Month: August 2016

How Long Do you Sit for Work? It’s Time to Stand Up and Get Moving!

With obesity on the rise, as well as other serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, Americans’ sedentary lifestyle is under heavy scrutiny. While a healthy diet and exercise are important, some of us simply can’t help the fact that our jobs require us to sit for eight hours a day or more. Sitting for eight to ten hours a day isn’t healthy, according to the experts at Mayo Clinic, who state that sitting for long periods of time is associated with obesity, metabolic syndromes, and excess fat around the abdomen. People who sit for four+ hours a day are more prone...

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Prescription Disposal Tips – Disposing Your Old Prescriptions Safely

What does your medicine cabinet look like? What about the medicine cabinet of your aging parent or grandparent? If you’re a healthy adult, odds are there are one or two old medicine bottles in the mix. If you have a health condition requiring regular prescriptions or you’ve had a surgery or two in the past, you may have a handful of medicine bottles with outdated or expired contents. Proper prescription disposal keeps you, your family, and the environment safe. Store and Dispose of Your Medicines Safely Expired prescriptions should certainly not be taken, but it’s important that they are disposed of safely to...

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How to Help your Kids Create Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating habits are essential for holistic well-being. For most of us, what we eat growing up shapes us – literally and figuratively – into adults. Those who grow up in homes where fast food and processed snacks are the norm are more likely to gravitate towards those same food options when given the choice, and this is a major red flag at a time when American obesity rates have triggered an epidemic. Recent studies have shown a mother’s diet while her baby is in utero and/or parents healthy eating habits, are closely linked to the food choices sought by children later on. Your efforts to cultivate...

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Obesity Affects More Women than Men. It’s Time to take Action.

Obesity used to be a niche diagnosis. Yes, there were always those who were considered overweight, but individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher were by no means the norm. Now, however, American society is experiencing its third decade of obesity as an epidemic. Obesity is an Epidemic That Affects More Women Than Men According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), an epidemic, “refers to an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population.” Rapidly increasing numbers of obese individuals, especially women and teens, is...

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Should You Let Your Teen Sleep More?

Good Grief! Your teenager went to bed at 11:00 p.m. and now he’s still asleep at 10:00 a.m. the next morning. It’s time to wake that lazy kid up and put him to work. You’re certainly not going to let your teen sleep his summer vacation away, right? Experts Say Teenagers Need More Sleep Than Their Younger Counterparts Actually, your teenager isn’t as lazy as you may think. According to recent scientific data compiled by the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need at least nine or more hours of sleep per night for optimal physical and mental well-being. In fact, during adolescence and the teenage years,...

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