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Healthy Living is a Win-Win – The Libertarian Republic

Sure, it would be nice to lay on the couch and binge TV shows every day, and while that can be a great form of relaxation at times, excessive use can negatively impact overall health. By getting out of the house and at least taking a walk every day, mixed in with light jogging, and although you may be sore at first, youll notice an immediate extra jump in your step, mood, as well as your pants starting to fit a little looser.

With the resolutions pouring in with the new year, now can be the time to join a gym and start to live a healthy lifestyle during the cold winter months, and by summer you could be ready to ditch the monthly dues and enjoy the warm weather outdoors. In addition to physical activity, eating better, getting enough sleep, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use, and regular checkups can have long and short-term health benefits by extending your life, but also paying lower premiums, which is a win-win.

Healthy living can be a trickle down when it comes to overall mood. First, the increased physical activity stimulates the endorphins which these brain chemicals can improve relaxation and happiness. Next, as your appearance starts to improve with losing weight and getting enough rest, suddenly your self-confidence and anxiety about your body can start to drastically change for the better. From there, you can find a productivity increase at work, not to mention better relationships as the feeling of isolation is removed. All just by improving to a new healthy lifestyle!

While there are plenty incentives to live a healthier lifestyle, did you know many insurers will offer discounted premiums to kick bad habits such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, or losing weight? Some may even penalize with a fee for continuing to smoke. There are also other incentives such as gym discounts or even offering consultations with nutritionists.

In fact, one very special kind of policy, called a modified endowment contract, features much lower rates for healthy individuals. Thats because these kinds of contracts often include just one lump-sum premium payment when the applicant is well past middle age. Rates are based almost entirely on age and the persons state of health. Carriers base their rates on the probability that a policy holder passing away before a given number of years. For adults who smoke, are overweight or take part in risky behavior, the chance of fatality is statistically greater, hence the higher premiums associated.

Better lifestyle habits can have an overall affect on the risk of disease. By keeping blood pressure and cholesterol in check, you can avoid serious issues such as a stroke, heart disease, diabetes, or even some forms of cancer. With the increased physical activity, you can find reduced issues with arthritis and depression. It is important to facilitate a yearly visit with your doctor to check your weight, vitals, and ensuring you stay on track for a long and healthy life.

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Plant-based lifestyle: A ‘diet that fits all sizes’ – Northern Virginia Daily

WINCHESTER Those looking to get healthy this year might be tempted to consider a fad diet. But health professionals say its healthier and more practical to choose a healthy lifestyle instead.

Plant-based diets are becoming all the rage as more and more options for vegans make their way to area restaurants and grocery stores.

These are signs of a culture shift, said Donna Michel, a retired nephrologist in Winchester who also has a certificate in plant-based nutrition and is board certified in lifestyle medicine.

When we talk about plant-based diets for health, she said, the things that were mainly talking about are avoiding animal products, avoiding eating added oils and eating primarily whole plant foods.

The beauty of a low-fat, high fiber food plan, she said, is that participants dont have to count calories or portion out food. They can eat as much as they need to because its healthy and is packed with fiber.

You feel full, you feel satisfied, youre not looking for the next thing to eat, she said. You lose weight, and once you lose it, you maintain it. And I think thats what makes this sort of a diet successful, because its not technically a diet. What it is is a lifestyle change.

Why plant-based?

Vegans avoid animal products for various reasons, from ethical concerns to health concerns to personal preference, but advocates say that animal products also are not worth the cost.

Protein is readily available from plants, Dr. Neal Barnard recently told health professionals at a program at Winchester Medical Center.

Meat and dairy contain hormones and fat, he said, egg yolks raise blood cholesterol, and egg whites are simply a glob of animal protein.

Choosing plant-based foods over others comes down to avoiding missed opportunities to eat something healthier, Dr. Michael Greger writes at his website, a nonprofit public service providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research.

[T]heres an additional opportunity cost to eating unhealthy foods beyond just how bad they themselves may be for our health, he writes.

In terms of weight loss, he said it matters how people get their calories (the energy content of food.)

A calorie is not necessarily a calorie, Greger says in a trailer for his new book How Not to Diet, posted at his site.

A hundred calories of chickpeas has a different impact than 100 calories of chicken or Chiclets based on their different ... factors such as absorption, appetite or our microbiome, he said. [E]ven the exact same foods eaten differently can have different effects. The context in which we eat matters too.

The terms vegan and plant-based are interchangeable, Michel said, but plant-based carries with it a connotation of being healthier than a vegan diet that simply eliminates meat, dairy and eggs.

A vegan diet can still be high in fat, sugar and other refined carbohydrates while being low in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.

Barnard and Michel also stressed that those who dont eat meat should take a Vitamin B-12 supplement.

Plant-based diets are successful for weight loss because people can eat a greater volume of food so they dont feel deprived, Michel said.

Youre replacing high-calorie density foods with large quantities of low-calorie density foods, she said. You can eat till youre full, and thats the whole thing.

She referenced the 2017 BROAD study, a randomized, controlled trial that used a whole food plant-based diet to address obesity, ischaemic (coronary) heart disease and diabetes. It was published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes and is indexed online at

The study concluded that it led to significant improvements in BMI, cholesterol and other risk factors. To the best of our knowledge, this research has achieved greater weight loss at 6 and 12 months than any other trial that does not limit energy intake or mandate regular exercise.

Michel said trial participants lost an average of 19 pounds during the three-month study, but even after six-month and 12-month check-ins had maintained their weight loss.

Making the switch

Those starting a plant-based diet should know that non-meat and non-dairy options can be highly processed, greatly reducing their fiber and nutritional density while increasing sodium.

Unlike some other diets, though, the plant-based diet embraces nutrient-rich carbohydrates.

Carbs arent what people should be worried about, she said. Refined carbohydrates and refined starches are the problem.

Avoiding processed foods and oils isnt always easy, though, and Michel said she aims to keep those types of foods to 20 percent of her diet.

In general, she tries to avoid highly processed foods such as chips, flaked cereals and fake meat, instead choosing minimally processed foods like steel-cut oats and fresh tofu, or moderately processed foods like applesauce and rolled oats.

It does take a little bit of planning, she said. It doesnt have to be done expensively.

Beans and rice are inexpensive, she pointed out, and although certain fruits and vegetables (berries, celery and anything with a thin skin) are healthier if organic, she said its more important not to avoid eating produce.

I think part of the reason why plant-based diets are so foreign for people is its not the way we grew up, she said. Its not the way we learned how to eat. Its not what our food culture is in this country.

However, she said its a lifestyle anyone can do if they make the effort to learn about and prepare healthy foods.

Its the best diet for weight loss. Its the best diet for almost any condition, she said.

You have one diet that fits all sizes. I think thats the real beauty of it.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has an app for starting a plant-based diet, called the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, for Apple and Android devices. For more information, visit

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Cherry Rose Tan: Why she’s fighting for mental health in the tech industry – Inverse

Cherry Rose Tan is the founder and CEO of For Founders by Founders, which aims to remove mental health stigma in the tech industry and create healthier work environments. Shes also a founder herself and was an early investor in Paycase Financial, a crypto finance network.

In the following interview, Tan talks to Inverse about the unique mental health struggles entrepreneurs encounter, what it takes to create a safe space, and the healthy communities she wants to build in the tech world.

A version of this article also appears in the Sunday Scaries newsletter. Sign up for free to receive it on Sundays. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Hello! Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Cherry Rose Tan. I currently lead a mental health movement, based in the tech industry, thats called For Founders, by Founders.

As somebody who is a serial entrepreneur and speaker, Im really passionate about bringing the mental health conversation to the tech world. I was previously a tech founder myself, and having gone through that experience, I know the entrepreneurial journey is kind of like a rollercoaster. There are a lot of high-highs, but there are also low-lows. So my commitment with For Founders, by Founders is to provide a safe space, especially for people in the tech world, to take off their masks and feel comfortable sharing their stories.

What does a safe space mean in the context of your work?

In the context of the work that I do, the way a safe space gets created can be dependent on the situation or the organization or conference Im working with. So, sometimes I might just be with the people I work with most tech CEOs and executives. We discuss what place they are at in their life; what they are experiencing as an entrepreneur, but also what they are experiencing as just a person. They could be feeling pretty raw or vulnerable. It has to be a safe space for them to feel comfortable just having an initial conversation with me to say, Hey, Id like to acknowledge a problem Im experiencing.

I would say a different level of impact is possible if people get to a place where they can say, Ok, now lets have a mental health conversation as a team or as a company. In the past two years, a lot of my work involved speaking on stage at conferences, like Collision. Its really exciting to bring mental health programming to these spaces and broaden the conversation.

You often speak to tech CEOs about their challenges. Would you say theres room for tech companies to make mental health a priority at all levels so everyone can receive support?

Honestly, 100 percent. People in the tech community know Founders as the company that is capturing very deep stories from prolific tech leaders. They are all CEOs. Once a person came to me and said, I get that youre working with CEOs, but what about everyone else in the tech industry?

And to be frank, if youre working in the startup world and I know, I came from crypto it can be cutthroat. People feel like they are always on the go. Youre trying to innovate, youre trying to build the best IP and all of your competitors are either working at the same pace or trying to go faster.

So, its my sincere hope that this movement will serve the entire industry. And I think its important that were starting where we are. These leaders are setting the tone for the rest of the industry. There are so many people counting on leaders to lead properly. If leaders arent thinking with clarity, or without a level of self-care, then problems emerge in organizations. If the director is burned out, then the managers become burned out, and then the employees.

That trickles down to the next generation who come into the workforce and feel the pressure of well, Im going to have to sacrifice my personal life to make this work. The passion and the commitment of this movement is really about taking a stand, and frankly bringing a sense of humanity back into tech culture. Yes, were competitive. Yes, were innovative. But we also have to take care of our people.

We started off with tech CEOs because we believe that if there is a buy-in at the highest level. Theres a greater chance of implementing permanent change and were really about playing the long game.

What are some of the mental health challenges tech CEOs and founders encounter?

One of the most frequent topics that comes up is loneliness. I think, oftentimes, theres this illusion that tech life is always glamorous. But even if youre raising $20 million in investments, that doesnt mean youre not experiencing personal struggles.

Ill often get cold emails from people that essentially say, I read the stories on your website, and where I live, I dont have anybody to talk to in my circle about whats really going on with me. And if youre in a public position where there is this perception youve got it all, and you want to project the image that youre strong and successful, it can lead to this feeling of isolation and loneliness.

What advice do you give to people who feel stress or loneliness but feel they cant reveal that to others?

I know this word has gotten trendy, but honestly, I think one of the best things a person can do is engage in self-care. Its something I can speak to personally. When I first started as an entrepreneur, I felt a lot of pressure to do the hustle and grind. I always pushed myself harder and ended up, unfortunately, working somewhere between 80 and 100 hours a week.

I did that for years. Then one day, I woke up and came to a point where, mentally and physically, I was completely burned out. It wasnt a reflection of my ability I know that I am a high performer but I just never thought self-care was something for me. I thought it was something other people needed. I had too much pride.

And I was proud of the amazing things my team was doing, but I could see the impact on my body. I was having trouble sleeping, I couldnt relax; I couldnt stop thinking about work. I wasnt present with my friends and family. It really took a toll on my life.

The ironic thing is and I didnt learn this until I went through it myself a lot of people go into tech entrepreneurship because of the freedom of lifestyle. They hope that if they work hard enough, they can make enough money to have the lifestyle they want. And ironically, when you burn out, you miss out on what you wanted first of all having a healthy lifestyle.

I really advise people to take the steps to take care of themselves, and then they can start taking care of other people. Its important to slow down and check-in with yourself. Maybe youre not finding the solution youre looking for because youre tired and just need to focus on solutions like exercising, eating, and sleeping well.

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All You Need To Know About Functional Food – NDTV Food


In today's world, though we are dependent on drug therapy, food still remains an integral part of our healthy living. With the evolution of time, there has been inclusion of several trends of food habits and new food categories, with one of the recent ones being functional foods. As per a 2002 report in The Journal of Nutrition, all foods are functional to some extent because all foods provide taste, aroma and nutritive value. Functional foods can be considered to be those whole, fortified, enriched or enhanced foods that provide health benefits beyond the provision of essential nutrients, when they are consumed at efficacious levels as part of a varied diet on a regular basis.

However, functional foods have no universally accepted definition. As per The Journal of Nutrition report, the concept was first developed in Japan in 1980s when the Ministry of Health and Welfare, after facing an escalation in health care costs, initiated a regulatory system to approve certain foods with documented health benefits in hopes of improving the health of the nation's aging population. These foods, which are eligible to bear a special seal, are now recognized as Foods for Specified Health Use (FOSHU). As of July 2002, nearly 300 food products had been granted FOSHU status in Japan.

Functional foods might be capable of providing health benefits, but they should not be seen as an alternative to a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Some functional foods are generated around a certain functional ingredient, for example, foods containing probiotics, prebiotics et al. Other functional foods or drinks can be foods fortified with a nutrient that would not usually be present to any great extent.

Fishes like sardines and salmons have high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help in keeping thyroid under control, lower risk of heart disease and improve infant health when consumed by women during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.

Rich in organosulfur compounds, garlic helps in keeping a check on cholesterol, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, effects of hypolipidemic, antithrombotic, anti-diabetic, and anti-hyperhomo cysteinemia and, antioxidant, antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, antiasthmatic, antimutagenic, and prebiotic activities.

Green tea possesses significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihypertensive, thermogenic properties. According to a study in The Journal of Nutrition, the catechin content in green tea helps in reducing risk of certain types of cancer. It may also contribute in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and promote oral health.

Fermented dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, buttermilk etc. are rich in probiotics. They help in boosting overall immunity. The health benefits also include prevention of gastrointestinal infections, reduction of serum cholesterol levels and antimutagenic activity.

Rich in protein content, soy helps in reducing cholesterol. The protein content of soybean has rich amino acids with a good balance. The quality of soybean protein is comparable to that of animal protein sources. A study published in Midle-East Journal of Scientific Research stated that regular consumption of soy products reduces one's risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

One should always remember, choose the ingredients wisely if you want to try functional food; and remember, it might promote wellness, but cannot make up for poor eating habits.

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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Ready to kick your healthy lifestyle into gear? We have the drinks to help! – FoodSided

Chances are, youre one of the millions of people who listed healthier lifestyle as a New Years resolution. Thats awesome!

But sometimes overhauling your lifestyle can be a bit overwhelming which is why Ive rounded up some of the best drinks to help you achieve your healthy goals!

Sparkling Ice +Caffeine

Looking for a little boost before you hit the gym? Sparkling Ice +Caffeine provides delicious hydration, and70mg of caffeine! Sparkling Ice +Caffeine also has zero sugar, zero calories, antioxidants and vitamins, all in an easy to open can!

You can pick from five delicious flavors;Black Raspberry, Blue Raspberry, Triple Citrus, Strawberry Citrus and Orange Passionfruit. Looking to ditch the caffeine? Give their regular Sparkling Ice drinks a try!

Perrier & Juice

Its no secret that I love Perrier and keep it stocked in my fridge. But Im also a fan of their Perrier & Juice line! These low sugar drinks are the perfect for those who have a wicked sweet tooth, and they come in three delicious flavors;Strawberry & Kiwi, Peach & Cherry, and Pineapple & Mango!

Im partial to the Strawberry & Kiwi, but all three are absolutely divine. Of course you can always stick with classic Perrier, or flavored! I drink Strawberry Perrier and Pink Grapefruit Perrier all the time.

KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink

Are you a fan of KeVita Kombucha? Or are you looking for something different? This light and refreshing water is made with KeVitas water kefir which is kefir culture grains fermented in water with sugar. This drink contains billions of live probiotics, so its perfect for gut health!

You can try this great afternoon pick me up in eleven different flavors. You can also try KeVitas Master Brew Kombucha, and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic, to help you reach your health goals!

Spindrift Sparkling Water

This delicious sparkling water (made with real squeezed fruit!) has been a staple in my fridge for a while now. This is the perfect drink to quell my sweet tooth, and they come in a wide variety of flavors.

Try their orange mango and lemon flavors. Plus, they make an excellent addition to any mixed drink for your cheat days!

So what will you be drinking this year to reach your health goals? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Healthy Habits In Middle Age Could Help You Live 10 Years Longer, Harvard Study Finds – CBS Boston

(CBS Local) Healthy habits such as exercising for at least 30 minutes a day or drinking in moderation can help you stave off diseases for an extra decade, according to new research.

The study, published last week in the British Medical Journal, found that those who led a healthy lifestyle are more likely to be free of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

A healthy lifestyle was defined by those with at least four of the following five factors:

Based on data from about 110,000 people, researchers from The Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health then determined how long people could live free of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes from the age of 50.

We observed that adherence to a low-risk lifestyle was associated with a longer life expectancy at age 50 free of major chronic diseases of approximately 7.6 years in men and 10 years in women compared with participants with no low-risk lifestyle factors, the researchers concluded.

On average, the results showed that women leading a healthy lifestyle could enjoy 34.4 years free from those diseases, compared to 23.7 years for women who had none of the five healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Men who adopted at least four of the five healthy living factors could expect a further 31.1 years free from disease, in contrast to just 23.5 years for men who did not follow any of the healthy lifestyle factors.

Given the high cost of chronic disease treatment, public policies to promote a healthy lifestyle by improving food and physical environments would help to reduce health care costs and improve quality of life, said senior author Frank Hu, Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair, Department of Nutrition.

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Colorado a healthy state overall, some counties more than others. And its not just the poorer areas with serious health concerns. – The Denver Post

Colorado has one of the healthiest populations in the nation, but that doesnt mean some resolutions arent in order for 2020, assuming they havent been already attempted and cast aside.

Residents of Logan, Morgan, and Prowers counties may want to consider watching what they eat and shedding a few pounds. Make that a lot of pounds. Residents of Bent, Saguache and Adams counties need to get better at keeping something else out of their mouths cigarettes.

And residents of Denver, Boulder and pretty much all the ski-resort counties, please do your livers a favor in 2020 and cut back on the binge drinking.

SmartAsset, a personal finance firm, looked at those three behaviors, along with rates of health insurance coverage, longevity and access to a physician to come up with an overall health score that was used to rank 48 of Colorados 64 counties. There wasnt sufficient data in the 16 counties excluded.

Our study identified the healthiest counties in Colorado by considering length of life, health behaviors and healthcare access, said AJ Smith, vice president of financial education at SmartAsset.

A goal of the SmartAsset study was to help consumers understand how certain behaviors might impact life insurance premiums in different areas, Smith said. But the study offers a trove of public health information, including a comparison of lifespans.

Douglas County ranked as the healthiest county in the state, followed by Boulder, Pitkin, Broomfield and Eagle counties. Get outside of the ski resort areas, however, and rural residents in Colorado tend to have lower health scores and shorter lifespans.

Rural doesnt always mean healthier, which may surprise some Front Range city dwellers who aspire to trade the stress of congested roads and demanding workloads for clean air and open vistas.

In Douglas County, which had the highest health score in Colorado, about 3,494 years of life are lost before age 75 per 100,000 residents. Only Pitkin, Summit and Eagle counties show fewer hours of life lost prematurely, in the low 3,000 range.

At the other extreme, Huerfano County residents lost 13,227 years of life prematurely or nearly four times as many as in Douglas. Las Animas County residents lost 12,439 years of life to premature deaths and in Conejos, it is 10,271 years of life lost.

Granted, not everybody gets to live to age 75. But why should someone living in Walsenburg or Trinidad face higher odds of early death than someone in Highlands Ranch or Aspen?

It is totally tragic, said Emily Johnson, director of policy analysis at the Colorado Health Institute.

There is an old saying that people spend their health to accumulate wealth, and then spend their wealth to recover their health. But the reality is that having more wealth allows someone to maintain better health.

What Douglas and the ski resort counties share in common are higher median household incomes, while the counties with the lowest health scores have some of the lowest household incomes in the state. That leads some to conclude that improving health is an economic development question, not just a behavioral one.

There is a lot there that is pushing you to poor health when you are lower-income, Johnson said. It ranges from the stress of making the rent to whether a person feels safe going for a jog in their neighborhood.

Higher-income households have better access to resources that promote and maintain health and more options for off-loading stress, she said. And they are more likely to have jobs that come with health insurance.

Douglas County has the lowest uninsured rate in the state at 3.7%, while Broomfield, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Jefferson counties all had uninsured rates below 7%. El Paso, Boulder, and Larimer counties, the larger population centers outside metro Denver, had uninsured rates just above 7%.

At the other extreme, 17.5% of residents in Saguache County lack health insurance coverage, and 15.3% of Garfield County residents arent covered. A lack of coverage can cause people to delay visits, allowing chronic conditions to go untreated.

And a lack of health insurance coverage doesnt necessarily motivate people to take fewer risks with their health, even though the consequences for them are more severe if they dont stay healthy.

If we were purposely logical creatures, we would never smoke or drink, Johnson said.

As executive director of the Tri-County Health Department, which covers Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties, John Douglas has a front-row seat on how economic differences play out in public health outcomes.

Douglas has Colorados highest health score and the nations sixth-highest, a top ranking other studies have confirmed. It also has Colorados highest median household income at $115,314. Arapahoe ranks 14th in Colorado and 110th nationally on its health score. It holds the 10th spot in Colorado for household income at $73,925. Adams ranks 36th on its health score locally and 722nd nationally. It has the 17th spot in Colorado on household income at $67,575.

Heres just one example in how county wealth plays out in creating different options to improve health.

Douglas County has 3.7 times the concentration of fitness and recreational sports workers than the country as a whole does, so many it ranks fifth in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Arapahoe County has 1.85 times the concentration, not as heavy as Douglas, but nearly double the U.S. average. Adams County, by contrast, matches the national average. And Lake and Montrose counties they have about as half as many fitness workers as would be expected.

When SoulCycle, the trendy indoor cycling chain out of New York, opened its first Colorado location, it didnt pick Aurora or Thornton. It set up shop in Cherry Creek, Denvers ritziest retail district.

People who do well in life have the resources to better educate themselves about staying healthy, and they likely have a stronger motivation to do so, said Douglas. But the equation is a complex one, with a lot of variables.

A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine linked about 40% of health outcomes to personal behaviors, such as putting on too many pounds, smoking and substance abuse, said Gabriel Kaplan, chief of the health promotion and chronic disease prevention branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Genetics, including traits that leave some at a higher risk of cancer or heart disease, explains about 30% of health outcomes. Social conditions such as economic opportunities and educational attainment account for about 15% of the equation. Health care access, something public health officials have focused heavily on, only contributes about 10%, while environmental conditions, such as pollution, contribute about 5% of the mix.

But it is important to note social conditions tie into personal behaviors. Someone born in a town where teenagers smoke at an early age or drink heavily is likely to pick up life-shortening habits and addictions. Likewise, a worker in an area with poor job prospects or a farmer dealing with wild swings in crop prices may try to cope with stress in unhealthy ways.

If the only store where you can get produce is a convenience store, you are not as likely to have a diet with fruits and vegetables, Kaplan said. We need to make sure communities are set up to promote health. It is not just a matter of individual choice.

Alcohol consumption is one behavior where higher incomes dont correlate with healthier behaviors. Some of the most well-off counties in Colorado have the highest rates of self-reported excessive drinking.

We have been talking about this in public health circles, Douglas said. It is an underappreciated and ignored health issue.

Excessive drinking involves drinking heavily in a short period of time with the express goal of becoming intoxicated. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines it as five or more drinks in a two-hour period for men and four or more drinks for women.

Deaths in the U.S. from binge drinking have more than doubled the past two decades, with the sharpest increases for women and the middle-aged, according to the Center for Health Progress. That statistic that sheds a whole different light on the mommy drinking culture.

Boulder County, despite its reputation as a health mecca, had the second-highest rate of excessive drinking in Colorado at 23.6%, according to SmartAsset. The University of Colorado Boulder, which regularly appears on rankings of the nations top party schools, might drive that number up, but students alone arent to blame for Boulders lack of sobriety.

Only Denver County, with its abundant bars and craft brewers and millennials who frequent them, had a higher rate of people who engage in excessive drinking at 25.7%.

Denver has a drinking problem, Douglas said. Good luck, however, getting Denver or Boulder to admit they have a drinking problem.

Outside those two, the next five counties with the highest rates of excessive drinking are all ski resort counties. Drinking after a day on the slopes might be a tradition for many, but it appears the locals keep the party going even when the tourists are gone.

Huerfano County, which ranked 47th out of 48 on its health score, had an excessive drinking rate of 15%, a full 10 percentage points lower than Denver and the second-lowest in the state. It tied with Otero and only trailed Saguache. All three counties are among the poorest in Colorado.

Every five years, the 53 public health agencies in the state are tasked with putting together a community health assessment which they use to identify the top priorities for the following five years, said Theresa Anselmo, executive director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials.

Anselmo urged those who look at health statistics and rankings not to play the blame game and realize that for many people, achieving better health requires more than a resolve to do better.

Maybe a community cant attract a physician no matter how hard it tries and the national grocery chains wont come anywhere near. That leaves residents with fewer options to eat healthy and fewer resources for one-on-one counseling about weight management.

Rural areas tend to have older populations, who are more prone to health problems, Anselmo notes.

And self-selection plays a part. Colorados reputation draws in those looking for a healthy lifestyle, but they tend to settle along the Front Range. And even within the state, people who can afford to do so move into healthier communities.

Folks that have more means end up living in healthier places, said Douglas. You dont have to live near the Suncor refinery. You can live in Castle Rock.

While Colorado may do better than other states on physical health measures, mental health remains a challenge, which is reflected in higher rates of suicide and substance abuse, Kaplan said.

Stress is often a driver behind behaviors like smoking, binge drinking, substance abuse and overeating, and the state is focused on providing people with coping skills to deal with stress.

Behavior is not just a matter of choice for people. We look at strategies that make it easier for people to make healthy choices, said Kaplan.

For example, the state has invested heavily in the Colorado QuitLine, which helps those who are trying to kick the nicotine habit through coaching and medications. In 2004, 23% of state residents smoked tobacco. Thanks to higher tobacco taxes, indoor smoking bans and more resources dedicated to quitting, that figure is below 15%.

That reduction is part of a larger national trend resulting in a big decline in lung cancer deaths.

For us, it is all about trying to help everyone in the state to have the chance to have a healthy life, to have a long and fruitful life, Kaplan said.

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Midday Fix: Wines & Spirits That Wont Hurt Your New Year Healthy Lifestyle – WGN TV Chicago

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Notes on Wines and Spirits:

Low Sugar Diet: If youre looking to decrease your sugar intake, opt for a zero dosage champagne or sparkling wine. These have no added sugar. Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut, which well sample, is a delicious option. Now, cocktails tend to be high in sugar because of mixers so stick to sparkling water or soda water instead. In our Absolut Apple Bottom cocktail, Ive used sparkling water and a dash of bitters for a great taste.

Low Calorie Diet / Low Carb Diet: If youre following a low carb diet like the Keto Diet or are counting calories, avoid sweet wines and dessert wines which typically have around 165 calories and 7 carbs per serving. Instead, opt for dry wines which have about 100-120 calories and 2-3 grams of carbs in 4 ounces. When it comes to cocktails and spirits, go neat. Neat spirits on average have 80 calories per ounce and zero grams of carbs.

For New Vegans: If you've decided to give up all things animal and happen to love wine, you should know that not all wines are Vegan-friendly. But, I've got the scoop on the best Vegan wines to add to your collection! Vegan wines like the Cosimo Maria Masini Matilde Ros, dont use an animal-based substance (such as egg whites or gelatin) to clarify the wine after fermentation, as others do.

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White Wine: Cave de Lugny Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, Burgundy, France $13.99

Red Wine: The Curator Red Blend, Swartland, South Africa $12.99

Rose Wine: Cosimo Maria Masini Matilde Ros, Tuscany, Italy $14.99


Name: Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut

Calories & Carbs: 60 calories vs 100 calories typically found in other dry champagnes. There is also no added sugar, which is great for a Low-Sugar Diet.

Grape: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir

Taste: Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut is Champagne in its most natural form. Depth and power, with a purity and concentration of flavor all its own. Amazingly well balanced and absolutely bone dry.

Retail: Available at Binnys Beverage Depot, $70

Name: Cosimo Maria Masini Matilde Ros, Tuscany, Italy

Calories & Carbs: An average of 120 calories and 3 grams of carbs

Grape: Sangiovese

Taste: A dry Ros wine with fresh tart raspberry flavors and minerality.

Retail: Available at EATALY Chicago, $14.99

Name: Absolut Apple Bottom

Base: Absolut Juice Apple

Calories & Carbs: 78 calories and 2 grams of carbs

Taste: Absolut Juice Edition is made with premium one-source Absolut Vodka, Apple juice and natural flavors. Fresh in both aroma and taste, with a distinct character of ripened Apple. Smooth with a well-balanced sweetness.

Retail: Target, $20.99

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Alzheimer’s Association to host healthy living session | Free – Sedalia Democrat

Taking care of your mind and body is important as you get older, but making a plan for healthy aging is not something that is easy for everyone.

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter will host Healthy Living for Your Mind and Body from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Cedarhurst Senior Living, 3701 W. 10th St. in Sedalia. The session will include tips on the latest research on how to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to age healthily.

There is a lot of really recent lifestyle research thats come out that has shown that when you do certain activities in succession it can be the blueprint for aging well, said Jeremy Koerber, Education Program Manager for the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter. So if you want to stay independent, you want to be able to do things that you've always loved to do and also potentially prevent heart disease, diabetes, etc., hey these are the things that you need to be doing.

According to Koerber, the components include diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, cognitive exercise, and adequate sleep.

What research has shown is that you will do four of these six components, you can reduce your risk for Alzheimers by as much as 59% and thats a big number, Koerber said. Its almost like looking at it from an insurance perspective. Were not saying that you can flat out prevent it.

The workshop is designed to provide participants with hands-on tools to help them incorporate recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Koerber said attendees will receive a workbook that can be used to determine action items, list goals and identify barriers as they move through the program.

They should be able to walk out of there with really good overall strategies and tactics. Actual implementation items that they can use, Koerber said. Such as we all know that its important to eat healthy. We all know that but how do you actually get to do those things? A lot of times people kind of freeze with the action because its too much for them. So were kind of breaking this down to make it not just simple but give them takeaway action items that they could implement today if they wanted to.

Koerber explained even implementing a few of the tools can help improve a persons body and brain health.

What were trying to do is by being proactive and learning about these six action items, Koerber said. You may not be a big exercise person, thats alright. Do you do sudoku puzzles? You may not be someone that really wants to go run 3 miles but could you improve your nutrition? Could you get better sleep?

The workshop can also help motivate people to improve their lifestyles. Koerber said sometimes people just need to figure out their why.

Why would I do this? Why should I develop a program? Why should I stick to this? he said.

This particular program, I think, is one that can provide a lot of motivation and it provides hope, he continued. Alzheimers and dementia can be scary but there are a lot of scary things out there...What we want to do is reduce the stigma. We want to open a conversation. Naturally, with this topic were trying to work on the prevention side of it but we also want to make sure that theres awareness raised that there are a lot of resources available to people in our communities free of charge.

The workshop is for all ages and Koerber said it is never too late to start. He explained the risk for Alzheimers and dementia increases after age 65 and then substantially at 85. Koerber said he has seen the methods work to help individuals age healthily.

The people that I saw, it was no mistake that they were in their 80s and still actively doing things outside that some people in their 40s and 50s couldn't do, Koerber said. Thats not a mistake. Every now and then you'll run into someone that just has fantastic genes, but if you really dig down into it and look at what theyre doing you would find some of these key categories that were talking about as far as the lifestyle research.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register for the class, call 800-272-3900.

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Victoria Beckham ditches her healthy lifestyle for chips, 2k wine and clotted cream on date night with – The Sun

VICTORIA Beckham has ditched her usual healthy lifestyle for a series of naughty treats during a date night with husband David.

The fashion designer, 45, indulged on tasty French delicacies and expensive red wine while in Paris on Friday evening.


The mum-of-five previously revealed she was on a health kick this January.

But the star wasn't afraid to throw her diet out of the window during a night out with David, 44.

Taking to Instagram, Vic gave fans a glimpse of their lavish night out at restaurant Chez l'Ami Louis, which has previously been dubbed the "world's most famous bistro".

The couple headed to the eatery after attending the Dior Men's show with 20-year-old son Brooklyn.






During their romantic meal, David and Victoria dined on buttery escargot, chips and berries covered in clotted cream.

They washed the mouth-watering food choices down with Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru red wine, which costs 2,000 per bottle.

The pair also shared a sweet selfie with their array of food.

The night out comes days after the former Spice Girl boasted of paying 5.95 for a loaf of bread six times a standard brand.





She has switched to Ezekiel bread, made of organic sprouted whole grains and legumes.

It claims to be low in calories, contains no added sugar and is higher in protein and fibre than most household brands.

Her morning routine also includes two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar, said to help weight loss, and hot water with lemon to aid digestion.

Posh also has a glass of almond milk with chia seeds before downing a couple of espressos.

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Victoria opened up about how she maintains her figure last year, and said shesmashes out 7k on the treadmill before the school run every morning.

"A mix of uphill fast walking, jogging, running," she told theGuardian.

It takes 45 minutes. Then I work out with a trainer 30 minutes legs, 30 minutes arms, toning and conditioning, then loads of planks and that kind of thing for my core."

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