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Break Bad Habits

Avoid temptations

If you always stop for a donut on your way to work, try a different route. Keep fatty foods, cigarettes, alcohol and other tempting items out of your home. More

Take a deep breath

The relaxation response is one technique that has been found to reduce stress, which can cause bad habits. More

A change of habit

The transtheoretical model defines five stages a person goes through to change unhealthy behavior, such as smoking, drug abuse and overeating. More

Why do we continue unhealthy behaviors knowing that they are detrimental to our well-being?

Former first lady Nancy Reagan’s slogan “Just say no” was a simple, but ineffective solution. Economics, environment and culture are powerful stimuli. And so are habits. More

Take the first step … again and again

Sonia Booker, 79, is good at keeping secrets. She was able to keep her cigarette smoking hidden from the parishioners at Holy Tabernacle Church where she was a choir member and usher. She even tried to keep it from her doctor. More

Prescription painkillers: A double-edged sword

Ever break a leg? Have surgery? Hurt your back? Easing the pain that follows helps you heal better and feel happier all-around. Keep in mind, though, that as choices for strong prescription pain relief have expanded in recent years, unexpected dangers have multiplied, too. More