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Eat your fruits and veggies

Make sure fruits and vegetables fill up at least half your plate to ensure you’re eating the correct amount every meal.

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Sleep to soothe arthritis

Getting a good night’s sleep can help manage arthritis pain. Sleep helps rest the joints, which can reduce pain and swelling.

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Meditation

Try mindfulness-based stress reduction, a meditation process that focuses attention on breathing to treat chronic pain and depression. MBSR increases awareness of the present moment and of unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviors, therefore reducing stress and controlling emotions in order to maintain your health.

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Multi-tool

The Eat’N Tool is a multi-tool that combines a spoon, fork, bottle opener, screwdriver, pry tip, three metric wrench reliefs (6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm) and a carabineer in a 1.5 ounce, 4-inch long stainless steel package. The Eat’N Tool was invented by designer Liong Mah and is available for $6 at www.thinkgeek.com.

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Health product: iPosture

Worn on the chest, iPosture vibrates when the user slouches and continues until posture is corrected. The small device is designed to be worn for four hours a day for the first month to ingrain the proper behavior on the user, and twice a week to maintain posture improvement. Purchase for $75 at iposture.com. IPOSTURE, www.iposture.com

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Wherefore art thou, sleep?

Take the time to get your sleep issues straightened out.

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Exercise product: Toning Ring Kit

Sculpt and tone your body with the Toning Ring, a padded and flexible ring with grip pads designed for Pilates exercise. The ring’s shape and light weight makes it ideal for travel. The Toning Ring Kit comes with a workout DVD and is available for $20 at gaiam.com GAIAM, www.gaiam.com

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Exercise product: Abs Ball Kit

Improve core strength with the Abs Ball, an 8-ounce, two-handled ball that can be used to shape the torso. The ball is lightweight and makes exercise while traveling more accessible. The Abs Ball Kit comes with a DVD that features two 12-minute workouts instructed by Iron Man Triathlete Jonathan Roche. Buy for $40 at gaiam.com. GAIAM, www.gaiam.com

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

Exercise product: Balance pods

Improve core strength, agility and posture with Balance Pods. Arrange these brightly colored disks in hundreds of patterns for a workout that is continuously challenging. The Core Balance Kit contains four rounded and studded disks and an instructional DVD with two 25-minute workouts: a beginner workout that teaches proper Balance Pod placement and basic body positioning and an intermediate workout that teaches advanced body positioning using hand weights. Purchase for $30 at gaiam.com. GAIAM, www.gaiam.com

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Breathe

Breathe deeply: practicing abdominal diaphragmatic breathing activates the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which is in charge of keeping us calm. Belly breathing also helps elevate energy, focus, concentration and memory recall.

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