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  • tyncho/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Avoiding refined sugar may be a challenge for most Americans, but Byron Paidoussi and Whitney Cole, the owners of Fitness and Fuel LA, regularly look for alternatives. In the tenth and final episode of ABC News' "Healthy Living for Summer" series, we asked them for some tips."We try to avoid processed sugar as much as we can," said Paidoussi.The couple has experimented with creating different recipes that exclude sugar. In the video above, they make spicy chocolate pumpkin squares with stevia, a sugar substitute, and dates."[It's] a really yummy thing we can have around the house, and it's a lot less sugary, a lot less impact on our blood sugar going up and down," Cole said.Below is a list of advice Cole and Paidoussi gave ABC News.Quick tips•  Look at the ingredients to see how many grams of sugar the item contains•  Check if sugar alternatives come in pure forms, which the couple recommends•  You can use natural items like dates as alternatives to refined sugar•  Experiment and get creative with recipes, such as the pumpkin squares pictured above
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  • Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady's claim that staying ultra-hydrated helps protect him from the sun's rays is raising eyebrows on social media."When I was growing up, and playing outside in the sun, I got sunburned a lot. I was a fair-skinned Irish boy, after all. These days, even if I get an adequate amount of sun, I won't get a sunburn, which I credit to the amount of water I drink," the New England Patriots quarterback writes in his new book "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance."Brady writes that he drinks more than 150 ounces of water a day. On "active days," he says, he drinks "close to twice that."The NFL star's comments quickly garnered backlash on social media, with many questioning the science behind his claims.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seeking shade, wearing long-sleeved clothing, using a hat, wearing sunglasses, and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen on in order to protect yourself from sun exposure. The group does not mention on its sun safety website that drinking water can in any way help prevent a sunburn.The CDC does state, however, that men are more likely than women to develop skin cancer, partly because men are less likely to apply sunscreen."When outside on a sunny day for more than an hour, only about 14 percent of men use sunscreen on both their face and other exposed skin," the CDC writes on its website.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • vitapix/iStock/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- A 12-year-old girl has collected thousands of pairs of silly socks for her friends staying in the hospital where she receives chemotherapy.Emma Becker has been a patient for 4 years at Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) in Hartford for neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes tumors in her optic nerves and brain.To cheer up her fellow patients, Emma asked Facebook users to donate socks to her special fundraiser, in honor of her Aug. 11 birthday this year."She said giving back to the other kids makes her happy," Emma’s mom, Rebecca Donkor of Higganum, Connecticut, told ABC News. "She has a strong social media presence and thankfully people back her, and help her spread joy."Donkor, a mother of two, said her duaghter Emma came up with the idea to host a sock drive in lieu of kids receiving the hospital-issued socks they typically handed out to new patients at CCMC.Emma has collected more than 2,300 pairs of fun, silly socks for children ages infant to teenager.“It’s something fun they can look down at, and smile,” Donkor said, adding that Emma still has two boxes of socks to open.Monica Buchanan, director of corporate communications at CCMC, described Emma as a "thoughtful and caring young lady.""It takes a special person to put the needs of others before their own," Buchanan wrote to ABC News in an email. "To see Emma give back to the patients at Connecticut Children's Medical Center is the perfect illustration of everything that is right in the world. We can't thank her enough for her 'silly sock' donation!"Despite battling her own illness, Emma's many good deeds for her friends have included collecting 10,000 cans of Play-Doh, hosting multiple toy drives and using money earned from a lemonade stand to buy $300 in iTunes gift cards."We try and turn this into a positive thing and tell her that she's been going through this journey to make a difference in the world, which she's been doing ever since," Donkor said.For her next project, Emma hopes to collect Halloween costumes for her friends at the hospital.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Instagram/giftedkeys(PEMBROKE, Ill.) -- An Illinois singer with alopecia inspired one 4-year-old with the same disease while performing an inspirational song of acceptance.Keya Trammell was onstage performing her song "Next to Blow" at Pembroke Days, an annual community festival, in Illinois.While singing the upbeat inspirational song, Trammell, 25, who was diagnosed with the autoimmune skin disease when she was 2 years old, was inspired to say a few encouraging words to the audience.The singer told ABC News a message was in her heart, especially after she spotted a little girl who was also bald. She had a hunch that perhaps that young girl had alopecia too."I began to take my hat off onstage and I speak about me having alopecia and how having alopecia made me feel doubt," she recalled. "I said, 'If I can't grow hair then how can I create the things that I want in life?'"
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  • Francis Dean/Getty Images(JANESVILLE, Wisc.) -- Vinnie Natale, 4, of Janesville, Wisconsin, absolutely loves Target. The store holds a special meaning for him since he grew up associating it with happy memories as he overcame milestones in his battle with a joint condition.He was born with arthrogryposis, a condition that causes joint contractures and makes it difficult for him to move his legs.“They told us that based on what they could see in the ultrasound, they didn’t think he would walk or bend his legs and knees,” Vinnie’s mom, Stephanie Natale, told ABC News. “They can never say for sure, but it was definitely a very doom and gloom outlook.”But Vinnie was determined to prove his doctors wrong. He worked extremely hard, and after his intensive therapy sessions, his parents would take him to Target to practice walking down the long aisles.“Around two years old when he got his walker, we started going there and would have him walk up and down the aisles,” Natale, 39, recalled. “As he got older we’d go more often and it got to be a reward thing. It was a fun little place for him to go.”He would also get to pick out little toys like LEGOs or a book, so the trips became a special treat for him.When Natale asked her son where he wanted to have his birthday party, Vinnie’s answered: Target.“We talked to the managers and they were over the moon with the idea,” said Natale. “One manger said, ‘We’ll get him a name tag from corporate,’ so they ordered him a legit name tag.”They had red and white polka-dotted decorations, they had a storewide scavenger hunt and Natale found oval stick-on labels for all the other children to wear nametags too.“We just had so much fun,” said his mom. “When he walked in, he was really surprised and thought it was pretty awesome. He loves putting his little Target outfit on.”Vinnie has made such progress in his therapy, he started soccer practice yesterday.“Seeing him running up and down the fields and knowing the hours of therapy and practicing with his walker he’s put in, it’s really amazing to see how determined he is,” his mother said. “He realizes that he has braces that help him walk, but he doesn’t let it define who he is. That’s humbling too, it doesn’t stop him.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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