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Half-Calorie Crackers, Why Walking Could Reduce Your Mortality Risk

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New Flavors: Fiber Gourmet’s 1/2 Calorie Thinables
Thin It to Win It!
Spotted on Shelves...

New Flavors: Fiber Gourmet’s 1/2 Calorie Thinables - These fiber-crammed crisps have half the calories of similar crackers, and the latest flavors are scary good: Chile Limon, Jalapeno Cheddar, Pizza (the HG fave!), Garlic Herb, and Honey Mustard. Each 1-oz. serving has 60 - 70 calories, 2.5 - 3.5g fat, 190 - 300mg sodium, 17g carbs, 10 - 11g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, and 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Click to find, or snap some up online. (Pssst... The brand's calorie-slashed pasta rocks too.)

Back to Nature Ancient Grains Soup - Ancient grains are way hipper than they sound, and this line offers Minestrone with Farro, Beef & Barley, Chicken Wild Rice with Kamut, and two gluten-free varieties: Chicken Tortilla with Red Quinoa and Tuscan 3-Bean with Kale & Millet. Yum! Each cup has 130 - 190 calories, 2 - 3g fat, 540 - 560mg sodium, 23 - 34g carbs, 2 - 6g fiber, 3 - 5g sugars, and 6 - 8g protein (PointsPlus® value 3 - 5*). Click to find, or buy online...

Special K Brownies - "I have enough low-calorie brownies in my life," said no one ever. Get ready to sink your teeth into these new chocolate treats. In Divine Fudge and Heavenly Caramel, each brownie has just 80 calories, 3g fat, 65 - 70mg sodium, 13g carbs, 3g fiber, 6 - 7g sugars, and <1g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Ahhhh! Available nationwide.

Need Another Reason to Housewalk? It Just Might Save Your Life...

For a while now, we've been touting the joys of housewalking, a.k.a. walking around your domain (or walking in place) whenever possible, rather than just sitting around. It's a fantastic way to become more active. Well, it turns out, there may be serious benefits to our new favorite pastime...

According to one recent study, simply being too sedentary could be more hazardous to your health than being obese. Regardless of a person's weight, the difference in the mortality risk between inactive and moderately inactive subjects was so great that study authors concluded that even a small increase in activity could have a major impact on a person's risk of death.

Another study found that sitting for too long is linked to a higher risk for death even if you exercise regularly. Of course, it's lower if you DO exercise, but the point is that time spent on your duff is not the friend of longevity.

So... let's get going!

Step 1: Get a pedometer. Monitoring your progress throughout the day is fun; it's like your own little challenge! Pick up a simple inexpensive pedometer, download an app for your smartphone, or use a schmancy fitness tracker.

Step 2: "Could I do this while walking?" It's your new mantra. If you're loafing around checking emails on your phone, consider doing it while walking in place. Talking on the phone? Stroll your abode. Watching TV? Walk in place!

Step 3: Set your own goal, and keep raising the bar. If a 10,000-step target is too much at first, aim for 5,000 steps. After a week, bump it up to 7,500. You just might surprise yourself with what you're capable of...

Step 4: #Housewalking. Wanna chat about housewalking with others, crowdsource tips on what to do while you walk, or just tell the world about your new habit? Head over to Twitter, and use the hashtag #housewalking. Then find some buddies, and keep each other motivated!

Need a Reason to Housewalk? Here's One: It Just Might Save Your Life...
Live Long and Housewalk!
Restaurant Survival Guides:
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It's that time again -- which restaurant do YOU want to see profiled in our next Survival Guide? KFC? P.F. Chang's? A NEW Starbucks guide? Choose from these subjects and many more in our one-question poll! Coming soon to an email near you... (In the meantime, check out all our current guides here.) ***How could yummy snow peas get any better? If they were PURPLE. Yup, we spotted these violet peapods at a local market -- pretty cool, huh? ***Set yourself up for healthy-eating success first thing in the morning... A recent study compared a breakfast of oatmeal to one of corn flakes -- the calories were the same. Not only did oatmeal-eating subjects feel fuller, they also had lower hunger ratings afterward and ate fewer calories at lunch! Pretty compelling info... ***How calorie savvy are you? Click to read nine questions (and answers) all about calories -- super-necessary info from our pals 'n partners at About.com Health. And that's all we've got. HG out!

Click "Send to a Friend" now, and your pals won't have to ask why you're walking so much…

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*The PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe, or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark and SmartPoints
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