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.
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Preserving and Improving Your Memory

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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 »

The Quality of Your Content…

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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 »

Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health Receives National Attention

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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 »

Practice Intentional Kindness

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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 »

Creating a Stress-Less Holiday

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It seems like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier each year. As soon as Halloween is over, stores put out their holiday decorations and begin stocking their shelves with holiday merchandise. Our expectations are high, and we’re pulled in many directions, finding ourselves stressed and drained of energy at the very time we should be celebrating and having fun.

It’s important to make the most of the season and all the festivities and religious observances … to enjoy time with family and friends, and delight in sumptuous food.… Read more »

Cyndie Koopsen’s Interview With National Health Care Jobs Site

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Interview from AllHeathcareJobs.com on November 29, 2011 by Eileen Beal, M.A., Editorial Consultant (Healthcare and Aging issues)

Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, has been a nurse for 30 years, is board certified in holistic nursing and is a nationally recognized teacher/expert on the role spirituality plays in providing compassionate care to patients and clients. She is the co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, offering nationally accredited certificate programs in spirituality.

Recently she spoke with AllHealthCareJobs.com about what spiritual care is, what to look for in “good” programs and career opportunities for nurses who want to use aspects of spiritual care to further their careers.… 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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The Attitude of Gratitude

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Kindness in words creates confidence.

Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.

Kindness in giving creates love. — Lao Tsu

During the holidays when there is so much temptation to buy, buy, buy, it’s important to take a moment and think about what you are actually celebrating. The holiday season is a time for giving thanks, spending time with those you love and those who love you, and expressing gratitude.

When you are grateful for the good things in your life, you manifest more good things for which to be grateful.… Read more »

Happiness and Health

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You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a might effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

—Elizabeth Gilbert

Each of us wants to be happy and healthy. By focusing on becoming happier, research suggests that we will not only feel better, but also have more energy, improved immune function, increased creativity, improved relationships, and increased productivity.… Read more »