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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.

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“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.

Icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x.

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”

English: Elderly man with a dumbell sitting on...

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.

 

 

 

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