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Health Tip: Which Foods to Wash

-- Fruits or vegetables with a skin should always be washed before eating. But other foods shouldn't be washed, says the United States Department of Agriculture.

Washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal before cooking is not a good idea, the agency says. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils and surfaces.

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Health Tip: Avoid Distracted Driving

-- Focus is extremely important while driving. Distractions can cause drivers of any skill level to make mistakes, says the American Association of Retired Persons.

To avoid distractions behind the wheel, AARP suggests:

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Health Tip: Effects of Too Much Protein

-- In recent years, high-protein diets have surged in popularity. Though protein is essential for life, too much protein can be a problem, says Harvard Medical School.

Getting too much protein is associated with:

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Health Tip: Living With Leg Swelling

-- Leg swelling typically occurs from fluid buildup or inflammation, says Mayo Clinic.

It can affect any part of the leg, including the foot, ankle, calf or thigh. Even for non-emergency problems, prompt care is still recommended.

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Health Tip: Escaping Rip Currents

-- Most beach rescues performed by lifeguards are caused by rip currents -- strong currents that can pull swimmers under, says the American Red Cross.

Rip currents can form in any large open area and can be dangerous.

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Health Tip: Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

-- Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living. Though no relationship is perfect, an unhealthy relationship can cause discomfort and harm, says the University of Washington.

The school mentions signs of an unhealthy relationship:

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Health Tip: Safely Storing Guns

--Every year, thousands of people in the United States are injured or killed by guns, says KidsHealth. If you decide to keep a gun in your home, proper storage can help keep your family safe.

If you have a gun at home, KidsHealth urges:

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Health Tip: Bed Bug Protection

--Bed bugs hitchhike from place to place by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage and more. The small nuisances live on the blood of animals or humans and can be quite resilient, says the Environmental Protection Agency.

To help prevent bed bugs in your home, the EPA suggests:

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Health Tip: Physical Milestones at Age One

-- Clues about your child's physical development can be found in the way the child moves and plays, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By the age of 1, the CDC says most children can:

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Health Tip: Helmet Safety

-- A helmet can prevent someone from a serious head injury, says the New York State Department of Health.

Some states even require people, especially children, to wear helmets while biking or skateboarding.

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