Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Stress

The holiday season should be a fun time, but for many, it can also be chaotic and stressful. One common response to stress is overeating. We often don’t even realize that we are doing it. If you find the demands of shopping, holiday parties and family obligations to be a little overwhelming, consider these stress-reducing tips:

1) Make a list and prioritize the important activities.

2) Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.

3) Make time for yourself to do things you truly enjoy!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Aerobic Activity Improves Sleep, Mood, And Vitality

Looking for a drug-free way to increase the number of zzz’s you get at night? Start pounding the pavement. In a recent small study of sedentary adults 55 and older with insomnia, those who embarked on a regular exercise program improved both their sleep quality and duration. Sleep problems increase with age, but sleep medication can pose risks for older adults. Seniors are more likely to be taking other drugs that could potentially interact with sleep medication. Seniors are also at greater risk of falling, so pills that cause grogginess or sedation can be particularly dangerous. Over the course of 16 weeks, the study’s participants exercised for 30 to 40 minutes four days per week. In addition to reporting better sleep, exercisers said they felt less depressed and more alert during the day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Evaluating Weight Loss Programs

Are you about to purchase a weight-loss product or service? If so, be sure to do your homework and ask plenty of questions! Be extra cautious when you see the words breakthrough, revolutionary, miraculous, effortless, quick, or secret. Safe and successful programs are based on regular physical activity and an eating plan that is balanced, healthy and easy to follow. Lasting weight loss requires permanent change. Be a savvy consumer and invest wisely in your health!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eating Fruit In The Winter

Do you find it difficult to get a variety of fresh fruit in the
winter? If so, consider adding dried fruit to your diet as a healthy alternative. Like fresh fruit, dried fruit provides fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and folate. Dried fruit does have more calories per serving, so watch your portions if you are trying to keep calories down. Try adding your favorite dried fruits to salads, breads and
cereal for added flavor and nutrition.


Source: American Dietetic Association

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Diabetes

More than 25 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes and 7 million people are unaware they have the disease. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and can go undiagnosed for years. Early detection of diabetes can decrease the chance of developing complications. Individuals should consult with their doctor if they have some or all
of the following symptoms: frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision.