Most canned vegetables, soups and sauces have added sodium, which enhances taste and texture and acts as a preservative. We need some sodium, but we often consume much more than the recommended 2,300 milligrams a day. But don't cross them off your shopping list entirely. Instead, look for "reduced" or "low sodium" on labels.

Did You Know?


While everyone experiences stress at times, a prolonged bout of it can affect your health and ability to cope with life. -- CDC


Health Tip: Buy low-sodium options


Most canned vegetables, soups and sauces have added sodium, which enhances taste and texture and acts as a preservative. We need some sodium, but we often consume much more than the recommended 2,300 milligrams a day. But don't cross them off your shopping list entirely. Instead, look for "reduced" or "low sodium" on labels.


-- EatRight.org


Number to Know


12: In 2010, 94 percent of Lyme disease cases were reported from 12 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin. -- CDC


Children’s Health: No movie smoking, please


Studies have shown that depictions of smoking in movies cause adolescents to begin smoking, and the authors of a recent study say requiring an R rating for movie smoking would substantially reduce adolescent smoking. Roughly 60 percent of teens’ movie smoking exposure comes from PG-13 and other youth-rated movies.


-- American Academy of Pediatrics


Senior Health: Outdoors has benefits


Many studies have indicated the health benefits of spending time outdoors. In fact, a 2008 study at the University of Michigan found people had memory performance and attention spans improve by 20 percent after just one hour spent outside. The University of Kansas reported a 50 percent boost in creativity after a few days spent in nature. To get all the benefits of reducing stress and improving brain function, spend some more of your time in the beautiful outdoors.


-- AARP