RWJF: Loneliness: A Significant Stressor that Requires Intervention, 11/6/2014

November 06, 2014

Loneliness: A Significant Stressor that Requires Intervention

A new report titled, The Burden of Stress in America, displays the clear barrier that psychological stress places in achieving positive health outcomes. Larger life events that bring a negative energy, such as the loss of a loved one or general transitions in life can contribute to developing loneliness,  a stressor that is hard to identify just be looking at an individual. However, what many of us do not know is that an overwhelming or prolonged feeling of loneliness …

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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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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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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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MAYO CLINIC: Functional Foods Give a Boost to Your Wellness, 07/31/2014

July 31, 2014

Functional Foods Give a Boost to Your Wellness

Eating healthy is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Besides eating healthy to maintain a healthy weight, there are certain foods you can eat to help protect against diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Functional foods have been identified by researchers to have a positive effect on health and prevent disease. Functional foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts, and fish.  Specifically, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and other vegetables in the …

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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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WORKSHOP: How to Deal With Stress in 2014

February 18, 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.

Registration Fee: $15. The full $15 will be refunded upon successful completion of all 3 workshops!

Registration is limited, so …

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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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