Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions

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The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF) provided an update to their recommendation statement on hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women. The use of combined estrogen and progestin and the use of estrogen alone are specifically addressed. To read the complete report on the new recommendations, visit the Annals of Internal Medicine website.… Read more »

Five Things to Do This Month

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1. Start volunteering. It helps you live longer and keeps you happier.

2. Work out. Resistance training and core work every day improve your well-being.

3. Choose the right health care provider. Find one who is sensitive to your needs and clinically up-to-date; it can mean the difference between life and death.

4. Keep your eyes healthy. The right glasses and a yearly exam can prevent falls.

5.Smile, smile, smile. It creates a positive atmosphere, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, boosts immunity, and feels great!Read more »

The Benefits of Meditation

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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 »

Holistic Stress Management for Nurses

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Virtually everyone experiences stress. It is the second most frequently cited work-related health problem. Health care providers are especially prone to the effects of stress. Explore the causes of stress, effects of acute and chronic stress, and holistic methods to manage your stress. Visit this website for further information.

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The Nurses’ Health Study

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The Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) is one of the longest and largest ongoing investigations regarding factors that influence women’s health. The NHS began in 1967 and expanded in 1989. Over 238,000 nurses have participated in the research which focuses on the impact of diet, physical activity, and lifestyle on the prevalence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Visit the Nurses’ Health Study website for complete information or to join the study.… Read more »

Creating a Culture of Health–A Call To Action

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has created a Call To Action: Creating a Culture of Health. This bold report calls on hospitals to be leaders in creating a culture of health by focusing on employee health and wellness.  Current practices used by hospitals today with their employees, examples of best practices, and recommendations on how to accomplish this culture of health are provided.  Visit the American Hospital Association’s web site to read the full report.Read more »

Make the Most of Menopause

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Menopause occurs at the natural end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. So why not treat it naturally? Both aromatherapy massage and regular massage treatments may reduce menopausal symptoms and aromatherapy massage may be more effective than either therapy alone. Other integrative therapies that may help alleviate menopausal symptoms include acupuncture, meditation, yoga, foods rich in phytoestrogens, such as soy, and black cohosh (a popular alternative to prescription hormonal therapy). Be sure to talk with your health care provider before adding any botanicals to your health regimen and ask about the right dose for you.… Read more »

Get Moving!

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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 »

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 »