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Groups plant trees to promote healthy living in Beechmont neighborhoid

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Healthy Living Expo showcases exercise, food and more

Kaija Dockter, 16, was one of several who visited the Choice booth to go through the basic steps of TRX Rip Training, an exercise regimen which makes use of a bar and elastic cable to increase mobility and strength. Choice personal trainer Zeb Miller led the demonstration and said the training method was suitable for fitness-minded people of any age and ability level.

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Brief: Healthy Living Class to show documentary – Moscow





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Region families cope as loved ones battle Alzheimer’s and dementia

Mary Ann Spitale, 90, suffers from dementia. She was diagnosed in 2008. ”It’s really a horrible disease,” said her son Rich Spitale. “I pray to God I never get dementia. It’s so devastating, and my mother asks why she’s still here and it just breaks my heart.” 

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Elementary school in Northwest Fresno being recognized for healthy living – KFSN

Saroyan Elementary School students are getting a lesson on how to make a fun snack. Nutritious food is a part of the everyday conversation at Saroyan, which recently earned a National Healthy School Award.

“It’s really exciting to see the changes and the impact it’s had on the students, and the community as a whole, and seeing kids eat healthier and make healthier choices– and the staff as well,” said Patricia McCurley, Saroyan Elementary Principal.

McCurley said it is an honor to win the bronze recognition by the alliance for a healthier generation.

McCurley has helped change the sweet culture at school.

“We still love to celebrate birthdays but we don’t do it with food.”

In addition to food changes, they are also making strides to get students moving during the school day.

Students participated in a Walk the Red Carpet game as a part of a brain break.

“Our go noodle that we use allows students to be able to get up out of their seats and blow off some steam and rejuvenate themselves for a couple of minutes and get right back to learning, and we know that their learning is going to be more productive,” said McCurley.

Staff is also getting in on healthy living– grants have funded a six week course for teachers to learn from Chef Shayna Telesmanic at the Young Chefs Academy.

“I would love to see this spread throughout, especially since we’re here in the heart of agriculture. When Patricia called me I got tears in my eyes and goosebumps because I love her vision.”

As for Principal McCurley, she said change starts from the top and trickles down. She dreams of impacting the community, one meal at a time.

“Really teaching our families and communities how to decrease what we’re feeding our kids that’s processed and not healthy, and really make an impact on childhood obesity and childhood diabetes.”

A healthy vision that is being recognized locally and nationally.

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Healthy Living: Health myths

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Elsie Hedgspeth, Fitness Wellness Coordinator for the Urbana Park District joins us to talk fitness myths. 

1. You cannot truly “spot train” or lose weight in one targeted area. 

2. It is a myth that great abs are made from sit ups/crunches alone.

3. It is a myth that lifting weights will make you bulky. (Women use this excuse not to lift a lot)

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Healthy Living: Keeping cool in the spring

It was over 90 degrees for the first official day of spring in Stillwater. Of course, less than a week before that the wind chills were below freezing. This makes it harder to adjust to the higher temperatures that are coming our way, and we need to make sure we are smart about staying safe in the hot conditions.

Getting overheated is never a good thing, but we need to be sure we are particularly aware if we have kids or are a little older. These two groups of people simply have a harder time managing their core temperature and cook fairly rapidly once they start heating up. Also, if you’ve had heat stroke before you may be at a higher risk of heat related issues, so be careful. 

One of the best ways to not run into issues is to not overheat to begin with. Staying on the grass or in the shade can have as much as a 10 degree difference in air temperature, which goes a long way to helping us stay cool. If you have to be on a paved surface, try to stay on the lighter colored ones like concrete. Asphalt will cook you.

Another good trick is to time your workouts well. Getting outside prior to the hottest part of the day is a great way to still be able to get outdoors without having to deal with the heat. As the season creeps on, we may have to get up earlier and earlier to beat the heat, but there isn’t a need to be outside at dawn yet unless that works better for you.

The other side of the coin is getting cool once we get hot. Don’t be afraid to take frequent breaks or to cut the workout short if needed. You can’t get a quality workout in tomorrow if you get too overheated today. Drinking lots of water is one of the best things we can do. Not only does it provide our body with plenty of water to sweat out as it figures out what is going on, but cold water helps cool our core as well.

 The good news is that once the warmth becomes a little more constant, it only takes a couple of weeks for our bodies to adapt. Our blood thins out to make it easier to pump, and we start sweating earlier in the workout as our bodies adapt to the challenge. Summer is coming, so get outside and enjoy the nice spring weather while you can. Just be smart about it.

Dylan Allen is the health columnist for the Stillwater News Press. He is a certified trainer at the Stillwater YMCA. Healthy Living is published every Thursday.

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Alzheimer’s program to educate on symptoms, healthy living choices

Free educational program open to public

Alzheimer’s affects 1 in 10 people age 65 and older in the United States. In an effort to help raise awareness about the disease, including early symptoms and care, the Alzheimer’s Association, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital and Augusta United Methodist Church’s Health and Wellness Committee are sponsoring an educational program, free and open to the public.
The Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and Adopting a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Augusta Public Library, 1609 State St., Augusta.
“I really felt there was a need to make our members more aware of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Sue Harrington, who revived the Health and Wellness Committee in 2010. “We offer programs to members for an incentive to be more physically fit and active.”
Harrington decided to do a program on Alzheimer’s because her mother has Alzheimer’s disease, and she had gotten a book from the library with tips about adopting a healthy lifestyle and keeping your brain motivated and engaged.
“I thought maybe it would be a good thing to expand on this,” she said. “I think it is a good way to combat some of these myths that we can’t do anything about Alzheimer’s, so why even try.”
The program will feature two speakers: Pamela Cartwright, RN, BSN, director of Community Services at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, and Breana Jones, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas.
“We just want to educate the community on signs and symptoms, and healthy lifestyles that will slow down the symptoms,” said Cartwright, who has more than 25 years of medical experience and recently served as the executive director and care manager of an Alzheimer’s/Dementia community.
“They can understand the risk factor and how a healthy lifestyle can help them with their brain health,” Jones added.
Some of those lifestyle choices include exercise, rest and healthy eating.
Cartwright will talk about nutrition and the benefits of different foods to boost cognitive function, as well as those foods that diminish cognitive function.
“What is good for your heart health is also good for your brain,” Jones said. “We’re going to break down the signs and symptoms, talk about the 10 warning signs and talk about the risk factors in depth.”
The highest risk factor is age, although Alzheimer’s can occur in a person’s 40s, 50s or 60s.
The four categories Jones will look at include: physical, social, health and exercise; diet and nutrition; cognitive activity; and social engagement.
“Early detection is very important,” Jones continued. “Right now we can’t cure the disease, but if we can detect it early, we can help plan for the future.”
Cartwright also will talk about caregiver stress, explaining how they need to look for a place that offers good care before the caregiver has any medical issues themselves and can no longer look after their loved one. She will talk about those options available and the benefits of letting a professional do the physical and mental work so the caregiver can go back to being the child or spouse again.
Cartwright encourages anyone who has an interest or concern to attend.
“The causes of Alzheimer’s vary,” she said. ““Everyone should learn how to prevent it or slow down the symptoms.”
This is one of several programs the AUMC Health and Wellness Committee has held, with other topics including cooking, gardening, eye health and suicide.
“We also have expanded to try to do some things with the community,” Harrington said.
They have worked with the Love Augusta program, as well as the Red Cross and canvassed door to door to install smoke detectors.
Harrington said the committee is trying to get involved with a lot of local groups to spread the word about their programs.
“I think we can do much more than we envision and realize,” she said. “What we put in our bodies is so important, and what we do and what choices we make is just paramount to our wellbeing. I’m not sure people really understand that.”
The Alzheimer’s program is sponsored by the Butler County Department on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital and the Health and Wellness Committee of the AUMC.
For more information, call the Health Wellness Committee of the Augusta United Methodist Church at 316-775-3072.

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Pitt forms new institute focused on healthy living – The Pitt News

Pitt announced Monday that, in an effort to expand health-related research at the University, it will add a new Healthy Lifestyle Institute to the School of Education.

The Healthy Lifestyle Institute will create new centers and programs within various schools at the University to enhance research capacity, according to a press release. The research will center on modifications to lifestyle behaviors — including biological factors, diet and exercise — that could have an impact on a person’s overall health.

“We know that lifestyle factors contribute significantly to prevention and treatment of many chronic health conditions, and carving out an initiative that will focus on how to engage individuals [in Southwestern Pennsylvania] across the lifespan in lifestyle behaviors that impact health will address a significant public health need,” John Jakicic, the institute’s founding director, said in an email to The Pitt News.

Jakicic, the current chair of the School of Education’s Department of Health and Physical Activity, said in the release the institute will work to encourage collaboration between Pitt researchers, clinicians and leaders to promote healthy living on campus.

“Pitt is a world-class institution of higher education, and it is my hope that the formation of this institute will allow us to provide world class health and wellness initiatives to the Pitt community to improve health and quality of life,” Jakicic said.

According to the release, the School of Education dean will appoint an advisory board for the institute.

“A number of advisory committees will be formed to provide insight and guidance as the institute works towards achieving its stated mission,” Jakicic said. “For the institute to be successful, it needs to take different perspectives into consideration.”

The institute will also focus on new ways to spread the results of its findings and initiatives through training measures for health care professionals and working with nonprofit organizations and public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The release said these initiatives and partnerships are crucial the institute’s success but that specific plans are still developing.

“Because this institute has only recently been formed, these collaborations have not yet been established,” Jakicic said.

Pitt envisions the institute as “a model for how universities can communicate internally” as well as a way for the University to position itself as a leader in understanding how health is affected by lifestyle factors.

Margaret Shuff, a senior studying nonfiction English writing and plans on entering the education field, said teachers at all levels of the system should make sure students and the community understand basic health needs.

“From a future educator’s standpoint, setting a good example for your students is only part of understanding the importance of health education,” Shuff said.

Looking toward her own future career as a teacher, Shuff said educational institutions that focus on health can help improve society on the whole.

“Health and education, whether it be in a traditional classroom or in the form of signs and pamphlets, ties into an educator’s mission entirely,” Shuff said. “Health can be the difference between students and educators making the most of their abilities, which in turn helps others.”


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YMCA Healthy Living Center will be missed

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