Swimming, fireworks, picnics, hiking, boating, biking—these are the pursuits we crave during summer. And while we hate to harsh your mellow, each of these pursuits does come with some risks.
That doesn’t mean you have to avoid your favorite pastimes entirely. Being informed and prepared can go a long way toward minimizing summer risks so you can make the summer of 2017 your best ever.
Every life has its challenges from the trivial to the profound. Facing adversity is what unites us as human beings.
So it's important to learn how to bounce back. Resilience is the quality that helps us adapt and move forward after trauma, tragedy, and even garden-variety stress. Read on to find out how to develop it.
Lots of us muddle along from paycheck to paycheck, sometimes putting something aside for the future, sometimes going a bit into debt because of unexpected expenses. But are we really financially well? Read on for the signs of financial wellness and some suggestions for getting there.
The health coaches are often asked the question, "Which is better, diet or exercise?"
We usually try to discover where the person is more ready to make a lifestyle change and encourage them to start with that. But new research suggests the answer is exactly what you always thought it would be: (Read on for the answer!)
The current issue of the Center for Disease Control’s Vital Signs publication highlights a somewhat shocking statistic: 70 percent of older adults have high blood pressure—and 50 percent of them don’t have it under control.
This is important because high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes, as well as kidney problems. The condition has been linked to a higher risk for dementia as well.
Why are 50 percent of seniors with hypertension walking around with uncontrolled high blood pressure? Read on for the answers.
It’s harvest season and across the country supermarkets, farmers markets, and roadside stands are stuffed with peak-season produce. That’s one of the reasons it makes sense that September has been designated “Fruits & Veggies More Matters Month”
The piles of juicy apples and fresh-picked butternut squash are seductive, but “More Matters Month” is also a great time to branch out and try fruits and vegetables that might not be as familiar. Who knows? You might find a new veggie to fall in love with or a new fruit BFF.
Here are ten of the more unusual f+v available in stores this season.
For families, back to school time can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s the end of summer. No more long, lazy days at the lake and late nights out in the yard watching for fireflies.
Instead, it’s a time for a chill in the air, fresh school supplies, and a renewed sense of rigor.
By the time September rolls around, most all of us—not just kids and parents—are ready to put away the unstructured days of summer and add routine to our lives.
Another data point for the more-is-more theory of exercise: Apparently you can reduce your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke by exercising—sometimes considerably. The catch? You have to be about four times as physically active as the current 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week guidelines prescribe.
Many people have complicated feelings toward plant sources for protein. Snow-white and innocent with a sometimes quivery texture, tofu is often a target for people’s unkind words.
But what if I told you that eating more tofu is associated with a longer lifespan?
The political “silly season” has arrived. And while this year’s election offers some outrageous theater for hardcore political junkies, for others the constant barrage of politics in the news, on social media, and in conversations is a potent source of stress and anxiety.
Some of the political rhetoric has even gone out of the way to incite a sense of panic and fear in people in order to generate votes.
How do you stay calm and help others retain a positive outlook when the stakes feel so high and you’re not sure your candidate will prevail?
How do you feel after eating a sun-warmed peach plucked ripe from a tree? What is your mental state like when you dig into the season’s first asparagus, grilled and drizzled with olive oil?
We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables can bring us more physical health. Those who eat more fruits and vegetables have reduced rates of heart disease, as well as lower BMIs. And each daily serving you eat can help prevent an early death.
What is less well-known is that eating fruits and vegetables can actually make you happier.
Bicycling to work comes with a lot of benefits: It’s good for your body. It’s good for the earth. And it’s great for your mental health. And now, there is one more reason to take to the saddle—type 2 diabetes prevention.
Scientists have known for a long time that exercise can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. Being active helps your body control blood sugar better and also prevents the kind of weight gain that can be a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
Still, many people believe that it’s “too late” to start an exercise program and improve their health. New research, however, should give middle-aged and older adults confidence that starting an exercise program at any age can help protect you from type 2 diabetes.
A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey looks at stress, overwork, and hazards in the workplace. The outcomes, while they do not surprise, certainly strengthen the case for getting workers help for dealing with stress.
The poll seems to point to overwork as a potent form of stress. About a fifth of us work more than 50 hours per week at a primary job (which doesn’t count the many, many people who need a second job just to get by in our economy). Even more shocking: About half of us do not use all or most of our allotted vacation days!