Category Archives: Wellness

Healthy Tip

Healthy Tip
Do a posture check Good posture has a bearing not just on your physical health but on your state of mind. (Have you ever seen someone project self-confidence while slouching?) Take 5 minutes to evaluate your posture when standing, sitting, or walking and make any needed corrections (here’s how to do it). Your body and mind will thank you.

Healthy Tip

Healthy Tip
Let your tea steep Studies of tea chemistry have found that steeping tea for at least 3 minutes increases the release of polyphenols, chemicals in tea that have antioxidant and other beneficial properties, and which may account for many of tea’s health benefits.

Healthy Tip

Stand up Evidence continues to mount that prolonged sitting is one of the worst things you can do for your health, even if you exercise regularly. So be sure to break up long seated periods (at your desk, watching TV, on a plane) with short jaunts upright at least every hour. Research has shown that even a 5-minute walk is enough to help prevent or reduce sitting’s adverse effects.

Healthy Tip

Healthy Tip
Wear a pedometer People who wore these simple step-counting devices increased their physical activity by 2,200 to 2,500 steps a day on average, and decreased both their body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a large review published several years ago in JAMA. The pedometers were most effective if the wearer aimed for a specific goal, usually 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles).

Having that handful of nuts may extend your life

Having that handful of nuts may extend your life
A study that analyzed data on nearly 120,000 people collected for a more than 30-year period and which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who eat a handful of nuts every day live longer than those who don’t eat them. Senior author Charles S. Fuchs — director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School — said, “The most obvious benefit .

So … coffee isn’t bad for you?

So … coffee isn’t bad for you?
One moment it’s going to kill you, and the next it’s being credited for cutting your risk of getting liver cancer or Alzheimer’s. Typical sensationalism at its best. Researchers from Italy found indications that as many as 3 cups of Joe a day can reduce the liver-cancer risk by — get this — more than 50%. As for the Alzheimer’s claim, researchers at the University of South Florida conducted a study on mice and found .

Wildlife crime is on the rise

Wildlife crime is on the rise
An article in the Guardian about wildlife crime listed several grim statistics. Among them, “Africa could lose one-fifth of its elephants in the next decade if the continent’s poaching crisis is not stopped. By the end of September, a record 704 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa and 47 in Kenya this year. Figures showed two-thirds of forest elephants had been killed by ivory poachers in past decade.” Want to take action instead of .

Show, Don’t Tell – Be Your Kids Example

Show, Don’t Tell – Be Your Kids Example
Most kids between 8 and 17 name their mother as their number one role model and their father as number two, according to a 2011 study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They watch and emulate your behavior more than you may realize. In the same report, more than 70 percent of kids said, “If their parents ate healthfully at home, it would help them do the same.” Changing behaviors now, while they’re young, .