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Annual fundraiser aims to help children learn

How often do school-aged children get to see a penguin up close? Or a seal? Sea turtle? Exotic bird? Or see various trees and plants not native to this area.

Unfortunately, it’s not often. But through a program re-established this year, all elementary school children on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula can visit Moody Gardens to learn more about nature and the environment. Done right, it’s a golden opportunity for the students, as well as a fun day for a class and teacher.

The original program, funded by the Friends of Moody Gardens, was established in 1985 as an outreach program through the volunteer organization. It was set up to bring third- and fifth-graders in Galveston to the sprawling nature park on the island.

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Feed Your Lifestyle: What Does Your Plate Say About You?

We all associate differently to food. Therefore, not every plate looks the same. What we choose to eat can be influenced by so many different things – culture, mood, environment, money, age, who we are eating with, and more.

At Baptist Health South Florida, we believe in using food as medicine. Food should nourish the body and help it function at its best. March is National Nutrition Month and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging Americans to “Personalize Your Plate.

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Health & Wellness

12 lifestyle habits to reduce stress

People have been living in a storm of stress during the ongoing pandemic and political turmoil, which has had a negative impact on our well-being.

A little bit of stress is good, and essential for survival, but severe or prolonged stress can increase the risk for stress-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and others.

Chronic stress is thought to contribute to excess inflammation throughout the body that plays a critical role in the onset and progression of stress-related disease, along with elevated levels of the hormone cortisol.

“Some concerns with consistently high levels of cortisol include elevated blood glucose levels, weight gain, increased appetite, GI issues, hypertension, and suppression of the immune system,” explained Felicia Porrazza, a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian who helps stressed-out clients find natural ways to improve their overall wellness.
Health & Wellness

Nutrition Expert Shares Healthy Lifestyle Advice

With the shock of a pandemic, many fitness and lifestyle habits may have gotten lost in the craziness. Now, just in time to inspire and motivate during the New Year, Jen Widerstrom, the undefeated former coach from the BIGGEST LOSER to helps us meet their health and fitness goals.

Widerstrom is teaming up with POM Wonderful to share nutrition and exercise tips to jumpstart your goals and she shared her tips for a healthy new year.

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What Is Green-Mediterranean Diet? How It Promotes Weight Loss, Heart Health; Foods To Eat

Mediterranean diet has been in the news for long for all the right reasons. A diet dominated by fruits, vegetables and a moderate amount of meat, fish and poultry, it is deemed beneficial for weight loss, diabetes management and overall health; so much so that Mediterranean diet has been voted the best diet (for overall health) for 2021, as per the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking. There’s no denying the fact that the Mediterranean diet has gained a fair share of popularity across the globe, especially amongst the health enthusiasts. However, researchers found a refined version of it that is touted healthier that the traditional Mediterranean Diet. It is referred to as Green-Mediterranean Diet.

Green-Mediterranean diet is basically a food pattern that replaces the red meat (allowed in the Mediterranean diet) with plant-based protein. According to health experts, plant-protein includes anti-inflammatory properties that further prevents inflammation and benefits our health. Let’s find out its benefits:

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Ask Dr Bassem Youssef Your Questions About The Plant-Based Lifestyle

According to the official Veganuary website, the world’s largest vegan movement has been inspiring and supporting over one million people in 192 countries to go vegan for January and beyond since 2014. To mark the annual challenge, Asharq News is hosting Ask Bassem Live, a live version of its popular “Ask Bassem” TV programme, which promotes a healthy vegan lifestyle. Hosted by the show’s famous presenter, Dr Bassem Youssef, the event by the new leading multi-platform economic and political news service will take place on January 16 in Dubai, under the theme ‘Plant-based Healthy Lifestyle.’

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Essentia Health Offers Virtual Heart-Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Some of the top-selling foods for the Super Bowl include pizza, chicken wings, pretzels, potato chips and dips.

These popular convenience foods, however, are packed with saturated fat and have excessive sodium. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains are often missing from TV-watching buffets.

Essentia Health is offering a virtual cooking demonstration to patients and the public, free of charge, from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26 to help plan a healthier alternative, such as a heart-healthy pizza and soup in time for the big game.

Recipes shared after the demonstration include Italian pizza, margarita pizza, Italian sausage with ground turkey, pizza sauce, pizza pasta soup, lower sodium potato chips, hummus dip, lower sodium nuts and a fruit tray.

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National Youth Day: 5 Lifestyle Practices To Ensure Reproductive Health in Youth

Making some healthier lifestyle changes can help improve reproductive health, which is important for general health and well-being.

New Delhi: India is powered by its massive youth population  who hold the potential of driving the country’s progress. The Union Government has duly recognised this and has introduced the National Youth Policy (NYP), the latest being in 2014, that among other things, underlines discussion and awareness about sexual and reproductive health for the youth who are defined in the age group of 15-29 years; this would account for more than a fourth of the country’s population.

The reproductive health of a person is dependent on different facets of their general well-being. For example, diabetes, which may be categorised as a lifestyle condition, can cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women and low testosterone in men – both impacting reproductive health and leading to infertility. Therefore, ensuring proper reproductive health by adopting good lifestyle practices is, perhaps, one of the best ways to ensuring a properly functioning body.

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Healthy Lifestyle Benefits: 5 Tips for Living Your Strongest, Healthiest Life Yet

When you’re not at your healthiest, you can probably tell. You may simply feel “off.” You may find that you feel tired, your digestive system isn’t functioning as well as it normally does, and you seem to catch colds. Mentally, you may find you can’t concentrate and feel anxious or depressed.

The good news: a healthy lifestyle can help you feel better. Even better, you don’t have to overhaul your entire life overnight. It’s pretty easy to make a couple of small changes that can steer you in the direction of improved well-being. And once you make one change, that success can motivate you to continue to make more positive shifts.

What is a “healthy lifestyle”?
Healthy Lifestyle

How To Eat Healthier and Stay Hydrated This New Year

In this New Year, many are looking to make healthier lifestyle choices.

With all of the diets and trends out there, it can be tricky to know where to start.

Maintaining a healthy diet can give you more energy and strengthen your body.

Nurse Stella Mouzon with Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery said making these lifestyle changes requires consistency and discipline.

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