When was the last time you had a massage? If you’ve never tried massage, maybe it’s time to learn about its possible health benefits.
Massage therapy is one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the United States, offered not only in spas but in businesses, clinics, hospitals, and even airports. An overwhelming accumulation of scientific evidence supports the claim that massage therapy can be beneficial in healing injuries, treating certain chronic and acute conditions, dealing with the stress of daily life, and maintaining good health.… Read more »
Living to be 100 years old was once considered a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and lifestyle changes, living to be 100 is not so improbable today.
In 1910, the average life expectancy was only about 48 years for men and 51 years for women. Menopause was hardly even experienced! How times have changed!
As a group, there are more centenarians worldwide than ever before, with the largest population found in America. Five places have been identified worldwide where people live the longest, healthiest lives.… Read more »
The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability. The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.
Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »
We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color.
Color, one of the most powerful elements in our environment, affects us in many ways.… Read more »
You’ve probably heard about meditation and may wonder, What is meditation, and what can meditation do for me? Doesn’t it mean sitting all day in silence? Isn’t it for monks in far-away countries who can chant for hours?
Meditation is actually becoming quite popular in the Western world, among people from all walks of life, as a powerful and effective practice for reducing stress and creating relaxation. By quieting your mind, and becoming mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations while observing them in a nonjudgmental manner, meditating can help you become tranquil, and many aspects of life become clear.… Read more »
Getting enough exercise is vital to brain health and stimulates the development of many areas of the brain. New research continues to show that exercise increases memory, concentration, problem solving, and overall brain health while reducing the risks for many diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. It’s easy to fit physical activities into your daily routine. Walk, bike or jog to see friends or go to the store. Take a 10-minute activity break every hour while you work, read, do homework, or watch TV.… Read more »
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.… Read more »
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 »
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 »
To get a great balance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, try eating a “rainbow diet.” When you choose foods at the produce aisle, think about choosing from the colors of the rainbow. Remember “ROY G. BIV,” the acronym many of us learned in school? Use it as your guide to choosing a colorful palette of healthy, organic foods.
Try some of these new and old favorites to liven up your menu while you improve your health!… Read more »