“‘Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'”

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This August 17, 2015 WESA Pittsburgh NPR segment talks about studies being done to see if there is a way to utilize video game technology to help with treating mental health issues such as ADHD or Depression.  The idea of using games to treat mental health disorders could be a reality … it just seems that it may take some time for policies and approval rates to catch up to the technology.

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“Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later”

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This July 20, 2015 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about how being a couch potato as a young adult can contribute to an increased risk of developing things like Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders as we age.

“New guidelines established for young athletes who face mental health issues”

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This March 2, 2015 USA Today: High School Sports article talks about changes to policies on helping high school athletes with mental health issues get help if they need it.

“How can you improve your mental health and well-being in 2015?”

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This December 23, 2014 MNT  article offers not only suggestions for things we can work on in the coming year, but also explains why these suggestions could benefit us and those around us.  Suggestions range from improving mental health/wellness to eating healthy and exercising more, but also includes things like working either a paid or volunteer job or taking up a new hobby.  I would even suggest dusting off an old hobby you enjoyed in the past.  The common thread that I noticed that tied a lot of the suggestions offered together was setting and achieving goals, in addition to the potential for overall mental and physical health benefits to the person actively participating in whatever activity is chosen to work on.

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Icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Are fitness trackers worth it?”

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This July 29, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about fitness trackers  and offers some comparisons between the UP24 and the Fitbit Flex.

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Fitness Suite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sitting all day bad for your mental health?”

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This November 28, 2014 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the need to stretch or move around throughout the day and points out it can benefit your mental health as much as it does your physical health.

“Can you cheat your way to fitness?”

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This October 28, 2014 BBC News article talks about the question of whether or not household chores can be counted as exercise or not.  The answer was interesting to see how different chores stacked up to traditional forms of exercise.

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