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Spread the health: Gift giving made easy!

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Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans, and the pain and inflammation make many everyday activities more difficult for sufferers. Find stocking stuffers at www.arthritis.org (search for “easy–to–use products”). There you’ll see a selection of tools to make tasks like writing, shaving, cleaning and gardening a bit easier.

This holiday season, chances are your husband doesn’t need another tie, your sister’s slippers still fit and your friend has plenty of candles. Instead, give these gifts that promote healthy living:

For the foodie: Head to the candy store and pick up a variety of dark-chocolate candy bars. Research shows that this hard-to-resist treat has a plethora of heart-health benefits. Arrange the treats in a basket or tie them together with a pretty ribbon.

For the gamer: Many video game systems now offer active games, so your favorite couch potato can do yoga, play tennis or go bowling without ever leaving home.

For the eco-warrior: Give an earth-friendly friend a stylish stainless steel water bottle to help her save the planet and stay hydrated.

For the chef: Order a subscription to a healthy-cooking magazine, a new cookbook like The American Cancer Society’s Great American Eat-Right Cookbook and some kitchen towels or an apron.

For the athlete: A heart-rate monitor can supercharge a workout. The devices have gone high-tech, counting calories burned, miles run, average speed and more.

For the noncook: Anyone can make healthy grilled sandwiches fast with a panini press.

For the gadget guy: A pedometer that tracks steps, calorie-burn and other stats will get him moving.


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