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Simple Steps Can Help Prevent Stroke

Get moving and eat plenty of the good fruits and veggies to reduce your risk of stroke.

Relatively modest and easily achievable health behaviors such as exercising regularly and eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of stroke. Those who did not smoke, exercised regularly, used alcohol only moderately (1-4 drinks weekly) and consumed lots of fruits and vegetables were at lowest risk for a stroke. Those who had none of those behaviors had the highest risk, and the risk between these two groups was just over double.

These findings are based on a British prospective, population-based study with a 11.6 year follow-up of 20,000 men and women without histories of stroke or heart disease. BMJ 2009 Feb 19; 338:b349

PositiveTip: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day, and don't forget to be active.

How Tough Are You?

The other day while putting on my headphones for my daily bout of exercise, the head band snapped in two. They were less than a month old, and I had not used any undue exertion on them. When my exercise was finished, I went to the file and found my receipt so I could return them to the store. 

My headphones were not real expensive, and maybe that is why they broke. However, when we consider all the equipment and gadgets we use in life, many of them are rather fragile. Our cell phones can’t be dropped in water, or dropped hard for that matter. Our cameras are even more fragile. The laptops we use for our work and pleasure will shatter if dropped or sat on. Yes, there are some seemly indestructible devices like the “old” landline phone. 

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Exercise is Medicine!

Get moving! May is "Exercise is Medicine" month.

 

Research shows exercise is useful in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.

 

This month the American College of Sports Medicine is again partnering with the "Exercise is Medicine" program to celebrate the benefits of physical activity so crucial to ensuring a healthy and productive lifestyle. The US Surgeon General's office wants everyone to know that exercise greatly reduces serious health risks. Just increasing your physical activity a little bit can help you and your family prevent many illnesses and improve your health and well-being!

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Gratitude Does Good Like Medicine

Does gloom and doom leave you bone tired? Try a dose of gratitude!

A watershed British study on a large sample of 401 men and women found those who express thoughts of gratitude prior to retiring go to sleep more quickly, improve their sleep quality and duration, and enhance their daytime performance. These results were independent of the "Big Five" personality traits supporting the idea that pre-sleep thoughts do influence what happens during the night.

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Increase Your Performance by Getting Adequate Sleep

Feeling tired & out of gas? Sleepiness interferes with daily activities in 1/3 of Americans.

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance and health. Without adequate rest on a regular basis the risk increases for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Inferior work performance
  • Risk of injury
  • Irritability

Those who responded to the 2009 National Sleep Foundation poll indicated if they sleep less than 6 hours compared to 8 hours or longer they were less likely to:

  • Exercise (28% vs. 8%)
  • Eat a healthy diet (23% vs. 7%)
  • Work efficiently and well (21% vs. 9%)
  • Experience positive leisure time activities (30% vs. 7%)

PositiveTip: Sleep 7-9 hours on most days to experience your best!