ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
CANCER
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Get to Know the Pap Test
CAREGIVING
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Depression
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden

SUNDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Beautiful blossoms aren't the only reward you get from gardening. It's also a good workout.

"Working in your garden is a great way to exercise. Whether pulling weeds or spreading mulch, you are using major muscles all over your body and you're sure to break a sweat," Kara Smith, special programs coordinator for the Loyola University Health System's Center for Fitness, said in a news release.

She offered the following gardening exercise and safety tips:

* Establish a regular gardening routine that includes 30 to 60 minutes of yard work two to three times a week.
* Take a brisk walk around the yard to warm up your body before you start gardening.
* If raking is required, make sure to alternate your movement, using both sides of your body to ensure they get an equal amount of work.
* Also switch hands often when digging, using both arms. This helps prevent blisters, repetitive motion injuries and muscle imbalances.
* Take a break to drink some water.
* Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
* When lifting heavy items, bend at the knees and keep your back straight.
* Invest in a kneeling cushion to support and protect your knees.
* Wear gloves to avoid getting blisters on your hands.

SOURCES: Loyola University Health System, news release, June 2009 Published on: July 05, 2009