We think of summer when it comes to the fresh fruits and vegetables we love: strawberries, peaches, corn, avocados and more. But some of the best and healthiest produce reaches its peak in the fall:

  • Shiitake mushrooms, which support immunity and healthy blood pressure
  • Arugula, which aids in blood and bone health
  • Broccoli, an antioxidant-rich food that protects cells and DNA from damage
  • Chili peppers, a strong source of immune system-boosting vitamin C
  • Garlic, which promotes blood flow and heart health

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The percentage of high school students who spend at least 20 minutes, five days a week, in physical-education classes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Your best shot

Its influenza vaccination season. Time for some facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • There are three flu shots: a regular shot for people more than 6 months old; a high-dose shot for adults older than age 65; and an intra-dermal shot (which uses a finer needle) for people 18 to 64
  • Vaccines protect against the three viruses that international observation and scientific data predict will be most common in a given flu season
  • It takes two weeks after a shot for protective antibodies to build up
  • You cannot get the flu from a flu shot, but a few people experience mild aches or coughs after getting vaccinated

A six-pack starts in the kitchen

If you think buying a high-tech abdominal workout machine is all you need to do to achieve a ripped stomach, hold on. Exercise alone wont give you a six-pack if there’s a layer of fat concealing your abs. Crunches, planks and other moves will build the muscles, but showing them means eating a diet low in carbs and sugar and high in lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating excessive fried foods, fast food and heavily processed foods.