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Rules of Thumb for Good Health

When should you buy organic? How long is pinkeye contagious? Test your knowledge about health and nutrition facts with this quiz.

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Rules of Thumb for Good Health
Rules of Thumb for Good Health
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: "Starve a fever, feed a cold" is the best rule of thumb for treating viruses and bugs.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While it may be a popular saying, "starve a fever, feed a cold" is not true. You should eat normally whenever you're sick, and you should also get plenty of water.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

When can you tell that pink eye is no longer contagious?

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The correct answer is: As a rule of thumb, pink eye is no longer contagious when your infected eye no longer has discharge. As long as there is discharge, you still risk transmitting the infection to another person.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What's the best rule of thumb for healthy grocery shopping?

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The correct answer is: For healthier grocery shopping, shop mainly the perimeter of the store, where all the fresh stuff is. Avoid the aisles where all the processed foods are shelved.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: As a rule of thumb, you should have equal parts fiber and sugar in your cereal.

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The correct answer is: This is false. As a rule of thumb, your morning breakfast cereal should have more grams of fiber per serving than grams of sugar. If this isn't sweet enough, add extra sweetness by adding fresh fruit.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these questions serves as a useful rule of thumb when deciding if a food is natural or too artificial to eat?

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The correct answer is: When trying to decide if a food is natural or too artificial, ask yourself the question, "Would my great-grandmother recognize this food?" Foods that are highly processed are a major cause of obesity and weight gain, so if your grandmother wouldn't know what it is, you shouldn't eat it.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: To avoid pesticides, you should buy all organic fruits and vegetables.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You don't need to buy organic if you're buying thick-skinned foods such as bananas and oranges whose peels are discarded anyway. Thin-skinned fruits or fruits whose skins you eat, like strawberries and potatoes, should be purchased organic, however. That's because the pesticides are easily absorbed into the fruits and not shed when you remove the peel.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Toys that easily pass through which of these objects might be a choking hazard to your child?

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The correct answer is: Toys or objects that easily can pass through the center of a toilet paper roll might choke a child. Before offering your child a new toy, use this rule-of-thumb test to determine if it's safe.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: The rule of thumb for nursing after drinking an alcoholic beverage is to wait 12 hours before nursing again.

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The correct answer is: You don't have to wait quite that long -- as a rule of thumb, if you're breastfeeding your baby, you should wait at least two hours after drinking an alcoholic beverage to feed your baby again.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

To get right-sized snacks, you should compare your snacks to which object?

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The correct answer is: To avoid overeating, you should pre-portion snacks into individual bowls or bags. If you don't have a measuring cup handy, a good rule of thumb is to use your fist -- it's about the right size for guaranteeing you get enough snack without overeating.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

When you're walking, which rule of thumb can help you know you're moving quickly enough?

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The correct answer is: When you're walking, follow the rule-of-thumb talk test: If you're walking or moving at a moderately intense pace, you should still be able to talk, but not sing. If you can talk normally or can't talk at all, your pace of exercise isn't where it needs to be.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

When training for a marathon, what's the rule of thumb for increasing your mileage?

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The correct answer is: Most marathon training plans follow this rule of thumb: Increase your mileage about 10 percent per week.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the rule of thumb for lifting weights?

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The correct answer is: The rule of thumb for breathing when lifting weights says you should exhale n when you're contracting the muscle and breathe in when you're relaxing it.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: As a rule of thumb, you should let your muscles rest 48 hours between weight-lifting workouts.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As a general rule of thumb, you should give your muscles 48 hours to rest and recover between strength-training workouts. You'll build muscle more efficiently this way.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

The rule of thumb for lifting weights says you should be fatigued after how many lifts?

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The correct answer is: A general rule of thumb for picking the right weights is to use weights that create fatigue in the muscles within 12 to 15 repetitions.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the rule of thumb for how often you should feed a premature baby?

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The correct answer is: A near-term or premature baby needs to eat at least 8 times in a 24-hour window -- the best rule of thumb for remembering that: whenever he is awake, your baby should be eating.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What's the rule of thumb for determining if a jump rope is the correct length for you?

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The correct answer is: The rule of thumb for finding the correct jump rope is to place the rope on the floor and put one foot in the middle of it. Then pull the handles up toward your chest. The end of the handles should be at about armpit height.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

If you want to live longer, which of these rules of thumb can help you do that?

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The correct answer is: Want to live a longer life? The best rule of thumb for that is to eat colorful meals. The colors in fruits and vegetables are present because of the foods' vitamins and minerals. The more colors you eat, the better the diet.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: As a rule of thumb, the starch portion of your dinner plate should only occupy half of the plate.

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The correct answer is: This is false. As a rule of thumb, the appropriate portion of starch is 1/4 plate. One half should be taken by vegetables. The other fourth should be protein.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What's the rule of thumb for determining how much protein you need each day?

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The correct answer is: As a rule of thumb, you can estimate your daily protein needs by converting your weight to kilograms (1 kilogram is 2.2 pounds) and multiplying it by 0.8 grams.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: The rule of thumb for eating during the holidays is "eat in excess only when you really want it."

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The correct answer is: This is false. The rule of thumb for eating over the holidays -- and every day -- is "eat in moderation." Calories can add up, and it's tempting to overeat, especially during the holidays. Eating food in moderation means you can still enjoy the holidays, but you won't regret it later.

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