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HealthStatus has been operating since 1998 providing the best interactive health tools on the Internet, millions of visitors have used our health risk assessment, body fat and calories burned calculators. The HealthStatus editorial team has continued that commitment to excellence by providing our visitors with easy to understand high quality health content for many years.

Why Follow A Meal Plan?

The familiar adage “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” was never more appropriate than when you’re trying to establish a healthier or more economical routine! You may be trying to achieve your ideal weight, avoid foods which cause allergic reactions or rein in your food expenses. No matter the reason, creating a meal plan gives you a visual aid to keep you on track. Written meal plans save time and money, allow you to plan ahead and will give you a sense of accomplishment. Think of your meal plan as the road map to your goal. You wouldn’t drive across the country without some kind of navigational assistance, so don’t set out on the road to a physically or financially healthier you without a plan! As with any long-distance trip, you’ll need to break it up into manageable segments. For purposes of this article, you’ll be working with a seven day time frame. First, you’ll determine meals according to the guidelines you’ve chosen. Your next steps are shopping for ingredients and, when practical, preparing food ahead. Regardless of your ultimate goal, saving money is always a plus, so when planning your meals, remember to check your coupons and grocery store circulars. Continue reading

When It Makes More Sense To Rent A Home Instead Of Buying

The American Dream of owning a home is not exactly the trend anymore. Statistics show that renting is on the rise largely due to employment changes. The best way to decide whether to rent or buy is to consider if you will be with the same job for at least 5 years. The cost to move is expensive for various reasons.

Another reason to rent is if you can’t afford at least a 20% down payment. Most of the money you pay will go toward interest not the principle. Rent may also be cheaper than a mortgage. In which case it’s recommended to save the money you would have otherwise spent on a mortgage and save it for a potential down payment.

Housing markets being high in certain locations is also a good reason to rent. Long commutes to work would be a good reason to rent closer to places of employment. Low credit scores can make buying more difficult. Being able to make your own repairs and upkeep are also things you must consider when buying a home.

Renting in a new area gives you time to get to know the town. You get to know the neighborhoods, the restaurants, the churches, the general community you’ll be living in. It gives you time to decide exactly where you might be happiest to settle down.

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When It Makes More Sense To Rent A Home Instead Of Buying

Maternal Instincts

An experimental study has shown that maternal instincts can give the offspring a leg up in life. Stephen Proulx, an evolutionary biologist, is the study’s author and the hermaphroditic worm is its subject. The study is published in PLOS Biology.

It is known that environmental factors like maternal weight can affect fetus size and the transfer of nutrients and hormes during pregnancy can affect offspring development. We know that natural selection is a force which drives species development and on an individual level. The researchers were able to produce sixty generations of the worm to look at two variations in the maternal environment. They looked at the effect of a normal vs. an anoxic maternal environment. Mothers who lived in a normal oxygen environment were able to provide a cushion to reduce the stress to the oxygen deprived embryo.

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How To Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring time is here, and it is time to not only clean your house but also clean up your finances! This article suggests several ways you can start to clean up your finances immediately. Dealing with student loan debt? Try the loan service CommonBond that can lower your rates and save you money in the long run. Use one of several programs, such as Mint or Personal Capital to scrutinize your household spending and increase your savings potential. Take a closer look at all of your insurance policies. Maybe you can afford to take a plan with a lower rate that doesn’t cover as much. Finally cut down on clutter by shredding documents and bills that are over a year old, giving you more space to focus on your current situation and peace of mind.

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How To Spring Clean Your Finances

How Often Should I Eat Tuna?

Megan Ware wants to help you eat healthier. Should you include tuna in your diet and if so how frequently should you consider eating it? You may want to consider that mercury is possibly a problem. See her table for how much tuna you should eat. The amount varies with your weight.

How does mercury get there? It enters the water supply and is absorbed by bacteria which enter the food chain as they are eaten by fish. Mercury consumption is a possible risk and can interfere with the functioning of the brain. It may also produce loss or feeling or numbness in extremities like the arms and legs. This is especially a risk for children and pregnant women and other poisoning symptoms can include memory and vision loss and tremors.

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How Often Should I Eat Tuna?

5 Ways To Make Budgeting Easy And Painless

Budgeting is a lot like dieting. There are tons of programs out there saying they know the very best way to be successful. The problem is, we spend so much time finding the “right way”, that we never put in the time and work to being successful. Using your favorite method of budgeting can help you get to where you need to be financially.

Just like dieting, budgeting can be successful. Take the time to make and choose ONE plan. Then get started, immediately. There should be none of this “I will start Monday, stuff.” If you slip up, it is okay, you are human. With all of those programs available today, you can make budgeting an automated process that you do not even have to think about!

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5 Ways To Make Budgeting Easy And Painless

Health Benefits of a Home Based Business

The current economy is evolving rapidly. Businesses are shifting away from traditional workplace environments, brick and mortar shops and mass production manufacturing. There are new opportunities for service-based companies, freelance contractors and entire boutique industries are popping up all over the world. This isn’t just a trend; it’s becoming the new normal. That’s great news if you’re thinking of running a home based business. More and more people are finding ways to avoid the rat race. A home based business can be more productive and have increased health benefits. Here are just a few ways that you can experience increased health and wellness without leaving the home. Continue reading

‘Frownies’ Anti-Age Cream Owner Indicted For False Tax Returns, Obstructing IRS

The owner of an anti wrinkle cream company “Frownies” has been indicted by the IRS on five counts of filing false income tax returns and 2 counts of aiding and assisting in filing false income tax retuns. If convicted he could face 3 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The owner failed to disclose that his organization was helping to pay for his children’s tuition expenses.

In conclusion you have to be very careful about how you file your taxes there are many easy mistakes to make that could lead you into a lot of trouble. Make sure to keep business and personal affairs separate and to always talk to a tax professional. A lot of tax problems start from a simple civil audit.

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‘Frownies’ Anti-Age Cream Owner Indicted For False Tax Returns, Obstructing IRS

High Health Costs: Who Do the Presidential Candidates Blame?

Americans agree that healthcare costs in our country are too high. Politicians commonly blame these high costs on pharmaceutical and insurance companies, but in reality the system rewards those whose actions lead to high profits.

What kind of a picture do this year’s presidential candidates paint of current U.S. healthcare?

Republican candidates almost without exception place great blame on Obamacare, a position that ignores the fact that the ACA has given more people access to health insurance, adding to the demand for services, and requires insurance companies to pay for preventive care.

Democrats, on the other hand, blame insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and large corporations, oversimplifying what in reality is a highly complex system in which blame is hard to assign.

Perhaps candidates will be able to tease apart the issues leading to high health care costs and propose ideas that can have a real effect in the future.

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High Health Costs: Who Do the Presidential Candidates Blame?

Higher BMI May Cause Problems for IVF

Increasing B.M.I., or body mass index, can have an effect on an individuals virility by affecting the rate of egg implantation in the cervix. This can lead to a complication with I.V.F., or in-virto fertilization.

An increase of an individuals BMI can cause the embryos implanted by IVF to come under greater stress, and can lead to complications during development. It’s believed that there may be changes on the embryonic level on account of any developmental hindrance the fetus may incur.

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Higher BMI May Cause Problems for IVF