NPR: Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too, 10/30/2014

October 30, 2014

Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Many studies have shown that play is important for children’s social, physical and cognitive development.  But do its benefits end when your brain stops developing?  Recently, doctors have discovered that adults who enjoy activities like recreational sports, games or puzzles may maintain their memory and thinking skills better than those who don’t save time for play.  However, it’s not just your brain that benefits from play.  People who feel comfortable being silly and playful tend to …

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RWJF: More and More Americans with Dementia: The Call to Improve Care, 10/28/2014

October 28, 2014

More and More Americans with Dementia: The Call to Improve Care

A popular notion is that dementia is simply part of growing older; however, health care experts beg to differ. It is becoming a growing problem that must be halted now, as it is estimated that nearly 16 million Americans will develop the deadly disease by the year 2050. The leading cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, disproportionately affects women, African Americans, and Latinos, and takes more lives than both breast and prostate cancer together—over 500,000 every …

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AARP: Calling All Cynics: Your Mistrust Is Bad for Your Brain, 08/22/2014

August 22, 2014

Believe it or not, your outlook on life has an effect on your quality of life.  If you do not believe it, or have other tendencies of cynicism, studies are showing you may be at an increased risk for dementia.  In a Finnish study of 1,449 adults, results showed individuals who portrayed qualities of cynical mistrust were three times more likely to develop dementia than their more optimistic cohort. Perhaps these results are due to the trend that cynics tend to be less socially active …

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MAYO CLINIC: Foods to Eat When Coping with Anxiety, 08/11/2014

August 11, 2014

Foods to Eat When Coping with Anxiety

Watching what you eat may help cope with anxiety. Follow these tips to assist in coping with anxiety.

Eat a breakfast that includes some protein. This will help you feel fuller longer and provide more energy for the day. Have some eggs with fruit, peanut butter on whole wheat toast, or add protein powder to your morning smoothie.
Eat complex carbohydrates; they can have a calming effect on the body. Complex carbohydrates include foods such as whole grains oatmeal, bread, and …

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REAL SIMPLE: 3 Stress “Relievers” That May Be Keeping You Up at Night, 08/08/2014

August 08, 2014

3 Stress “Relievers” That May Be Keeping You Up at Night

How do you cope when things get too stressful? Curl up in front of the TV? Drink a few glasses of wine? Simply ignoring the problem? Turns out, all three of these tactics can have serious impacts on your ability to get a restful night’s sleep in the short term, and are associated with an increased risk for chronic insomnia–not being able to fall asleep. These findings were recently published in the journal Sleep, …

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CNN Health: 4 Surprising Benefits of Vegetables, 08/04/2014

August 04, 2014

4 Surprising Benefits of Vegetables

Did you know that vegetables are a powerful food group? They can also help you lose weight and decrease your risk of chronic diseases. However, most people across the nation don’t consume enough of them. Here are 4 noteworthy skills that eating vegetables can do for you to enhance your lifestyle.

1.)    Battle Bloat!

Vegetables are rich in fiber, which flushes out waste and gastric irritants and prevents constipation by keeping the digestive tract moving. Vegetables can also help you look leaner by …

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RWJF: Are the Children Well?, 07/28/2014

July 28, 2014

Are the Children Well?
Not only do adults face challenges in keeping the stress away, but our nation’s younger children are facing challenges as well. The focus of health care for children should perhaps shift from illness to wellness! Evidence-based strategies can be implemented to improve the quality of the environments where our children learn and play.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, experts have recently begun to push for an emphasis on the fostering of wellness in order to close the distinctive gap between physical …

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RWJF: Is Comfort Eating Actually Comforting?, 7/18/2014

July 18, 2014

Is Comfort Eating Actually Comforting?

Do you have a go-to comfort food? Everything from sweet to savory, many of our comfort foods are usually high-fat, calorie-filled treats. When we are filled with negative emotions, many of us calm down with a hand reaching towards one of our comfort foods. No wonder stress is such a blame for poor health!

Studies have shown that the consumption of our comfort foods in times of stress appears to shift our thinking away from what is causing that stress, whose effects …

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CNN: Depression a ‘powerful’ risk factor for heart disease in young women, 7/14/2014

July 14, 2014

CNN: Depression a ‘powerful’ risk factor for heart disease in young women

A new study proposes that young women are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack or die of heart disease if they suffer from depression.  A recent study asked patients a few questions to determine if they were depressed prior to receiving a medical procedure.  They found that patients who were under 55 years of age and experiencing depression had double the chance of experiencing a heart attack or having heart disease …

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