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Use the tips prescribed to ensure professional longevity and physical well-being

hour in flight. Continue drinking plenty of water for several days after landing. If you do consume alcohol or drinks with caffeine, increase your water intake. And, remove contact lenses during the flight and use artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated.

Stress cleanliness. Without becoming obsessed, be on the lookout for ways to avoid germs. For example, only use prewrapped blankets on the plane and avoid putting the pillow against your face. If a restaurant or hotel doesn’t meet your standards of cleanliness, ask for other accommodations, or take your business elsewhere.

–Ann Brown


The Black Health Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HealthAnswers Inc.

Health Central

University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center

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Step #1: Be committed to change. Eliminate thoughts of failure because they cripple your progress. Make a decision to change your eating habits, knowing that your desires are well within your reach.

Step #2: Eat to live, don’t live to eat. Change the quality and amount of your food intake. Understand that food’s primary purpose is to sustain life by providing the proper amount of nutrients and energy to get you through the day. Begin eating more low-fat whole foods and cut out excessive quantities of sugar, fat, and processed foods.

Step #3: Take your vitamins. Vitamins supplement your body with nutrients lost from an unhealthy diet. If you’re using herbs (visit www.webmd.com), consult a professional for the proper and safe use of them. (For more on vitamins, see “Slump No More,” Motivation, May 2000).

Step #4: Exercise. Regular aerobic conditioning and strength training are essential. When you diet without exercising, you lose fat. But you also lose about 30% of lean muscle tissue. On the flip side, when you exercise, you increase your lean body mass by as much as 5% and lose even more fat than by dieting alone.

–Hasani Pettiford


Screen personal trainers. Carefully check out a personal trainer before hiring by asking some questions: Is the trainer educated in CPR? Is he or she certified to teach fitness by a recognized organization such as the American College of Sports Education, the National Association for Fitness Certification, or the American Council on Exercise?

Insist on a customized program. Your trainer should tailor a program to fit your specific fitness needs and capabilities, such as circuit and cardiovascular training, weight loss, or strength building. Also, good trainers work with your diet and offer nutritional information.

Check out the sanitary conditions. Ask how often the gym, equipment, and locker rooms are cleaned; the answer should be at least twice a day. What is the temperature in the club? It should be slightly cool, never hot. Is the club well ventilated? No matter how much of a sweat members work up, the gym should not smell. Locker rooms and showers should also be clean and odor-free.

Use due diligence. At the gym, always carry a towel and wipe off equipment after use. Some gyms, such as New York City’s Asphalt Green, have spray bottles (filled

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