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A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean missing out on the sweet life | Starts … – Starts at 60

There is research that shows you may start adding more sugar to your meals as you get older because your tastebuds become less likely to detect sweetness.

Even if your tastebuds are in tip-top condition, you may still be eating too much sugar. A recent study showed that 52 per cent of Australians consume more sugar than the standard global recommendation on intake. Its not hard to guess why, because sugar is in almost all edible products in one form or another.

Eating too much sugar doesnt just threaten your dental health, it can cause serious issues such as diabetes.

But it can be daunting to consider cutting down on sugar, and giving it up altogether can even cause physical withdrawal symptoms. So, if you can live a life without sugar, thats great, but for those who still love the sweet life, we have some tips to keep it as healthy as possible.

An easy way to start is to replace some of the sugar in your diet with one of the many sugar substitutes available. Stevia is one of the most popular as its a natural sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant thats found in Paraguay and Brazil. Stevia contains no calories, no sugar, no carbohydrates and is more than 200 times sweeter than regular sugar.

You can buy stevia from most supermarkets and it can be used in baked goods. It wont cause your blood sugar to spike.

Splenda has similar properties to stevia but is derived from sugar. Splenda is already added to many baked goods available in stores.

If those options dont satisfy your sweet tooth, you can try honey, which is jammed-pack with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Honey is a great sweetener for cold or hot drinks and baked goods. One of the added benefits of using it in baking is that honey attracts moisture so your cakes will stay moist for longer.

Replacing sugar in your life doesnt have to be hard. Challenge your taste buds by trying some of the tips offered and see what a difference a few healthy changes can make.

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Brookfield Girl Scout teaches kids the importance of a healthy … – Danbury News Times

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Brookfield Girl Scout teaches kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle

BROOKFIELD – Children gather around high-school junior Erica Morey as she tells them why they should eat their fruits and vegetables. The kids sit in front of a poster board that displays the U.S. Department of Agricultures Choose my Plate graphic, which promotes a healthy diet.

Morey pulls out a box of plastic toy grapes, oranges and other foods. She instructs the kids to sort them into the categories: fruits, grains, proteins, vegetables, dairy and fats, oils and sweets.

Four-year-old Jack Dunkerton picks up a plastic pie and nearly puts it in a slot labeled fruit.

It has fruit in it, but is pie healthy for you? Morey asks.

Dunkerton moves it with the fats, oils and sweets.

The activity at the Brookfield Public Library Sunday morning was part of Moreys Girl Scout Gold Award project. The highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, the Gold Award is given to a girl who has created a project that will have a lasting impact on her community.

For her project, Morey wanted to encourage kids to live healthily in several classes during the spring.

I hope they have a better idea of [how] what theyre eating affects them, she said. And it can be fun. Its not just kale.

Morey has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten, and earlier completed her bronze and silver awards.

To kickoff the event, personal trainer Kerry Swift, whose daughter is in Moreys troop, led the kids in a series of exercises including squats, lunges and ab workouts.

Theres a huge obesity crisis in the country and the world, Swift said. Its important to get kids moving early and for them to enjoy fitness and make it a part of their daily routine.

The kids also decorated paper Get Well Bags that will go to Brookfield Social Services to be distributed to sick children. The bags, which Morey put together, include an animal word search, hand-drawn pictures to color, fuzzy socks and a brochure with information on healthy eating, exercise and how to avoid being sick.

The bags could go to kids with a range of illnesses, from the flu to cancer, Morey said.

It keeps them distracted and it gives them something to do, so they dont have to sit there and be sick, she said.

Kathy Morey, Ericas mother and troop leader, said her daughter, who is normally shy, has grown because of the project.

Shes taking charge and shes realizing she has to communicate with people, whether its over email or text or a phone call, she said.

Andrea Urvina, a Girl Scout Brownie leader whose daughter attended the event, is encouraging her troop to participate, and not just for their health. She also hoped they would be inspired as young women.

Its important for young girls to see older girls lead, Urvina said.

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Belarus’ Healthcare Ministry to launch website on healthy lifestyle – Belarus News (BelTA)

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MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) The Belarusian Healthcare Ministry intends to create a website for promoting a healthy lifestyle. Belarusian Healthcare Minister Valery Malashko made the statement during the meeting with Michel Sidibe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), BelTA has learned.

Valery Malashko stressed the relevance and importance of education activities in the sphere of healthcare. The existing forms are not very effective while working with young people and do not always allow achieving the desired result. Therefore, the Belarusian Healthcare Ministry intends to create an information web portal which will be available for both young people and mature age citizens. One of the sections will be aimed at teenagers.

“We are trying to attract creative professionals in order to organize communication in ways young people are familiar with. I think it will allow us to promote our knowledge of healthy lifestyle,” the minister said.

During the meeting the question of using methadone as part of a drug addiction replacement therapy was also brought up. Valery Malashko expressed hope that the number of relevant centers in Belarus will increase.

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Ask the Doctors: Healthy lifestyle reduces risk of prostate cancer – Elmira Star-Gazette

Eve Glazier, M.D., and Elizabeth Ko, M.D 8:27 a.m. ET April 6, 2017

doctor with prostate cancer awareness ribbon(Photo: dolgachov, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Dear Doctor

: Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of prostate cancer? No one in my family has had cancer, but I just turned 55 and want to do whatever I can to stay healthy.

Answer: While there is no single approach to prevent prostate cancer, research has shown that certain lifestyle changes may reduce your risk of developing the disease. Considering that these behaviors also promote good health and well-being, you won’t go wrong by adopting any or all of them.

Let’s start with some facts about the disease. Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer in men, right behind skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men will get a diagnosis of prostate cancer during his lifetime.

However, that’s not as dire as it sounds. Prostate cancers grow slowly and are slow to spread. As a result, survival rates of prostate cancer are high. The five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent. The 15-year survival rate is 95 percent.

The major risk factors for prostate cancer are age, race, family history, a diet high in red meat and animal fat, and tobacco use. While the first three can’t be changed, they can alert you to be more vigilant.

About 70 percent of new cases of prostate cancer occur in men 65 and older. Men of African-American descent are at higher risk of developing the disease, and their cancers can be more aggressive. If you fall into those categories, and if cancer runs in your family, be sure to always include these facts in your medical history.

So how do you reduce your risk? Limit or skip red meat, dairy and animal fats. Opt for lean proteins like chicken, fish and turkey instead. Focus on healthy fats from plant-based sources like olive oil and nuts. We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but that’s because it’s true: leafy greens, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Cooked tomatoes (which contain lycopene), cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, soy products and green tea are also recommended. Studies show that being obese or overweight is linked to higher rates of many kinds of cancer, including prostate cancer.

Regular physical activity, which not only burns calories and fat but also builds muscle mass, results in a lower — and healthier — body mass index. Do you use tobacco products? As physicians, we must ask you to please stop.

Tobacco plays a role in a daunting array of diseases and conditions, including prostate cancer. We know that quitting can be difficult and have given our own patients a hand in leaving tobacco behind. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your physician. Cancers that are caught early are more easily treated. That makes screening important.

Thanks to new understanding about slow-growing prostate cancers, many physicians will now recommend active surveillance in older men with slow-growing tumors.

Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health. Send your questions to

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Rashaka program kicked off to help people adopt healthy lifestyle – Arab News

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Dr. Shaker A. Alomary, director of the ministry's obesity control program, said: The importance of an active and healthy lifestyle is increasingly gaining awareness among the people of Saudi Arabia. Rashaka is a key step toward the Kingdom's Vision

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Study Suggests Fresno Summer Camp Promotes Healthy Lifestyles – Valley Public Radio

A new study says a Fresno-area summer camp may help children at risk for obesity adopt healthier lifestyles.

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According to the study, families who participated in the Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness Camp in Fresno consumed more fruits and vegetables at home, and their children measured steady weight loss.

This was compared to kids who participated in non-nutrition themed summer camps. The study was published in the journal California Agriculture.

Gretchen George, assistant professor of San Francisco States Consumer, Family Studies and Dietetics Department is one of the studys authors.

George says that the intent of the camp was not to have dramatic weight loss, because six weeks is really short, but to have stabilization.

“We didnt put them on a specialized diet, or even provide food, we just made it fun, made them feel confident and good about themselves and kept them really active over the summer.

Campers received weekly lessons about nutritious food choices and preparation. They also participated in daily physical activities, like group sports or field trips. While the study assessed the camp from 2009 to 2012, the summer camp is still offered by the City of Fresnos Parks and Recreation Department.

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JUMPSTARTING a healthy lifestyle for 2017 – Nevada Appeal

Each year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to achieve personal or professional goals. For many, that means focusing on improving health and wellness. You tell yourself this is going to be the year you join a gym, eat better or drink more water. Yet that commitment often falls short, as a recent survey suggests less than 10 percent of Americans achieve their resolutions.

There are many reasons people fall short of their goals, including setting the bar too high or being overly restrictive, which can lead to small failures and setbacks. However, there are easy ways to get back on track. A Global Water Survey, published by Nestl Waters and Kantar TNS, revealed 94 percent of American respondents believe drinking water helps maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One key to jumpstarting a healthy lifestyle is staying hydrated by drinking more water. With so much focus on food, beverage choices are often overlooked. With no calories or added sugars, water is a smart choice to stay hydrated. Here are four tips from Sarah Ladden, a registered dietitian and Director, Nutrition, Health and Wellness at Nestl Waters North America, to help you stay hydrated in 2017 and beyond.

Good habits shouldn’t feel bad. Overly restrictive commitments can set you up for failure. Instead, adopt small and manageable changes to your daily routine and they can add up to big changes over time. For example, swapping just one 12-ounce (140 calorie), sugar-sweetened beverage with water each day could cut up to 50,000 calories and more than 65 cups of sugar from your diet in a year.

Replace what you lose. Adults are made up of 60 percent water, which needs to be replenished throughout the day to help you maintain a proper fluid balance. Keep water within reach all day a pitcher on the kitchen counter, a bottle in your car’s center console, a refillable bottle at your desk to keep healthy hydration top of mind.

Add some sparkle to your day. Sparkling water is a great option for those who favor something other than plain water. With zero calories and no added sugar, sparkling water is a delicious, refreshing choice for healthy hydration. When entertaining, consider adding a DIY sparkling water bar to your repertoire just put out some sparkling water, sliced fruits, vegetables and herbs, and your guests can do the rest.

Turn your water bottle into your travel companion. The survey revealed that American consumers are 72 percent more likely to drink water in their cars. Whether you’re commuting to work or running errands, you’re constantly on the go and a bottle of water could be your best companion.

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8 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle at College – Uloop News

It may seem as if an unhealthy lifestyle is in trend away at college, but dont be convinced. It is way too easy to fall into the routine of falling asleep at 4 a.m., waking up at 9, taking 3-hour naps, and eating pizza for every meal between binge drinking.

1. Walk to class, every time

The first tip to stay away from this lifestyle is one that might seem too simple. Walk to class, every time. Do not get in the habit of getting a ride or taking the shuttle if you live close enough to your classes. It will make a huge difference in your energy and lifestyle. Get a good pair of headphones and use this time to get some quick exercise in. You may feel sluggish after a long day of sitting at a desk; this way you can feel somewhat accomplished if you decide on this quick exercise routine daily.

2. Take advantage of your schools gym and group workouts

If you are hesitant to go to the gym, grab a few of your friends to try out a class; many colleges provide free group classes like Zumba, kickboxing, and spin class. If it does not feel like a chore you will be more likely to do so. There are also recreational sports, club sports, and intramurals that are always very easy to join throughout your semester. Want somewhere to work out most people dont think of? Try your schools pool during free swim hours.

3. Make small changes in your diet

The dining hall might seem like a place that you will always lose your battle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But making small changes in your diet will go a long way. For example, choose water with your meal instead of soda or juice. Try to eat as normally as you can with your schedule; it can be hard to manage eating three good meals per day, but this will cut back on your urge to snack on damaging foods. Having said this, try to buy healthy snacks at the grocery store. If you dont buy it, you wont eat it.

If you live in an apartment it may be very tempting to only eat microwavable food when you are used to relying on moms cooking or a dining hall. Cooking in a group can help motivate you to eat better, and portion sizes will make more sense to share rather than having pasta every meal for the week.

4. Make a point to go to the grocery store weekly

This way you do not become desperate and spend a lot of money and calories going out to eat every night. Take advantage of your student discount and try to refrain from buying things that are not on sale or store brand. This will save a lot of money for students on a budget.

5. Make time for a quick breakfast

Maybe combine the two tips and grab a banana and eat it on your walk to class. Something small in the morning will give you energy enough to start your day and to help stop you from overeating later. It will also motivate you to stay awake the entire day rather than breaking up your day for a nap.

6. Drink water while drinking alcohol

This is a very helpful tip to avoid a hangover and to slow yourself down if you drink more than you expected some nights. If you can have one glass of water after each drink this will do wonders for your Saturday mornings. Also, try to avoid the pizza place after the party or bar. It might seem like it doesnt count if you dont remember eating, but it unfortunately does.

We all know that college students drink. A lot. But there are a few steps to make your nights out a little bit healthier. If you drink with chasers or mixed drinks, stay away from caffeinated or overly sugary drinks like Red Bull or soda. This can also cause you to look bloated which is the last thing you want in a tight dress.

7. Watch out for stress eating

Stress eating is very common among college students. It is obvious that you are put under a lot of pressure during your years as a student and it is very easy to get into the routine of soothing your thoughts with ice cream or pizza rolls. If you continuously overeat, it will become a habit. Try to stay as far away from food as possible when you need comfort; this way you will not become addicted. There are plenty more healthy options to relieve stress.

8. Sleep

It may seem like your fellow students do not need more than four hours of sleep, but they do. Sleep is extremely important for you to be successful in any of the previous health tricks. Shoot for eight hours each night and your health will be dramatically better.

As you can tell, many of these tips do not require a huge lifestyle change. If you try and change small things in your routine, you will be that much closer to being a healthier you. Good luck!

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Heart survivor advocates for heart healthy lifestyle choices – WCTV

By: Mariel Carbone February 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) At 24-years-old, Allison Locke was a nursing student at Florida State University.

She was feeling tired and sick. The doctors first attributing it to the common cold; maybe the flu. Locke thought it could be from her busy schedule, balancing school and work. But, she still felt something was wrong.

I just thought, Okay, Im just tired. But, then as is progressed I knew something was wrong, said Locke.

And she was right.

Eventually, Locke received a call from her doctors and was diagnosed with endocarditis, a bacterial infection in the lining of her heart. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

“That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever been through, she said.

Locke went through six weeks of antibiotics and IVs around the clock. She survived, and at age 36 is now working at a nurse practitioner.

Locke said the experience was an eye opening one for her. And, although she was born with a heart murmur and mitral valve prolapse, also known as a click-murmur, she never expected this would happen.

“The last place you think to look in a healthy 24-year-old is their heart, she said.

But, for medical professionals, cardiovascular diseases are the most prominent fatal diseases.

“We’re talking about the diseases or list of medical illness that kill the most people in this country every single year, said Dr. Frank Gredler, a cardiologist for Southern Medical Group and who works at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Gredler is Lockes cardiologist; she visits him every six to nine months. Gredler said regular visits and living a heart healthy lifestyle are important for everyone, not just patients like Locke.

Despite the fact that we have amazing improvements in cardiovascular therapies, theres still a circumstance that one third of the people who have heart attacks have no warning symptoms. None. Until the day it happen, he said.

And, according to the American Heart Association, one person dies every 40 seconds from cardiovascular diseases.

Gredler said it is important to be aware of what medical professionals call coronary risk factors. Those include a family history of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, abnormal cholesterol, and cigarette smoking,

Those can increase a persons chance of having heart disease, and makes it even more important to be proactive.

Ways to be proactive include regular exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Gredler said anything aerobic is good for your heart, but that its important to pick an intensity level that is right for your specific situation, and something you are willing to commit to.

Theres got to be something that you say, I like doing enough that I will do it on a regular basis, he said.

Making better eating choices also adds to living a heart healthy lifestyle. Add more color to your food like fruits and vegetables; and pick nutrient-dense foods. Gredler recommends cutting sodium levels, and minimizing saturated fats.

But, the two, exercise and eating right, go hand in hand.

Incorporate eating healthy with staying active, he said.

Plus, getting regular check-ups, regardless of age, is important.

I think its important for people to have a bit of appropriate medical attention at a comfortably early stage in life. Just because youre in your twenties doesnt mean you shouldnt have your blood pressure checked, said Gredler.

Since her own experience with heart disease, Allison Locke said she has made significant changes in her own life style, including changing her diet, adding regular exercise to her week and de-stressing when necessary. Locke often uses heart healthy recipes from the American Heart Association to cook at home, including its recipe for Mexican Chicken Soup.

Its highly preventable and you can make choices like cooking healthier and getting that exercise. We all need to do that. Its not just something for when you get sick or if you have an issue. Its actually about prevention, she said.

And, aside from changes to her own lifestyle, Locke has found a passion in advocacy, sharing her story and encouraging others to make these changes, all through a platform on stage. Locke has been involved in pageantry throughout her life, choosing heart health as her philanthropy.

Shell even be competing in Mrs. Florida International in May; of course advocating for heart health as her platform.

But, unlike her time on stage, theres no do-overs when it comes to heart health.

“Life’s not a dress rehearsal… you don’t get a second chance, she said.

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Families need to be involved in healthy lifestyle for pre-schoolers – The Straits Times

The decision by the ministries of Health (MOH) and Education (MOE) to start physical activities and healthy eating in pre-schools is a brilliant move to curb the rising obesity trend of Singapore children (Improving kids’ health: More exercise, better diet; Feb 24).

The children are at the best age to internalise what is taught.

But adults, especially teachers, have to set a good example by exercising and eating healthily, and explaining the rationale for their actions.

It is also important that the MOE be creative in the way it teaches these children the basic principles of healthy living, including the right types of food to eat.

However, the role that families play should not be forgotten (Help parents become good examples of healthy living by Dr Teoh Ren Shang; Feb 27).

All this education will be wasted if the families of these children break all the rules.

This healthier lifestyle has to be a culture in their families as well.

Only then will there be real results from the work put in by the MOH and MOE.

Leow Wen Hao

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