Technostress–Can Technology Affect Health?

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With cell phones chirping and playing music, wireless devices vibrating, and emails signaling their arrival at the computer’s inbox, is it any wonder that many people feel stressed and distracted by technology? Our minds may wander as we start to read a book, or we can be surprised to look at a browser window and see how many tabs we’ve opened. This can lead to feeling fatigued, anxious, and disconnected from the real world, or overwhelmed by technology. For many, it has been a long time (if ever) since they took a true vacation where they were really “off” and not answering emails or voicemails.… Read more »

Yoga for Mind-Body Health

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Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance the well-being of mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that so many people live pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. As stress and pressure affect their mental and physical beings, and as they come to accept the connection between mind and body, more people are seeking holistic approaches to manage their stress.

Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.… Read more »

Walk Your Stress Away

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Walking, our natural means of getting from one place to another, provides health and fitness benefits. If you’re looking for a way to relieve stress and improve your health, walking at least 30 minutes a day is one of easiest ways to accomplish these goals.

Walking is great because you can do it alone or with others, and you won’t need special equipment. You just need a good pair of walking shoes, and you might enjoy using a pedometer to track your activity level.… Read more »

Patients Experience Less Pain, Increased Satisfaction with Integrative Care

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A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.

The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »

Obesity and Mindful Eating

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Mindful eating has the potential to transform our relationship to food and eating, and to improve our overall health, body image, relationships, and self-esteem.

Over the past 25 years, mindfulness practices have had a positive impact on many areas of psychological and physical health by reducing stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and heart disease. More recently, evidence supports the benefits of mindful eating for the treatment and prevention of obesity.

Based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness (which involves being aware of what is happening in the present moment) and mindfulness meditation, mindful eating is a slow, thoughtful way of eating and can help people make healthy food choices.… Read more »

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

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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 »

Men’s Health

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Men, you can stay safer, stronger, and healthier by taking a few steps toward health each day and by seeking care when you need it. To get serious about improving your health, start by reviewing these suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations.

  1. Learn Your Family Health History. Know which conditions or diseases have occurred in your close relatives. Knowing your family history and taking appropriate steps can influence your risk of developing many conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
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