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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.

“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)

“Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere”

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This March 20, 2014 NPR Shots Health News article talks about a simple way to decrease the risk of breast cancer among women.  The article indicates that simply doing some form of daily exercise can decrease a woman’s risk and that the exercising can be as simple as taking a walk.

Early signs of breast cancer.

Early signs of breast cancer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“What can I do if my child is teased during physical activity?”

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This February 26, 2014 Health D

 

English: Poor little birdie teased

English: Poor little birdie teased (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

ay article found on the Philly.com website talks about not only the effect of teasing on kids during physical activity, but also offers some tips to parents  if their child is being teased.

 

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“How inactivity is really hurting our children”

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This February 5, 2014 article talks about the difference in the number of kids who walked or rode bikes to school in the 60’s compared to those who walk or ride bikes now and how this seems to correlate with the change in rates of obesity among teens.  The article also offers suggestions on how to help your child combat inactivity by doing as little as 1 hour of physical activity each day.

 

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“Just 1 in 4 U.S. Teens Gets Enough Exercise”

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This January 8, 2014 HealthDay article on the Philly.com website talks about research that indicates most teens are getting less than 1 hour of physical activity per day.  The research also finds that teens who are obese tend to be less likely to be physically active then teens of a healthy weight.  This observation has researchers wondering if obesity causes decreased activity or if decreased activity causes obesity (made me think of which came first? the chicken? or the egg?)

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat s...

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat stores than the mouse on the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Want to Stay Young? Start Moving”

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English: Elderly man with a dumbell sitting on an exercise ball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This November 26, 2013 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about research that indicates that people who exercise as little as once per week seem to age better and have fewer health problems than those who exercise less often or not at all.  Diseases and disorders that were tracked in the study included Alzheimer’s, depression, dementia, heart disease, cancer, and other mental and physical health issues.

 

 

 

“Too Fat for Seat Belt: Woman Loses 250 Pounds”

English: Obese man early 20th century

English: Obese man early 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This July 4, 2013 video on the ABCnews website is about a woman who lost 250 pounds after a wakeup call in the form a a traffic ticket.  This video is something I’m posting, because I know from personal experience that being obese is more expensive then being at a healthy weight.  Everything costs more, clothing, furniture, healthcare, I’m sure if I really dug, I could comeup with even more things that I have had to pay a high price for because of my weight.  I also know that it is possible to lose weight without a gym membership and equipment amounting to nothing more then a pair of sneakers and a bottle of water.  The exercise I primarily perform is walking, I force myself to walk to the store for my groceries, even when I’m in pain due to my arthritis, If I have access to a vehicle for running errands, I intentionally park further from the entrance of the store then most people do, because it gives me an excuse to get a little extra walking in.  I started out only being able to walk about 1/4 mile once or twice per week, but I’m to a point now where I can walk 2miles per trip 3 or 4 times a week I didn’t reach this point overnight, it was simply me deciding I had enough of being obese and finding ways to increase how much physical activity I get each day.  I’ve also made changes in what I eat, decreasing the mac-n-cheese to almost none and increasing fresh produce, lean meat, fish, and some dairy.  Decreasing my grains and starch intake has also been helpful, not only in helping me to lose weight, but also in helping me manage my pain.  Humans need some starch, but I’m confident that none of us need as much as what is found in the typical American diet … corn is in just about everything, whether it be corn syrup or corn starch, it’s extremely difficult to avoid starch since it is hidden in most processed foods.  My cooking skills were almost non-existent when I started making healthier choices, but since I started learningto improve my cooking skills.  My skills still aren’t great, but I can say I’ve learned a few things that I didn’t know before I decided to try to take charge of my weight.  My weight loss hasn’t been as dramatic as what the woman in the video has lost, but like my doctor has said, any loss is better then no loss at all.   Incase you’re wondering about the bottle of water I mentioned earlier, it can be used as a weight, but more importanatly it will help keep you properly hydrated which is very important for all of us to do.  I think the most important thing I found that helps me keep going though despite the often frustrating journey to a healthier me, is to have a few people who support and encourage me on my journey.  Everyone needs a cheerleader 🙂

 

 

 

“Most people aren’t meeting exercise guidelines”

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This May 2, 2013 article on the USA Today website talks about how most of us aren’t getting enough exercise or the right mix of cardio and strength exercises.

 

“Walking Cure: Strolls Can Help Teen Smokers to Quit”

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This April 9, 2012 article on the TIME Health & Family website talks about a recent study that indicates an increase in physical activity may be helpful for teens to quit smoking.

 

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