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Religious People Live Longer

Self-reported attendance at religious services is linked with longevity.

Ohio State University scientists have examined two samples of more than 1600 obituaries looking for religion, marital status and social activities. They found religious people lived an average of 5.64 years longer than nonbelievers. When controlled for gender and marital status the advantage was 3.82 years. Religious values, prayer and mediation, and volunteerism may all help contribute to this advantage.

PositiveTip: Involvement in religious groups may extend your life!

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Physical Inactivity Leads to Higher Cancer Risk

Aim for 30+ minutes of physical activity a day--in any way!

More than a quarter of adults in America age 50+ reported no physical activity outside of work during the past month--that is about 31 million people at higher risk for obesity, heart disease, and cancer. The largest demographic of inactive people was in the South. The American Institute for Cancer Research reports too much body fat increases the risk of 11 cancers.

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Small Steps to Big Changes

Live better with Life's Simple 7 from the AHA.

Confused over sugar vs. fat or exercise vs. diet? You are not alone! You might benefit from the American Heart Association's "Life's Simple 7" small steps to big change. Here it is:

  1. Manage Blood Pressure
  2. Control Cholesterol
  3. Reduce Blood Sugar
  4. Get Active
  5. Eat Better
  6. Lose Weight
  7. Stop Smoking

Any one can follow these. They are not expensive or difficult. Start today with one or two. You will be surprised at the difference they make.

PositiveTip: Modest improvements can make a big difference in your health.

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Important Touchy-Feely Stuff

Positive relationships are essential for positive health!

Rabbits were placed on a high-cholesterol diet thinking they would all get heart disease. They were stacked in cages to the ceiling. Those in the higher cages got significantly more heart disease compared to the lower ones. It was found the technician caring for them was short and only played with the lower ones. The study was repeated. This time the group that was touched, petted and loved experienced 60% less heart disease than the ones ignored.

PositiveTip: Connection and community with others is essential to reducing disease risk.

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Introducing Solids to Baby

Forty percent of mothers feed their baby solid food before recommended.

Mothers who did not exclusively breast feed their infants were twice as likely to start solids foods before 4 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no solid foods until at least 4 months old because infant head and neck coordination needed to safely eat solids is not present until that age. In addition, early introduction of solid food may increase the risk of some chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and possibly celiac disease.

PositiveTip: New mothers, stick to the AAP recommendation of exclusive breast feeding for 6 months.

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Health, United States, 2011

Report card on U.S. health trends and statistics now available for 2011.

We know our readers are interested in health and life choices. You may be interested in the report card released each year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on the health of the nation. In Brief provides a summary of the larger report in text, tables, and graphs. For those who are more data-obsessed, the report is available for download in its entirety or in sections.

PositiveTip: Make positive life choices each day to improve this report card in the years to come.

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Poverty, Disease and Opportunity

Do you take all your blessings for granted? Think again.

Many people in this world face challenges those in the economically blessed parts have never dreamed of facing. Poverty, disease, and minimal education impact people for their entire lives. This short video will raise your awareness of some of the issues girls and women face.

PositiveTip: Be grateful for all your blessings today--and help someone not so fortunate!

Tobacco Use

An estimated 440,000 people die from smoking - related causes each year in the United States. Nearly all smoking - related deaths occur after the age of 35, but the majority of adults who smoke began during adolescence. Eighty - two percent of adults who smoke started smoking before age 18, and virtually no adult smokers start after the age of 25.

Young adults ages 18 to 25 have the highest prevalence of recent smoking — 60 percent higher than that of adults over the age of 25. The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes the situation with tobacco by pointing out the following:

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Fat Tax in Denmark

Will a "fat tax" improve population health?

Thinking of buying a hamburger in Denmark? You’ll pay extra because of a new tax based on the amount of saturated fat contained in the food. This Scandinavian country is the first in the world to do penalize all foods based on saturated fat content above 2.3% of calories. Will Danes lower their health risks as a result of this tax? Only time will tell.

PositiveTip: Why wait for your country to tax unhealthy fats? Begin today to choose consumption of  moderate amounts of healthy fats. 

 

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Protecting Health May Also Reduce The Risk of Dementia

The more health issues you have the greater the risk of dementia.

After following over 7200 participants for 10 years, investigators with the Canadian Study of Health and Aging examined 19 different health problems such as hearing difficulties, vision problems, arthritis, denture fit, skin issues, stomach health and more.  Findings showed that each problem reported increased dementia risk by 3.2%.  Individuasl with 8 and 12 health problems had a 30% and 40% risk, respectively.

PositiveTip:  Treasure every aspect of your health and choose to preserve it for as long as possible.