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Healthy Living: Blocking Blue Light

Most of us can’t live without our cellphones, tablets and laptops.

On average, we spend more than nine hours a day staring at one screen or another.

Blue light comes from all of them and doctors say it’s dangerous, especially years from now.

In Healthy Living, we learn about how to cope with that blue light now and down the line.

Some insurance companies cover the cost of the Blue Blocker, otherwise it’s around $100, depending on the prescription.

Dr. Mendelson adds it’s important to protect children’s vision as well, saying they should watch screens from at least three feet away.


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Article source: http://www.9and10news.com/2018/04/23/healthy-living-blocking-blue-light/

Five Star Urgent Care offers healthy living tips for Every Kid Healthy Week, April 23-27

1859 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
Phone: 716-773-7676
Fax: 716-773-7190

Article source: https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/2018/04/23/132386/five-star-urgent-care-offers-healthy-living-tips-for-every-kid-healthy-week-april-23-27

Petersburg school to be featured in statewide healthy living video

Petersburg, Sitka and a few other school districts around the state will be featured in commercials about healthy living.

The 30-second videos will be shown statewide in an effort to educate people about keeping youth active.


https://kfsk-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/19HealthyVideo.mp3This is one of Petersburg’s water filling stations that are in the schools for students to use. (Photo courtesy Ginger Evans)

This is one of Petersburg’s water filling stations that are in the schools for students to use. (Photo courtesy Ginger Evans)

Child obesity is a real problem in Alaska.

One in three children in the state is overweight or obese.

And their role models are too. Two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.

“This has been a problem that has been getting worse over decades,” said Ann Potempa, who runs a program through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services called Play Every Day, an education campaign to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. “That’s concerning because over time excess weight increases people’s risk of serious diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and more than a dozen types of cancer,” she said.

The campaign wants to change two main behaviors in children: physical activity and drinks.

Many kids aren’t getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day, which is a federal recommendation.

Children are drinking too much sugar in all kinds of beverages.

Drinks are the number one source of added sugar in daily diets.

“When we say sugary drinks we don’t mean just soda anymore,” Potempa said. “Sugary drinks can mean anything from fruit-flavored drinks, powdered drinks, sport and energy drinks, flavored coffees and teas. And even those beverages that say they’re enhanced with vitamins but really they’re enhanced with sugar.”

The campaign is highlighting ways communities are helping to fix it on a local level.

In a partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Play Everyday Campaign is creating 30-second videos shared on TV, online and with other statewide partners like schools.

The Sitka School District and the North Slope Borough School District will be featured in their own PSAs.

Sitka has a Fish-To-School program that serves local fish for school lunches and the North Slope has made all of their schools soda free.

Petersburg School District will be featured in one for installing water bottle filling stations in their schools and giving children bottles to help make drinking water an easier choice.

“Studies show that hydration is good for our minds and so if they drink during the day, we’re all for it,” School Principal Teri Toland said.

The school district also focuses on meeting the recommended hour-of-exercise a day.

Petersburg has swimming and gym courses for all students in the grade school.

“Our swim/gym program is amazing,” Toland said. “We’re one of the few schools left in the state that still has everyday activities like that. We ensure that they get out for recess.”

Petersburg’s Healthy Living Grant coordinator Ginger Evans agrees.

“Districts are struggling with it but we’ve made it a priority,” Evans said. “We know that children will perform better academically if they are being physically active.”

The water bottle filling stations were possible through a five-year state grant.

The grant also has helped improve the school’s garden, pay for training staff and give teachers resources in their classrooms like books.

Evans said it’s not just the grant that has made the school district healthier.

“We’ve always been really fortunate in Petersburg that the community and the school board and the administrators support physical activity in education and health education in our district,” Evans said.

Petersburg’s grade school also has changed its practice for celebrating birthdays.

Instead of sharing sugary foods in the classroom, students get recognized by the principal and receive a book.

Petesburg’s PSA video will focus on the fourth-grade class.

Article source: https://www.ktoo.org/2018/04/23/petersburg-school-to-be-featured-in-statewide-healthy-living-video/

Healthy Living Market to open new cafe on Burlington waterfront

News Release — ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
April 18, 2018

Contact:
Erik Oliver
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
802-864-1848 ext. 118
[email protected]

Burlington – Healthy Living Market is opening a new Cafe on Burlington’s Waterfront at the Vermon, to add to its locations in South Burlington, VT and Saratoga Springs, NY.

Just in time for spring – from April 18, all waterfront visitors will be able to purchase coffee, grab-and-go lunch items made by Healthy Living, and a wide selection of healthy snacks and drinks.

Phelan Fretz, ECHO’s Executive Director, said that as a year-round anchor for the waterfront, ECHO was excited to bring this healthy option to all their visitors.

“The ECHO Center is a beloved, iconic Burlington destination for kids and families,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, owner and CEO of Healthy Living Market. “Healthy Living is proud of the new partnership and looks forward to offering healthy food options to the Burlington Waterfront. We will have something for everyone: kids, adults, and people strolling the Burlington Bike Path looking for excellent quality food and beverages. We couldn’t be happier about this partnership and look forward to having a presence on beautiful Lake Champlain.”

Hours of operation are 10am-4pm 7 days per week. The Cafe is open to the public.

Article source: https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/21/healthy-living-market-open-new-cafe-burlington-waterfront/

Website details healthy living in Cleveland County

The first step to a healthier lifestyle is now just a click away in Cleveland County.

A new website outlines healthy living resources available across the county, like playgrounds, walking tracks, trails, parks, healthy foods and health-related events.

The Live Health Cleveland County website came about through a partnership between The Cleveland County Public Health Center, Cleveland County Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living, Alliance for Health of Cleveland County Inc., and Cleveland County Eat Smart Move More Coalition.

We have a lot of resources in our county that are available all over the county geographically. We want to bring those together, like a one-stop shop, Susan Willis, of the Eat Smart Move More Coalition, said.

Each place featured on the site includes extensive details about the location, from hours and lighting to bathrooms and what activities are available.

The website also offers details on where people can buy fresh foods and links to other resources that can help them do so, like Cleveland County Kitchen.

The hope is the site will lead to an increase in healthy eating and active living in an effort to promote better health and prevent chronic illnesses, Willis said.

Our mission is to promote health and wellness in all of our citizens through prevention and education. This is the prevention piece, Willis said.

The project has been in the works since last summer, and the site was officially launched April 9.

Now that the site is live, it will be more like a living document. It will be continually updated with new health-related events in the community, and more information on places to get active and where to eat healthy will be added as they come.

Were excited about the future of the site. Were going to continue to add to it, Willis said.

Casey White can be reached at 704-669-3339 or cwhite@shelbystar.com.

Article source: http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20180422/website-details-healthy-living-in-cleveland-county

Celebrate Earth Day with healthy living habits

Earth Day is rolling around on Sunday, April 22, to celebrate the beauty of the nature surrounding us. Americans have celebrated the day since 1970 to promote environmental protection and conservation. Here are some tips for college students help Mother Earth bloom and blossom:

Recycle

Recycling is the first step to becoming a more environmentally conscious person. Instead of throwing away materials like paper and plastic, throw them in a recycling bin to reduce waste. The University also has a Campus Sustainability program that helps educate students and faculty on the benefits of recycling.

Use reusable water bottles

When you walk around campus, stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle to cut back the use of plastic bottles. By reusing water bottles, you can not only save resources, but also personalize a small part of your style by creating an original look to your water bottle. Add stickers or other designs to make saving the planet feel good.

Buy smart

To save resources, try to buy in bulk for the things you use the most to save containers and extra waste. You can also be smarter by reusing tupperware containers and other materials that help you avoid creating excess trash. Buying smart helps the environment, but it also save you a little extra money to use as you please.

Eat smart

Helping the environment isn’t only about what you do or don’t throw away – it’s also about the food you’re consuming on a daily basis. To eat smarter, try to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, and try to cut down on eating meat. If set aside one meatless day per week, it begins to add up and saves a lot of carbon and resources.  

Save energy

If you live in your own apartment, chances are you have to pay an electric bill each month. If you do small things like adjust room temperature or turn the lights off, you can save money as you cut down on your energy use. Saving energy helps to reduce your carbon footprint, even if main goal is to save a few bucks.

Shop at farmers markets

Farmers markets are the perfect way to shop locally and promote small businesses. By shopping at markets, you get to have the purest, most organic forms of vegetables and other items offered. Farmers markets are one of the easiest ways to help you start eating clean, and you might even find stuff not offered at the nearby superstore.

Article source: http://www.lsunow.com/daily/celebrate-earth-day-with-healthy-living-habits/article_df6ed144-41c0-11e8-a89c-a7fa5c3ebb84.html

Walk, Stretch, Chill: Wellness Triathlon intended to encourage healthy living

In an effort to make healthy activities more accessible to the community, Living Well in Coppell is hosting its second annual Walk, Stretch and Chill Wellness Triathlon.

“Since the Wellness Triathlon is something that anyone can do and it’s in a beautiful outdoor setting in our new Andy Brown Park, our hope is that it will encourage both active citizens and citizens who may not typically engage in wellness activities, to come out and try it,” said Ed Guignon, Living Well in Coppell co-chairman.

Guignon said the event is set up so that anyone of any age and any fitness level can participate. The nonprofit’s hope is to encourage people to make wellness a part of their everyday lives.

The triathlon consists of a one-mile walk around the Andy Brown Park East trail system, a 30-minute outdoor yoga session and a 30-minute meditation session, led by a CORE yoga instructor.

“Some of the benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, muscle tone and energy, and some of the benefits of meditation include reduced stress, improved awareness and overall improved well-being,” Guignon said.

The event not only ties into Living Well in Coppell’s goals to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle within the community but also the city’s Coppell 2030 goal to enhance community wellness and enrichment.

Guignon said about 160 residents registered for the event last year in February. This year, the nonprofit hopes that holding the event outdoors during the spring will result in greater community participation.

“This Wellness Triathlon is a great opportunity for anyone of any fitness level and age to demonstrate their commitment to wellness in a fun and unique way,” Guignon said. “Grab your family, friends and co-workers and join us for a fun and healthy community event.”

The wellness triathlon will be held at 8:30 a.m. April 28 at the grand pavilion of Andy Brown Park East. A limited number of yoga mats will be provided, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own mats.

Article source: http://starlocalmedia.com/coppellgazette/walk-stretch-chill-wellness-triathlon-intended-to-encourage-healthy-living/article_df2e6978-457c-11e8-bbdd-9fe75d717c4b.html

Healthy Living Market to open new cafe on Burlington waterfront …

News Release — ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
April 18, 2018

Contact:
Erik Oliver
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
802-864-1848 ext. 118
[email protected]

Burlington – Healthy Living Market is opening a new Cafe on Burlington’s Waterfront at the Vermon, to add to its locations in South Burlington, VT and Saratoga Springs, NY.

Just in time for spring – from April 18, all waterfront visitors will be able to purchase coffee, grab-and-go lunch items made by Healthy Living, and a wide selection of healthy snacks and drinks.

Phelan Fretz, ECHO’s Executive Director, said that as a year-round anchor for the waterfront, ECHO was excited to bring this healthy option to all their visitors.

“The ECHO Center is a beloved, iconic Burlington destination for kids and families,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, owner and CEO of Healthy Living Market. “Healthy Living is proud of the new partnership and looks forward to offering healthy food options to the Burlington Waterfront. We will have something for everyone: kids, adults, and people strolling the Burlington Bike Path looking for excellent quality food and beverages. We couldn’t be happier about this partnership and look forward to having a presence on beautiful Lake Champlain.”

Hours of operation are 10am-4pm 7 days per week. The Cafe is open to the public.

Article source: https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/21/healthy-living-market-open-new-cafe-burlington-waterfront/

YMCA’s Annual Healthy Kids Day promotes nutrition, healthy living

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The YMCA of Marquette County held its annual Healthy Kids Day Saturday afternoon.

The purpose of this nationwide YMCA event is to promote fitness, nutrition and to get kids making healthier choices.

“As a YMCA we’re all about healthy living and getting kids outside and promoting that, and this just lets them know what’s out there and it got them all moving today,” says Leslie Desjardins, Child Development Director at YMCA of Marquette County.

Children had a variety of activities to take part in including face painting, a bounce house, and other games. Michigan State Police’s K9 Unit was also on hand for the kids to see, as well as other area vendors.

The afternoon also served as an open house for families to see what the YMCA offers at its facilities.

Article source: http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/YMCAs-Annual-Healthy-Kids-Day-promotes-nutrition-healthy-living-480469901.html

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Article source: http://q13fox.com/2018/04/18/healthy-living-study-finds-rise-in-drug-overdose-deaths-contributing-to-more-organ-transplants/