Ten Small Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Health

Do you feel like you do not have the time to improve your overall health and fitness levels? If so, you are wrong. You do not need to start running marathons or alter your lifestyle completely to get fitter and healthier. Little changes are often all that you need to improve your health.

The Ten Minute Walk

Going for a short, fast-paced walk after each of your three daily meals can boost your fitness significantly. It is wise to walk for at least thirty minutes a day. Ten multiplied by three is thirty. Thus, walking for just ten minutes after each meal will ensure you get the recommended amount of daily cardiovascular exercise. Make sure you keep up the pace when taking your daily walks. The faster you walk, the better it is for your health. read more

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Apple Watch monitoring features for AFib, Parkinson’s cleared by FDA

Apple Watch already features an electrocardiogram that alerts wearers to signs of irregular heart rhythms that could potentially indicate they have AFib. The feature offers wearers a route to the detection of the cardiac condition but does nothing to help them manage their condition after they have received a formal diagnosis. Apple now has filled that gap.

“We hear from so many of you who have received an atrial fibrillation alert and sought potentially life saving care,” Sumbul Ahmad Desai, Apple’s VP of health, said at a company event. “So, we also wanted to offer support once you’ve been diagnosed. When living with this condition, it’s important to understand the time you spend in AFib because it may relate to your risk of serious complications such as stroke.” read more

Lifestyle intervention program improves CV, mental health in obesity

Patients with obesity experienced improved CV and mental health after attending a nonjudgmental and personalized lifestyle modification program, according to a study presented at EuroHeartCare. “Obesity develops for multiple reasons and blaming someone for their weight can stop them from getting health care and advice. It can lead to emotional eating and feeling too self-conscious to exercise,” Aisling Harris, cardiac and weight management dietitian at Croí Heart and Stroke Centre in Galway, Ireland, said in a press release.

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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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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.
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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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