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BATON ROUGE - Here are the 2 Your Health stories for May 10, 2013.

Americans love to eat out, but cooking your own meals is better for waistlines.

"It is the easiest thing you can do to improve your health," said Michael Pollan, author of the new book 'Cooked.'

That's because processed foods and those served at restaurants tend to have more sugar, salt, and fat than home-cooked meals. We also consume about 135 more calories per meal when we eat out.

Pollan suggests getting the kids involved in the process.

"Get them to help because the most important thing you can teach your kid for their long-term health and happiness is this life skill, how to cook," he said.

Young people who eat more family meals tend to eat more fruit, vegetables, fiber, and calcium rich foods according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Some exercise can make a big difference in reducing the chance of women getting kidney stones.

A new study finds even light exercise reduces the risk for women by about a third, and in another study by as much as 80 percent.

Doctors say exercise changes how the body processes vitamins and minerals. It also reduces factors for heat issues, which lowers kidney stone risk.


Exercise is also important for mothers. That can especially be true after having a baby, and not just to drop some pounds.

Exercise instructor Kathleen Donahoe says postnatal fitness helps new moms combat post-partum depression. She also cautions exercise alone won't make pregnancy pounds disappear.

"It's not a quick fix. You want to do it in a healthy way, you want to make sure you're eating enough, particularly if you're breastfeeding. I think a slow approach is best," she said.

Donahoe said it's especially important for women with conditions during their pregnancy such as gestational diabetes or who were put on bed rest to get out and exercise.

As always, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.



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