-fitting sports shoes can enhance performance and prevent injuries. Follow these fitting facts when purchasing a new pair of athletic shoes.

-If possible, purchase atheltic shoes from a specialty store. The staff will provide valuable input on the type of shoe needed for your sport as well as help with proper fitting. This may cost a premium in price but is worthwhile, particularly for shoes that are used often.
-Try on athletic shoes after a workout or run and at the end of the day. Your feet will be at their largest.
-Wear the same type of sock that you will wear for that sport.
-When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
-The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. There is no break-in period.
-Walk or run a few steps in your shoes. They should be comfortable.
-Always re-lace the shoes you are trying on. You should begin at the farthest eyelets and apply even pressure as you create a crisscross lacing pattern to the top of the shoe.
-There should be a firm grip of the shoe to your heel. Your heel should not slip as you walk or run.
-If you participate in a sport three or more times a week, you need a sport-specific shoe.
-It can be hard to choose from the many different types of athletic shoes available. There are differences in design and variations in material and weight. These differences have been developed to protect the areas of the feet that encounter the most stress in a particular athletic activity.

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Source: American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Lacing Techniques for Proper Shoe Fit

Certain lacing techniques for shoes can prevent injuries, alleviate pain and relieve foot problems. If you have specific foot problems, follow these lacing techniques to get a good fit with your shoe…

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