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Litchfield Police To Partner In Drug Rehab –

by Kyle Herschelman

A new program coming to Litchfield is aiming to slow the substance abuse problem that has plagued communities all over the country, while also building a stronger relationship with the Litchfield Police Department.

Kent Tarro of the Macoupin County Health Department and Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler spoke to the council about the Safe Passages program that the city will be implementing.

Tarro said that the Macoupin County Health Department had been coordinating with Litchfield Police Chief Kenny Ryker and Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe to start the program, which is a treatment and recovery program to help those with substance abuse issues.

Safe Passages allows abusers of drugs and/or alcohol to present themselves to a police department and let them know that they are ready to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Police officers then contact a Safe Passages coordinator, who gets the individual into a recovery program such as Gateway Foundation in Springfield or Alton Memorial Hospitals recovery program.

The Macoupin County Health Department currently has a recovery program, but is moving forward on expanding their services to develop St. Francis Way Clinic, which will be located on the campus of St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.

According to Tarro, the clinic will provide psychiatric, mental health and health care options for recovering substance abusers, which will be brought to the clinic by Litchfield and Gillespie police through the Safe Passages program.

Tarro said that the police will still be arresting drug dealers and those who break the law, but the Safe Passages program allows people to come to the police to get help.

Tarro said that the focus will be on meth users and those suffering from alcohol and opioid addiction, but all kinds of substance abusers will have a place to receive help.

Chief Wheeler, who implemented the program at his stops in Kincaid and Taylorville before expanding to Pana and Nokomis as well, spoke about how the Safe Passages program and its impact on the Taylorville community.

Wheeler said that in its first year, Taylorville worked with more than 200 people and crimes such as burglary and theft went down 45 percent. He added that the mayor and city council are integral to the program in regards to their support, but there isnt a line item on the budget for Safe Passages.

Fundraising for the program in Taylorville is done through a church, which then gives the donations to the program to purchase gas cards for drivers, clothes for patients and the salary of a Safe Passages coordinator who is on call.

The program not only helps lower the crime rate, but it also builds relationships between the police, the addicts and the families of the addicts who need help. Chief Wheeler said that those who go through the problem often help police with cleaning up the current drug problem by giving information on area drug dealers, leading to a 100 percent increase in drug arrests in Taylorville.

Safe Passages Coordinator Denise Evans also spoke briefly, saying that the group is also working on starting the program with the Salvation Army in Springfield. She said that she has an appointment in February with Chief Ryker to begin the set up of the Safe Passages program in Litchfield.

Mayor Steve Dougherty said that he is really looking forward to the program beginning in Litchfield and that every person knows someone who has been affected by substance abuse.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance setting the 2021 Lake Lou Yaeger fees, approved the 2021 lease agreement and rules for the lake front seasonal camping and the Bi-Centennial Campground seasonal camping, and approved a 20 percent credit be afforded to returning Bi-Centennial annual lease holders. Last year, the council also approved a 33 percent credit for lake lot holders.

The council approved repairs to a varying frequency drive at the water treatment plant for $6,719.94, the purchase of upper and lower Polpro filter press belts for the wastewater treatment plant for $3,650 and the purchase of a 2021 E-One VM8 Aluminum Commercial Mini Pumper mounted on a Ford F550 4x4, 4-door chassis with a 300 gallon tank and a 1250 gallon per minute pump from Banner Fire Equipment for $244,495.

Alderman Dwayne Gerl asked why the mini pumper was not put out for bid. Fire Chief Joe Holomy said that the equipment is a demonstration model and does not fall under the requirement to go out for bid. He said that he monitors vendors for these demonstration models, which are significantly cheaper and go quickly.

Alderman Woody Street said that he is all for getting three bids when possible, but felt like the significant savings made this purchase worth it. The motion to purchase passed 6-1 with Gerl voting no and Alderwoman Marilyn Sisson absent.

Two other motions also drew dissension, both of which pertained to the Eagle Ridge subdivision. Alderman Gerl and Alderman Mark Brown voted against an ordinance authorizing the city to execute a lease for property located in the subdivision, while Alderman Brown also voted against an ordinance designating stop signs in the subdivision.

Prior to the meeting, two public hearings were held, with neither drawing any questions from the council or the public viewing the meeting virtually on Zoom.

The first hearing was to close out the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Community Development Block Grant, which was used for road and sidewalk improvements on North Illinois from Ryder to Union.

Emily Fortschneider said that $513,800 was spent on the project, which affected an area made up of 51.35 low income individuals. Fortschneider said that the project came in under budget and the remaining $168,000 would be moved to another Community Development Block Grant won by the city for the rehabilitation of the Southside ditch.

The other hearing was dealt with the annexation of parcel number 10-32-226-006, which is owned by M&M Service Company and adjacent to their current facility. Dave Wright of M&M said that the main reason for the annexation request is to get water access to the property as the company would like to build a new facility on the property.

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What keeps Prince Philip hale and hearty at the age of 99? – Geo News

Royal fans are counting down days till Prince Philip marks his 100th birthday in June this year.

And while the big day of the Duke of Edinburgh is being awaited by members of the British royal family as well as fans, some royal aides are unveiling the secrets of the 99-year-olds healthy lifestyle.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, royal doctor Anna Hemming said: Keeping active both physically and mentally play a very important role in maintaining a healthy and ongoing quality of life.

Sport has its benefits in keeping both your body and mind active. When the time comes to retire from sport the interest in sporting activities helps to stimulate your mind, she went on to say.

As reported by Express, international horse-riding federation FEI claims that the duke has been a keen sportsman throughout his life by playing cricket, hockey and rowing.

Like all other people who lead a fit healthy life and enjoy a balanced intake of healthy food, they are more likely to enjoy a more healthy quality of life in their later years, she continued.

Prince Philips diet is almost made up of the best power-packed foods, including eggs, smoked haddock and omelet.

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Healthy Snacks Market Analysis | By Company Profiles | Size | Share | Growth | Trends and Forecast To 2027 – The Courier

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The major players covered in the healthy snacks market report are General Mills Inc, Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Kind, Hormel Foods Corporation, Select Harvests Limited, Tyson Foods Inc, Nestle, B&G Foods, Hain Celestial and Calbee and Kellogg Co among others.

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Healthy snacks market is expected to grow at USD 33.3 billion of a growth rate of 5.50% in the forecast period 2020 to 2027. Snacks are small chunks of food and drinks which are consumed in between meals. Healthy snacks are the one which contains low sodium level,vitamins, no added sugar, nutrients and low saturated fats. Moreover, they are high in fiber and protein content and thus help to maintain energy level for the entire day.

Change in the lifestyle and the inclination towards healthy food products globally are the major factors of the growth of the market. Easy flexibility and opportunity of healthy snacks in variety of favours and with attractivepackagingis increase the demand of the product among children. Growing popularity of healthy snacks in regards to health awareness and with healthy lifestyle choices makes the market grow in the forecast period.

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The countries covered in the healthy snacks market report are U.S., Canada, Mexico in North America, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Italy, U.K., France, Spain, Netherland, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe in Europe, Japan, China, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in Asia-Pacific (APAC), Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America as a part of South America, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa(MEA) as a part of Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Europe is dominating the market in the forecast period of 2020 to 2027 because of the largest share in terms of revenue and growth in demand of healthy snacks in the region. Market in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow in the forecast period with the increased preference to healthy snacks among younger population.

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Posted Jan 24, 2021 Teacher of the Month: McFarland teaching, coaching about life – hays Post

Rose McFarland, Thomas More Prep-Marian coach and teacher, is January's Hays Post Teacher of the Month.


Rose McFarland, a Thomas More Prep-Marian teacher and coach, said trophies, winning seasons and championships are not what have been the highlights of her career.

McFarland, 59, who has been a coach and teacher for 25 years, said the relationships she has built with her students and peers have been the most treasured aspect of her years in education and athletics.

She has taught all levels from kindergarten through college.

"When you see some of those kids who you have taught in the past go out into the world and find careers and find families, to me, that's very rewarding," she said. "It's about life. Hopefully, you are teaching some life lessons. Things aren't always easy. Sometimes there are challenges, but when things get tough, you have all those people around you to support you.

"I have been through that in my life. A lot of people stepped up and gave me support, and that is probably what I appreciate most."

Many of her current junior high students may not know, but McFarland faced a life-and-death challenge when she began teaching at TMP.

McFarland was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she went through treatment and was given a clean bill of health.

Shortly after coming to coach and teach health and PE at TMP nine years ago, McFarland's cancer reoccurred.

She underwent surgery, chemo and radiation.

Melissa Schoepf, TMP math teacher, said in her nomination for the Hays Post Teacher of the Month, McFarland overcame her cancer diagnosis, all while maintaining a positive attitude.

"She has inspired our students, faculty and staff to never give up and keep pushing through,"Schoepf said. "She rarely missed a day in the classroom or on the basketball court while undergoing chemotherapy, which demonstrates her dedication to her students and her mental toughness."

McFarland said coming to school was motivating during her treatment.

"It got me up in the morning. I had a lot of support, and that helped me a lot," she said. "People were very supportive here. People I've coached in the past and taught with in the past and family were very supportive."

She said she could remember coaching games, coming back to her office, laying down on her coach and not having the energy to get back up.

"It wasn't easy, but I did it, and got through there, and in another year, it came back again," she said.

She appreciated the school allowing her to continue to teach. Her doctor said he was amazed she was back in school.

"I think it is how you see things and just being positive," she said. "I had a lot of positivity around me. My faith helped carry me through. I am just happy for every day I am here."

She said she knows others have greater challenges, and she tries not to focus on herself or her challenges.

When she first was diagnosed with cancer, McFarland was substitute teaching and coaching her young son's basketball team. McFarland lost her hair during treatment, so all of the boys on her team shaved their heads.

"I am sure they learned to have more courage," she said. "They did that for me.

"Those kids I coached, those kids I taught, they got to see that I wasn't going to give up, and you get through those challenges and move on."

People were so generous and kind to her that it was difficult, she said, because she had to swallow her pride and learn to accept the help.

"I think sometimes it helps those people who do things for you," she said. "It helps them as much as it probably helped me."

Her faith and being a part of the religious community at TMP was important to her as she struggled with the cancer and still today.

"We can talk about our religion. We can talk about our faith. We can share our faith. We can talk about Jesus," McFarland said. "That's why I'm here. I am allowed to do that and share with others."

Schoepf, who nominated McFarland for Teacher of the Month, said as a physical education/health teacher, McFarland continually provides fun, engaging, active lessons to her students and works with helping them maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One activity she is very passionate about is the school's annual health fair, during which her students plan and present on current health issues.

McFarland has always put value on physical and health education. She started the physical education program at St. Joseph Elementary School in Hays, and also kicked off the program at TMP, when the junior high was added there.

"A lot of people think its just activities or fitness, but there is so much more," she said. "There is so much social/emotional wellness. You learn leadership skills. You learn teamwork. You learn sportsmanship. You learn how to stay fit, plus they have fun.

"It is a good break from academia over there. They can come and release and learn how to get along with others."

She said it is not just playing games.

"It's skills for a lifetime. Our health is so valuable. You can have all the money in the world, but if you don't have your health, what good is it?" McFarland said.

She said she tries to reach those students who don't like PE.

"If we can find that one activity to reach them, I think that is very important if we can get them to think they want to do it for a lifetime."

As a coach some of her best memories have not been the winning seasons, but the teams who were able to grow.

"Sometimes those challenging years are the funnest," she said. ... "Just seeing the growth when they finally do something, you are like 'Aha, they finally got it.' "

She wants to do her best for her athletes and for them to do the best they can for themselves. McFarland said she is very competitive, which lead to many sleepless nights, going over games in her head.

She said in the end, it's about teaching her students and athletes about life.

"I like sharing what I have experienced," she said, "the values of the things I learned in my past. It's not for the money.

"I think it is important to have good role models and leaders and instill a passion for whatever they want to do in life."

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Incorporating the Mediterranean Diet into Your Lifestyle 5 – PRNewswire

Executive Chef and Brand Ambassador for Olive Oils from Spain, Seamus Mullen, rethought his relationship with food in 2007 due to health issues. "Without a doubt, I'm a huge advocate for theMediterranean diet and lifestyle. Olive oil is fundamental to theMediterranean diet and I've integrateditinto my lifeon a daily basis," Mullen says. However, the Mediterranean dietdoesn't stop at the incorporation of olive oil, as Mullen has also, "gone on tocompletely changemydiet over the last 8 years, removing refined carbs, sugar and focusing on healthy fats, proteins and vegetables."

Mullen created the following recipes that showcase the staple ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, starring the rich flavor of olive oil:

The purpose of the Olive Oil World Tour is to make the virtues of olive oils, specifically from the European Union, known to Americans. This includes showing how easy it is to incorporate the ingredient, known as "liquid gold," into their daily lives. With an unpredictable world, diners can take this time to make recipes, taste-test, and learn more about Olive Oils from Spain. Spain is the main producer and marketer of Olive Oil in the world and a leader in the implementation of the most demanding quality and traceability controls.

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About the Olive Oil World TourIn 2018, Olive Oils from Spain and the European Union launched a three-year campaign for cookingenthusiasts and world travelers to join the Mediterranean diet and the European healthy lifestylethrough the "Olive Oil World Tour." This promotional initiative, carried out incollaboration with the E.U., is a multichannel campaign with outdoor advertising, social platforms, andan online presence developed under the motto "Olive Oil Makes a Tastier World." The Olive Oil WorldTour has significant global reach since it includes informative actions in the main airports, train stations,and cruise terminals in Europe, the U.S.A. and Asia.Learn more at follow onFacebook, andInstagram.

About Olive Oils from SpainOlive Oils from Spain is the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, a nonprofitorganization formed by all the representative associations of the Spanish olive oil sector, and whosemain objective is the dissemination of the healthy product internationally. With the "Olive Oil WorldTour" campaign as a tool, it has proposed to make the world a place with more flavor and urgesconsumers to join the European way of life: "Join the European Healthy Lifestyle with Olive Oils from Spain."

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A Cardiologist and Athlete Says a Plant-Based Diet Is the Key to – The Beet

When you think about heart disease, you may imagine an overweight, older male experiencing heart palpitations and chest pain. Thats definitely valid, but also be aware that heart disease is not one-size-fits-all it has a wide variety of symptoms and affects individuals of all ages. It is currently the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even though heart disease is pretty common, it can be preventable 80% of the time, according to the American Heart Association. Now, youre probably wondering, if heart disease is preventable, why are rates still so high? This is attributed to the Standard American Diet (SAD) which consists of processed foods high in sugar and fat and the sedentary lifestyle adopted by most individuals in our country. It goes way back to the beginning of the 20th century, where heart disease was an uncommon cause of death in the United States. By mid-century, it had become the most common cause. Some historians attribute it to the lack of physical activity as the majority of Americans started using automobiles as a mode of transportation. Others attribute it to harmful changes in Americans diet, where people consumed more processed foods, saturated fats, and added sugars, according to this study. Unfortunately, many are still engaging in this lifestyle today despite knowing a healthy diet and regular exercise has the power to reverse heart disease.

Dr. Heather Shenkman, MD, FAAC, a vegan cardiologist and athlete, is on a mission to help individuals regain their health and maintain a healthy heart focusing on healthy lifestyle changes. In her practice, she takes a whole-person approach treating food as medicine by promoting

plant-based food choices in addition to regular exercise habits. In an exclusive interview with The Beet, Dr. Shenkman walks us through her journey to becoming vegan, the benefits of a plant-based diet for cardiovascular health, and her personal favorite vegan meals. She leads by example when it comes to lifestyle and has blossomed into an endurance athlete fueled entirely by a vegan diet. Her advice will motivate you to add more plants and movement to your life, which will nourish your body and leave you feeling full of life.

Dr. Heather Shenkman: I became a vegetarian while in high school, because of my love for animals. I was a vegetarian throughout college and medical school, but I became a vegan during my cardiology fellowship. I had originally become a vegetarian because of animal cruelty. However, as I learned more about the plight of farm animals, I felt like it was the right thing to do to also cut out dairy and eggs. I became fully vegan during my cardiology fellowship. During my research at that time, I had read about the work that Drs. Esselstyn and Ornish had done to successfully reverse heart disease with a plant-based diet. So since then, about 16 years ago, Ive been a vegan.

HS: I've always been active physically in one way or another. In 2005, the same year I adopted a vegan diet, I was recovering from a foot injury, and could not do the running that I used to do to stay fit. As a result, I took up swimming and road cycling. Once my foot healed and I started running again, I asked my spin instructor, who was an avid triathlete, to coach me for my first triathlon, the Finger Lakes sprint triathlon, in September 2005. I had so much fun training, meeting other triathletes, and racing, that I was hooked!

HS: My interest in cardiology initially stemmed from an interest in being able to make an impact in my patients' lives, and honestly didn't have anything to do with a plant-based diet. I didn't go plant-based/vegan until the second year of the cardiology fellowship. I used every chance I could to encourage my patients to make better diet and lifestyle choices. But, back then in 2005, there wasn't much understanding of plant-based diets, this was before Forks Over Knives and before most people had any understanding of the word "vegan". As time has gone on, it's become easier to encourage patients to adopt more plant-based styles of eating.

HS: I encourage my patients to eat more fruits and vegetables. That's always a good starting point.We talk about minimizing processed food, restaurant food, fried foods, soda, and sweets. We agree that years of animal products, fast food, junk food, lack of exercise, and smoking have all contributed to their current state of health. We also agree that in order to do better, some of those habits need to change. To help guide them in the right direction, I advise them to watch the Forks Over Knives documentary and frame a whole-food, plant-based diet as the healthiest choice. Since no other diet has been shown to reverse heart disease, I tell them that the closest they can come to this diet as possible is best for their heart.

HS: I wanted my patients to know the basics of heart disease and that they can make an impact on their own health. I talk about how to incorporate better eating habits and incorporate more exercise, and how to find joy in it all. Now, I recognize that not every patient who walks into my office is going to walk out a vegan. In fact, most wont. My goal as a cardiologist is to provide my patients with the best information on how to improve their heart health and reduce their risk of cardiovascular events.

HS: I give them literature, in particular, the Physicians Committee's "Vegetarian Starter Kit". It reinforces a lot of why a plant-based diet is a healthy choice and provides meal ideas. I try to frame diet change as an adventure, not deprivation, a chance to try new foods, and something that will help them to feel better and improve their health.

HS: For breakfast, I love oatmeal or a homemade smoothie. Many mornings, I will make a smoothie bowl for myself and my 17-month-old daughter Ava; I add a banana, an orange, frozen strawberries, a couple of chunks of carrot, and maybe a tiny amount of broccoli, unsweetened soy milk, oats, dried coconut, flax and chia seeds to my Vitamix. I also love cooking up a shepherd's pie with lentils and veggies and mashed potatoes on top.

HS: So many of my patients tell me that they are not used to eating vegetables.But also, much of my motivation to advocate for healthy meals in schools is that I now have a young daughter and want her to be healthy. We know that our preferences for foods start early in life. If we can introduce children to healthy foods when young, this will shape their taste buds for years to come.

HS: I'm proudest of earning a medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013. I competed in the "Maccabi Man and Woman" Competition, which was a four-event competition occurring within a week, including a time-trial bike race, a half marathon, an Olympic distance triathlon, and a 5-kilometer swim. It was challenging not only to compete in these events but to do so in such a short amount of time, in very hot weather.

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Diet, exercise and vaccines are key to staying healthy – Times-Citizen Communications

Because COVID-19 is still so new, doctors and medical professionals still dont know a lot about it. Sometimes, they see healthy people contract the disease and suffer from adverse side effects, while other times people with multiple conditions that would put them at higher risk have no complications from the virus.

But there are simple things that almost anyone can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and boost their immune system even during a pandemic.

Dr. Mahnaz Behdad has been practicing medicine at Hansen Family Hospital since last summer. Shes researched what it takes to get and stay healthy, and she said a balance of healthy eating, exercise and some supplements - only for a limited time - can boost the immune system.

Definitely, a healthy diet will help. But what is going on and why some people get it and get it really bad and some it doesnt, we dont know. We know that a healthy diet is good for you, so why not? We do that and hopefully it is going to prevent, but there is no guarantee, said Dr. Mahnaz Behdad, a physician at Hansen Family Hospital. At the end of the day, I think if they do a healthy diet and they try to do the social distance and all the things until we have a vaccine, I think that will help the people.

A healthy lifestyle includes exercising regularly, eating right and once in a while taking supplements if needed. It also means regularly washing your hands and, these days, social distancing and wearing a mask when in public.

The most benefit comes from combining a healthy diet with exercise. One without the other isnt helpful.

Behdad suggests that everyone do moderate-intensity exercise five times a week for 30 minutes a day. That half hour of exercise can be broken up into 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there, as long as it equals 30 minutes.

As far as diet everyone is different. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle everyone should eat vegetables, good oils and ingest fewer carbs and less meat. Leafy green vegetables offer fiber and are important for a balanced meal. Fruits are also good because they contain antioxidants, specifically berries such as blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. While some fruits are high in sugar, the level in berries is lower than other fruits.

The biggest thing that Behdad discourages is premade meals.

I highly discourage anybody to use any kind of processed foods. No ready meal, she said. If you dont have time, prepare simple meals ahead for tomorrow. Its healthier than anything on the shelf. Everything on the shelf has sugar and the average of the sugar we get in our diet without even knowing it is way higher than you expect.

I think you can get your nutrition from anything and everything, Behdad added. I dont think that you have to have meat. I prefer less meat. For people that do not have any specific diet, if you have less meat and you decrease the meat in your diet then I think you will benefit from that.

In a perfect world, everything we eat would be fresh and organic and there would be no need for supplements. However, this isnt a perfect world. Behdad said she sees patients who are obese but also suffer from malnutrition because the things theyre eating have no nutritional value. There are times that she suggests supplements for a short period of time.

Nowadays that COVID is around, some studies show that Vitamin C and Vitamin D will help prevent and decrease the rate of side effects and adverse effects of the COVID if the patients get that, said Behdad. Whenever I get those people, I will let them know to take Vitamin D and Vitamin C at least for the next two months in your life and then after that, forget about it.

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began in Hardin County last month (Hardin County Public Health Clinical Manager Jill Mundt is pictured above receiving hers on Dec. 23). To build your bodys defense against COVID-19 - and other illnesses - a local doctor recommends exercise, a healthy diet, supplements and vaccines.

Behdad is also pro-vaccination. She encourages everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as well as every other kind of vaccination. The rollout of the Moderna vaccine in Hardin County began at the end of December and is currently open to just healthcare workers, long-term care residents and staff.

I think the benefit of that is way more than if there is a side effect or if there is anything else. I think we shouldnt just pay attention to conspiracy theories, especially in this part and we should learn more and we should learn our history, she said.

She also suggests that even if someone is vaccinated, they should still wear a mask until 90 percent of the population has received the vaccine. And as with anything, there are no guarantees. The vaccination is only 95 percent effective. Nothing in medicine is 100 percent.

Science and medicine are constantly changing. Behdad said her suggestions are her personal opinion and everything could change tomorrow. However, in the long run having basic healthy habits will help everyone.

We dont need to try and add so many things to our routine and becoming miserable at the end of the day and forget about everything. I think if we just get used to these simple things, it will help us for the most part and we might get the disease, but the chances are less, said Behdad. Even when you use the mask, you might get the disease, but again, it depends on how much virus goes through your body. I think at the end of the day, these simple things will help us whether we know it or not.

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Crow Wing Energized: Eating heart healthy could help you live longer – Brainerd Dispatch

Eat less saturated and trans fat.

These are the bad fats in foods that increase LDL (bad) cholesterol. Trans fats also lower HDL (healthy) cholesterol.

Your goal is to eat no more than 10-15 grams of saturated fats a day. Eat less cheese. Choose lean meats. Stay away from foods that have hydrogenated oil in them.

Include a small amount of good fats.

Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats such as omega-3 fatty acids are good fats. They lower triglycerides and help raise HDL cholesterol levels. They are found in salmon, trout, tuna, flaxseeds, nuts, peanut butter, canola oil and olive oil.

Eat less sodium.

This can help lower blood pressure and/or keep blood pressure from rising. It also reduces fluid retention. Eat less than 2300 mg of sodium per day. Research shows that less than 1,500 mg is better. Eat less canned or dry soups, processed foods and meals away from home.

Eat more fiber.

Fiber can help reduce LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugars. Foods high in fiber include whole fruits, vegetables, and beans. Breads, pasta, crackers and cereals made from whole grains are also high in fiber. Your goal is 20-35 grams per day.

Eat less sugar and processed carbohydrates.

This can help decrease triglycerides, keep HDL cholesterol levels high and help with weight loss. Limit regular soft drinks, juices, cookies, candy, low-fiber crackers and snack foods. Choose fresh fruits, sugar-free drinks, nuts, and high-fiber crackers and cereals.

Eat fewer calories.

The best way to lose weight is to eat smaller portions and less sugar and fats. Weight loss can help lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while it raises HDL cholesterol.

Eat five or more fruits and vegetables every day.

These foods are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and low in fat, sodium and calories.

Heart disease symptoms can be different in men and women, and women face a higher risk of certain types of heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors and how often you should check your heart health.

Date: Jan. 26

Time: 6-7pm

Register online: EssentiaHealth.Org/HeartHealthyCooking

Super Bowl Sunday is Americas second largest day for food consumption, surpassed only by Thanksgiving.

Pizza, chicken wings, pretzels, potato chips and dips are some of the top selling foods. Even with smaller gatherings, these foods will be bought/ordered more so than ever this year. Large pizza chains have forecasted that their Super Bowl Sunday sales will be five times greater than that of an average Sunday. These popular convenience foods are packed with saturated fat and over the top in sodium. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains are often missing from Super Bowl feeds.

This cooking demonstration will feature how to make Heart Healthy Pizzas and a Pizza Soup to bring Americas favorite food to your winter food fare whether for Super Bowl Sunday or any day.

Recipes that will be shared after the demonstration include:

Italian Pizza,

Margarita Pizza,

Italian Sausage made with ground turkey,

Pizza Sauce,

Pizza Pasta Soup,

Lower Sodium Potato Chips,

Hummus Dip,

Lower Sodium Nuts,

Fruit Tray.

If you or a loved one is living with heart failure, or you are interested in learning more about living a heart healthy lifestyle, please join us. Register for this free virtual event at http://www.EssentiaHealth.Org/HeartHealthyCooking.

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Probiotics are essential for a healthy gut and lifestyle – The Killeen Daily Herald

With a new year starts the approach to a healthier diet that also promotes gut health.

But the way to a healthy lifestyle is often much easier than investing in pricey supplements or revamping your whole diet. It just needs a simple focus on probiotics.

Probiotics play an essential role in our diet to prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria, which can cause gastroenterological disturbances such as diarrhea, constipation or inflammatory bowel disease.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and yeasts for your digestive system, said Rebecca Rubio, clinical dietitian at AdventHealth in Killeen. Research is still being conducted in this area, but the typical consensus is that probiotics help balance the good and bad bacteria to keep your digestive and immune health optimal.

While most people see bacteria negatively, probiotics are good bacteria that help keep your body healthy.

To increase your bodys intake of good bacteria, you can choose between various fermented foods, drinks and dietary supplements.

Fermented foods, however, are the most natural source of probiotics.

Fermentation is a process in which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria break down food components into other products, Rubio said. Many fermented foods contain probiotics that are produced in the fermentation process.

The fermentation process is one of the oldest techniques for food preservation, which promotes beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various species of good bacteria.

Examples of fermented foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, and sourdough bread. Other examples of fermented foods are pickles and selected cheeses. These foods are home to a host of good bacteria that benefit your body.

While many fermented foods have a distinguished taste, yogurt is a relatively neutral and very versatile component. It can be used as a basis in many dishes such as sauces, salad dressings or marinades. It can also substitute mayonnaise or sour cream in dishes like egg or potato salads.

Fermented drinks such as kombucha or kefir also introduce extra probiotics into your diet and benefit your microbiomes health.

However, not all fermented foods and drinks contain probiotics. Some drinks, such as beer and wine, undergo steps that remove the probiotics or make them inactive.

Food labels containing slogans such as live and active cultures let you know if foods and drinks contain probiotics.

Probiotic supplements are typically sold over the counter and often reserved to treat specific ailments suggested by doctors. They are not always recommended for everyday use.

The question remains, how many probiotics are necessary for a healthy diet.

Since there is no recommended daily intake for probiotics, there is no way to exactly know which fermented foods or what quantity is best.

The general guideline is to just add as many fermented foods to your daily diet as possible.

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10 tips to help you be heart-healthy | GVLtoday – AVLtoday

What should you be doing or not doing to live a heart-healthy lifestyle? Prisma Health Cardiologist Francis Roosevelt Gilliam III, MD, shares 10 simple tips to help you take the best care of your heart.

Set a goal of 10,000 steps a day. Take the stairs, starting with one flight up and two flights down. When parking, choose the farthest space from your destination. Every step counts.

At least once a day, go outdoors for fresh air and sunshine. You can hike, walk, or just sit in the neighborhood park (or on your front stoop). Being outside significantly reduces stress hormones and lowers blood pressure, which benefits your heart.

Increasing your intake by one serving per day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 4%. Dark, leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits offer the most benefit.

Eating a small 1.6 oz. portion every day can reduce your risk of blood clots and slow down the immune responses that lead to clogged arteries. Doctors orders.

Eat more salmon, ground flaxseed, oatmeal, pinto beans, raw almonds, walnuts, and brown rice. These include omega-3 and other healthy fats, as well as fiber and nutrients that protect your heart.

At least 30 minutes of activity per day, five times a week is recommended. Do it all at once or split it into three 10-minute increments.

See your doctor regularly to make sure your blood pressure is under 120/80 mmHg, your total cholesterol is under 200 mg/dL, your fasting glucose is less than 100 mg/dL and your body mass index is less than 25 Kg/m2.

Seven hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep lowers your risk for cardiac issues, heart failure, and stroke.

Avoid foods high in salt such as cold cuts, cheese, bacon, sausage, soups, bread, condiments, sauces and gravies, fast food, canned foods, and frozen dinners.

Choose healthy foods, skip soda and sweetened beverages, dont smoke, and drink alcohol responsibly.

Learn more about how to be heart-healthy by joining Prisma Healths free webinars in February. Want to find out if theres more you could be doing to keep your heart healthy right now?Start your assessment here (it only takes a few minutes).

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