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Taking care of yourself shouldn't be complicated. We talk to the experts for practical advice to live a long and healthy life, based on science. Subscribe to get episodes from Life Kit on health and wellness.

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Taking care of yourself shouldn't be complicated. We talk to the experts for practical advice to live a long and healthy life, based on science. Subscribe to get episodes from Life Kit on health and wellness.

    How to make the most of your health insurance

    How to make the most of your health insurance

    Using your health insurance doesn't have to be on an "in-case-of-emergency" basis. Learn how to make the most of your coverage by taking advantage of preventative care, strategically timing procedures and getting exercise classes covered.

    • 21 min
    Masks are off on public transit. How to assess risk in a less-masked world

    Masks are off on public transit. How to assess risk in a less-masked world

    Now that a federal judge has thrown out mask mandates on public transportation, many people are wondering, "How safe is it to use these forms of travel if many people aren't masked?" In this episode Life Kit, learn how to assess your risk and make the best choice for you.

    • 8 min
    How to pick a birth control that works for you

    How to pick a birth control that works for you

    Picking a form of contraception can be overwhelming. It involves understanding how birth control works, your preferences, side effects and more. This episode presents the facts so you can choose the contraception that works for you. (This episode originally aired in February 2020.)

    • 25 min
    How to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

    How to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

    It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)

    • 19 min
    How to talk to your Latinx parents about mental health

    How to talk to your Latinx parents about mental health

    Shame and stigma play a huge role in discouraging folks in the Latinx community from seeking mental health care — and talking about it with their families. These steps can help you prepare for the conversation with your loved ones.

    • 22 min
    Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help

    Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help

    When's the best time to start a new habit? And what makes some stick while others fall by the wayside? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman's new book, How to Change, breaks down the research about how to leverage human nature instead of working against it to achieve your goals. (This episode originally aired in May 2021.)

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

ACHESEN ,

Great pod

Considering how short each episode is, I like how they cram so much important info in that short amount of time. We can’t expect them to answer everything but it’s helped my life a lot!

stendakiss ,

New subscriber

Loving all the topics around new year intentions and habit changes

DeedeeB. ,

Wonderful, beautiful, helpful!

I so appreciate the content and format of Life Kit! The topics are genuinely important and useful, and the presentation methods are very engaging. I especially like Julia Furlan’s episode about receiving feedback!

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