By Katie Rosenbrock

Almost everyone loves fall, but absolutely no one loves flu season. Unfortunately, the two tend to commence right around the same time.

Anyone who’s ever suffered from the flu or even the common cold knows just how utterly unpleasant a viral sickness can be, especially because they can be challenging to treat.

Usually the most you can do is rest until the virus runs its course, which is why avoiding infection all together is a much more effective plan of attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the flu each year, and on average, flu complications land about 200,000 Americans in the hospital each year.

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Luckily, aside from getting a flu shot, there are several healthy habits you can follow (and a few things you can avoid) that will help decrease your risk of getting sick, both during flu season and all year round.

A few experts weighed in with advice about what you can do to improve your immune response.

Dr. Kathy Gruver, PhD is a health and wellness expert and the author of Conquer your Stress with Mind/Body Technique; Kusha Karvandi is a nutrition expert, personal trainer, best-selling author, and host of the Exerscribe Radio podcast; and Dr. Kalpana DePasquale is a physician and Founder at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat.

Continue reading to find out what they say you should do to ensure you stay healthy and flu-free all year long.

In 2007, Mississippi was the only state with an adult obesity rate higher than 30 percent. Now Mississippi has lots of company. According to the latest annual report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there were 20 states that were at 30 percent in 2013.

Where does your state rank? Here's a rundown of all 50 states (plus Washington D.C.), based on the percentage of adults who are obese, starting with the thinnest of the bunch, Colorado:

By Catarina Cowden

Hiking can be a calming, therapeutic adventure. But for some, hiking and climbing is about the thrill, reaching new and death-defying heights that make life more exciting. And with all the outdoors has to offer, there is plenty opportunity to test your limits.

Previously, we discussed the most dangerous hikes that take many lives and require practiced survival skills to complete. The difficult trails require a fit body and mind to complete. But, what if you could feel dangerous and hike a bit easier? Well, Mother Nature has you covered. A booming, hazardous volcano is just the ticket. Sounds crazy right? But actually, many active volcanoes are very safe to climb. Visitors flock from all ends of the world to see the deep craters, colorful fires, steaming ash and hot lava.

The trick is to know the dangers a volcano poses. Many active sites are closed off to the public, or have designated areas for crater viewing. The regularly active volcanoes are monitored and scientists attempt to predict future explosions. With many tragedies in the past, modern science hopes to keep tabs on the activity happening at the planet’s crust, but, some eruptions still can come as a surprise. So while some of these summits are easy to reach, the danger posed by climbing an active volcano is definitely not for the faint of heart.

College football teams are an extension of the academic institutions they represent -- at least, that's the party line coming from the NCAA. But SEC schools, at least, value on-field performance much more than academics, according to Forbes.

The business magazine compiled a list that compares the performance and academic bonuses of 11 SEC head coaches, whose contract information was readily accessible. The money says about all you need to know about what priorities come first in college football. Check out the numbers for each coach in the slideshow below.

A well-known fashion geek, Heat star Dwyane Wade has announced a huge sale on his clothes. That's right: Wade is taking trunkloads of clothes out of his own closet and putting them up for sale online.

If that sounds like Wade is desperate for money, don't worry. The three-time NBA champion is actually seeing those items to raise money for his charitable foundation, Wade's World.

According to the website where the clothes are being sold, items are going fast. A tougher sale are pairs of Wade's size 15 shoes, which have a tough market in terms of buyers who can actually fill them. Here's a look back at Wade's trend-setting fashions over the past year.

Another offseason of roster shuffling has left several new NBA stars shining in new cities. With the NBA's 2014-15 season just about to start, we will see whether those stars -- and the teams that acquired them -- made the right or wrong decisions regarding their futures.

Since the carousel can be tough to keep straight, here are 11 of the biggest names you'll find in new uniforms this season.

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