AARP: For Longevity, Laughter and a Good Night’s Rest, 10/24/2014

October 24, 2014

Over the years, research has consistently shown the positive effects of laughter.  Not only does laughing reduce stress, but it can improve function of the immune system and even relieve pain!  Also not new to news is that getting six to nine hours of sleep is essential in allowing the body and mind to recharge and can enhance the body’s ability to strengthen connections between brain cells and slow premature aging.  By getting enough sleep and finding reasons to laugh when you’re awake, you are …

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TODAY: Stress Eating Could Pack on 11 Extra Pounds per Year, 9/24/2014

September 24, 2014

Stress Eating Could Pack on 11 Extra Pounds per Year

Have you ever had a stressful day where all you want to do is indulge in your favorite unhealthy foods? Chances are you’re not alone. Many people combat stress by eating high fat “comfort” foods to make them feel better. It turns out that stress eating causes more weight gain than you would expect. Experiencing one or more stressful events prior to eating a high fat meal slows the body’s metabolism so much that it could …

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RWJF: A Closer Look at Contributors to Stress for Latinos, 09/08/2014

September 08, 2014

A Closer Look at Contributors to Stress for Latinos

The burdens of stress for Americans can be many, as a recent survey from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and the Harvard School of Public Health has focused upon. However, what about the Latino population? Are their stressors the same or different? Professor at the University of New Mexico, Gabriel R. Sanchez, PhD, as well as PhD candidate at the UNM, Yajaira Johnson-Esparza take a closer look.

Observations from the study about American’s stressors found …

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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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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: PTSD from your ZIP code: Urban violence and the brain, 7/1/2014

July 01, 2014

PTSD from Your ZIP Code: Urban Violence and the Brain


A recent study in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry has revealed the effects of violence on our minds, showing that we may not need to directly experience a violent event to feel the pain it causes. Upon interviews of eight thousand people in Atlanta, Georgia, professors from Emory University are observing higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in urban populations in comparison to the most common population for the disorder: war veterans. Patients from Grady Memorial …

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WORKSHOP: How to Deal With Stress in 2014

February 02, 2014

How to Deal With Stress in 2014
Feeling Peace, Power and Joy

Stress may be affecting your life more than you realize! Join us for this 3-part series where you will learn how to identify stress and monitor its effect on your life. Then you will be empowered with relaxation techniques to get that stress under control!

The workshops will be led by Dr. Nzingha Dalila of Noetikha Mental Health Research.

When: Tuesdays; February 18, February 25, and March 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: The Center for Closing …

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