Health and wellness

Dry January — that’s no booze for a month — can be full of cheers

If you’ve ever thought about giving up alcohol for a period of time, take this into consideration.

Four reasons you should try hara hachi bu in the new year

The Confucian-inspired adage is a reminder to stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full.

Parenting is stressful; here’s how to be a more relaxed parent

Two full-time working parents have become the norm in America — mostly out of financial necessity.

Engineered painkiller works like an opioid but isn’t addictive

A scientist is testing opioid-like drugs that block the receptors responsible for addiction.

Do after-visit surveys help the doctor-patient relationship?

Despite their widespread use, a recent Baylor University study questions their effectiveness.

Lynnwood’s group of South County Walkers starts off from Lynnwood Recreation Center on Aug. 2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Summer walking groups foster healthy habits

South County Walks are scheduled through September in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Lynnwood’s group of South County Walkers starts off from Lynnwood Recreation Center on Aug. 2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Four most common misconceptions about weight loss explained

The first one? You don’t have to eat healthy 100 percent of the time. You aren’t perfect, so don’t try.

Reconnect with your partner with little acts of kindness

Over time, couples can take each other for granted. Here’s how to help rekindle feelings of love.

Addicted to stepping on the scale? Ditch that bleeping thing

There are other — more accurate — ways to track your weight loss than repeatedly weighing yourself.

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

British researchers found that coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death than abstainers.

Studies say benefits of upping your vitamin D intake myriad

Research suggests that the recommended level of the nutrient is too low for optimal health.

A day of fun and learning for kids and parents

The Youth & Family Wellness Fair will deal with serious issues. There’s also lunch and entertainment.

Are you storing pills in the right place? A dose of reality

Where’s the best place to keep them? It’s not the medicine cabinet — or your kitchen counter.

Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

Studies have suggested that obese people often taste flavors with less intensity than lean people.

Spring-cleaning your pantry for better health

Get rid of the old stuff and add some new healthful foods to your larder.

How to help your youngster become a successful adult

Research suggests it’s more important to play with your toddler than teach her the alphabet.

The jury’s out on stem cell treatments for arthritic pain

The injections might be an alternative to joint-replacement surgery — but it’s too soon to tell.

Culinary trend: Blend mushrooms into burgers to eat less meat

This recipe for the mighty mushroom blended burger puts more plants on your dinner plate.

You can learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable

Make small changes to build up your confidence in handling a major change when it comes your way.

Managing life’s transitions: The only constant in life is change

Life is change, but change isn’t easy. Here’s how to better cope with life’s natural progression.

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