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Healthy Vacations

From cutting calories on road trips to staying safe while flying, see how much you know about taking a healthy vacation.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

The average person burns how many less calories per day when they're on a road trip?

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The correct answer is: Sitting in a car for long stretches typically means a drop in activity from your usual routine, which equates to about 400 fewer calories in your per-day calorie burn. Counteract the car trap by making healthy eating choices on the road.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What's the best way to keep from packing on the pounds when you travel?

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The correct answer is: Splurges happen on trips, but don't take a total vacation from counting calories. Keep track of your food intake in a notebook to avoid going overboard.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Using hand sanitizer on an airplane can decrease your odds of infection by 50%.

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The correct answer is: This is true. You can also lower your risk of picking up a bug by taking ginseng, drinking plenty of fluids and giving your tray table a once-over with a sanitary wipe.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's a good way to stay healthy on a road trip?

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The correct answer is: Road food can be tempting, but you're better off opting for homemade sandwiches and fruit, nuts and veggies than burgers and fries. And since the recirculating air in your car can be drying and dehydrating, try to drink 64 ounces of water a day.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What precaution should you take when traveling to a developing country?

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The correct answer is: Six to eight weeks before your departure, check with your local health department or travel medicine clinic to see if any vaccines or special medications are advised for your destination. While abroad, drink only bottled, sealed beverages and well-cooked food and avoid eating fresh veggies and fruits.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Up to how many weeks of pregnancy is air travel considered safe?

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The correct answer is: Flying is safe for women 36 weeks pregnant or less. Make sure you get up from your seat and move around every hour or two while flying to prevent blood clots.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What safety equipment should be kept in your car on road trips?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Prepare for unexpected circumstances with a supply of snacks and water. Carry a LifeHammer -- an all-in-one tool that can cut through seat belts -- as well as a jack and spare tire in case of accidents. Light sticks and string can attract attention if you're stuck in your vehicle.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following affects jet lag?

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The correct answer is: Jet lag can strike anyone regardless of age, health or fitness level. But it's usually worse when traveling east rather than west. Melatonin and sleeping pills can help offset the effects, which should subside within three or four days.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: To save on calories, skip the free hotel breakfast.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While you're better off skipping any sugary, high-carb foods the hotel serves up, don't skip the meal entirely. A balanced breakfast will help spike your metabolic rate, which typically slows down during sleep hours, and can recharge your mental and physical energy stores -- a must when you've got a busy day of sightseeing planned! Oatmeal, eggs and fruit are all good options.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How much insulin should people with diabetes bring with them on vacation?

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The correct answer is: For a short trip, pack twice the amount of insulin you usually use. Pack an extra two-week supply if you're going on a long trip. Have meals and take your medicine at your usual times, or as close as possible, to keep your blood sugar level steady.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Taking a vacation can increase your lifespan.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies have shown that taking a vacation can add years to your life by preventing heart disease. Researchers suspect that vacation-takers may have better heart health because time off helps reduce stress -- one of the biggest contributors to heart disease. Vacation time also provides opportunities to do other good-for-your-health things like reconnecting with family and friends and pursuing interests. Even a weekend getaway can have restorative benefits.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What can be done to prepare for a plane crash?

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The correct answer is: Don’t give in to the temptation to zone out when the attendant goes over important safety information. It could save your life. Make sure you understand clearly everything the attendant has said, and that you are able to locate the nearest exit.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is the risk of contracting cholera while traveling?

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The correct answer is: Travelers have a one in a million chance of contracting cholera. Avoiding raw or undercooked foods, being sanitary and drinking clean water are all good preventative measures.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: You're covered by your health insurance policy when you travel outside the U.S.

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The correct answer is: Many insurance plans provide limited coverage once you leave U.S. borders., and some offer none at all. Review your policy with your provider, and look into traveler's insurance for the duration of your trip if necessary.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Many hotels have partnerships or discounted rates at nearby gyms.

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The correct answer is: This is true. So if your hotel of choice is perfect -- except for that missing fitness center -- ask the concierge for suggestions of nearby gyms or exercise facilities. It's likely the hotel will be able to give you a discount on entry.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How can you stay safe when walking or running in unfamiliar cities?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Let your friends and family or the hotel's front desk know where you are going before you set out on a walk or run. Always have an ID on you, and wear bright clothing. Ask the concierge for safe trails or routes nearby. Use common sense and stay away from places or people that make you feel uncomfortable.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Tweeting your workout plans can help you stay on track while you're traveling.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Peer pressure can have an amazing affect on goal-setting -- you'll be less likely to back out if you know everyone's expecting great things. Going social with your plans -- via Twitter, Facebook or even just an email to your workout buddies -- is one of the best ways to keep yourself honest and on track with your fitness and diet goals.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can have malaria for months without showing symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Symptoms of malaria may take days, weeks or even months to surface. Common indicators include anemia, abnormal bleeding, confusion, jaundice, seizures and shortness of breath. Malaria is a problem in tropical and subtropical areas. People with weakened immune systems, young children and pregnant women and their unborn children all have the highest risk of contracting the disease. The longer your stay in a high risk area, the greater your risk is. Doing outdoor activities at night may also increase your risk for malaria.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: While traveling, you need to work out as often and as much as you do at home to keep your regimen on track.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Even a short, 10-minute mini-workout can help you maintain your current fitness level while traveling.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which symptoms indicate that you should see a doctor when you return from a trip?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you have a prolonged fever, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss or any other strange symptoms upon returning home from a trip, see your doctor immediately.

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