Posted by & filed under Behavioral Health, Brain Health, Cardiology, Diabetes, Holistic and Integrative Health, Men's Health, Spirituality, Health, and Healing, Stress Management, Wellness, Women's Health.

With almost two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States now considered overweight or obese, the potential effects on health, health costs, and our nation’s productivity could be catastrophic. Obesity currently costs us over $190 billion each year in obesity-related illnesses. Prevention is at the cornerstone of strategies to decrease the spread of this national epidemic.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has evaluated previous strategies to address obesity. In its 2012 report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention,” the IOM provides new recommendations to meet the goals of incorporating physical activity into our lives every day, strengthening the health of school-age children, making healthy foods and beverages available everywhere, and expanding the role of employers and health care providers in obesity prevention.
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We all love to make lists, don’t we? They help keep us organized and relieve stress because we feel more in control once we’ve written things down. While many of our lists are essential, probably no other lists are more important than those we make for the kitchen. We prepare food, store food and supplies, gather for celebrations and create and enjoy beautiful meals in this important room.

Below are three great lists to keep in your kitchen and consult as you prepare to shop, since they help you stay both organized and healthy!… Read more »

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The Affordable Care Act represents one of the most comprehensive health care restructuring efforts since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965.

A transformation of the current health care system to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered, accessible, and affordable care will require a paradigm shift in the way many healthcare professionals fulfill their roles. Nurses are at the forefront of this shift, and a fundamental restructuring of nursing education (before and after nurses receive their licenses) is considered to be the centerpiece of this transformation.… Read more »

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This comprehensive survey of over 5,000 hospitals in the United States provides in-depth information about the types of complementary and alternative (CAM) programs and services being offered by hospitals. Information about program costs, revenue, staffing, reimbursement, and other business strategies related to integrating complementary and alternative therapies into the hospital are explored. (Reprinted with permission.)

Read the full report here…Read more »

Posted by & filed under Behavioral Health, Brain Health, Complementary and Integrative Health, Healing Environments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit, Holistic and Integrative Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Spirituality, Health, and Healing, Wellness, Women's Health.

Is it normal to forget things from time to time, or to get a bit more forgetful as we age? Yes! But how much forgetfulness is too much? How can you tell if your memory lapses are normal—or a sign of something more serious? What can you do to preserve or boost your memory?

No matter what your age, it is never too late to take steps to prevent memory loss or improve your memory. Healthy people can experience memory distortion or loss at any age, and some of these lapses become more pronounced with age.… Read more »

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Have you ever thought about the “content” you consume every day? What is your “mind diet”? Most of us go through the day without thinking about what we watch, download, tape, or read. We consume content mindlessly and in ever-increasing quantities. But, just as “you are what you eat,” you’re also what you read and watch. If you take in the same old stuff, don’t be surprised if you feel overloaded and underwhelmed, with no enthusiasm or creativity.

Creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day.… Read more »

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This month, the American Holistic Nurses’ Association has chosen to highlight ALLEGRA Learning’s nationally endorsed program, The Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health, in their national newsletter.
The field of integrative health is growing rapidly due to the changing healthcare climate, a growing need for a “different” healthcare system, and a recognition of the benefits of combining the external, physical, and technologic successes of medicine with the internal, nonphysical exploration of healing. This 12-course program offers 50 contact hours of leading edge educational content including courses in holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, healing elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, healing effects of physical activity, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and energy healing.… Read more »

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in feeling creates love.  (Lao Tzu)

When tragedy strikes or disaster occurs, people often join together to help one another and exhibit kindness. However, a few days later, they typically return to life’s normal routines and that extra dose of kindness sadly disappears.

Kindness shows others that they count. Originally associated with Anne Hebert, who is said to have coined the saying “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty,” this concept has become an organized celebration around the world.… Read more »

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Summertime brings barbeques, swimming, family outings, hiking, and lots of fun in the sun. We all know that sunlight is essential for health, but along with its obvious benefits, it also carries the risks of skin cancer and aging.

Some exposure to sunlight is healthy. Most experts agree that approximately 20 minutes of daily exposure to natural light is beneficial for health. This exposure to sunlight does, however, carry some risks.

The sun emits long-wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short-wave ultraviolet B (UVB) light rays:

  • UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the earth’s surface from the sun and are the “tanning” rays.
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“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”~ Thomas Edison

According to a 2010 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) consumer survey,

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults use supplements

More than 75% of supplement users classify themselves as “regular” users

The most common reason to purchase supplements is to improve overall health and well-being

Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and other food factors that support good health and prevent or treat illness.… Read more »