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RNC holds healthy lifestyle, weight loss search in govt offices – Philippine Information Agency

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) engages government workers in a healthy lifestyle and weight reduction in a search with cash incentives at stake.

The RNC came up with a regional weight management project through healthy weight loss ways such as diet modification, increase on physical activity and education/behavior modification pilot tested last year.

National Nutrition Council Regional Coordinator Rita Papey said the project was borne out of the alarming results of a study on the nutritional assessment of government employees conducted in 2017 which showed that more than 50 percent are either overweight or obese. With this finding, there is a need for a call for government agencies to have a management program, she said.

The projects goal is for employees in the region to become healthy and productive, reduce the prevalence of malnutrition such as obesity and achieve normal weight and for agencies to adopt the program and reduce the occurrence of non-communicable diseases (NCD).

Papey said obesity and overweight are risk factors for NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer that affect a persons productivity and quality of life. Globally and nationally, NCDs are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality of which 30 percent are generally related to heart disease.

The search duration is from March to June 2020.

For the agency category, to be awarded will be agencies with the best healthy lifestyle program and highest percent reduction on identified indicators.

The agency must have an action plan and have conducted baseline and endline nutrition assessment of employees.

For the individual/employee category, employee/s with improved nutritional status from underweight to normal, highest reduction in waist circumference and with the highest reduction in weight will be recognized.

Moreover, there is a suggested government menu developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute called Pinggang Pinoy as guide for agencies in the procurement of food during conduct of seminars, workshops or meetings.

Papey said the Pinggang Pinoy or the food plate model was adopted by the sectoral committee of the Regional Development Council on Social Development. The model menu contains 50 percent fruit and vegetables, 33 percent rice and 17 percent protein. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR)

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Start your Health Journey with Live Well Exercise Clinic – North Shore News

Its been said that a thousand-mile journey begins with one step. Similarly, a journey to a healthier you begins with just one consultation.

There are an endless number of reasons why our health starts to slip away from us as we get older. A demanding career, family commitments, age and injury all these things can impact our ability to adhere to a program focussed on healthy living.

But the good news is that there are people here to help.

Live Well Exercise Clinic is a state-of-the-art exercise facility that provides professional fitness training and healthy lifestyle coaching to members of any age, shape or size. By using exercise as medicine, the expertly trained and educated staff at Live Well coach members on developing healthy habits that lead to sustained lifestyle change and improved quality of life.

Live Well Exercise Clinic in Lynn Valley has been open just over a year now and has already helped dozens of clients on their journey to find their way back to a healthier self.

Take Live Well member Tanja for example. Fed up with the constant guessing game of which diet and which gym would serve her best, Tanja decided to seek professional help to finally find a long-term solution to her health concerns.

Like many others, I have been yo-yo dieting for the majority of my adult life and stuck on the weight loss and weight gain cycle for years. I have tried every diet program and joined just about every gym, says Tanja.

Thats when she found Live Well.

Live Well fosters a friendly and welcoming community, and this motivates me to keep coming to exercise classes. Sessions are structured so that there is a different educational and inspirational component with each visit. Also, if something is not quite working for me, staff is always on hand to answer my questions and help me adjust my own personal program to suit my needs, says Tanja.

I have learned to incorporate (and even enjoy) regular exercise in my life again. Along with gaining more muscle strength and stamina, I also noticed that after a few months of doing the Live Well program I had less knee and joint pain! I feel physically stronger and more confident, and I am enjoying exercising my body and treating it well.

Unlike Tanja, Live Well member Tory had apprehensions about exercising for years due to her fear of injury, anxiety and lack of preparedness but after years of stagnant living she soon found that she couldnt delay her health journey any longer.

I spent years trying to get fit and lose weight, trying all sorts of things but nothing worked until Live Well. My balance was bad, my strength was minimal and I was scared. My whole life Ive taken horrible falls, many with serious injury, says Tory.

Since Ive been with Live Well, I have not fallen at all. The trainers are so amazing, if something doesnt work for you or you feel unwell they find an exercise you can do. Everyone has a different program with exercises just for them. There is no competition, the gym feels more like a sanctuary than a gym.

Some members have found inspiration to seek out and sustain healthier habits together like married Live Well couple Irene and Lloyd.

Lloyd and I both realized we needed to have some structured exercises as we age and we wanted it to be in a safe and supervised environment so that we could maintain and build strength, flexibility and stamina, said Irene.

Lloyd saw an ad for Live Well, looked into it and suggested we go. It has been a very positive and enjoyable experience. The groups are small, the exercises are designed for each individual and we work and advance at our own pace. It isnt a competitive environment and everyone in each session is at a different level.

Whatever the reason for seeking out Live Well, each member is able to find the safe and secure environment that they need to flourish. With just one consultation, the journey to a healthier you begins. Come visit us today and let us show you the path to a lifestyle youll be happy to have.

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Healthy is the New Sexy Heres 5 of the Top Wellness Trends for 2020 – Chiang Rai Times

Healthy is new sexy and this year people are paying even more attention to their health and wellness than ever before. And what exactly have become the trends in self-care this year? Lets see.

Non-invasive methods of aesthetic cosmetology is an alternative to surgical intervention.

Cryolipolysis for those who cant reach the desired shape with a diet and a healthy lifestyle, ultrasound for dermatological issues and aging such as hyperpigmentation, blackheads, scars, wrinkles. Fillers, laser, injections, and the list goes on.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) reports that non-invasive treatment increased by 10.4% while the popularity of operations decreased.

According to ISAPS.org, the most demanded procedures are:

And top countries for non-invasive procedures are the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, India, Italy, and Turkey.

Consequently people dont think about preventive medicine as an unnecessary loss of time anymore. Modern humans strive to achieve a lot. And they realize how health is important in their way to success and happiness. Thus, the demand for preventive medical examinations called check-ups continues to rise in 2020.

There are lots of programs for different patients needs basic check-ups, cancer, neurological, cardiac, gastric screening, female, male, pediatric, etc. The choice depends on the age, gender, heredity, medical history, specific complaints, and symptoms if any.

Advanced Medtech solutions make it possible to undergo exams in advanced hospitals in just one day. The fastest check-up takes only 3 hours.

Some hospitals such as Kyung Hee Medical Center (Seoul, South Korea) offer a smart check-up. The hospital system with AI determines the type of screening package right for the person based on his/her age, sex, and personal features.

According to Bookimed, an international platform to match the hospital and arrange treatment abroad, the top affordable destinations for check-ups are Thailand, South Korea, Greece, Turkey, India, the UAE.

Retreats are the programs aimed to escape from everyday life to devote all time to work on oneself. The origin of retreats is found in most world religions. In a modern context, a retreat is an opportunity to free yourself from tension, relieve stress, reboot thinking and go beyond its current limits. Even more the number of people who care about their health and state of mind and want to find peace with retreats is increasing worldwide.

Above all the essence of retreats is in a total change of ordinary scenery a healthy daily routine, healthy meals, restoring physical activity, practices. A cardinal change in exercise, nutrition, and the environment with a lack of time for idle thoughts and Internet surfing makes it possible to see your self and to change it as much as possible.

Today there are lots of retreat programs so anyone can find the appropriate one. They can last from several days to several years, and they can be both individual and collective, general or dedicated to specific practices, located not far away from home or in remote places in the mountains.

The American magazine Harpers Bazaar states that most popular retreat destinations in 2020 are Indonesia, Mexico, Himalayas, Colombia, Morocco, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica and also Thailand.

Even more wellness and spa tours are more popular than ever as poor ecology, stress, and overload affect peoples mental and physical health.

Tours for wellness are suitable for people of different ages. Programs also include SPA procedures, thalassotherapy, Ayurvedic sessions, bathing in thermal springs, various types of massages. Their primary purpose is to give a customer all conditions for relaxing, gaining strength, distracting from the monotony, and enjoying nature.

TripAdvisor names Indonesia, India, the USA, Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Maldives, and Spain as the most blissful destinations for wellness travel.

You are what you eat this old veritas is coming back with new approaches. One of them is detox.

Detox programs involve a special diet aimed at removing toxins from the body and reducing weight. The doctor assesses the degree of toxin contamination; bioenergy examination; measuring the ratio of fat; bone and muscle tissue; consulted with a nutritionist; and following treatment with yoga and massages.

A vacation in a detox center is also an opportunity to get rid of the accumulated stress and extra centimeters. Also to erase tension from the face, add vitality, lightness, and gain inspiration for a new lifestyle. Some centers focus on losing weight, others coping with chronic diseases of the liver, stomach, intestines, skin, and allergic diseases. People with chronic illnesses should consult a doctor first.

According to Forbes magazine, the best places for detoxing can be found in Costa Rica, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Italy, India and also Thailand

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Miranda Kerr Told Me So Many Life and Beauty SecretsHere Are the Top 14 – Yahoo Lifestyle

Miranda Kerr's passion for skincareand theneed for educationand clarity on themurkiness of the "clean" product subsethits me with a near blunt force. Yes, Kerr is one of the most recognizable and admired supermodels of our era, but first and foremost, she's a mom (she tells me it's her top priority, after all), and second, she's the CEO of one of the loveliest yetmost discerning organic skincare-and-makeup brands in the industry right now. And no, this isn't just me being a doting beauty editor; it's a cold, hard fact.

In light ofthe newest launch from Kerr's Australian-inspired skincare brand, Kora Organicsa dew- and glow-gifting resurfacing serum that will transform your face into a majestic moonbeam in record timeI had the chance to chat with Kerr about all things beauty. Not only about the magic behind the newNoni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum ($72) but also about her beauty-and-wellnessapproach as a whole. Not surprisingly, I also learned a whole lot about Kora's core values and product development process in addition to the inspiration behind each launch.

"Using organic skincare is something I'm very passionate about because our skin is our largest organ, and what you put on it soaks directly into your bloodstream, so that's why it's important to use clean, toxin-free, organic products," Kerr tells me. "People are increasingly concerned with eating organic, working out, and living a healthy lifestyle, but many people forget that there are lots of chemicals and toxins in the products they are using on their skin day in, day out."

As it turns out, Kerr was way ahead of the clean beauty movement that's gained steady ground in the past few years stateside. Shestarted Kora in her home country of Australia back in 2009, and it was slow yet steady burn until the brand eventually launched in U.S. Sephora stores in 2017. (Now, in case you're wondering, Kora is available in over 30 countries.)

"When I initially started Kora back in Australia, it was because I was looking for products that werecertified organic and delivered results, but I was unable to find anything that really worked. Eventually, I just decided to create my own range," she explains.

So much more than a "clean" label, Kora is a true, certified, organic beauty brand, Kerr says, acknowledging the grand misconception that organic products or ingredients are largely seen as less effective or powerful when used within skincare and makeup.

"I believe certified organic ingredients are more powerful," she counteracts. "Not only are the crops we source our ingredients from not being sprayed with chemicals, pesticide, and herbicides, but the soil that's used is far more nutrient-dense and not depleted by continual growth and harvest." This is insurance, she tells me, that the ingredients will naturally be higher in antioxidants and thus produce more impressive results within your beauty or skin routine.

"To me, it's a no-brainer. There are so many things in this world we can't control. For instance, we can't control the pollution levels outside, but we can control what we put on our skin to protect it from those everyday environmental aggressors that age and sensitize our skin."

For the new night serum, Kerr tells me she worked with the lab and organic chemists for roughly 18 months. (Spoiler: There's also another new product on the horizon, but she's not allowed to share details yetstay tuned!)

"I am so, so proud of theNoni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum ($72) and its performance, and I feel so blessed to be working with the best organic chemists in the world. It's so important to me that we get the formula, consistency, and, most importantly, the resultsthe best they can absolutely be."

Of course, our chat didn't stop there. Keep scrolling for14 more important pieces of beauty intel I learned from Kerr.

Making (or even just thinking about) the switch to a natural beauty routine can seem overwhelming. There are so many different monikers the industry likes to throw at us as consumers (natural, green, nontoxic, organic), and being able to discern what's actually clean and what's actually going to be an effective, amazing product feels nearly impossible. So I asked Kerr to dish any advice she has for someone who's looking to make some changes.

"The first thing I would say is to do your research to ensure what you are buying is exactly what it is," Kerr warns gently. "There is a lot ofgreenwashing in the beauty industry because it is unregulated. Brands can claim to be natural or organic by just having one or two natural or organic ingredients. Having the Cosmos-Standard AISBL/Ecocertcertification gives our brand integrity. Our customers have the assurance that they are getting exactly what they are paying for: honest, healthy, nontoxic certified organic products.

"I can only speak for Kora Organics, but I would encourage people to make the switch. You'll be amazed at the results. We have some of the worlds leading organic chemists working on our formulas and identifying new high-potency, high-performance ingredients so our products deliver the same if not better results."

Kora Organics Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum ($72)

"Our new Noni NightAHAResurfacing Serum is a powerful certified organic night treatment serum that uses naturalAHAs, BHA, and ferments to resurface your skin and increase cellular turnover, leaving you with a smoother more refined complexion," Kerr tells me. "I've been using it every night for the last few months, and my skin feels amazing. My pores are noticeably smaller, my pigmentation spots are almost gone, and my skin feels super smooth. I'm obsessed!"

Kerr also gives me intel that she's not just being biased. The brand conducted consumer studies, and 91% of testers reported smaller-looking pores, reduced hyperpigmentation, and a more "youthful" looking complexion.

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil ($68)

"This is our signature product," Kerr gushes. "It contains certified organic noni extract, rose-hip oil, pomegranate oil, and sea buckthorn oil to create a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to smooth, nourish, hydrate, and brighten your skin."

Kora Organics Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask ($48)

"I'm obsessed with exfoliating and face masks, so I wanted to create a product that could be used as both a physical exfoliator and arevitalizing mask," says Kerr. "I essentially wanted a product that delivered a post-spa facial glow that can be done at home or when traveling in one simple step and in under10 minutes.It contains natural AHAs from papaya enzymes and aspen bark to stimulate cell renewal, as well as rose-hip seeds and quartz to polish and peppermint to control sebum production and for an invigorating tingle."

She tells me she loves to use it in the shower every other morning as a quick and easy mask and exfoliating ritual, applying it and then letting it work its magic while she washes her hair and shaves her legs.

Before diving into her daily morning routine, Kerr tells me that first and foremost, she always dry-brushes her entire body before hopping in the shower, sharing that it's her top secret for getting the circulation going and removing any dead skin cells.

Goop G. Tox Ultimate Dry Brush ($20)

"My general skincare routine in the morning is the Kora OrganicsFoaming Cleanser ($30). It's a soap-free cleanser containing noni extract, green tea, and aloe vera to gently cleanse without drying or stripping the skin of its natural oils. After cleansing, I use theEnergizing Citrus Mist ($34) to tone my skin and then apply theNoni Bright Vitamin C Serum ($68) and the Noni Radiant Eye Oil($38). To finish, I'll add a few drops ofNoni Glow Face Oil ($68) to a few pumps of theHydrating Moisturizer ($48) and apply the combination over my face, neck, and dcolletage."

"In the evenings, I double-cleanse to ensure any makeup and/or pollution is removed from my skin, and I like to use ourCream Cleanser ($30). It contains aloe vera, avocado, and macadamia nut oil, so it's very nourishing and soothing.

"Then, I'll reach for theCalming Lavender Mist ($34), which I also love to spritz on my pillow before going to sleep! Following this, I apply a few pumps of the newNoni Night Serum ($72) on my face, neck, and dcolletage. Then I apply my moisturizer, eye oil, and my face oil just as I do in the morning.

"As my last step in the evening, I like to apply myNoni Glow Sleeping Mask ($48). I know it might sound like a lot, but all the steps are super quick and simple, and the results areso worth it! My skin has literally never felt or looked better, and I'm barely getting any sleep these days with my three boys, especially the two under 2," she laughs.

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Gua Sha ($58)

When I press Kerr for additional secrets as to her amazing complexion, she tells me using thisRose Quartz Heart Facial Gua Sha ($58) every day has made a huge difference in reducing puffiness and lending her signature glow. "It harnesses theancient healing technique known as gua sha. It's arose-quartz heart-shaped stone used to massage your face and neck to stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness while lifting, toning, and sculptingyourface. I use this technique daily for a five-minute facial massage with and combine it with theNoni Glow Face Oil ($68), which helps the hydration and nutrients absorb deeper and more efficiently intoyour skin."

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil ($68)

RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up Concealer/Foundation ($36)

"When I wear makeup, I generally like to keep it clean and simple unless it's for a special event or red carpet," says Kerr. "My go-to natural makeup brand is RMS Beauty.It was created by a makeup artist and friend of mine. I love the brand'sUn Coverup Concealer in 22 ($36)."

Kerr's expert application tip? Apply one or two drops of facial oilinto the RMS pot, and use a makeup brush to buff the mixture into your complexion for a sheer wash of coverage and radiance.

Kora Organics Crystal Luminizer in Rose Quartz ($28)

"Then, I apply myKora OrganicsRose Quartz Luminizer ($28) on the top of my brows and cheekbones. It contains finely crushed rose quartz to create a beautiful highlight and add a little magic!"

Kora Organics Noni Lip Tint ($24)

"Lastly, I use myNoni Lip Tint ($24) to add a subtle touch of color to my lips and apples of mycheeks and curl my lashes to open up the eyes."

"I love Reiki facials. Not only are they really calming and relaxing, but combining Reiki into your facials also helps naturally relax the muscles in your face and soften expression lines, leaving ahealthy glow of vitality.In L.A., I see Nousha, who incorporates Reiki and a gua sha face massage technique," she says.

For those days when she can't go in for such a luxe treatment, Kerr says simply keeping a luxurious face mist on her desk can work wonders if she needs to clear her mind, and the blend of essential oils and aromatherapy can also provide the ultimate mood boost.

Kora Organics Energizing Citrus Mist ($34)

Since she truly does it all (CEO, model, mom), I had to ask Kerr about any helpful life or beauty advice she's absorbed and taken in along the wayin addition to what she'd share with her younger self.

"I received some advice from my grandmother growing up that has always stayed with me," she shares, "and it was to hold yourself with grace and gratitudeto smile from within and to let your light shine because having this intention radiates beauty.

"Looking back to when I was younger, I wish I could tell my younger self the importance of not comparing yourself to othersto focus on the beauty within. Positive affirmation and meditation both play an integral part in my life now."

When I asked what a typical day in the life is like, she explains that since giving birth to her third son, it's all a little up in the air, and she pretty much has to be ready for everything. However, an early 5:30 a.m. wake-up call followed by a quick meditation is nonnegotiable.

"I usually wake uparound5:30 a.m. when Evan getsup. This gives me a chance to do my meditation while he is in the shower and the kids are still asleep. I love it when I'm able to meditateatsunrise. It's such a special time of day.

"Whenthe kidswake up,we all have breakfast togetherand getFlynn's bag and lunch packed for school. Once I've dropped Flynn off at school, I would normally head to our Kora Organics office, but at the moment, I'mmostlyworking from home. You'd be surprised by how much you can get done via phone, email, and video conferences!" she laughs.

"I try to schedule my work during Hart's and Myles's nap times so I can spend quality time with them when they're awake. Being a mother is my first priority. When Flynn's homefrom school in the afternoons,weusually like to do some type of activity together. We love to have an early dinner together as a family. Then it's bath and bedtime routines for the kids. Once they are asleep, it's time for my husband and me to unwind and catch up."

Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil ($58)

"Everyone's skin changes over time, and I've noticed several changes in my skin as I have gone through my 20s, into motherhood, and now into my mid-30s," Kerr shares after I ask about the biggest changes she had to make to her beauty and wellness routines during her pregnancies and since becoming a mother.

"With all three of my pregnancies, I've experienced pigmentation, so I developed products to address those concernstheTurmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask ($48), theNoni BrightVitamin C Serum ($68), and the newNoni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum ($72). These three products together have given me amazing results.

"For body, during pregnancy and post-birth, I used a combination of theNoni Glow Body Oil ($58) and theEnriched Body Lotion ($55) all over to assist and support my skin as it stretches to accommodate my growing baby. I apply the mixture twice daily all over, and then on my belly, breasts, and hips, I also apply a layer ofNoni Glow Body Balm ($34), as I feel those areas need a little more TLC and hydration."

Kora Organics Enriched Body Lotion ($55)

"Being a busy mum and working across different time zones, I'm often sleep-deprived, and my skin suffers, so I apply theNoni GlowSleepingMask every other night to help give the illusion of a full night's sleep," Kerr tells me.

"It'sa multitaskingovernightfacemaskthat's more hydrating and restorative than a regular night cream. It contains silver ear mushroom, coconut milk, caviar lime, Kakadu plum, and natural hyaluronic acid, which really plumps the skin; softens fine lines; reduces redness and inflammation; improves cell renewal, tone, and texture; and boosts radiance and luminosity. I use it as the last step in my routine before I go tobed, and there's no need to wash it off until the morning because it dries as a translucent veil, it locks in the moisture, and it won't rub off on your pillow!"

Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask ($48)

Kerr let me in on one of her best wellness and nutrition secrets: Every morning on an empty stomach, she drinks celery juice. "I drink at least 16 ounces of organic, cold-pressedceleryjuice," she says right off the bat.

"Celeryis amazing, as it's a powerful anti-inflammatory, supports kidney function, and is alkalizing and also full of electrolytes. I feel it really helps my digestion, brain fog, and energy levels."

Sakara Life Daily Probiotic Blend ($46)

"I'm a fan of looking after gut health, so I also take pre- and probiotics," says Kerr. "Prebiotics are a special form of dietary fiber that act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut.Probiotics, however, are live bacteria that can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods."

Kerr didn't tell me exactly which supplement she takes, but I personally swear by these easy capsules from Sakara, which boast prebiotics, probiotics,and digestive enzymes.

Kora Organics Noni Glow Skinfood Dietary Supplement Powder ($55)

"As a combination supplement, I created Kora OrganicsNoni Glow SkinfoodSupplement ($55), a water-soluble superfood powder packaged into single-serve sachets, so it's perfect for traveling and contains all my essential vitamins and minerals from coni, aa, blueberry, mangosteen, pomegranate, matcha green tea, rose hip, chlorella, and elderberry flower.

"I love this product because it's easy to use on the go and provides me with an extra boost of energy whenever I need it."

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2 steps to balance sweet treats and healthy foods this Valentine’s Day – KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY Valentines Day is a wonderful day to celebrate people who we love and respect, but it can start to feel overwhelming if you dont have a game plan to help you balance the yummy treats and healthy eating.

So often, people feel the need to use holidays as "cheat days" in their diets, but this doesnt have to be the case. It is possible to enjoy all the chocolate and candy of Valentines Day while maintaining a healthy lifestyle because a truly balanced diet has room for a sweet treat.

The first step to balancing out all of the sweet treats this Valentines Day is to give yourself permission to eat them. When we put restraints on what foods we can and cant eat it may cause our body to fixate on that food item and crave it until we give in and eat it. This is a common problem many people face when trying to stick to a diet.

Often times, when people cave to these cravings they might binge on the food item and eat a large amount, which can result in feelings of guilt and failure. The easiest way to avoid this is to give yourself permission to eat whatever you would like. You may be surprised to find that as you practice allowing all foods to be part of your diet, you wont continuously crave the "forbidden" foods and binge eat them later.

It takes practice to truly accept all foods into your diet, so dont give up on this idea after the first attempt. Give it a try this Valentines Day and eat a yummy treat, guilt-free.

The second step to having a balanced lifestyle is try to be more mentally aware of why you are eating. Eating doesn't need to be a stressful event, but often times it becomes very stressful for people. This stress can result in overeating or eating food we dont like very much.

Try to take a mental note before eating something. Ask yourself a couple of simple questions: "Am I actually hungry?" or "Am I eating my feelings (e.g., stress, anger, sadness)?"

Valentines Day can be a hard day for many individuals, for many different reasons. This may result in eating food to cope with difficult feelings. This isnt always a bad thing as food can temporarily help us feel happier and calmer, which can be helpful in re-centering ourselves. However, it can also become a serious problem if it's used as our only coping mechanism to deal with a stressful day or sadness.

Being more mindful of the reasons for why and what you are choosing to eat can help you identify if you're using food as a coping mechanism. Using food as a daily coping mechanism can be very unhealthy. If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to look into other coping strategies and seek help to improve your relationship with food.

Now that you have a couple of tips on how to maintain a balanced lifestyle this Valentines Day, here are a few fun Valentines-themed dinner ideas that include both healthy foods and a sweet treat:

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A Week in the Life of Philly Skincare Guru Lynn Gallagher – Philadelphia magazine

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Lynn Gallagher, esthetician at Haven Wellness Center, Parlour, and Heyday, spends her free time practicing yoga, meditating, and of course, taking care of her skin.

Philadelphia esthetician Lynn Gallagher leads by example when it comes to her skincare. / Photograph courtesy of Lynn Gallagher.

Welcome to Sweat Diaries, Be Well Phillys look at the time, energy, and money people invest in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle in Philly. For each Sweat Diary, we ask one area resident to spend a week tracking everything they eat, all the exercise they get, and the money they spend on both. Want to submit a Sweat Diary? Email lbrzyski@phillymag.com.

Who I am: Lynn Gallagher (@lghtwellness), 27

Where I live: Fishtown (I am a native!)

What I do: I am an esthetician and a yoga/meditation teacher (RYT 200). I practice Gua Sha for Haven Wellness Center and offer facials at Parlour in Fishtown and Heyday in Rittenhouse. I also teach yoga for Roots2Rise.

What role healthy living plays in my life: I consider what I do to to be an approach to a holistic lifestyle that emphasizes wellness practices as a foundation for actualizing internal and external beauty. More so, I am personally and professionally working diligently to expose the truth of what I consider to be wholesome beauty which is the internal/external radiance and vitality that happens as a result of the conditions, habits, and behaviors we engage in and maintain in order to support our overall health and well-being.

Now, my main squeeze is facial Gua Sha, a facial massage technique that works with the lymphatic system, fascia, and musculature of the face, neck, and decollete as a means of detoxification and purification to restore skins radiance and help to de-stress. Practicing Gua Sha and spreading awareness about it has become my central focus in my esthetics/wellness career. I firmly support any way in which my clients develop and maintain self-care and healing modalities to optimize their wellness, which in turn can increase their wholesome approach to the ritualistic aspect of beauty practices.

Health memberships (and what they cost):

Gallagher plans out her schedule and grocery list in her nifty planner. / Photograph by Lynn Gallagher.

8 a.m. In my industry, Saturdays and Sundays are the most busy and my schedule is full to capacity on both days. So, I consider Monday to be my me day. Its a sacred time for me to create my moments of silence and organization becauseVirgo tendencies.

9 a.m. I make a pot of tea with my favorite Stagg kettle from Fellow and loose leaf tea that my best friend Gab gets me from where she lives in Maryland. I settle in and find my way to my meditation seat, where I create silence and reflect. This helps me set the tone of the day and week.

10:30 a.m. I have an appointment at Barefoot Community Acupuncture. I unfortunately sustained a neck injury and am working to relieve the stress, tension, and inflammation. I go to Barefoot because I can spend as much time as I need there to relax ($20).

12 p.m. Because of my work schedule, I typically dont have my first meal of the day until 12 p.m. This month, Im doing Whole 30 (for the second time) with my old roommate from college who conveniently lives around the corner from me so we can cook together and check in on each other. Accountability works! For todays first meal, I make a fruit bowl over Culina coconut probiotic yogurt that I found at DiBruno Bros ($5.99) And OF COURSE, I found passionfruit and dragonfruit at Riverwards Produce ($9.98), making for a delicious first meal of the day.

1 p.m. In between laundry, I need to plan out my week out in my agenda, organize my personal/professional life of managing clients at three locations, send emails, set up business meetings, plan some content, and check in with my budget. I do this while listening to my favorite podcasts and catching up with any content I missed from Tom Bilyeus Impact Theory or Goop.

2 p.m. I water my plants and smudge them with sage or palo santo. After cleansing myself and my room, I like to keep infusing my space with good vibes and positive energy. Its my peaceful place, so I have to treat it as such.

2:15 p.m. I have to do some cooking and meal prep for the week and given my schedule, I decide to order WholeFoods from Amazon Prime for delivery ($140). This makes my life a lot easier. I already planned out my week of meal prep in my nifty journal, and will be prepping some shrimp with bok choy to have this week.

4:30 p.m. Monday Movement with Meg is what I made up but I take Meg Townsends hatha class at Amrita. My training is in vinyasa and after practicing for so many years, Ive transitioned a bit with my personal practice to yin and now hatha because I find it to support my body most at the moment. Plus, the savasana in Megs classes is so juicy I almost always nap a little.

6 p.m. Dinner before I head out to teach my Monday night Roots2Rise class in Northern Liberties. Tonight, Im having carnitas that I made in the crock pot earlier. Fun fact: I was previously vegetarian and vegan, but I find that eating organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised meats sustains me more optimally. Plus, the recipe Im using is super easy and amazing!

7:30 p.m. My Monday night class has been consistent for almost a year and a half! Tonight was a large group and they are dedicated and always curious! I teach this class as an all-levels vinyasa style with a bit of yin/restorative style at the end.

9:30 p.m. I find myself wanting to sleep because tomorrow is the only super early work day of my week. But of course, my energy jolts and I have to tie up some loose ends before I wind down. So I light my candles/incense, turn on my Vitruvi diffuser, and get to my meditation room and find my journal to write, draw, or color (its cathartic for me) until I feel ready to sleep.

10:30 p.m. My iPhone is set to remind me to sleep by 11 p.m., so it usually reminds me its time to wind downtechnology apparently has to get me to sleep because I wont do it on my own. I take a supplement to increase sleep quality: a blend of calcium and magnesium (which helps me stay asleep).

10:45 p.m. I carve out time for my skincare routine because I love the feeling of taking the day off. Cleansing rituals are therapeutic for me. So I usually shower and do a four-step skin routine at night (Kumari oil cleanse, universal cleanser, balance aromamist, and nourishing oil all from Wilde Gatherings).

11 p.m. Hey Google, set alarm for 5 a.m. I listen to the Spotify playlist The Sleep Machine: Waterscapes while I sleep because I dream of living by an ocean, and this is the closest I can get right now.

Daily total: $175.97

One of Gallaghers many work spaces. / Photograph by Lynn Gallagher.

5:15 a.m. Google tried to wake me, but black out curtains and the sounds of water put me so at ease, I didnt wake up on the first alarm. Before my feet hit the floor, I give a moment of gratitude and to start with the mantra, I cant believe I have another day, as well as, I cant believe I decided to workout at this hour.

6 a.m. Today, Im taking a Train class (aka a full-body workout) at EverybodyFights. Its my first time there, which means its free! I mostly enjoy high-intensity classes with functional movement because they support my body and my yoga practice. Plus, I need a variation in my routine to keep me engaged.

7 a.m. Class was great! I dont consider my day as fully starting, though, until I complete my skincare routine. In the mornings, I need to keep it simple to get out of the gym in a timely fashion. I use my Grown Alchemist gentle gel cleanser, tone with rose water, and then apply Marie Veronique vitamin C, Image SPF 50 moisturizer, LilFox oil-based serum, and Laurel eye serum.

7:30 a.m. I make it over to HeyDay after showering and getting ready at the gym. To start my nutrition for the day, I take my vitamins on an empty stomach post-workout, as per suggestion for the brand I take. I have time to make a latte with Vital Proteins collagen matcha and macadamia nut milk, with some skin vitamins on the side because anti-age from within leads to long term skin health and youthfulness! Are we keeping count of the amount of supplements I take???

8 a.m. Tuesday is one of my longer days and I will see six clients today. I find that in the morning, it takes me a moment to get myself ready and I like to be in silence to get in the right mindset to give energy to my clients.

11 a.m. I packed breakfast, lunch, and dinner to make my life easier and to remain Whole30 compliant. I have some leftover dragon fruit from yesterday and drink a Bulletproof collagen latte. Okay maybe too much collagen for today? I also have a snack of carrots and SOOM tahini mixed with cacao (YUM).

3 p.m. I wrap up with my clients for the day and have a moment to myself before I head home. I have to go to a CPR class tonight since I am getting re-certified, as per a bi-annual requirement as a yoga teacher with the organization I teach. Saving lives is fun!

5 p.m. I need to have my dinner now before I go to my class. I am having some of the shrimp and bok choy I made yesterday with a side of fresh peppers.

7:30 p.m. Back home, time to wash the day off. Tonight I need a Sagely Naturals CBD bath bomb so that by tomorrow I dont feel too much muscle fatigue. My hands and arms are my lifeline have you ever given a facial after lifting???? Ouch, sore. Good sore.

8:30 p.m. OKSLEEP! I just need my sleep supplements (and CBD lotion) that I hope will take away the muscle soreness and help me wind down. I usually prefer work outs in the morning because the adrenal pumping plus caffeine is lethal for me *wants to sleep but stays up all night*

9 p.m. My favorite part of the day: night time facial massage with a jade roller. Tonight features May Lindstroms blue cocoon balm while I wind down in bed. I need to jot down a few daily recaps and plan for the next day in my Positive Planner book my best friend got me for our Christmas pollyanna and this settles my mind before bed. *Cue Google home for sleep routine*

11 p.m. Goodnight!

Daily total: $0

Gallagher and her SO Donovan take care of their skin together. Now thats love. / Photograph by Lynn Gallagher.

8 a.m. The feeling when youre ready to hit the floor and get the day started and your muscles are like NOT YET because of your EverybodyFights workout I do get up, mostly because my cats are scratching at the door.

8:15 a.m. Thanks to my best friend Sarah for my Christmas gift tea set, I get my morning pot prepared. This mornings blend is from Steap and Grind and I add a little collagen creamer for vitality and recovery from the gym. I am taking a Facial Gua Sha client this morning at Haven, so I like to do my own facial Gua Sha and energy cleansing before I go. I always use Elements of Aura rituals before I see clients.

11 a.m. My first client has never done Gua Sha before, so we go through an evaluation and consultation before the cleansing session and facial massage with Gua Sha. I end her session with a hand and arm massage, a steamed lavender towel, and some palo santo. Its magical to see a client transform energetically after treatments!

12:30 p.m. I wrap up at Haven and have my first meal of the day before heading into Parlour Fishtown to see clients. I am having left over carnitas with a side of avocado, mango salsa, and plantains that I fried in coconut oil.

2 p.m. My day at Parlour consists of both waxing (usually eyebrows) and customizable Ayurvedic facials with Gua Sha added in. Working here doesnt feel like work, it feels like the type of place you go to relax. We are all laid back and have a take-no-BS attitude, but are equally as dynamic, loving, and approachable. Personally, the way Kelley designed the facial room quite literally sets me into a different mental and energetic state. It smells of sage, essential oils, and her soothing aromamists. I love seeing clients light up when they come in.

6 p.m. I wrap up with clients and have time to get home to change for teaching yoga and get a quick meal in! Tonights dinner: Thai-flavored meatballs and zucchini noodles.

7 p.m. I have to be on my way to NoLibs again to teach my class. Tonights class is yin yoga with a small group. I love teaching yin as much as I love practicing it because it allows me to drop into my physical and energetic body and cleanse myself from the madness of the rushing around of the week. Maintaining harmony is key in helping me keep up with the rest of the week.

9:30 p.m. Yes! I get home for the day. This is usually the point in the week when two very important things happen 1) I get to spend some time with my partner, Donovan, and 2) we exfoliate together. Not only are we compatible in our relationship but we share the same skin type so consider the deal SEALED. We use Naturopathicas sweet cherry enzyme that I get from Heyday which has salicylic acid in it to help prevent breakout for me and excess oil production for Donovan. AND of course, a Gua Sha moment to be had.

9:45 p.m. We have a nightly routine when we are together: we reflect and say what we are grateful for after energy cleansing with some palo santo. It took time, but Donovan understands my lifestyle and my rituals, and now participates, too!

11:30 p.m. And you know by now cue Google and its lights out!

Daily total: $0

For dinner, Gallagher enjoys a protein-packed bowl from Dig. / Photograph by Lynn Gallagher.

7 a.m. I dont start at HeyDay until 3 p.m. today, but Donovan is on the 9-5 schedule right now so of course the alarm he sets on Google gets me up, too. Time for some movement! So I head to Amrita for a yoga class.

9:30 a.m. Todays class is approachable and a nice way to iron out some of the tension and kinks I felt from my workout the other day. I love being in the Maha Room with the water sounds and skylights. Plus, this class usually isnt too crowded so I can spread out and be zen in my own space.

12 p.m. Get home, showered, and ready for the day. I sit for meditation, drink some tea, you know the deal. I am going to have my lunch before I head out to Rittenhouse to get some work done before my 2 p.m. meeting. Just some leftovers from yesterdays dinner of meatballs and zucchini noodles.

2 p.m. I have a meeting today with a brand strategist who has been helping me with a personal project. Before we meet, I stop at Moms Market because I absolutely need my favorite coconut yogurt, CocoJune. I cant live without it so I get two of the large containers ($16.98).

3 p.m. Into HeyDay I go! Thursday nights usually get pretty slammed. People are preparing for the weekend and because its usually after a work day they are either 1) high energy and ready for Friday or 2) ready to sleep the rest of the weekend. So I never know what I will get. HA! But so far today/tonight, I have clients who have been faithfully coming to see me for a facial every month so I am always excited to see their progression!

7 p.m. The moment I have been waiting for. I FINALLY get Dig for dinner. This is the first meal I have bought out in a few weeks since I started Whole30, so this is such a treat! Plus, its easy to stick to complying when their options are so healthy! I get chicken thighs over beats, sweet potatoes, and greens! YUM! ($14.74)

11 p.m. I head home from a day of clients and am definitely pooped. I do a quick skincare routine of oil cleanse with Living Libations best skin ever and a quick jade roll, no Gua Sha.

Daily total: $31.72

Gallagher performs her own Gua Sha facial massage while in the sauna at The Wellness Refinery. / Photograph by Lynn Gallagher.

9 a.m. For most people, today is the start of their weekend, but Friday means the most work for me. I actually have become accustomed to this lifestyle of working on the weekends, but I love the way peoples energy shifts. They are more relaxed and a bit more buzzy and not so stressed about the week. They are ready to unwind and receive their facial treatments as a way to relax and I am here for it!

9:30 a.m. I am going to The Wellness Refinery this morning because something about detoxifying internally and externally feels right to me. Plus, I need to spend time in the sauna for skin health and muscle relaxation, and to keep my mitochondria strong as the colder weather and darker days hit. Plus, Ashleigh (the owner) can make me a tonic drink thats Whole30 approved! Win, win.

10 a.m. Check into The Wellness Refinery. As always, I am greeted with a loving hug, the hospitality of a cold pitcher of water, and a piping hot room ready for me to go sit in for 45 minutes ($39 for sauna, $6 for tonic).

10:15 a.m. After giving myself a moment to settle in and adjust to the heat, I do a mini Gua Sha session on myself. I started doing this when Ashleigh first opened her spot and now I conditioned myself to treat my skin while sweating. For me, it works. I crave the feeling of the warm tool on my face as it melts away all the tension in my body.

12:30 p.m. I have my first breakfast styled meal that Ive had all week: organic eggs, sugar-free bacon, and some avocado.

1:30 p.m. I am ready for my day at Parlour. Fridays are typically days full of eyebrow waxing clients and some facials. Tonight, I see one of my very loyal clients which makes the day go by quickly.

7 p.m. Time to wrap up today, but I need a moment to unwind a bit from the day and week. At this point, I feel a bit more of a need for silence, rest, and a reset to make it through my weekend. I typically do 12-hour days on Saturdays and start early on Sundays so I need to pace myself. Donovan has already gotten our groceries to make for our dinner tonight. He has so willingly and kindly readjusted his palate tonight to accommodate a Whole30-approved meal. We love to cook together and its our first time using Alison Romans Nothing Fancy cookbook. We make a cabbage recipe with coconut flour crusted flounder and adjust a bit to meet the requirements for Whole30.

9:30 p.m. Our nightly routine begins. Its a little difficult now to not have a glass of ros and a dessert right now, which we usually do on a Friday night in. But its all good! We want to start tomorrow morning with a meditation together so we make it an early night. But of course, we do our nightly skincare routine.

11 p.m. *Cue Google*

Daily total: $45

Money spent: $252.69Workouts completed: ThreePersonal Gua Sha sessions: Five

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Ways to extend the years you live disease-free – Wahpeton Daily News

I am sure you have heard the usual ways to maintain your health such as not smoking, getting in enough exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding excessive drinking, and eating a healthy diet. However, did you realize that doing these five things can substantially extend the years you live disease-free?

According to Dr. Frank Hu, who is a nutrition and diabetes researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, women who practice all five habits gain over 10 years of disease-free life and men gain almost eight years. With the aging of America and the extended life expectancy, it is imperative to our golden years to be healthy now. The average age of a long term care resident in North Dakota is 85 years old.

Long term care services are provided in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, basic care, assisted living, home health community services, and short term rehab. 1 out of 2 North Dakota residents will need long term care during their lives. Living a healthy lifestyle and performing healthy habits will increase the chance you can stay in your home longer or return to home after a shortened rehab stay.

When you do need long term care services, look to your local community for the comforts of home like living.

Jill Oliphant is the Director of Nursing at Benedictine Health System, 1307 7th St N, Wahpeton, North Dakota.

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Stories of the Heart: With healthy lifestyle, heart attack survivor never saw it coming – WYTV

"It's amazing that someone like me can have two heart attacks," said teacher Elizabeth Johnson

by: Lindsey Watson

(WYTV) On the first Friday of every February, the American Heart Association encourages everyone in the nation to wear red for Go Red for Women Day. The idea is to raise awareness for heart disease because the more a woman knows about it, the better chance she has of beating it.

One local woman embodies that message.

As a seventh-grade math teacher, Elizabeth Johnson knows you cant judge a book by its cover, let alone a person.

I just think its really important. When people look at me theyre like, Oh, shes a really healthy girl. It is amazing that someone like me can have two heart attacks, Johnson said.

Johnsons heart journey started almost four years ago. She had just finished lunch and was heading back into the classroom.

All of a sudden, I felt like I was coming down with the flu. I was sweating and felt nauseous. I ended up leaving the classroom and getting sick, coming back and I thought I could shake it off, she said.

But she couldnt.

So I finished teaching my 90-minute block and then I decided to drive myself to Urgent Care, she said.

In hindsight, Johnson said she doesnt recommend driving yourself to the hospital. But, she never thought in a million years she would have a heart attack.

I work out daily, eat healthy, I get my bloodwork done regularly. Im a healthy person. I did not think healthy people had heart attacks, she said.

Johnson was diagnosed with whats known as a SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) heart attack.

Basically, one of the arteries of my heart was tearing and then it ended up clotting which caused the heart attack, she said.

A year and a half later, she suffered a second one.

That was my bad one, I ended up in the ICU. From there, Ive basically damaged my heart so now Im in heart failure and I had an ICD implanted to keep me from going into cardiac arrest, Johnson said.

Johnson is on medication to help keep her heart rate low.

She also likes to show off her pacemaker.

As a mother of three, Johnson is also instilling heart-healthy lessons into her familys lives by making sure her kids eat healthy and exercise. They even do a nightly plank challenge before bed.

Just being aware of your body. Im so happy Ive always exercised, eaten healthy. My doctors have all said that that truly helped me save my life, she said.

On this national Go Red for Women Day, Johnson is using her story to help others and raise awareness.

If you can make a donation to the American Heart Association, the more money thats out there the more research thats done. This is a new type of heart attack so if we can get more money out there it could go for funding, Johnson said.

Heart disease and stroke claim the life of a woman every 80 seconds, causing 1 in 3 deaths among women each year more than all cancers combined. But, about 80% of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented.

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How are RAs prepared to address mental health? – The Stute

Often referred to as the eyes and ears on the ground, Resident Assistants (RAs) serve as the first line of defense if a situation arises among residents. But just how well are RAs trained to handle the growing mental health crisis thats impacting life at Stevens? The following article is a reflection on my experience with the mental health training I endured as a first-year RA.

Staff training begins roughly two weeks before the fall semester kicks off. During that time, RAs are on the clock from essentially 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. observing presentations, acting out scenarios, and getting messy with construction paper for bulletin boards. The presentations trained on a wide variety of topics including crisis response, fire safety, expectations on duty, active shooting, diversity and inclusion, and many others.

We also bore witness to a number of presentations specific to the mental well-being of both our residents and ourselves. The first of these was regarding the CARE team, given by Dean of Students, Kenneth Nilsen, and Health Educator and Case Manager, Gabrielle Guider. This training was specific to new RAs and highlighted the internal and external procedures surrounding a CARE report submission. CARE reports allow you to report anonymously or not, its your choice a non-emergency situation that you have observed about a friend. This notifies the proper individuals to reach out to the person youre worried about and try to provide appropriate resources.

The training itself focused on how and when to submit a report for someone. The training itself didnt teach me anything new, though I know that wasnt the case for everyone else. Indirectly though, it laid forth what I saw as a crucial message pertaining to our roles as RAs. We arent supposed to intervene and assist in the lives of our residents; we just exist to report and refer if something happens.

Following this, we were given a presentation on psychological warning signs from Director Dr. Eric Rose and Assistant Director Dr. Melissa Zarin of Stevens Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This was a far more comprehensive session on how we can recognize symptoms of specific types of eating, depressive, and anxiety disorders that are common among college students. The list of things we were told we could have encountered was so extensive and niche that many of the symptoms taught were behaviors at which I never would have batted an eye. I felt the technical approach of learning the definitions and forms different disorders take, as well as the appropriate resources to refer residents upon diagnosis, worked very well to teach individuals at a science and technology oriented university.

Rose and Zarin also addressed the much darker topic of suicide prevention through a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) certification a few days later. As we began to walk through the symptoms and signs to look out for, the realness and severity of what we were dealing with started to strike a chord in my mind. I vividly remember going over self-harm and being told by Rose that aiming to stop a resident from harming themselves is unrealistic. Instead, we should put our efforts toward trying to mitigate the damage they do to their bodies through safer cutting practices.

Up until this point, everything we had learned was a concrete if you notice x, then respond with y. For the first time, we were being told that the best approach was to be ourselves and connect as humans in these situations. I left the presentation mortified. We were just painted a picture of the most extreme situation that could happen the one no RA hopes to experience and left it at that.

I was afraid of having to handle anything we talked about. Yet, the more we talked about self-harm and suicide among residents, the more these ideas were brought down to Earth as something that can be handled and resolved just like a roommate conflict or work order. By having the harder conversations, I felt more confident that I would be ready for these situations, should they arise.

Sure enough, we put all the skills we talked about into practice later that day. A notorious part of RA training is called Behind Closed Doors (BCDs). Here, returning RAs act out real situations that new staff need to walk into and resolve. Inside the room are other RAs and professional staff from various departments to help discuss what can be improved upon after youve enacted the scenario. Though stressful to go through, the pseudo-experience provided from BCDs most directly translates to what we need to deal with on the job. Whether it was an eating disorder reported from a roommate, or a resident having suicidal desires, they were all very realistic and applicable. Despite the pressure from all eyes on you, being able to receive real-time feedback on how to better approach an issue through body language, tone of voice, word choice, etc. is unparalleled in value. If I had to choose one part of the training that best prepared me for my role, it was performing BCDs.

From here, the conversations in training started to shift slightly towards our own self-care and living a generally healthy lifestyle. Guider presented later that week on the wellness model she prepared for our university. She elaborated on each discipline of wellness needed to make healthy living more attainable, including physical, mental, spiritual, financial, and several others. Each of these categories was applicable to our own lives, as well as the lives of our residents seeking advice, and how we could better partition our time to be more mentally well.

With that we concluded any direct training for addressing mental health before we opened the doors and met our residents for the first time in the fall. Though I wont elaborate on them, there were still plenty of presentations indirectly tackling the mental health of our residents, such as roommate conflict mediation or how to confront a resident with care.

Additionally, during our winter training, we performed additional BCDs and listened to an informative presentation from Rose on seasonal depression and other things to expect with our residents returning from break. RA Daniel Raleigh also gave his own presentation titled Who Counsels the Counselor? that opened discussion on how to appropriately approach having an emotional investment in the lives of our residents and proper practices to distract and recover from the situations we experience.

Bearing the weight of the mental health and well-being of dozens of new college students on our shoulders sounds intensive and stressful. To call the role of a RA anything less is an understatement. Its truly impossible to comprehend what we go through without actually experiencing it first hand.

After surviving my first semester as an RA, I feel comfortable saying that what we learned in training was an accurate reflection of what we experience day to day. It prepared me well to handle any and every situation.

When you become responsible for your residents in the eyes of the university, you want to do anything you can to see them succeed. My greatest personal challenge has been balancing the emotional and professional investments I have in the lives of my residents. With all of the terrifying shortcomings and scenarios I was taught to prepare for, Im content saying that my weakest area thus far has been caring too much.

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Deadly Greene County shooting involves stunt woman, her husband and ex – Dayton Daily News

MIAMI TWP., GREENE COUNTY

The Greene County shooting that left two people dead Wednesday outside a million dollar home near Yellow Springs involved an ex-husband who allegedly fatally shot his former Hollywood stunt woman ex-wife and her current husband.

FIRST REPORT:Shootout near Yellow Springs could have been ambush, sheriff says

RELATED:Sheriff reveals names, new details in shooting

Greene County officials declined to name the resident who allegedly shot and killed the two people who reportedly came onto his property with guns and who were using a camera system to monitor activity there.

They did identify the residents ex-wife as Cheryl Sanders, who was a celebrity spokeswoman and stunt woman who appeared on the cover of Healthy Living Magazine.

Her current husband, Robert Reed Sanders, also was killed in the shooting.

RELATED:What we know today about the double-fatal shooting near Yellow Springs

Cheryl Sanders wrote online that she moved from martial arts and kickboxingto a career as a stunt womanin the 1980s.

She said was the stunt double for Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone and other A-list actresses.

She doubled for Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair and the Lethal Weapon series, jumped into a speedboat for Kathleen Turner in V.I. Warshawski and flew into the courthouse window in Back to the Future Part II, according to the Denver Post.

A 20-foot fall on the set of Back to the Future Part II brought her Hollywood career to a halt in 1989, according to the Denver Post. The bones in her face, right arm and hand were shattered when she hit the concrete after a cable was released during a flying stunt.

She later returned to Hollywood after changing to a healthy lifestyle that included supplements and diet changes. She did stunt double work for Jessica Alba in 2016.

Robert Reed Sanders had been licensed in real estate in Texas. Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said Thursday the man had a criminal record, but he did not elaborate.

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