Kids do the darndest, slower things

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Children today run a mile 90 seconds slower than their parents did 30 years ago, researchers report at the American Heart Association‘s annual meeting.

It’s not just happening here, it’s a worldwide trend, they say.

The remedy is simple: Get kids moving at least for an hour a day, doctors advise. The time can even be split into segments, such as walking to, and home from, school.

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ObamaCare’s hidden marriage penalty …

Childless couples and empty nesters would pay more under ObamaCare, Garance Franke-Ruka writes in The Atlantic. When she looked at eligibility “for subsidies through the exchanges in New York state  — where insurance is comparatively expensive and the state exchange was set up in such a way as to not provide lower rates for younger people” — she found that a family of two that earns more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level — $62,040 — doesn’t qualify. “But if that same couple lived together unmarried, they could earn up to $45,960 each — $91,920″ — and be eligible. Continue reading
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Map: Places where it’s good to grow old

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ElderlyMapByMaxFisher

Retirement tip: A condo in Boca is a better bet than a dacha on the Black Sea.

The United States comes in eighth out of 91 countries in the Global Age Watch Index 2013. The report uses income security, health status, employment and educational opportunities and the “enabling environment” — social connections, physical safety, civic freedom, public transportation — to rank the best and worst places to live for those older than 65.

Russia tanks in the 78th spot. Continue reading

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